12 amazing natural lipstick shades starting at $4

This season’s lip trend is a far cry from boring old beige. Find your shade among these fresh pink and orange infused nudes.

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It’s time to lighten up! Along with more sunshine and breezy sundresses, a delicate natural lip is in for spring. But make no mistake, that doesn’t mean just one color, or even a standard beige. The new nudes range from beautiful dusk roses to pale pinks and taupe warmed with hints of coral.

Stars from Zendaya to Cate Blanchett are wearing nude colored blush tones, and even the queen of the red lip, Taylor Swift, has been trading in her usual deep vermilion for a soft nude lately. The pop artist appeared at the iHeartRadio Music Awards show last week wearing an ever so slightly rosy natural hue.

The key to following the nude beauty trend is to make sure your lipstick choice isn’t too nude for your skin-tone. (Because if you go too light you’ll risk looking like Drew Barrymore’s character in Never Been Kissed. And nobody wants that!)

Find your perfect shade below, then check out our tips on how best to apply your shade for a lightweight, feminine, au naturel look.

Lipstick must-haves

Lancome Rouge In Love lip color in Sweet Embrace

For a fresh rosy look, invest in a tube of Lancôme Rouge In Love lip color in Sweet Embrace ($29, Sephora).

A beautiful matte rosy beige, this Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint crayon in Whisper ($24, Tarte Cosmetics), will complement fair skin and is easy to apply.

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Apply Clinique’s Long Lasting Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Beauty ($17, Clinique) lightly for a more nude than dusky rose look.

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A soft matte beige with a hint of dusty pink, this Blankety shade of Mac lipstick is light but feminine ($17, Mac Cosmetics).

hanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color in Pensive

Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color in Pensive has rose undertones, but stays close to your lip color ($37, Chanel).

A beige-nude that’s a little darker than your skin can make lips stand out without looking overdone. This Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Praline Cream ($28, Laura Mercier) glides on ultra softly, has a little feminine shine, and will subtly deepen your natural lip color.

This nude pink shade from NARS in Cruising ($28, Sephora) matches an olive skin tone, as it is slightly pinker. (Olive skin tones should avoid neutral or tan tones that are too yellow.)

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Always a fan of classic and nude lip colors, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a browned pink nude color on her recent trip to India, similar to this Rimmel London The Only One Lipstick in Naughty Nude ($7, Rimmel).

Mac’s A Sprinkle of Magic lipstick

Try Mac’s A Sprinkle of Magic lipstick. With subtle pinky-orange tones, this nude is great for peachy-pale complexions ($17, Mac Cosmetics).

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A darker nude with a touch of orange will look great on tanned skin tones. Try Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick in Nude Kate ($32, Nordstrom).

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Incognito has a peachy tint, and the price is definitely right ($4, Target).

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Marc Jacobs is a splurge at $32 for a tube, but one that’s well worth it, especially in this long-lasting pink hue with peach undertones. Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip in Understudy ($30, Marc Jacobs).

APPLICATION TIPS:

Dab instead of swiping. To get the most natural look, dab the lipstick on to your lips. The shade will go on slightly lighter than if you swipe the stick across your lips. (Do two dabbing coats if you desire more color.)

Blend gently with your finger or use a small lip brush to carefully apply the lip color you choose, diminishing the stark outline a lipstick typically creates.

Go matte for daytime events, but add a little clear gloss at the dip of your cupid’s bow. This trick will catch the light to make your lips look fuller, as well as a touch more feminine.

Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer
Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.