Wearing nude lipstick feels like it should be a lot more effortless and low-maintenance than wearing a matte red lip, but the truth is that choosing the right neutral shade is harder than you’d think. Not all nudes work for every skin tone, so finding the one that works for yours takes some trial and error. We turned to celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo to find out how to streamline the process of choosing a nude lipstick.
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For fair skin tones, Oquendo recommends choosing a nude shade that has a slight blue-rosy undertone. His favorite is Pat McGrath Labs’ LuxeTrance Lipstick in Donatella ($38; Sephora.com). The formula has a hydrating, satin finish with extreme color payoff.
When it comes to actually applying nude lipstick, moisturizing the lips is an essential first step so that your neutral lipstick doesn’t accentuate any dry patches. Oquendo recommends applying a clear mask like Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask ($26; Sephora.com). The other important step that shouldn’t be skipped: lining your lips. Oquendo says that adding definition around the lip line will keep your complexion from looking washed out.
Another way to ensure that your complexion won’t look flat while wearing a neutral lip is by using blush in an unexpected way. Once you’ve applied it to the apples of your cheeks, Oquendo recommends dusting blush across your eyelids, too. “When you’re taking color away from one place, you need to add it somewhere else,” he explains.
Hit play on the video above to see Oquendo’s complete five step tutorial on how to get the perfect nude lip.