Whenever I picture the perfect nude lip, I think back to the 60s mod era. A time where statement eye make-up was never complete without a subdued salmon-pink or biscuit-beige pout. The catch? Lip products that are branded in this way are often far from a one-size-fits-all solution, especially when you've got a darker skin tone. So searching for shades that fit and flatter our diverse melanin levels can sometimes feel like mission impossible.
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Nude lipsticks are the beauty equivalent of a classic white T-shirt or jeans , and for me, therein lies the problem. I've never actually worn this official cool-girl uniform, as I'm more of a fan of leopard midi skirts and blister-inducing heels. Same goes for my more adventurous beauty outlook, and as a result, my lipstick investigations have never taken me into the nude shade spectrum my extensive collection is made up of mostly postbox reds or rich clarets. But after using a few recently, I'm ready to fully sashay into the world of nude lipsticks. First of all, we've been hoodwinked when it comes to defining what nude actually is. I, too, believed that the chalky Mini Milk—like pink lipsticks that came free in magazines when I was younger were the one-size-fits-all shade. Later, I'd place those shades in the hefty box of reject beauty products every woman of colour does at some point. That's clearly not the only nude in existence now, and thank goodness, because we all have such different skin tones and lip colours. My lips have a dark purple tone, so a lot of pinks or light beige lipsticks won't work for me, and that's fine.
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Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. The first time I tried on a pair of "flesh toned" stockings from my local drugstore before church, I was sorely disappointed. Instead of matching my dark brown legs, I looked down to see my limbs covered in a wildly unflattering beige material. That's my experience with "nudes" in a nutshell. For years, whenever I saw a new line of nude lipsticks or glosses from my favorite brands, I'd keep browsing, not wanting to relive my nylon nightmare. Of course, I'm not alone. Thankfully, things are rapidly changing: Fashion and beauty brands are realizing that nudes aren't a one-size-fits-all concept, offering more options for more complexions.