Odd Enough The one trick that will help you find the perfect nude lipstick

A mistake a lot of people make is that they think a neutral lipstick should be flesh-toned, but that can wash you out.

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Natural-looking beauty is all the rage right now, as people put down their intense contouring kits and start embracing full brows, barely-there foundation, and nude lips.

But nailing the right shade of neutral lipstick is really damn hard.

Aside from spending a full day in Sephora swatching until the stars align, how the heck do you find the best shade for your skin tone that's flattering—and still shows off your natural pout?

A mistake a lot of people make is that they think a neutral lipstick should be flesh-toned, but that can wash you out.

“A trick I love to use is to pull down your bottom lip and choose a shade that most closely matches the inside,” says makeup artist Mally Roncal.

“That color tends to be a little darker than your natural lip color, and looks super flattering.” Mind. Blown.

And thankfully, in general most makeup rules apply when picking out a lipstick, says makeup artist Jamie Greenberg.

For example, if you tend to wear cooler tones because you have a cooler complexion, keep up that trend when picking out your neutral.

If you tend to like lipsticks with more pink in them, find a cool-based neutral; if you veer towards bricks and browns, pick a neutral with a warmer base.

Here's how to master a full brow to complement your nude lip:

From there, you can play with finishes, says Mally. “Shine gives more of a healthier, plumper lip,” she says, while matte can look a bit more flat. It all depends on your preference.

Check out our favorite neutral shades right now, below:

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From left to right:

  1. Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lipstick in Truffle Tease

  2. Mally H3 Lipstick in Nudeish

  3. Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter

  4. Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Honey Nude

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