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Lips We Love: Matte Red, Nude and Pink For All Skintones

Inclusivity in makeup is a big deal (well to us anyway). Thankfully more and more beauty brands, ranging from indie to high-end, are popping up with the sole intention of diversifying the industry; and it’s not just foundations they’re upping the ante with.

These days you can find a great nude, red or pink lipstick, regardless of your skin tone or budget.

In this ‘Lips we Love’ mini-series, we’ll be revealing our favourite lipsticks; from mattes to glosses.

The days of chalky colours and ill-fitting finishes aren’t quite behind us, but we can see the pigmented promised land ahead.

Here are a few of our favourite Red, Nude and Pink Matte Lipsticks, to flatter every skin tone.  



NYX SOft MAtte Lip Berlin Dark Skin 

Deep: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Berlin - (£6, ASOS )

This silky matte cream has a soft formula, high pigmentation, and a hydrating effect. The shade can be easily built up, and is a gorgeous neutral, for deep skin tones.

INGLOT 425 Lipstick Swatch 

Medium: Inglot Matte Lipstick - 425 (£13, Inglot)

A “your lips but better” shade, this nude lipstick has pink tones and a lovely matte finish. It enhances your natural lip colour, while adding a subtle definition to your look.


Fair: MAC - Honey Love (£16.50, LookFantastic

This creamy matte is perfect for paler skin tones. Balancing between light pink and sandy beige, this shade is flattering and barely there.



Black Up Pink Lipstick N03

Deep: Black Up - N03 (£21, Debenhams)

A fiery hot pink never goes out of style. This shade is longwearing, comfortable, and so pigmented! The colour payoff is great, and the hue is stunning against deeper skin tones.

CHarlotte Tilbury Lipstick Medium Skintones 

Medium: Charlotte Tilbury - Lost Cherry (£24, CharlotteTilbury)

This shade is so cute - a pastel fuchsia is hard to come by, and this is all you need. Flattering on medium skin tones, this hue has a lot of sunny vibrancy and warmth.

 Illamasqua Pink Lipstick

Fair: Illamasqua - Corrupt (£20, Illamasqua)

A true matte formula with extremely cool undertones, this blue-tinged pink is great for lighter skin tones.




Rihanna Red Lipstick 

Deep: Coloured Raine - Cherry Blossom

(£15, BeautyBay)

This beloved shade is a show stopper, and has celebrity fans such as Rihanna. It’s a drop-dead red, highlight pigmented and literally made for deeper, warmer skin tones.


Medium: MAC - Ruby Woo (£16.50, MAC

A classic go-to, this lipstick is versatile and well-known, but it truly excels on medium skin tones. With vivid pigmentation, this red is striking and sultry.


Fair: LA Splash - Retro Bettie (£9.95, BeautyBay

A colder toned liquid lipstick, this hue is ideal for fairer skin tones to create a glam, vampy look. Inspired by pin-up glitz, this shade is eye catching and chic.

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