You’ll read it in a magazine or hear it from your barkada beauty guru: somewhere in the world, there is a nude lipstick made for you. If you’ve found it already, consider yourself lucky! But if not, we totally get how the quest for the best shade is a challenge. Nudes go one of two ways: either they enhance your natural beauty or make you look like the living dead. Cue your mother’s well-meaning concern: “You’re looking pale today, honey. You OK?” Ouch.

Now, what if we told you that you don’t have to look far and wide for the perfect shade of nude? What if we told you, in fact, that no matter what your skin tone, there is a universal shade that magically fits all (à la The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants)?

That shade is rosy-nude, a classic neutral infused with a healthy, natural pink. It’s the kind of nude that looks so subtle it’ll leave people guessing if you did something different. A good example would be Wet n’ Wild’s Mega Last Lip Color in In The Flesh.
In the Flesh is a matte pinkish-nude, and we at the BeautyMNL office love it. It’s a versatile shade that can be worn every day to help you transition from sweet slumber into alive ‘n’ kicking. But enough talk—more evidence! With my makeup artist persuasion, I got six of the ladies at work, all with different skin tones, to try this lippie on for size. See the results for yourself!

TAN SKIN

Left: Steph
“This nude lipstick is neither too beige nor too pink against my skin tone. A lot of nudes tend to wash me out, which is why I prefer to wear red lipstick. But surprisingly, this particular shade actually makes me look alive, even without a pop of color.”

Right: Angie
“I prefer nudes over bold lipstick colors, but it’s rare to find one that looks good against my tan. This lipstick is an exception though. Not only does it complement my skin, it gives a subtle yet enhanced look of my natural lip color. Plus, I love how it glides smoothly on my lips!”

MEDIUM SKIN

Left: Hillary
“This rosy brown lipstick is my go-to for every day. It amazingly works with almost anything I could be wearing. Plus, whenever I get lazy about dressing up, putting this on makes me look and feel instantly put-together.”

Right: Bing
“I prefer the natural look as much as possible, so I have to say, this lipstick is the best! It’s definitely my everyday lipstick, and a my-lips-but-better kind of color.”

FAIR SKIN

Left: Mara
“Super love this nude lipstick! Its pinkish hue doesn’t give me a sickly or washed-out look, and it really complements my skin color! I love that it’s super affordable, too—a great find for the office!”

Right: Erika
“Most days I look like a vampire. Nowadays I look human—all thanks to this magical tube. I love how this lipstick looks great on me even when I’m wearing absolutely no makeup.”

Bet you want a rosy-nude lipstick of your own right now! For a similar shade, I would recommend Taupe by MAC or Dolce Vita by NARS. Cheaper alternatives are Menow’s Kiss Proof Soft Lipstick in #9 and City Color’s Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino —but as a makeup artist, let me tell you that In the Flesh was my favorite from the lot. My only recommendation is that you wear a lip balm underneath, since the Mega Last Lip Color line is super mattifying. The balm will make the lipstick sit better on your lips instead of seeping into any cracks and crevices.

In conclusion, rosy-nude lippies work for most, if not all, skin colors. They complement warm, cool, or neutral undertones—and undertones should always be taken into consideration when choosing lipstick (or any makeup color, for that matter). Grab yourself a tube if you’re in the market for a new nude, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here’s what the color looks like on me:
I have a medium skin tone with neutral undertones shining through, so I usually opt for shades like this one. My friends were begging me to tell them what it was when they first saw me wearing it. Cat’s out of the bag!