We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Nordstromsimplehuman Rose Gold Round Pro Mirror for $167.50 (normally $250!) through this link, ends 8/06.
  • UltaPlatinum perk -- 5x points on all purchases, activate here, ends 7/29.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Get Updates by Email

How often?
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

94 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic. If you have general feedback, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

As a pale-skinned, green-eyed blonde, I can’t pull off the very light lipstick colors because it just makes me look so washed out. No pale pink, beige, or nude lips for me. Any bold lip color, however…I’m game!

Profile photo of Alice

Nude/beige makes me look like a corpse. Orange & coral make my skin look sallow and my teeth yellow. Frosted or too light pinks look crusty because they only show up in he creases & corners of my lips.

I can’t pull off orange (or anything near orange). I have raspberry lips so I can’t use light pinks or nudes (they just don’t cover my natural lip color without concealer, which tends to be drying).

I cannot wear pale nudes. I’m around nc25-30 and when I wear pale nudes, my lips look dead… It’s just too light for my skintone and my lips are too pigmented for it.
I know I also can’t pull off crazy Limecrime lip colours(besides the reds).

I’m similar, actually – although I’m vampirically pale, there’s just no way that I can ever pull off really white-based (opaque) ‘nude’ shades – I mean the really nude ones, like beige and so forth. They just make me look like a genuine, bona fide corpse.

The effect is actually quite interesting (‘editorial’ perhaps?), but certainly not one I want to invest money in cultivating πŸ˜‰

Brownish dark reds are also not fabulous, now that I think of it….

Purple! Any bluish-purple or wine without a red undertone pulls out all the olive in my skin and I look green and dead! The ever-popular MAC Rebel looks hilarious on me :p

Orange is a hard color to pull off! I bought this orange-red from the Maybelline Vivids line and I hate the color now after looking at it more.

Bright pinks & orange; they just don’t work with my overall aesthetic. I also find they can come off as looking “dated” on someone my age (40), as they were popular in the 80s, and can make one look like they’re struggling to hold on to their youth. For someone younger it can look fashionable, and on-trend, but I just feel more comfortable with the classics.

Profile photo of Ryou

I don’t like pastel shades on me — If it’s milky, I wouldn’t wear it. I wouldn’t say I can’t pull them off (because I believe you can pull ANYTHING you want to rock), but I just don’t like how they look on me.

Profile photo of Diana

Any pale pink or barbie pink makes me look awful and my teeth really yellow (at least in my own eyes) Also I can’t pull off any lavender shades or beige nude lips. I’m an NC40 so I find my lip but better shades or shades slightly lighter are my definition of nude.

It’s easier to say which colours I can pull off(
Browns, oranges, peaches, very light blue-toned pinks, mauves, pale nudes, very dark shades – all look dreadful on me

Hmmm, there are a lot of blue-based pinks that just don’t look right on me.
And certain corals pull very pink on me, and end up looking basically magenta (I’m looking at you, Maybelline Shocking Coral).
Oranges look great on me, though.

I’m a super pale, green-eyed blonde and nudes, beiges or pale pinks never work on me, it makes half of my face disappear. I never understand how all the beauty magazines always advise these colors on a pale skin, as if pigmentation was bad for us

The whitish nudes are definitely a no go. I just look like I had a glass of milk and forgot to wipe my lips.

I can wear oranges and fuchsias but have a lot of difficulty with reds. I think that’s mainly because I look like my dad in drag with red lip colour but I also can never can get a flattering shade. I recently found that wet n’ wild cherry frost looked better on me than all expensive brands I bought.

Profile photo of Mariella

Nudes and orange/coral shades but I’d take wearing an orange lipstick over a nude one – nude shades (whether milky pink or more beige) just make me look dead.

Profile photo of Phyrra

Certain shades of lavender make me look dead. Same with too pale pinks and too pale of peach. They don’t look good with my skintone at all. However, since I can wear bright turquoise blue lips, it’s a trade off I’m willing to make πŸ™‚
Phyrra Recently Posted: Makeup Geek Vegan Palette

Anything dark or vampy. If I want to look five years older, and at least five pounds heavier, a vampy lip’s the look for me.

Very, very pale colours also tend to look odd on me, I think because they remove the contrast between my lips and skin tone and make me look a bit sick. I’m not a fan of ‘concealer lips’ generally so it’s not much of a loss.

Anything between those extremes (even if the colour itself is weird or unconventional) looks fine, or, at least, I’m game to wear it.

I can’t wear pale cool toned pinks or beiges. I also cannot wear frosted shades because they make me look like I never updated my look from back in the ’70-’80’s. I have to also add dark, vampy shades. They make me look harsh.

Blue-based pale pinks look horrible on me, too. I tried endless ways to make MAC’s Saint Germain work for me and found that I can only use it for layering over a darker, warmer lipstick or liner.

Definitely nudes like you said, I’m too pale already so I can’t do light pink or beige. I also don’t look good in brown tones. One color that I’ve become more used to is fuscia/purple lately! Its on trend and it’s not as scary as I once thought! Maybe I’ll even pick up a radiant orchid shade this year.

As far as personal comfort I’m still not comfortable wearing bright fuschias and pinks like Givenchy Rose Dressing.

As far as being really unflattering, I agree with pale beiges and peaches. I see them look really lovely on people with medium to deep skintones but I’m NC15 and they wash me out like crazy. Some of my first lipsticks were Mac Shy Girl with Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss and Mac Coral Bliss; now I want to get rid of them because I’m used to bolder colors and see how terribly they wash me out.

Profile photo of tzwiggy

Anything that’s too bright, dark, red, orange or coral. Very light, opaque pastels are also a big no-no.
I look best in light-medium nude, pink and mauve. I’m NW20, btw.

Really cool toned pinks as well… Purples, and any cool tone color in general.

I’m a NC15 redhead with very warm skintones, so anything cool looks just bad on me. (I can pull off cool toned eye shadows, just not lip colors and blush).

I was originally going to say purpley shades like Revlon Berry Haute or MAC Up the Amp, but I actually think it’s those really pale, beige-nude shades. I am very fair (NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia), so incredibly pale nudes make me look dead – I definitely need some color on my face!

Nudes are hard for me. And while I love brownish reds/bricks, with my hair color they absolutely don’t work. Reds in general are hard right now, too.

Cool toned and very light beiges/peaches/pinks (nude lips) , purple and fuschia. I do better with warm shades.

Same as you, Temptalia! I wouldn’t even bother trying pale, cool toned/white based pinks (most light pinks, actually…) or really flat pale beige! I do love nudes, reds, corals, berries and plums, so I really can do a lot of different colors so long as I choose one that suits me. I also don’t particularly like neon pink on me, but I think that’s more personal taste.

I think cool-toned pale pinks only look good on really cool-toned dark-skinned women… otherwise people look a little too “Jersey shore” for my tastes. However, I’ll wear the ultra-pale nudes as an almost translucently pale person πŸ˜€ I think they can look alright if paired with a really, really bold eye look. Most are actually darker than my skin by just a little bit anyway.

Neons scare me though…

Light pale nudes/frosty nudes and dark muddy browns. I’m an nw/nc 25-30 and they look horrible in winter and with summer tans. Cool reds look better on me in the summer with a tan, I prefer. Brash oranges look awful! Softer oranges and corals are fantastic.

Profile photo of fancie

Definitely anything pale. Makes my lips look ashy and powdery. Orange is also another hard color for me to pull off. I can do corals and reddish orange shades but straight up orange is a bit of a struggle for me. I’m still trying to figure out how to pull off MAC Ablaze lol
fancie Recently Posted: MAC Pleasure Model Blush Review

Profile photo of Plurabelle

I have very warm-toned skin, so anything too blue-toned will make my skin look yellow, in an ill sort of way. Blue-toned pinks, mauves and purples, mainly. Reds I can get away with, as well as warmer purples like burgundies.
Plurabelle Recently Posted: Spending less on makeup

Profile photo of Laura

I can’t pull off lilacs, orchids, or pinks with blue undertones. My skin is pale and yellow toned and I have light brown-reddish hair, so those colors look really off. Also because I’m so pale, nude tone lipsticks and very brown lipsticks make me look sickly.

I lean toward pinks with a yellow undertone, rosy and berry hues, warm peachy tones, and I even love orange lipsticks. My “nudes” still tend to have some color to them (my lips have almost no pigment, so I guess if I wanted to go nude I could just wear lipbalm lol).

I have a medium skin tone that leans warm. I can’t pull of very light pinks (particularly cool, blue-based light pinks) or very light nudes. I can wear most colors, but nothing lighter than my medium skin tone. My preference is towards brownish reds, berries, rose-toned nudes, and brown-toned nudes. I can do deep, bright pinks, but I feel silly in them.

Oranges and most orange toned lipsticks, even corals. It makes me sad because the corals and peachy shades always look so pretty on Christine but never work for me.

Pale shades of any kind. I have dark hair and fair skin, so any shade that’s lighter than my natural lip shade (which is already pretty light) completely washes me out. Nudes in general are tricky too. It’s hard to find one that doesn’t look like badly matched concealer on me. Also nothing too orange!

Profile photo of Jane

Super-dark, vampy colors are terrible on me. They make the rest of my face look ashen and horrible even if I try to counteract it with brighter makeup.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can’t wear pale nudes. I look sick or dead if my lips aren’t at least slightly darker than my face.

I’ll give anything else a whirl, though… neon pink? red? sure… coral, berry, rose, plum, you name it, I wear them all fairly regularly

brown in any intensity! very light pale brown maaaay be, but mid tone brown or dark brown-terrible just terrible!

Profile photo of Kwegyirba

My skin tone is Dark Tan with Yellow undertones and I wear MAC NW45 Studio Tech and I don’t think I pull off pale pinks and nudes or very bright colors like the bubble gum pinks!

The one lip color I can never wear with any success is RED !! I love reds, but look absolutely horrid in every shade I’ve tried (tooooo many !)…Would love to find that perfect red shade although I have been quite happy with my M.A.C. bright shades of purples & pinks since 1989 ! I can’t wear the pale colors in ANY shade…sigh LOL !

I have 2, red and nudes. Nudes give me the undead look and red is too stark and harsh with my soft features and skintones.

Orange-toned lip colors look unfortunate on me. I do not like orange, however, so I am not certain which came first, my distain for the color in general, or the shade on my lips. Either way, being a cool, fair-skinned girl, it would refuse to work on me.

Profile photo of Molly

I find that most lip colors look good on me. I have brown hair and my skin is on the lighter side but I naturally have a small amount of color to it. Nudes don’t look bad on me, but I just prefer color because it makes me feel girly. πŸ™‚ The only color I’d say I honestly don’t like on me is very, very, VERY cool toned pinks because my complexion is warm and instead of balancing things out, it just washes me out and looks very unnatural.

Blue-based colors look awful on me. Most cool-toned colors look bad on me. I need a healthy dose of yellow or orange in my lipsticks for them to be flattering (I LOVE corals, peaches and orange-reds!). Berries don’t necessarily look bad on me but they age me SO much, same goes with neutral/cool reds–especially if they’re dark. I have very childlike features so I end up looking like a little girl who got into her mother’s makeup. =/ One exception is Rimmel 107, which I actually like on me. Lately I’ve been trying to get into Radiant Orchid type purples (even before it was the color of the year!) and it’s not bad but it takes some getting used to.

MAC blankety, or other traditional nude colors. Shy girl or Patissere is as nude as I go. And dark deep colors, reds.

Any kind of Orange, Orange-Red, or even Coral. I have really pale skin-NC 15, so if I wear any lipstick with orange in it, it makes my teeth look yellow (even though I whiten my teeth!). It’s a shame because I love the look of Lady Danger by MAC.

*****GASP*****Mac Heroine. I just does NOT look correct on me. I do, however, enjoy it on others.

That and Candy Yum Yum….. makes my NC40/C5 skin-tone look yellow’ish….

Hot pink, or any other pink/fuschia color and I look hideous in traditional red. I may be the only person on here who loves nude lips as a go-to for everyday. πŸ™‚

Profile photo of erin

Orange, corals, orangey-reds. I love they way the nude colors look on models, but if I buy the same shade, they never look the same!! (I think they must be mixing the color with something else. They gotta’ be!)

I’m fair, neutral/warm and low contrast; anything too dark and anything with too much blue in it – fuchsia, cool reds – looks awful on me (in clothes as well as lipstick). Oddly, I can’t wear beige-y nudes either.

Where to start:

Any non-orange lipstick with an underlying orange tint, black, pale nudes, light pinks, overly strong blue-based pinks, bright pinks, peach tones, many corals, light-to-medium toned beiges, and bright reds.

anything that have orange in it! I look just so weird. blue based reds n rosy pinks are my best lip color, at least that’s what I think.

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!

On Instagram