How to Do a Nude Lip on Dark Skin

Learn how to rock a nude lip on dark skin.

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Anyone call pull off a sexy nude lip. The key is to know which shade to apply that'll work best with your skin tone. If you've got a dark complexion, pick a lipstick color that blends into your hue and you're good to go.


Start with moisturized lips. Apply a little lip balm before getting started. The nude lip will be totally ruined if your pucker doesn't look kissably soft, so be sure to hydrate those lips first.


Pick out your lipstick shade. The darker your skin tone, the darker you'll want your lipstick to be. You'll want your nude lipstick to be close to your actual skin tone. There are plenty of makeup brands that give you a wide range of options. If you're not sure exactly which shade is best for you, take a trip to a makeup counter and try a few shades on. Your nude lipstick can have pink or plum undertones as long as it's very close to your actual complexion.


Apply your lipstick. This is pretty straightforward. Go ahead and slick it on straight from the tube. If your hand isn't super steady, use a lipstick brush instead.


Apply a bit of gloss over your lipstick if needed. This may not be necessary since you moisturized before applying your lipstick, but if you want a little extra shine, apply a light coat of gloss on top. Opt for a clear gloss or one in the same shade as your nude lipstick.


Remember the rest of your makeup. You'll want to apply makeup to your face so your complexion doesn't look totally void of color. A smokey eye is fantastic here, since you've got a more subtle shade on your lip. Also think about a bit of blush on the cheeks. Contrary to popular belief, dark-skinned women can wear blush too, so add a pretty dose of color to your look.

Things You'll Need


1.Nude lipstick

2.Lip balm


Tips & Tricks


Nude lipstick doesn't need reapplication as much because it's not a bold shade, but you'll still want to bring your lipstick with you for an occasional touch-up.


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