The Easy Beauty Guide To Nude Lips On Deep/Dark Skin Tones

If you are of a deeper/darker complexion you may often avoid nude lipsticks as they can appear very bright and stark but fear not! 

We’ve created this easy guide to help you wear any nude lip colour you want!

Lip Liner

A good lip liner is the difference between a flattering nude lip and a stark nude lip.

Opt for a rich brown lip liner that glides onto your skin easily, you don’t want a liner that pulls the skin as this is will virtually be impossible to blend.

The purpose of a brown lip liner is to add a natural gradient from the nude lipstick to your skin tone as well as toning down brighter nude lip colours.

Nude Lipstick

You can choose any nude colour you want, from creams, to light browns but if you are new to nude lips we would recommend starting out with a brown or pink based nude.

Brown or pink based nudes work well against deep/dark skin tones and in many cases eliminate the need for a lip liner. Why not choose Tom Ford Lip Colour in Deep Mink (£38.00)Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink (£7.99) or H&M Lipstick Pencil in Chocs Away (£4.99).

Check out our video on how to make cream nude lipsticks work on deep/dark skin tones.

Products Mentioned:

- NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Cocoa (£3.00)

- MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bittersweet (£15.00)

- MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Chestnut (£12.50)

- H&M Matt Lipstick in Hot Chocolate (£7.99)

Brown Lipstick

If you aren’t entirely comfortable with wearing a cream or beige lipstick you can opt for a brown lipstick instead.

Choose a lighter brown as opposed to a dark brown lipstick if you wish to wear it as a nude lip. Makeup Monsters Liquid Lipstick in Just Add Marshmallow (£15.50) and H&M’s Cream Lipstick in Just Add Cocoa (£7.99) work really well as nudes on deeper complexions.


A good lip gloss can really help to get your nude lip looking the way you want it to. 

The right lip gloss can warm up a lipstick to make it look more flattering against a deep/dark skin tone. 

You can also wear a lip gloss on its own as a gorgeous nude lip.

Try Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Bare Secret (£5.00), NYX Butter Gloss in Praline (£5.00) or MAC Cosmetics Tinted Lip Glass in either Spite or Spice (£14.0 each)

All these steps will ensure that you will be able to pull off a nude lipstick successfully.

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