The Best Beige Lipstick

The right beige lipstick makes your pout look plumper.

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Nude lipsticks look sexy, mod and so-right-now. Glowy nude pouts abound on the runways and the red carpet, and with good reason: The right beige lipstick makes your lips look moister and fuller, and the shade plays nice with bold eye makeup or shimmery skin. But the wrong beige lipstick? That can take you to zombie-chic, fast. Make sure you snag the best beige lipstick for your skin tone, before you try on this trend.

Best Formulas

Stick to sheer and glossy when you do beige on your lips: They'll keep your kisser looking dewy and plump. Steer clear of matte beige lipsticks, which can totally erase your lips for a very weird look. As makeup artist Tom Pecheux points out in a feature for Harper's Bazaar, "Opaque beige is not pretty. Nude lipstick should be transparent."

Best for Light Skin

Beige lips can turn a tad ghoulish on porcelain-skinned beauties; that's not a good look. However, pink-tinted beiges--such as 2009 Allure Best of Beauty winner Shisheido Makeup Perfect Rouge in Spiced Cream and its successor L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude--brighten up a fair complexion perfectly.

Best for Olive Skin

Thanks to your natural glow, you olive-skinned babes can rock a true taupe-y beige. In an article for "Marie Claire," celeb makeup artist Matin Maulawizada recommends Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Discretion. Another option? InStyle Best in Beauty 2009 alumnus Givenchy Lipstick in Beige Shine.

Dark Skin

All you lovely ladies with dark skin need a hint of warm shimmer to your beige lipstick; otherwise, it could look chalky and dry on your pout. Cover Girl Queen lipsticks consistently sweep the Allure Best in Beauty Awards for the Best Nude for Dark Skin category. Try it in Shiny Cinnamon or Bronze Goddess.

Related Videos




Allure: Best of Beauty 2010
Marie Claire: How to Get Sexy Lips
InStyle: Find Your Perfect Shade of Nude Lipstick
"Harper's Bazaar:" Best Beauty -- Your Guide to This Season's Makeup, Hair and Skin Must-Haves; Lauren Cohen; June/July 2010 "Allure": Best of Beauty 2009; Liana Schaffner; October 2009 InStyle: Best in Beauty 2009

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