Bending the Budget: Nude Lipsticks

In Bending the Budget, we explore both high-end and budget-friendly beauty products you can use to achieve the same goal. They might not necessarily be dupes, but rather recommendations based on what I like about both products, or what they claim to accomplish.


As I’m trying to incorporate more color into my summer eye makeup, nude lipstick has been a staple part of my makeup looks. In fact, a perfect nude lipstick in a makeup collection is like the little black dress of a woman’s wardrobe. It’s essential, versatile, and simply: a must-have. Since you will undoubtedly get a ton of use out of your go-to neutral lippy, you have a little room to splurge, knowing you’ll get your money’s worth.


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For Fairer Skin Tones:

Splurge: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Salut | Save: e.l.f Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff
With lighter skin tones, you want to choose neutral lipsticks that lean a bit pink so that you’re not completely washed out. These two beiges have pink undertones with a smooth, creamy finish.

For Medium Skin Tones:

Splurge: theBalm Balm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid | Save: Maybelline ColorSensational Buffs Stormy Sahara
In my opinion, medium skin tones can choose from the largest variety of neutral lip shades. Stormy Sahara is a muted apricot shade, while Mai Billsbepaid is mauve— different, but both very versatile for a range of skin tones. In fact, Mai Billsbepaid is almost the exact same color as my lips, while Stormy Sahara gives me a bit more warmth for when my makeup look calls for that.

For Dark Skin Tones:

Splurge: MAC Lipstick in O | Save: Rimmel London Show off Lip Lacquer in Galaxy
Plummy browns always look great on ladies with deeper skin tones. The Show Off Lip Lacquer is a liquid lipstick with very subtle golden shimmer. MAC’s O has a richer, red undertone with more noticeable golden shimmer and opaque application.

No matter what your shade, you can choose light, medium, or dark neutral lips to compliment a plethora of different looks. These are the shades that will never go out of style, so even if you splurge, you can keep a clear conscious.

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