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The best nude lip glosses for your skin tone

The best nude lip glosses for your skin tone

Creating a beautiful glossy lip is all down to choosing the perfect nude gloss for your skin tone.

To help you find your new go-to shade, we’ve curated a list of our favourite nude lip gloss formulations and shades for light, medium and deep complexions.

Each of the glosses have an ultra-light texture and coat the lips in a rich, glossy sheen without feeling sticky or tacky.

The best lip glosses for fair skin

If you have pale, fair skin, it’s best to go for a nude gloss with pale pink or peachy undertones.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Lip Finish

SHADE: Boy Bait (peach-toned shimmering nude)

The MAC Cremesheen Glass Lip Finishes combine the creamy formulation of a lipstick with the high shine finish of a gloss for a fuller lip with mirror-like shine. Infused with moisturising Soybean Oil and Aloe Leaf Extract, the gloss hydrates your lips, creating a subtle plumping effect which leaves your lips to look so kissable.

By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine Lip Gloss

SHADE: Be Nude (peachy, mid-toned pink)

Smoothing and volumising lips upon application, By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine Lip Gloss leaves your lips looking full and radiant all day long. The antioxidant rich gloss envelops the lips in a veil of long-lasting hydration whilst leaving behind a beautiful nude hue. The formula also utilises By Terry’s ‘Kiss Me Quick’ technology to naturally stimulate collagen production and further plump your pout.

Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss

SHADE: Naked Cherry (pale pink nude)

With a divine cherry scent, Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Glosses are a treat to apply and wear. With a non-sticky formula, the glosses deliver a high-shine finish to your lips without feeling at all heavy. Worn alone or over your favourite nude lipstick, Wet Cherry Lip Gloss delivers the intense shine of a maraschino cherry – what more could you possibly wish for in a gloss?

The best lip glosses for medium skin tones

If you have a medium skin tone, try to find a gloss which is very similar to your natural lip colour such as a latte-like shade.

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss

SHADE: Nougat (warm mid-toned nude)

Enriched with a skin-loving blend of Jojoba and Avocado Oils, the vitamin-rich Bobbi Brown Lip Glosses coat your lips in a high-shine gloss that doesn’t feel at all hevay or tacky. Smoothing over any fine lines and wrinkles which may form of the lips, the glosses leave a sheer veil of colour which perfects, hydrates and subtly plumps the lips.

NYX Professional Makeup Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss

SHADE: Sugar Mama (light cocoa brown)

Unlike many glosses, the NYX Professional Makeup Strictly Vinyl Lip Glosses are highly pigmented and coat the lips in rich, opaque colour with a mirror-like glossy finish. Not at all sticky or tacky, the glosses are so comfortable to wear all day and perfectly enhance your natural lips to create the illusion of a plumper, smoother pout.

Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss

SHADE: Dahliana (brown, creamy nude)

Infused with vitamins and botanical oils, Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Glosses defend your lips against dryness whilst also saturating your pout in rich, high-shine colour. Beautiful worn alone or on top of your favourite nude lipstick, the patented applicator mimics the feel of a makeup artist’s finger for perfect results with every application.

The best lip glosses for deep skin tones

We know that nude glosses are not one-size-fits-all. If you have a deep skin tones, opt for a rich, chocolate brown shade of gloss, ideally with a shimmer, to accentuate your lips.

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss

SHADE: Tantaslize (rich, chocolate brown)

With a subtle but sweet Vanilla scent, bareMinerals GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipglosses provide intense moisture and a subtle plumping effect to your lips to create the perfect pout. The non-sticky formula glides onto the lips and can be worn sheer or layered up to create a more intense, pigmented finish.

Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss + Hydration

SHADE: Latte Pop (warm-toned, rich brown)

Drench your lips in weightless moisture with a mirror-like shine with Clinique Pop Splash Lip Glosses. The ‘new-generation’ lip gloss combines a flattering pop of colour with a splash of hydration to provide both immediate and long-lasting moisturisation to your lips for comfortable all-day wear.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss

SHADE: Shadowheart (red-toned chocolate with golden shimmer)

Infused with Vitamin E and Peppermint Oil to plump and hydrate your lips, Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses coat the lips in a veil of beautiful colour with a luminous high-shine finish. Gliding effortlessly onto the lips, the glosses feel so comfortable to wear either alone or on top of your favourite lipstick. The flat applicator, rather than a classic doe-foot applicator, completely saturates your lips in colour for a truly eye-catching finish.



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