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By Michelle Rostamian
Ask any beauty lover what their go-to lip shade is, and we guarantee you’ll be met with “pinky nude” as their answer.
Sure, it’s fun to switch up your lip color for the season (we’ll be the first to profess our love for a creamsicle orange during the spring and a vampy merlot for fall and winter), but there’s something about a pinky nude lipstick that works. No matter the occasion, time of day, or makeup look you’re going for, this hue complements it all.
So, if you want to be on your A-game with pinky nudes this year, take a peek at our roundup of the best options.
Lip balm meets lipstick in this sheer yet buildable formula from Merit.
Thanks to ingredients like squalane and raspberry oil, your lips will never be left feeling chapped or dry — even when temps dip.
The shade Baby is especially eye-catching: it’s a neutral pink that’s wearable on all skin tones.
If you’re looking for a pink that leans nude, try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Satin Lipstick in the shade Haze, which boasts a formula that’s as creamy as it is longwearing. It’ll never settle into any fine lines on your lips and has a bold color payoff that only requires one swipe.
Pair it with a black smokey eye and get ready for the compliments to come pouring in.
A lipstick shade like Halo from Saint Jane is like a good pair of jeans — reliable and easy to pair with anything.
We especially love that its barely-there nude color is complemented with pink undertones. Plus, the formula contains shea butter and avocado oil to keep lips nice and hydrated.
One of the things we love about Tarte’s Maracuja Juicy Lipstick is that its packaging is slim and compact, making it easy to store in your fanny pack when the day calls for apple picking.
As for the formula? It’s filled with maracuja oil and superfruits to keep lips looking plump and moisturized. Go for the shade Rose, a neutral pink beige that’ll quickly become your go-to on brisk days.
What’s $10, insanely pigmented, and keeps lips comfortable? ColourPop’s cult-favorite Lippie Stix.
The formula is infused with hydrating ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter, and the shade Oh Snap is perfect for throwing on for an afternoon at the pumpkin patch. It’s a full-coverage shade that can be worn on its own or paired with a gloss on top for a shinier finish.
Kevyn Aucoin’s Unforgettable Lipstick is just that: unforgettable.
The slim body allows for precise application (really, you won’t need a mirror to apply) while the creamy formula feels buttery on the lips (even though it has a matte finish). The color Uninterrupted is a warm pinky-nude that can be worn during any time of year.
Lip blushing is all the rage this season, but if you’re not ready to go under the needle, you can still achieve similar results.
Cue the Just B Cosmetics Lip Spectrum, a double-sided multi-dimensional lipstick that features a deeper liquid lipstick on one end and a lighter lipstick on the other, all in the same color family. Not Just Champagne is what we’re after this year — the dusty pink lipstick pairs beautifully with the chocolatey brown liquid lipstick.
The result? A gorgeous combination that’ll last through every sip of your overpriced almond milk latte.
We’d be remiss to do a roundup of the best pinky-nudes and not include Pillowtalk Original from Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution line.
The iconic shade has garnered quite the following among celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty buffs alike — in fact, one is sold every two minutes, according to the brand.
The shade looks good on every skin tone, lasts up to 10 hours, and is made with antioxidant-rich ingredients to condition the lips. Plus, the angled square tip makes it so easy to get to those hard-to-reach corners.
On top of the formula being easy to glide on, Lime Crime’s Soft Touch Lipstick comes with bold packaging that’s hard to ignore (we wouldn’t expect anything less from the eclectic brand).
Swipe on Stellar Pink for your next fall date night for some serious color payoff and longevity.
Love having options? This lipstick shade from Elizabeth Arden will look different depending on what lip liner you pair with it — a mauve one will lean into the nude undertones while a pink one will brighten it up.
Either way, your lips will always feel hydrated thanks to the maracuja oil and vitamin E you’ll find in the formula.
Babor’s Creamy Lipstick packaging is something you’ll be proud to whip out no matter where you are, but it’s the plumping formula that’ll keep you coming back for more.
The shade 08 is a subtle pinky-nude that adds the perfect amount of sheen to dry lips à la moisturizing mango butter.
If you’re part of the #chronicdrylips club, you’ll appreciate the fact that the Grande Cosmetics Plumping Lipstick features a stripe of lip-nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft, supple, and hydrated.
As for the color Au Naturel? It delivers opaque payoff upon first swipe. Reach for this on rushed mornings you don’t have time to apply a balm and a lipstick — your lips will thank you.