In The Nude: Our Favourite Neutral Lip Shades

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have dominated headlines since they announced their engagement at the end of November. With Markle's beauty routine inspiring fans to emulate her sophisticated look, it comes as no surprise that the nude lipstick she wore at the couple's press briefing is responsible for a spike in sales of neutral shades.

The demand for nude lipstick has reportedly risen by 65% following the widely circulated photos of her and Harry on the lawn of Kensington Palace, according to makeup brand MEMI. It seems that Markle's look has left us reaching for taupe, caramel and beige tones in favour of a classic red lip.

So it's out with the reds and in with the nudes. Ahead, we've collated our favourite neutral shades, from stay-all-day mattes to butter-soft creams. Click through to find our favourite nude shades inspired by Ms Markle.

Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution range has reached cult status for good reason. Aptly named Very Victoria, this regal shade is cool-toned, long-wearing and hydrating. Perfect for an everyday look or paired with a dramatic smoky eye for party season.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Very Victoria, £24, available at Cult Beauty
The perfect nude is relative. Fashion Fair's Lace shade suits darker complexions best, with an intense colour formulated on an emollient base, so the matte finish is non-drying and long-lasting.

Fashion Fair Lipstick in Lace, £16, available at Feel Unique
Enriched with soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, this creamy, soft shade of beige pink is both flattering and versatile for all skin tones.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Nude Vanille, £40, available at Selfridges
Rich in iridescence, sheer in finish, the pink undertones in this lipstick add a subtle sheen to achieve the perfect pout.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick Exclusive Nudes in JLo's Nudes, £6.99, available at Feel Unique
Blended with shea butter, this richly pigmented hue of pink undertones delivers a muted beige to create the perfect pout.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara, £26, available at Feel Unique
MAC's Velvet Teddy shade is almost on par with the brand's legendary Ruby Woo shade in terms of its suitability for all skin types. If you're looking for a timeless matte lipstick, look no further.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, £16.50, available at Debenhams
Infused with antioxidant vitamin E, this universally flattering shade is both nourishing and comfortable. Richly textured, it delivers a lustre finish.

Lipstick Queen Nothing But The Nudes Lipstick in The Truth, £22, available at Space NK
One of our favourite vegan beauty brands, Hourglass is the most luxurious lip accessory launched this year. The gold applicator interchanges with lipstick refills, just in case you can't resist a swipe of colour.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in One Day, £28, available at Space NK
This satin-smooth shade formulated with moringa and raspberry seed oil keeps your lips moist, hydrated and healthy.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nile Nude, £9.99, available at Boots
Giving a whole new meaning to lip service, this lipstick delivers a wet-look shine without fear of smudging.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in Nude In Private, £28, available at Selfridges
Once applied, this definitive matte, transfer-free liquid lipstick by Huda Beauty isn't going anywhere. Why not wear a lip oil over the top for a double serving of hydration?

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Bombshell, £18, available at Selfridges
Combining velvety moon butter for a burst of moisture and anti-ageing vitamin E in a non-conventional gel-based formula, Marc Jacobs provides a your-lips-but-better shade in a sheer finish.

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Moody Margot, £25, available at John Lewis
Offering a natural-looking, satin finish, this lipstick from RMS Beauty is richly pigmented in a medium-pink brown shade. Boasting an impressive lineup of ingredients including castor seed oil, cocoa seed butter, shea butter and calendula extract along with hydrating antioxidants.

RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Brain Teaser, £30, available at Cult Beauty
Perfect your pout with this shade from Kate Moss' collection for Rimmel. Soft and creamy, it's non-drying, making it a versatile everyday shade.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Nude Collection in 40, £5.49, available at Look Fantastic
Clinique's handbag-friendly Chubby Stick gives a natural wash of colour, perfect for applying in the back of a taxi on your way to Christmas drinks. No mirror required.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Heaping Hazelnut, £18, available at Boots
Suiting all skin tones from fair to dark, this cream to matte liquid lipstick from bareMinerals is non-drying and delivers a full-coverage pout in one application. An essential in your makeup arsenal.

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Bo$$, £17, available at Look Fantastic
If you're looking for something a little more low-key, opt for a gloss. In a blend of collagen and hyaluronic acid wrapped up in a subtle beige shade, this lip-plumping gloss will leave your lips feeling hydrated with its non-sticky formula. Or, layer over your favourite lipstick for added definition.

Wunderkiss Lip Plumping Gloss in Nude, £17.95, available at Wunder2
With a conditioning formula of neuropeptides and a mineral-based SPF 15, this satin, nutrient-rich stick gives a rosy wash of colour and leaves lips soft and supple.

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick, £25, available at Cult Beauty

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