My Guide to the Perfect Nude Lip

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA nude lip has inadvertently become a signature look of mine. It gives me the definition which my lips unfortunately lack, without leaving the sensation of looking “over done”. It softens my features whilst ensuring I feel put together and polished. Just the way I like. The quest for the perfect nude shade is something many of us are on, does it wash me out? Do I suit cooler or warmer nude tones? Tom Ford or M.A.C.? The hurdles we face when attempting to settle on one is arduous and with so much choice, why would you want to settle for just one? Matte, Gloss, liquid or Pencil I’ve put together my favourite Lip combinations from the top brands to have absolutely nailed it when it comes to Nude.




Nude Vanille from design power house Tom Ford, sits right at the top of my nude spectrum with it’s stunning powder peach tones and cream formula, I layer it effortlessly over M.A.C.’s Soar lip liner which transforms this lipstick into a front runner for olive skin tones.

It leaves behind a subtle sheen to the lips, keeping them moisturised and hydrated whilst the matte lip pencil provides longevity throughout the day.

Price £38

Available at Selfridges




The most hydrating of them all, comes from one of the most well respected brands in the business, Clarins and their Joli Rouge collection. Pink Praline is a soft pinky nude shade with a subtle satin finish and is the perfect nude lip for every day wear.

Layered over M.A.C.’s Spice lip liner to add depth for my darker toned skin this combination is a delicate pick-me-up for your every day makeup look.

Price £19.50

Available at Selfridges, John Lewis & Debenhams


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA first in my beauty box that would go on to spark an endless love affair, the Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in shade Bow n’ Arrow. No layering necessary except a subtle ombre, this nude lip will last the whole day with one application. It does not budge.

The cool tones are complimented by the warmth of a peach cheek and pitch black lashes. This is the new age of the ‘Statement Nude‘.

Price $20

Available at Sephora (sold out)



The newest nude addition to my essential combinations comes from Parisienne Beauty Brand ByTerry and I am obsessed. This liquid formula delivers the very best of a lipgloss along side that of a lipstick leaving a plumped and defined lip line with sumptuous hydration, pigment and the scent of Violet and Rose.

Layered over M.A.C.’s Soar lip pencil to add a subtle fullness, a second coat is applied for maximum colour.

Price £30

Available at Net-A-Porter, Very Exclusive & Feel Unique


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe shade that started it all and my fail safe every day nude lip, M.A.C. Honey-love layered over the ever versatile Spice lip pencil. The combination that taught me all I needed to know about creating the perfect shade for your skin tone. With it’s light beige tone, honey-love was not made for olive complexions but simply introduce the base of warming tones which Spice encapsulates, you are able to tailor make the most perfect matte nude finish.

Price £15

Available at Selfridges


  1. Oxana 10th February 2016 / 7:44 am

    I’ve just gotten Anastasia Beverly Hills in Pure Hollywood (I love it!) and have been looking for other options so it’s been very helpful??Thank you for the post Lydia!
    I ABSOLUTELY loved Kan Von D and M.A.C. on you!

    • Fatima 26th April 2016 / 11:56 pm

      how did you get this?! i’ve tried everywhere but it seems impossible to get hold of if you don’t live in the States!

  2. Gemma 10th February 2016 / 8:22 am

    A nude lip looks great on you! I normally use Mac but after reading this I’m defiantly going to try some of the ones you recommended. Thank you for this post!! X

  3. Jasmine Harding 10th February 2016 / 8:46 am

    Loved this guide, finding the perfect nude lip can be so hard sometimes but these are all lovely picks. Tom Ford is a stunning shade and the formula looks incredible. I’ve got MAC Velvet Teddy but it’s quite matte for an everyday lip, I prefer something a bit more balmy these days so tend to use Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lip liner all over with some lip balm over the top! I have just picked up a new shade from Rosie HW range, Nude Minky and it’s ideal!

    Jasmine | xxx

  4. Tess Alexandra 10th February 2016 / 10:13 am

    I prefer a more glossy finish in a nude lip, so I’m particularly interested in your Clarins and By Terry selections. My personal all time favourite nude is Boy by Chanel – it’s a pinky-beige with a satin finish and it’s utterly gorgeous. It’s worth spending a bit more on a colour you’ll use everyday and to afford yourself a little luxury you can enjoy regularly, I think.

    And as always, Lydia, you look absolutely gorgeous!

    Tess Alexandra

  5. Charlotte 10th February 2016 / 10:31 am

    I love them all. But especially the Kat Von D and how matte it is.

    As always, I can’t get over how beautiful you are – inside and out <3 xxx

  6. Lesley 10th February 2016 / 11:51 am

    Brilliant post, really helpful for future purchases! I like to wear Mac Brave as i find it looks really understated but just has that finishing touch.

  7. Georgie 10th February 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Such a great idea for a post, I’m always obsessing over how amazing your lip colour choices are. You’ve got a great idea for mixing colors and making it suit you!

    I’m craving honey love and nude vanille after this…

  8. Lila 10th February 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I like the MAC and the Byterry one on you the most. I havent found my nude yet. Most shades are too warm-orangy or too cold-rosy. I need neutrals.

  9. Adele 10th February 2016 / 1:23 pm

    I love this post Lydia, as like you I adore a nude lip. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford lipsticks & adore Nude Vanille. Hope you don’t mind me offering some of my recommends to you as I know you’re going to love these:
    * try layering Tom Ford Naked lip gloss over the top of Nude Vanille lipstick
    * MAC Pure Zen is a nude lipstick every girl should have in their make up collection
    * Tom Ford Sable Smoke for a deeper nude
    * Tom Ford Spanish pink is a gorgeous pinky nude
    * Tom Ford Blush Nude (not sure if this would be too pink for you????
    Let me know if you try any!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  10. Sophie Mills 10th February 2016 / 3:45 pm

    I’m such a nude lip lover. My favourites are MAC Velvet Teddy, Topshop Mink, YSL Rouge Volupte Ultimate Beige, and Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Liar. I am so in love with the one Kat Von D shade I won (Lolita) and after reading this post I need to get my hands on Statement Nude!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  11. Dannii 10th February 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good nude lip and find myself wearing one most days as they really do go with any makeup look! I have a few favourites but i definitely need to try out some of these. What shade is the By Terry? I dont think you mentioned it!

    Ps. I think you’d love the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos or the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 202 Dolci! Two of my favourites.

  12. Kathleen 10th February 2016 / 9:10 pm

    These are all beautiful, I’ve been lusting after a TF lipstick for so long but I still haven’t gone for it!

    Made In The 1990s

  13. Benazir 11th February 2016 / 10:56 am

    Nude matte lips are just my thing! But they are rather difficult to find for my skin tone. So I have to keep trying and searching, but hey, I’m not complaining! (; Love all the ones you featured here though. xx

  14. jess 11th February 2016 / 4:00 pm

    I use the spice liner and honey love lipstick but I find that it look great initially but then looks quite drying. Do you have any tips for avoiding this? If i try and apply a balm over the top it tends to flake off which is a horrendous feeling! Do you ever have to reapply the lipstick during the day? Thank you! Xx

  15. Laura 11th February 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I love nude lips on you! I’m especially in love with the Kat Von D! Beautiful photographs lovely. xx

  16. Paulina 13th February 2016 / 6:59 pm

    The Kat Von D one looks amazing on you!
    I recently tried out the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Abu Dhabi and I love it! Perfect shade of nude! 🙂

  17. Stacy 13th February 2016 / 11:26 pm


  18. Katie 19th February 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Ahhh I LOVE LOVE LOVE the BY TERRY Lipsticks! Totally agree with Lydia on this one 🙂
    The colour lasts for so long it’s incred!
    I think this one is the lightest colour they have, I asked in Fenwick and she called it Lady Bare.

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