The formula has a hydrating, satin finish with extreme color payoff. When it comes to actually applying nude lipstick, moisturizing the lips is an essential first step so that your neutral lipstick doesn’t accentuate any dry patches. The other important step that shouldn’t be skipped: lining your lips. Oquendo says that adding definition around the lip line will keep your complexion from looking washed out. Another way to ensure that your complexion won’t look flat while wearing a neutral lip is by using blush in an unexpected way. Once you’ve applied it to the apples of your cheeks, Oquendo recommends dusting blush across your eyelids, too. “When you’re taking color away from one place, you need to add it somewhere else,” he explains.