Aside from wiping out global hunger, my goal in life is to find the perfect pinky-nude for my skin. As most ‘women of colour’ will know, most nudes are geared towards fair skin and what might look like the ideal lipstick to start a lusty love affair with, usually looks completely wrong once on. I feel like I’m still searching for The One but I do have a few in my cosmetics cornucopia that I feel work with my skintone. The ones I’ve picked would probably work with most skintones but if you’re around the same as me (NC42) these would work as good nude-pinks.
MAC Matte Lipstick Mehr
I wear this one the most because I can put it on with my eyes closed and it still looks acceptable. It’s purple-based so balances my yellow tones well and has just the right amount of pink. Opaque and creamy and a joy to wear.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Elusive
Another matte but a bit more pink than Mehr and not as easy to pull off but I like it all the same. Unlike Mehr, I don’t like to pile this on otherwise it just looks wrong with my colour. This one is definitely one for dabbing on or mixing with other colours. Nice formula but prone to patchiness.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Pink in the Afternoon
If you want a particular lipstick colour or texture, Revlon is the brazen harlot of the drugstore and will almost always have something to tickle your fancy. This one is the only non-matte of the bunch and definitely more peachy than the others. Pretty non-offensive and universal, so would look good on everyone.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Patina
(Review here) A brown-toned nude pink that is most true to my lip colour. It’s the most matte and opaque of the bunch, meaning you can over-draw your lip line realistically if your heart so desires the lip-job look. So smooth it’s very messy to use and needs a lip brush and intense exfoliation beforehand but once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere till kingdom come.
If anyone has any other suggestions do let me know, I have a feeling I won’t stop buying nude lipsticks until Kim Kardashian decides to stop injecting her butt with silicone-based filler.