When it comes to lipstick makeup artists, beauty experts and magazines are forever telling us that dark skin women look amazing with bright pinks, deep reds and berry tones but what if you want to play down your makeup and go for something a bit more natural?!
Picking the right nude lipstick for dark skin is tricky; if it's too light you'll end up looking like a corpse and if it's too dark you'll look like an R'n'B singer from the nineties. Brown-nudes in particular are a no-go for me because they can camouflage your lips or make it look like you don't have any.
When I first got into makeup I found that picking the right lipstick to match my skin tone was actually a lot harder than finding the right foundation. And boy, did I make some epic fails (more on that later). Everyone's different but there are certain colours that will suit you more if you have a darker skin tone.
My skin has an yellowy undertone (as do most Asian women unless you're very fair) which means that frosty, cool toned lipsticks don't suit me and can make my skin look lifeless and dull. My first foray into nude lipstick was Blankety by MAC - bad idea! It has a frost finish and icy undertones which can make you look ill if you have dark skin. I think I wore it a few times before realising that how ridiculous it looked., or I think someone asked me if I was feeling okay...
My next purchase - Faux by MAC - was a lot more successful. It has a much warmer undertone and a slight tinge of pink which I think really helps brighten my face. For me this is the perfect nude lipstick and I've probably gone through five tubes of it! If you want something slightly pinkier, Pink Plaid by MAC (yes, MAC again - they have the most extensive shades of lippie!) is an amazing shade. It has a slightly mauve, rosy tinge to it which is perfect for darker skin.
Faux by MAC vs Blankety by MAC - can you see the difference?!
What's your favourite, can't-live-without-it, nude lipstick? Tube #6 of my MAC Faux is running out and I'm looking for more options!