According to my unscientific data collected from the field, about one woman in ten looks good in a nude lip color.
Did I say “woman?” I meant “girl,” or at least a female who is blessed with the full lips and smooth skin of adolescence. Yet I’ve seen so many women purchase overly-light lip colors in order to achieve the nude look, or to look natural. If “natural” means nothing, then mission accomplished.
Still, if you’re bent on approximating the nude mouth look of, say, a Jennifer Lopez, but don’t have the collagen to pull it off—and admitting that is the first step to recovery—make sure you’re using a clear gloss over the lip color. Nude matte lips only work on super models in magazines, in those pictorials where they look as though they’re dying of starvation.
You should wear a nude lip color because it’s flattering, not because you admire it on someone else. Less hope, more wisdom.