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Best Nude Lip Liners

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Best Nude Lip Liners

Posted by Gin Mabey on Dec 19, 2019

Best Nude Lip Liners

No matter the season or the occasion, you can reach for a nude lip liner to pair with pinky, peachy, or nude lipsticks, or a simple gloss. Like almost every other makeup-lover out there, a nude lip liner is in our top 10 list of beauty must-haves. Here are some favorites!

XO Beauty in Marie

This, my friends, is my favorite nude liner ever. XO Beauty Lip Pencil in Marie ($13.06) is the perfect mix of brown and pink, with enough depth to create a shadowy effect on my pale skin. It would be ideal for anyone with a pale, fair, medium, or tan skin tone.

I like how the formula is creamy, yet hard enough to stay put. It won’t slip and slide all over the lips but feels comfortable all the same. What’s more, it’s a classic wood pencil style, so you can sharpen it for that pin-sharp point.

L.A Girl in Nonstop Nude

My runner-up is the L.A Girl Ultimate Intense Stay Auto Lipliner in Nonstop Nude ($7). This is a super flattering shade, with enough depth and red-toned pigment to keep it from veering too beige. The formula is incredibly smooth and creamy. I often draw it over the entire lip, smudge it in with my finger, and top with a clear, pink, or nude gloss.

Nude Lip Liners

Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour

This is a fan-favorite of several high-profile beauty gurus (Kathleen, we see you!)…and for good reason. The Pat McGrath Labs Ultra Lip Pencil in Contour ($33.00). Yes, it’s pretty pricey, but it’s Pat McGrath! This is the ideal beigy-brown liner for light to medium skin tones to create a pouty, full lip. It has been formulated to not only add depth of color but to contour and improve the shape of the lip. The waterproof, long-wearing formula is ideal for busy people who need their liner to stay put.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Peek-a-Boo Neutral

Now for something classic, affordable, and oh-so reliable. The NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Peek-a-Boo Neutral ($4) is a pinky-brown tone which adds depth to light skin tones, and natural coverage to medium-to-deep skin tones. If this tone is too pale for you, check

out Toast, a neutral brown with 90’s grey-tone vibes to add a shadow to the lower lip. For a cool-toned, pale nude for very fair skin, Pale Pink is a pretty choice.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Love Trap and Hollywood Honey

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats ($22) have luxe gold packaging and a stay-put formula. I love Charlotte’s shade range but especially Love Trap and Hollywood Honey. Love Trap is a brown shade, with a warm, peachy tone. It would be perfect as a 90’s-style, deeper- tone nude liner for pale skin tones, and a true match nude for deeper tones. Hollywood Honey is a deep, rich, warm-toned brown that would be stunning for dark and deep skin tones.

How to Use Nude Lip Liner

Essence Soft Contouring Lip Liner in Peachy Keen and Heart of Stone

Aaahhh, Essence, the super-affordable brand with surprisingly excellent quality. My top two favorites from the Essence Soft Contouring Lip Liner range ($2.49) are Heart of Stone and Peachy Keen. Peachy Keen is a is a very pale tone for creating a 60’s-style pale nude. Heart of Stone is a cool-toned, shadowy shade great for plumping the lower lip.

Did we miss any? Let us know what your favorite nude lip liner is below!


Gin Mabey

Gin Mabey

Gin is a beauty enthusiast with a passion for makeup she's had since kindergarten when she would raid her Mum's makeup drawer. When she's not playing with new products and writing about makeup, she's a theatre actress, director and producer.

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