Picture this: You’re getting ready for a night out when you reach into your makeup bag to find a lipstick that perfectly matches the fabulous makeup look you’ve just applied. While some occasions call for a bold lip color that makes a statement, there are other times when the best lip color is no color at all. In those cases, all you need is the perfect nude to accentuate the natural tone of your lips.
The problem? Like many other beauty and apparel products, lipsticks, glosses, and stains marketed as “nude” aren’t always inclusive to those with deeper skin tones. Brown girls everywhere know the struggle of being excited for a brand new nude, only to be disappointed when we realize that it makes us look ashy or washed out.
To help you master the look, I reached out to influencer-favorite makeup artist Krysta Medley for her go-to tips to achieve the perfect nude lip on darker skin tones—plus, the best lip products to add to your kit.