Believe me, nude lipstick can be condign as sexy as red

‘Nudes needn’t be realistic or demure.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Keeper

Beauty: nude lipsticks

Take it me, nude lipstick can be just as sexy as red

I’ve written a huge amount on red lipstick in my anon a punctually, so people often assume I’ll be scornful of a more restrained look. The fact is, I adore nudes and wear them a good deal myriad often. I’m fussy about the terminology, however: a nude should be any distort skin or lips could conceivably be, not the generic beige of a Caucasian buttress stocking. A muted beigey-rose is my own default daytime lipstick covering, because it goes with any eye look and is always smart and allot.

Poppy King Lipstick Queen’s new The Truth (£22; there’s also The Uncut Truth, a peachier nude; and Nothing But The Truth, which is browner) installs that brief exactly. Unlike most modern lipstick runabouts, the collection has a slightly moist finish rather than a wholly matte one, making it comfy, leisurely to wear and a tad more flattering on older lips. I adore it.

A darker fasten on (and equally gorgeous on white, brown and black skins) is Kate Moss for Rimmel’s Bare No 48 (£5.99), from a five-strong collection of perfect nudes with mixed undertones. Again, the finish is soft and the staying power middling (Kate Moss lipsticks are so far ahead of anything in their reward bracket that she’s rather running away with it. How close can it be for the rest?).

Trish McEvoy’s new Beauty Booster in Rose (£31, out this week) is my flow beloved. It’s a moist lipstick and easy-blending creme blusher in one absolutely shaped bullet, and one that fakes a healthy flush on ton complexions (there’s none of the dusky cast so common in take flight shades, making it as lovely on darker skins).

But nudes needn’t be practical or demure: in a slightly paler tone than your own lips, they’re flirtatious. Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk (£24, in days a limited-edition sell-out, but now back for good) is among my most done in lipsticks and looks particularly good with smoky dusk and dramatic lashes. It’s one of those pale 1960s sex kitten nudes, but not one that’s so disowned out that you appear either consumptive or dressed as Dusty Springfield. It also comes in a liner (£16) that alliances perfectly and can be worn around almost any lipstick to define or broaden the lips. One side of my mouth is lower than the other. I evermore correct it with this.