In The Buff: The Best Natural & Organic Nude Lipsticks

While bold burgundy hues and vampy reds will always have a special place in our hearts (and on our faces), nothing beats a rich, luscious nude lipstick for day-to-day wear.

And while there are plenty of natural and organic nude lipsticks to choose from, finding the right one for your skin tone can be a wee bit tricky.

Enter stage left Emmily Banks, an accomplished organic makeup artist and editor of popular website Depths of Beauty, who has kindly offered to share her top tips for nailing a nude lip with THE ECO EDIT, along with the low down on her favourite natural and organic lipstick brands.


When searching for your perfect nude lipstick, it’s important to look for one with undertones that are similar to that of your own lips, but just a smidge deeper.

Opting for shades that are lighter or more beige-based than your own natural lip colour on the other hand is asking for trouble, as these are likely to look unflattering on even the most perfect of complexions.

The trick is to match your natural lip colour – not your skin colour

“Finding the right shade of nude lipstick for your skin tone can be challenging, but the trick is to match your natural lip colour – not your skin colour,” advises Emmily.

“Purse your lips together a few times to get the blood circulating. This natural blush of the lip is what you need to match, otherwise your risk washing out your lips into the rest of your face.”


Emmily believes that Karen Murrell, Nudus and Bite Beauty are a few of the top contenders when it comes to natural lipstick brands, and we highly recommend that you check these fantastic brands out.

“Not only do they boast an incredible range of on-trend shades but they also contain so many beautiful, naturally nourishing ingredients that leave your lips feeling soft and luscious all day long,” says Emmily.

As for Ms. Bank’s personal favourite? “My favourite nude lipstick at the moment is Inika’s Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Pink Nude, a super subtle soft pink-nude shade with a creamy smooth finish.”


Another fantastic nude lippie option is Axiology Lipstick in Instinct, which is a firm favourite here at THE ECO EDIT. This ultra-wearable nude is flattering on just about every skin tone, and it also has a luxurious iridescent finish, which gives this lippie added depth.

But it’s not just the gorgeous nude hue we’re crazy about – we also love the luxurious gold bullet packaging (which has been ethically manufactured, natch) along with the nourishing formulas that includes hydrating ingredients like organic avocado butter and coconut oil.


If you’re looking for a rich nude that’s flattering on tan, olive and darker skin tones, we recommend trying Vapour Beauty Siren Lipstick in Intuition.

This deep dusty rose-meets-cocoa hue is ultra-flattering on darker complexions, and boasts a beautiful botanical infusion including hydrating myrrh, rose buds, healing lemon balm, antioxidant-rich pomegranate, soothing jojoba oil and ultra-hydrating camilina oil to ensure your lips feel as amazing as they look.



Once you’ve found your perfect nude lipstick, simply complete the look with balanced makeup application. For daytime wear, you might like to keep things simple with a wash of subtle eyeshadow and a coat of mascara.

For evening wear on the other hand, you can up the ante with something a little more dramatic. “When rocking a nude lip I like to accentuate the eyes,” says Emmily. “Personally, I love to add the depth of a soft, smoky eye to juicy nude lips for a natural day-into-night look.”


The Best Natural Mascara

We seriously hope you’ll never find yourself stranded on a desert island – but if fate was cruel enough to land you in that very scenario with only one beauty product in your emergency kit, chances are you’d want it to be mascara, right?

It’s no surprise this little lash-enhancing wonder is a makeup must-have in the eyes of most women – just one swipe of a quality mascara creates sensual, fluttery, come-hither peepers Cleopatra would be jealous of.

Alas with the good comes the bad.

The majority of mainstream mascaras you’ll find at pharmacies, supermarkets, and department stores are loaded with potentially toxic ingredients like aluminium powder, parabens, formaldehyde, petrolatum, phthalates and dioxane; ingredients which have been linked to a varying number of illnesses and unpleasant side effects, along with endocrine disruption and cancer.

Thankfully there are a myriad of healthy, natural alternatives to chemical-laden mascara formulas. Here we showcase five of our favourites lash-lovers that will keep your peepers looking as eye-catching as ever…

1. W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara

This bad boy creates big, bold, fluffy lashes in five seconds flat and nourishes your lashes as well thanks to its lush botanical blend.

The formula is free from any nasties like petroleum and aluminium, and it contains pure mineral pigments create the blackest of black lashes, while the high-tech brush lengthens, separates and volumises even the thinnest and shortest of lashes.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara

2. Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

If you’re looking for a mascara that has your back from dawn til dusk and beyond, look no further than this clever offering from Ere Perez.

Formulated with avocado and mamey oils, this nourishing mascara gives your lashes the definition you crave, and is the perfect option if you’re headed to the beach or to the gym – or just for days when you want a reliable mascara that works as hard as you do.

Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

3. Inika Mineral Mascara

Recently reformulated to give you even better results, Inika’s Vegan Mineral Mascara in Velvet Black is a super gentle option for those who wear contacts or have sensitive eyes, but still want flutter-worthy lashes.

The dual-function ‘double-Z’ brush has two different edges for lengthening and volumising, and the rich velvety formula coats lashes to create an amped-yet-natural finish without any clumping or flaking.

Inika Mineral Mascara

4. Lavera Deep Darkness Mascara

Perfect for those looking to deepen their natural lash colour, Lavera Deep Darkness Mascara defines and volumises your lashes and ups the drama with its intensely rich black hue.

Rich mineral pigment create deep colour, while the extra-large power brush captures even the shortest and thinnest of lashes, giving your peepers the ultimate boost.

Lavera Deep Darkness Mascara

5. Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara

If you’re after a subtle, natural mascara for everyday wear, this best-selling cult classic has you covered.

The pioneering formula is smudge-proof, water-resistant and is made using the highest quality organic almond oil which helps to nourish and strengthen your lashes. It’s also gentle on sensitive peepers, and is a great option for those who wear contact lenses.

Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara


Our eyes are very susceptible to infection, and mascara is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria because the brush wand comes into contact with your eyes and is then pushed back into the tube along with oxygen. Minimise your risk of conjunctivitis (and other nasty infections!) by changing your mascara every three months.