10 Best Nude Lip Liners For Every Need

I am going to show you the absolute best nude lip liners and some of my favorites. But first, let’s talk about why I am in LOVE with this versatile product.

When I hear “nude lip liner,” it immediately makes me think, “French Girl Chic.” Is it only me that has been trying to nail down that classic Parisian style for years? I can’t help but love the posh but subtle style of the French. For extra nude color, check out the French brands shown on our list of best matte lipsticks.

My challenge with that timeless French look is that I always seem to add an edgy touch at the last moment because of my creative nature–I can’t help but love a winged eyeliner. However, I’m always looking for ways to keep my look from getting too eccentric for the day-to-day ease of my morning routine.

In my opinion, the nude lip liner has become the best of both worlds. The neutral liner keeps my look natural and works its magic by enhancing and defining my pout. The best eyeshadow palettes come in a rainbow of colors, but for that minimalist look that defines your lips beautifully, it’s hard to argue against nude. And I think we can all agree the pout is still all the rage in fashion, thanks to stars such as Kylie Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, and Christina Hendricks.

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Always Have Neutral and Nude Lip Liners In Your Makeup Kit

Neutral lip liners should always be included in your makeup kit because of their versatility. It works for every style, whether that’s my beloved Frenchie style, athleisure, or whimsical romance.

You can wear a neutral lip liner with any shade of lipstick you currently have or even with your favorite gloss. A nude liner can even be applied over the entire lip for a beautiful matte mouth.

A neutral lip liner can also be great for that no-makeup-makeup look; paired with a lightweight skin tint, you can enhance your natural features without much makeup at all!

If you are just beginning your lip liner journey or just looking to add tones to your makeup collection, nude tones are a great staple item. Follow along to get some of my favorite nude lip liners that will work for your every need.

The Best Budget Nude Lip Liner: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner

Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner has a cult following for a reason. You’ll definitely find the right tone for your lip with multiple nude shades. Starting at a low price, you have no excuse not to give this option a try. This lip liner has excellent staying power and a creamy application.

If you want to see other budget-friendly picks, check out this list of the best drugstore bronzers.

Best Water-Resistant Nude Lip Liner: MAKEUP FOREVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil

MAKEUP FOREVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil

Aqua Lip makes choosing a lip liner easy as it’s smudge-proof, fade-proof, and best of all, waterproof.  It will also keep your lips hydrated since it is formulated with vitamin E and jojoba sax. These lip liners offer a wide array of nude tones that can be worn alone or with your favorite lipstick. You can finally enjoy your favorite Provencal Rose and not worry about ruining your lip.

The Best Allergy-Friendly Nude Lip Liner: Thrive Causemetics Lip Filler Long-Wearing+ Plumping Lip Liner

Thrive Causemetics Lip Filler Long-Wearing+ Plumping Lip Liner

If you’re cautious with ingredients, you’re in luck with Thrive Causemetics Lip Filler Long Wearing+ Plumping Lip Liner. Their entire line is free from some of the most harmful ingredients, including parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. This line offers a few great neutral tones like their shades, mocha, or pale rose ginger. 

Best Anti-Aging Nude Lip Liner: Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer

Thrive Causemetics Lip Filler Long-Wearing+ Plumping Lip Liner

This lip liner is formulated with peptides and vitamin E to help keep your lips moisturized and youthful appearing. The Beauty Lip Definer offers 6 different natural tones. This liner glides on easily and will provide a precise outline to highlight the natural contours of your lips.

The Nude Lip Liner You Have To Have: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

You can’t offer lip liner recommendations without fan-favorite Lip Cheat Lip Liner. It has multiple nude lip tones that will work for all skin tones. This has a velvety formula that promises not to smudge or feather. It’s even waterproof, made without parabens, and vegan. Added bonus: you can earn rewards points when you shop this product through the Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards Program!

The Best Matte Nude Lip Liner: Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

Laura Mercier, a French woman who happens to be a phenomenal makeup artist (lucky us!) has created a lip liner to be talked about. It delivers a firm texture that will give you a thin, precise line. It also has a creamy consistency that allows for an easy application that you can blend into matte perfection. She has offered a number of nude hues that will be perfect for you. 

The Best Retractable Nude Lip Liner: NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Long-Lasting Mechanical Lip Liner

NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Long-Lasting Mechanical Lip Liner

What better lip liner to throw in your purse than a retractable one? This lip liner offers a large variety of colors including several nude shades. It has a hydrating formula that allows for an easy application and is smudge-proof and long-wearing. To top it off, it’s vegan and cruelty-free. 

The Best 2-In-1 Nude Lip Liner: MAKEUP BY MARIO Ultra Suede Sculpting Lip Pencil

NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Long-Lasting Mechanical Lip Liner

This is a full coverage, matte lip liner that is blended with emollients to keep your pout hydrated. The dual-ended brush helps you blend your lip liner color into a seamless finish. This lip liner comes in multiple nude tones, so you’ll definitely be able to find the shade that works best for you.

The Best Luxury Nude Lip Liner: Dior Contour

Dior Contour

This Lip liner will provide you with high pigmented color, 8 hours of wear, and a creamy texture. Your lips will be perfectly defined, and the natural contours of your lips will be accentuated. This luxurious liner is emulsified with floral lip care ingredients, peony, and pomegranate extracts. With over 20 shades, you’ll be able to find your perfect nude tone.

Pair this with one of our favorite long-lasting lipsticks for a full day of wear-proof color!

The Best Long-Lasting Nude Lip Liner: KYLIE COSMETICS- GIVE ME A KISS LINER


Kylie Jenner is a major fashion inspiration for all things lip. Of course, the queen has made this list. Kylie Jenner’s formula is waterproof, cruelty-free, and vegan. This lip liner will give you a defined, precise pout. Because of its creamy formula, you are provided with an easy application.

The smudge-proof liner will contour your lip for up to 24 hours and comes in a variety of shades, including several neutral tones.