Send Nudes: 5 Best Nude Lipsticks for Medium Brown Skin

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All nudes are not created equal (no pun intended). Any girl can identify with the struggle to find the perfect nude hue, especially us ladies with medium brown skin. Finding the perfect neutral lip shade can be as difficult as figuring out what to order at an open bar. There are so many options to choose from, yet not all of them are best for you (gin and baby pink lipstick would be the death of me).

My biggest fear, like most light brown skinned women, is ending up with a shade that makes you look like you’re auditioning for a zombie film. The ashy finish is never cute. However, my unhealthy addition to lipstick has taught me that we are not limited to caramel and toffee shades. We can opt for peach and pink nudes, as long as we choose the right formula. Here are five nude lippies that are sure to compliment gorgeous medium to medium-deep brown skin.


Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Pencil in ‘Amaretto’

Bite Beauty has no shortage of nude lip colors to compliment all skin tones. Amaretto is lip pencil with a pretty nude shade and a very comfortable, cream texture. I almost forget that it’s matte. This shade is a brown skinned girl’s go-to peachy nude.

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Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in ‘Matte Beauty’

Milani is an excellent drugstore brand for lipstick. This matte formula is non-drying and highly pigmented. This nude is a rich rose brown and works best on medium-deep tones.

Bite Beauty Multistick in ‘Praline’

What’s better than a nude lipstick that triples as a blush and eye shadow? Nothing. This is why the Multistick by Bite Beauty is my favorite nude lippie. It’s a triple threat. If you were to carry one product in your purse, this would be it. It provides a nice matte finish on the lips, and a faint cream finish on cheeks and eyes.

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Sephora Rouge Matte Lipstick in ‘No Superstar’

This is the ultimate pink nude for us ladies with medium skin tones. This lipstick glides on so easily, and it’s buildable. It finishes as a gorgeous mauve shade.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in ‘Slow Ride’

I’m obsessed with ‘Slow Ride’ as a neutral shade. Everyone else is too. It’s a universally flattering brown-pink shade, and it looks perfect on medium brown skin. Interestingly, this color dries to reveal an Earthy peach that enhances the natural lip color. Since the launch of NARS’ Powermatte, Sephora struggles to keep this color in stock. Grab yours while you can. You won’t regret it. This long-wearing, liquid-to-matte formula is to die for!

Application Tips:

  • Use a dark brown lip liner, like NYX Slim Lip Pencil in ‘Espresso’ to outline the lips, and fill in slightly just under the cupid’s bow and on the center of the bottom lip. This will give your nude some depth and dimension.
  • Layer a neutral lip gloss, like FENTY Beauty Gloss Bomb in ‘Fenty Glow’ over any nude shade for high shine finish.

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