Makeup Hack: How to Put on Nude Lipstick Without Looking Washed Out

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Nude lipstick looks so beautiful until it doesn’t. On some people, a nude lip looks undefined and well, like you’re missing your mouth! Here’s how to apply nude lipstick so you don’t look washed out or make your lips look fake!

This is really about teaching you a technique on how to put on nude lipstick. Nude shades do vary and you’ll want to choose the right shade of nude lipstick that works for your skin tone.

Even when you’ve chosen the right shade, there isn’t a lot of contrast between the skin and the mouth so this method will help define your lips so you look gorgeous!

Tools and materials:

  • Brown lip pencil, eyeliner, or brow pencil
  • Nude lipstick
Brown makeup pencil for eyes or lips

1. Overdraw

Yes, that’s right! You will use a brown pencil to overdraw just slightly! If you don’t have a brown lip pencil, you can use an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil.

Lining lips with a brown pencil

Start at the bottom. Overdraw just in the center and follow the natural line at the corners or ends of the mouth. This helps to create a soft and inviting pouty look!

Overdrawing the top lip at the cupid's bow

Then, draw your top lip but overdraw only at the Cupid’s bow, continuing to follow your natural lip line at the corners. This trick helps create a darker boundary so you gain the definition of your lips!

Softening the line with a finger

2. Soften the edges

Rub your lips together to soften the lines. You may want to use your finger to further blur the lines.

How to apply nude lipstick properly

If you lose the line when rubbing or blurring, add a bit more definition by gently reapplying. 

How to put on nude lipstick

3. Apply the nude lipstick

Fill in your lips with your chosen nude lip color to cover the dark lines. 

Nude lipstick before and after

How to put on nude lipstick tutorial

You’re done! The darker border really makes a dramatic and beautiful difference! Please let me know in the comments what you think of my little hack on how to wear nude lipstick so you don’t look washed out!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Brown lip pencil, eyeliner, or brow pencil
  • Nude lipstick

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  • Darlene Darlene on Dec 23, 2021

    I do this a lot ....and not just with neutral colors......I use green,purple blue....and I do the same with my eyebrows.....WHY NOT?????

  • Darlene Darlene on Dec 23, 2021

    yes....I will do it your way........maybe!!!!!!!