How To Wear Nude Lips at Any Age

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Kerry Washington

Though nude is as natural as one can get when it comes to lip color, it can be a challenge to pull off. We look to these five celebrities for inspiration on how to go nude the right way no matter the age.


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Ellie Goulding

Your 20s are a decade for learning how to play up your natural beauty. Known for her tomboy-chic style, it’s no shocker that Ellie favors a barely there lip. She paired her pout with a dewy complexion, a hint of blush and rosy shadow on her lightly-lined lids. To add a touch of drama to her sheer look, the 28-year-old songbird donned major lashes

How to wear it: Go fresh and show off the natural hue of your lips by applying a sheer gloss.

Try this: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff, $25

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Kerry Washington

Proving that nude lips look great at any age—and on any skin type—Kerry played down her seriously smoky eyes with a barely there lipstick. As a woman who’s reached the decade where she knows her best features and is comfortable showing them off, the 38-year-old actress rocked fierce, slicked-back hair and a sleek black top, but gave her look a dose of chic simplicity thanks to matte nude lips.

How to wear it: A full-coverage pale nude lipstick is an easy way to add a dose of drama to your evening look.

Try this: Lipstick Queen Sinner in Bare Nude , $22

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Jennifer Lopez

Your 40s are a time to have a little fun with your look. You’ve honed your beauty basics, but know how to kick it up a notch. And leave it to J.Lo to take a subtle statement and turn it into a beauty battle cry. With her skin-baring gown and smoldering eyes, the 45-year-old star makes nude lips look sexy without even trying.

How to wear it: A highly pigmented lip balm gives a beautiful finish that can work with any makeup look. 

Try this: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Honey Tinted , $23 

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Sandra Bullock

In your 50s, comfort is key: being comfortable in your skin and also comfortable with switching it up. Sandra is known for her easygoing style with an edgy twist, and the 50-year-old stunner nails exactly that by pairing kohl-lined eyes and long, loose waves with a nude lip. It’s a killer way to pull off the nude lip with ease. 

How to wear it: A nude lipstick with a touch of pink can add a radiant youthfulness to your lips.

Try this: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink, $32

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Jessica Lange

A decade for self-acceptance and appropriate aesthetics, there’s no horror story here: The 65-year-old actress donned an age-appropriate, yet show-stopping look by pairing the trend with a sun-kissed glow, bold brows, neutral eye shadow, and rich brown eye liner to amp up the drama. 

How to wear it: Try an anti-aging lipstick that’s equal parts lip color and lip care. 

Try this: Clarins Rouge Eclat Age-Defying Lipstick in Nude Rose, $27

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