Move Over Red Lipstick, It’s All About The Nudes

Images of bright, bold, iconic red lips. The look of confidence? We thought so too.

Surprisingly, women have stepped forward and claimed that in actual fact, it’s nude colored lipsticks that make them feel better about themselves. When quizzed about their self-confidence and their natural beauty for SkinStore’s survey, three quarters of ladies got lippy about their choice.

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When asked which lipstick shade gave them more self-confidence, nude shades were voted the number 1, making women feel more attractive and ‘prettier’.

The question is: bright pillar-box lipstick, where art thou? It scrapes in at number 5. In second place was pink shades, followed by deep berry red.

With the ‘no make-up make-up’ look becoming much more popular throughout 2016, this natural, stripped back and muted color palette suggests women feel much more confident when wearing neutral shades. Even bareMinerals have used this whole nude, matte trend to develop their latest lip color lines, GEN NUDE.

In case you don’t currently sit within the three quarters of women who feel this way, we’ve shared a few thoughts as to why we agree with the statement. Don’t get us wrong – we still bow down to the red lip – but there are so many more benefits to nude shades than you think, especially when it comes to self-confidence:

  • Nude lipsticks can be re-applied to build up intensity, but it will never look ‘too much’ or ‘too dramatic’
  • The range of nude lip products available look just as ‘wow’ with a gloss finish as they do all matte and shine-free.
  • Nude shades actually give the illusion of more surface area, making lips look bigger. Winner!
  • Of all the shades, nude colors stand out more with lip liner, meaning you can play with plumping, shading and enlarging as you please!




Create a creamy nude with this sheer lip topcoat, instantly transforming lip color into a shiny, creamy pastel. Wear alone or over lipstick to soften color


DuWop's Iced Teas are our favorite translucent lip treatments that pack the punch of exotic fruit flavor. Subtle cooling effect and the slightest hint of nude color


This shade 'Tease' is a creamy, dreamy nude from Illamasqua. The Glamore Lipstick is enriched with moisturizing Vitamin E and is super long-wearing!


The 'cult' shade from the bareMinerals GEN NUDE lip colors is to die for! A rich cream-to-matte color blending in with your natural lip shade.


This Blissful crayon has shimmery, golden undertones, with a soft and creamy application that is easy to blend.


Plump up your pout with a glossy nude in the form of Fusion Beauty LipFusion Plump and Shine Gloss. The Pillow Talk shade is neutral enough to pull of the striking nude look from day to night


Lipstick Queen's Bare Nude shade does exactly what it says on the tine. It glides on with an intense, deep nude color, which looks amazing when lined with a darker lipliner.

For more lipstick inspiration, check out the full collection here.

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