'Nude' is a misleading term - by very definition, what one person thinks when they think 'nude' is most likely completely different from the next person's imagining - which is why we've selected a spectrum of naked lip colours to flatter an array of skin tones.

Make up artist Troy Surratt says that the 'best nudes are quite sheer and have the same finish as lips - neither shiny nor matte' - think 'just-licked'...

If you're {fair skinned}

You can pull off that slightly 'rubbed out' '60s look by almost matching your lip colour to you complexion (but not quite). Nudestix {Lip & Cheek Pencil} in 'Flesh' is a pale peachy shade - just apply balm on top for an 'I'm with the band' vibe.

For something more appropriate for everyday, take a good look at your bare lip colour. If they're naturally pale, select a beige-rose shade that won't leave you looking washed out - Surratt's {Lipslique} in 'Chuchoter' (it means 'whisper' in French) is perfect.

Or, if your lips look flushed with a pink-red tone, enhance their youthful plumpness with a corresponding rosy shade. BY TERRY's {Hyaluronic Sheer Nude} in 'Nude Pulp' is gorgeous for a dewy, 'your lips but better' look.

If you've a {medium skin tone}

Don't think you can't go 'pale and interesting' with your lipstick. As long as you choose something satin-textured, you'll avoid looking overly made up. Choose a sheer beige - Kaplan MD's {Perfect Pout Lipstick} in 'Santa Monica' looks stunning against olive complexions.

Alternatively, choose a golden 'nude' that neutralise pink tones and enhances skin's caramel colour. Something with a subtle fleck of shimmer is incredibly complimentary - Pixi's {Liplift Max} in 'Honey Sheen' is a gorgeous lip-plumping gloss, or try Charlotte Tilbury's {K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick} in shade 'Hepburn Honey' - it's a beautiful beige with a creamy texture.

And if your lip perimeter is naturally darker than the centre, choosing the right nude can prove tricky. In this case, opt for something semi-matte to help even things out, with a flattering, warm tawny-pink hue; try Jouer's best-loved {Long-Wear Lip} in 'Crème Brulee'.

If you have {dark skin}

A rich chocolate-berry will look stunning. If it's got a slight shimmer - even better. Jouer's new {Long-Wear Lip Crème} in 'Clove' - a deep, burgundy brown with a foil-effect finish. Or go 'au naturel' and gild lips with Lipstick Queen's {Queen Bee} - which is a sheer, hydrating balm with golden flecks to visually augment while imparting a whisper of shimmer.

Or try a creamy, rosy brown like Surratt's {Lipslique} in shade 'Eglantine', or Huda Beauty's {Liquid Matte} in shade 'Vixen'. The latter's velvety-matte, long-lasting finish feels comfortable while looking wonderfully sumptuous.

And if you want to neutralise red tones so lips appear more 'nude', track down a lipstick with a slightly yellow tone - this won't translate as 'yellow' when applied. NYX Professional Makeup's {Lip Lingerie} in the shade 'Teddy' is a suede-effect matte formula, while BY TERRY's {Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur} in 'Toffee Cream' is sheer, shiny and infinitely versatile.

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