5 Nude Lips for Pale AF Folks

Sunday, 19 June 2016

When you’re super pale – that is, so pale that most high street foundations are too dark for you – it can be challenging to find nude lipsticks that actually suit your skin tone. This gets more challenging still when, like me, you only buy cruelty free products! Fortunately (or unfortunately for my wallet…) I’ve become quite the lip product fiend over the years, and thought I’d share five of my favourite nude shades for pale ladies that are regulars in my lip rotation.


First up is the only gloss of the bunch and, frankly, the only lip gloss product that I actually enjoying wearing. The NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Tiramisu is an almost perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade for me. It’s a natural looking lip colour that’s ever so slightly brown leaning (compared to similar shades in the range that tend to be more pink than I’d like) and it’s a perfect lip product for those days when you just can’t really be bothered to commit to a lipstick. This particular shade would likely suit any undertone as it’s pretty neutral, plus it would also look great on plenty of darker skin tones too.

Unlike other glosses, the NYX Butter Glosses aren’t super sticky – they just feel a bit slick on the lips, and although they’re not long lasting, the formula and the fact that they’re quite sheer mean that they fade pretty well and are quick and easy to re-apply. It won’t last through food or drinking but it’s so fool-proof to put on that it really doesn’t even matter. This is my go to lip product when I want to just put on something that will pull my face together and make it look as though I tried, but that will look flattering even after fading and will require nothing more than a couple of swipes to reapply later on.

The first of two lipsticks from GOSH I’ve picked is their Velvet Touch Lipstick in the shade Nude. Their standard lipsticks have a very luxurious, creamy formula that applies and lasts well but doesn’t have quite as much staying power as liquid lipsticks or some higher end brands. Nude (although it looks very pink in the photo) is another MLBB lipstick that just about matches my lips, but enhances them too. In the tube it has a bit of a peachier tone to it, but it can be applied as heavy or as lightly as you like for a sheer or opaque finish. This particular product is a little bit warmer toned, but not so much so that it would look awful on cooler toned folks.

The second GOSH product is their Velvet Touch Lipstick in the shade Darling. Now, some people might remember this one being all the rage about three or four years ago – everyone was raving about it online. After a while, the appeal must have disappeared because instead bloggers seemed to liken it to the days when people had super light, concealer lips and didn’t count it among their favourites any more.

I’m not ashamed to say that I still love this lipstick. I featured it in my autumn makeup look last year, and I still think it looks great on me. It is a very light shade and it can look overdone if you pack it on, but swept over for a more sheer look or even just dabbed on with your finger and blended out a little, it’s super flattering and is perfect for enhancing the lips a tad but allowing the rest of the focus to go to your eyes. I love using Darling to compliment smoky eyes and more intense eye looks, but it also looks great without there being any drama elsewhere on your face. In the tube this does basically look like a light, neutral concealer but don’t let that put you off!

One of my most used lip products for the longest time was the Sleek MakeUp Matte Me Lipstick in Birthday Suit. This is a slightly darker, faintly brown-leaning liquid lipstick that looks lighter in the tube than it does on my lips. This was the first liquid lipstick I ever tried, and I’ve clung to it for so long because it took the UK a wee while to catch up to the US and elsewhere in terms of the liquid lipstick craze so Sleek was basically all I had.

The formula is relatively long lasting but disappears at the first sight of oil, however the fact that it’s a nude shade means that it fades in a flattering way and after eating something greasy, the edges still hold up fantastically even if the middle disappears. It’s easy to reapply though and doesn’t clump or cake with reapplication, so top ups are as simple as swiping a little more over any spots where it’s melted off.

Last but by no means least is a new favourite of mine, Colourpop Ultra Matte in the shade Midi. This was one that grew on me – when I first tried it, I was a bit disappointed both by how light it was and how pink it looked on my lips. It seemed much more neutral in the tube, and when I first tried testing it out it also really caked onto dry patches and sunk into the lines in my lips.

Once I started playing around with it a bit more though, I fell in love with it. Exfoliating and using a lip balm beforehand is a must, but this has become my go-to matte lip product when I want a nude that has a bit of a faint pink kick to it too. From what I’ve read though, what this looks like on your lips will vary wildly depending on your natural lip colour – on me it looks like a subtle, almost pastel pink nude so don’t expect it to look identical on you. Oh, and the staying power. Honestly, the Colourpop UltraMatte formula is incredible and I can’t wait to get more one day – it took a lot of willpower not to order the entire range even before I’d tried one, now it’s going to be next to impossible. This doesn’t fade after drinking, barely fades after eating and is kiss proof (as long as you’re not full on sucking face).

Left to right: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu, GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Nude, GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling, Sleek MakeUp Matte Me Lipstick in Birthday Suit, Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi

Excuse the awful swatches (I have yet to master the art of this…), but hopefully they help to illustrate what these look like side-by-side. As you can see, Darling is easily the lightest shade and Birthday Suit the darkest, with Midi being more pink-toned and Nude peach-toned. Despite the subtle differences in undertone though, all five shades look great on me and I think they’d look gorgeous on most other pale babes out there too.

What are your favourite nude lip products?


  1. Fab post hun, I love the look of the sleek and the colour pop one. My favourite has to be Kat Von D in shade Lolita, its such a dreamy shade of nude.

    1. Thank you! I haven't tried any of Kat Von D's stuff but I just heard it's coming to the UK soon so I can't wait to get my hands on some of the liquid lipsticks!

  2. I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying it! I'm pale AF too, and NYX Tiramisu is one of my favorite nudes as well. Like you, I almost never wear gloss, but I love the Butter Gloss formula. A more recent discovery is Bourjois Rouge Edition in Beige Trench, which has a slight greige lean but manages to work with my complexion.

    1. Yay, I'm glad! The Butter Gloss formula is just fantastic, I'm thinking about trying the intense ones too. Oh I love greige colours, I have a couple in my collection that I imagine my partner and family aren't fans of but that I adore anyway. :P

  3. I love the look of Birthday Suit by Sleek the most out of all the other lipsticks. It is such a gorgeous dark nude! By the way, it suits you a lot :) x

  4. The nude GOSH lipstick looks gorgeous on you (all these shades do tbh!) and I really need to get round to trying Sleek Birthday Suit, it's lovely! xx


    1. Thank you! :D You should, and it's so affordable! Can't recommend it enough as a first, cheap foray into liquid lipsticks too.

  5. Fab post!
    I love nyx lippies but they all seem to contain beeswax :(
    Does the nyx shade you show contain it? It's beautiful and I wants! Haha x


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