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The 17 Prettiest Nude Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones

Even though we’re all wearing face masks for the foreseeable future, you don’t need to abandon your lipstick collection. The right lipstick can add the extra pep in your step to get you through the day. And there are certain colors that are staples in any collection, like a good nude lipstick

The problem is that all nudes are not created equal. Nude can oftentimes be interpreted by makeup brands as solely as pale pink or beige, which just does not work as nude for those with dark or deep skin tones. That means shopping for a nude lipstick for darker skin requires a little more effort and trial and error than other kinds of colors. 

Furthermore, a lip liner is a must. Makeup artist Keita Moore recommends choosing a liner that’s two to three shades darker than the lipstick you’re wearing. “What that does is create a contour and dimension so you can apply your lipstick in the center. It makes your lip look plumper,” he explains.

Makeup artist Rebekah Aladdin agrees. “I love to layer a pinky-nude lipstick over a soft brown liner or a warm chocolate liner depending on my client’s complexion,” she says. “Choosing a liner shade that can create a little depth around the lip line will help to create a natural finish.” 

If you’re struggling to find one, Moore recommends MAC’s lip pencil in Cork for medium to dark skin tones and Chesnut for deep skin tones. Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Ground Control is also great, as is the more affordable Nyx Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in Expresso.

Once you’ve got the liner down, it’s important to consider undertone. Moore suggests leaning toward lipsticks with warmer tones that are similar to your skin tone to avoid any potentially ashy shades. 

To make finding that perfect shade just a bit easier for you, we put together this comprehensive list of 17 nude lipsticks for dark skin in all the peaches, pinks, and browns you can imagine.

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