Know your skin tone:
Find a shade the flatters your complexion. It should freshen your skin, not wash you out. If you have lighter skin, think soft pink like a ballerina's leotard or tights. For medium skin, go for a color that has peach undertones and is a shade darker then your actual skin tone. This way you won't look like you're wearing concealer. For dark skin, opt for a milk or dark chocolate shade.
Prep the lip:
Nude does not look good on chapped lips. Be sure to exfoliate with a lip scrub to give yourself a smooth canvas to work on.
Gloss or Matte:
When wearing a nude lip you want to be able to tell the difference between your skin and your lips. Are you more of a matte foundation girl? Then go with a glossy nude. Do you prefer a more dewy, luminous complexion? Then try out a matte nude.
When in doubt, test it out:
Nude lipsticks (or any makeup for that matter) can look completely different from the tube to your skin. Be sure to test colors out on the back of your hand to see how it looks against your skin.
So now that you have your guidelines, will you dare to go nude in public? Have you found your perfect shade? Let me know in the comments below.