The Ultimate Guide To The Best Nude Lipsticks For Your Gorgeous Olive Skin

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We are here to help you find the best nude lipsticks for olive skin

Finding the perfect nude lipstick for olive skin is no mean feat. If it’s too light, you can resemble the walking dead. And if it is too dark, it’ll look like you’re trying to be retro but failed miserably.

So to help you avoid this makeup faux pas, we at HerStyleAsia decided to reveal our best kept secrets and share the ultimate guide to nude lipsticks for olive skin.   

7 Best nude lipsticks for olive skin

We have tried and tested all of these seven everyday nude lipsticks that best compliment an olive skin. But just know that like different skin types what might work on one, may not work on the other.

That’s why we’ve done the research for you and categorised each of these nude lipsticks on the basis of pigmentation, texture, staying power as well as fragrance.

We’ve also sorted it from affordable drugstore to high-end luxury.

#1 NYX Cosmetics Round Lipstick in Sash | S$10.89

The NYX Extra Creamy Round lipstick is soft on the lips thanks to its cream finish. This is a beautiful warm peachy nude with pink undertones, and the mineral-based formula is buildable to medium coverage.

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Image courtesy: NYX Cosmetics

What we love about it:

  • This lipstick is quite moisturising on the lip even though it is not a lip gloss or a balm.
  • The formula is buildable and slightly sheer and lets your natural lip pigment peek through, but it’s certainly a “my lips but better” pick.
  • The transparent bottom of the bullet reveals the colour, making it easy to identify as the perfect nude lipsticks for olive skin.

What we don’t love:

  • This lipstick is not long wearing and you can survive with it on your lips for just about two to three hours. So if you still love the colour, reapplication is key.  
  • The lipstick also has a strange fragrance and if you are not into dishwasher smells, stay away.
  • As with all bullet lipsticks, this one is also quite soft so you may have to tread with caution if you travel with it to hotter climates.  

#2 Maybelline Stormy Sahara Lipstick, ‘The Buffs’ Collection | S$7.97

Maybelline “The Buffs” Lip Color in Stormy Sahara is also hydrating on the lips and has a creamy texture with satin finish. So that means you will get a mild sheen. This light apricot peach is buildable up to full coverage. So it will enhance your rose and orange undertones.  

 nude lipsticks for olive skin

Image courtesy: Maybelline

What we love about it:

  • The Stormy Sahara glides comfortably on the lips and even lasts for about four hours- making it to our list of top nude lipsticks for olive skin.
  • Its texture is also amazing (smooth and creamy). The moisturizing formula is also pretty pigmented, leaving your lips soft and smooth without feeling dry.
  • It looks beautiful on light and medium olive skin tones, and even those with highly pigmented lips can wear this easily.

What we don’t love:

  • If you haven’t exfoliated your lips properly, chances are this lipstick will settle into the cracks. To get better wear out of it, try using a lip balm underneath.
  • Again, this lipstick also has a cookie dough fragrance. Hey! If you’re into it, give it a go.

#3 Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Crème Brulée | S$15.90

The Revlon Crème Brulée Lip Butter is quite buttery (as the name suggests) and soft on the lips and glides like a dream. It has a semi-sheer gel formula with buildable up to medium coverage. This is also a beautiful light translucent brown and has peach undertones.

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Image courtesy: ULTA

What we love about it:

  • The Crème Brulée lipstick is soothing and hydrating on the lips and doesn’t stick to them. This leaves dry lips moisturised for a short time.  
  • The creamy semi-sheer formula looks beautiful on application and the matching-color cap is an added attraction for sure.
  • It blends beautifully even with a naturally pigmented lip and adds a touch of shimmer to it.  

What we don’t like:

  • Though the formula is better than a gloss, it needs constant reapplication. It can survive upto three hours at the most, if you don’t drink or eat anything.  
  • Its color might also fade and it might become drying after the initial hour or so.
  • The faint fragrance might put off those who don’t like any in their cosmetic products.

#4 MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick | S$33

A cult favourite, the MAC lipstick in Velvet Teddy contains vitamins E and C with a hint of vanilla and has a full-coverage matte formula. This is one of the most popular nude lipsticks for olive skin because of its soft brown-toned nude with peach undertones.

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Image courtesy: MAC Cosmetics

What we love about it:

  • As is the case with most MAC lipsticks, Velvet Teddy is also highly pigmented and it applies smoothly without settling into the cracks.  
  • The vitamin-enriched formula also acts as a sunscreen protecting your lips under the sun and you will still have a slight sheen.
  • Since it is a matte lipstick it is pretty long lasting so it will stay put for a good five to six hours, and even lasts you through meals and drinks.

What we don’t love:

  • If you are not a fan of any fragrance, you might not like it. But the vanilla scent is not overpowering.
  • Like all matte lipsticks, it can be slightly drying so you might have to apply a thin lip balm underneath.

#5 NARS Belle De Jour Lipstick | S$33.50

The NARS lipstick in Belle De Jour is infused with vitamin E and the sheer creamy formula works to nourish and protect the lips. The colour is a gorgeous beige nude with slight peachy undertones and it is also a lightweight formula with buildable coverage.

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Image courtesy: NARS Cosmetics

What we love about it:

  • For those who love a natural look, the Belle De Jour provides a very sheer and smooth look and can enhance your natural lip colour.
  • The formula is non-drying and applies smoothly so with each layer, you get a subtle glow.

What we don’t love:

  • Although it is not drying, this lipstick is also not exactly moisturising.
  • It also cannot hide highly pigmented lips, if you happen to have a pair.
  • The Belle De Jour might need you to touch up because its staying power is only as strong  as three to four hours.
  • Like most other nude lipsticks for olive skin or any for that matter, you will need go exfoliate.

#6 Dior Rose Montaigne – Nude Beige (219)| S$49.43

Although pricey, the Rouge Dior Couture Colour, satin to matte combines “natural hydrating mango butter-along with Aroelat Samphira.” It is a semi-sheer creamy formula that moisturises and adds a natural glow to the lips. It has a light-brown tone with peachy undertones and adds a shine to the lips.

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Image courtesy: Dior

What we love about it:

  • As with most Dior lipsticks, the Nude Beige also sits lightly on your lips. It will add a natural-looking blush to your lips and your natural lip colour will show through.  
  • The color, though sheer is surprisingly long lasting, and can stay put for a good five hours without drying your lips.
  • It has a very slight fragrance, which most people will not be averse to.  
  • It looks gorgeous on most olive tones because it enhances the natural shade, adding a dash of peachy brown.

What we don’t love about it:

  • It is pricey!
  • It won’t necessarily hide your pigmentation, if that’s the purpose of your purchase.

#7 Tom Ford Lip Color in Sable Smoke (#14) | S$68.30

The Tom Ford Sable Smoke lipstick is nurturing on the lips and has a beautiful honey-coloured nude that is perfectly blended with warm peachy tones. It does have a thick creamy formula that gives you an opaque buildable coverage with a slight sheen.

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Image courtesy: Tom Ford

What we love about it:

  • This lipstick will certainly feel luxurious on your lips and is quite creamy and soothing. It won’t settle into the cracks of your lips either
  • Its staying power is impressive and it can last you five hours without looking cake(y) or drying your lips.

What we don’t love:

  • Pricey!
  • The formula is slightly thick and you may need some more time for application.

Now that you have a list to choose from, here’s our pro tip on how to enhance the appearance of your nude lipsticks on olive skin.

3 ways to make your nude lipsticks for olive skin more radiant  

  • Exfoliate dry lips. Think of this as the most important rule to follow before applying any lipstick- exfoliate. This ensures that you prepare a smooth canvas and remove any dead skin or dryness.
  • Use a lip liner: When you pick a natural shade, it’s important to line it with a lip liner which is a smidgen darker than the lipstick. This will enhance the look of the lipstick and make your lips look fuller.
  • Add gloss for added oomph! If a matte look is what you’re going for, then stick with the lipstick you have. But it’s always best to top up your nude lipstick with a gloss. It keeps your lips moisturised, and lifts the colour and makes the lips look fuller.

Just remember that the purpose of a nude lipstick is to enhance the natural colour of the lips. So always wear nude lipsticks that compliments your natural skin tone (link to skin tone post).

Such lip shades also allow you to play with strong eyeshadow colours and bold makeup looks.

Also read: Can you get herpes from tester lipsticks?   

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj