Recommended Lipstick Shades for Indian Skin Tone


Ladies, you always bring at least one lipstick with you in your purse, don’t you?

We believe that every woman has their own special lipstick color that reflects their personality. But, finding the color that is so ‘you’ is sometimes—if not most of the time—tricky. That is why you need to know your skin tone first, to get the best lipstick color for your skin tone.
Here are our picks of best lipstick for 6 most common Indian skin tone:

For cool, fair tones like Aishwarya Rai, Dia Mirza, Kareena Kapoor
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  • MAC in Please Me
    This lipstick has mid-tone warm pink that is very suitable for everyday looks. It is not too bright but still gives fresh, glowing look to the face. The texture is matte with long staying power, so it is perfect for you who don’t like to re-apply lipstick every once in a while during the day.
    MAC please me
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Rose Bergamasque
    YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #6 Rose Bergamasque has peachy pink color with glossy, creamy texture. The shade is just perfect for women with cool, fair tones to be worn every day. Compared to its Volupte counterparts, Rouge Pur Couture series have less slip so it is easier to apply them.
    YSL rose bergamasque

For cool, darker tones like Genelia D’souza, Freida Pinto, Konkona Sen
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  • MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Overtime
    This blush pink lipstick has medium coverage cream formula with satiny finish. It is also has long lasting power (about eight hours). Combine it with your favorite smokey eyes makeup for stunning day look.
    MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme Overtime
  • Lancome L’Absolu in Rose Comtesse
    If usually moisturizing lipsticks are not too pigmented, Lancome L’Absolu says otherwise. It has good moisturizer agent and very nice pigmented. The pinky shade with shimmer suits cool and darker tones well, giving you a fresh, plumpy-looking lips.
    Lancome rose comtesse

For natural, fair tones like Preity Zinta and Lara Dutta
3 natural fair tones preity zinta

  • Lime Crime Velvetiness in Cupid
    limecrime cupid
    Who’s been ‘intoxicated’ by liquid matte lipstick trend here? If the answer is yes, those who have natural fair tones must try this lovely lipstick. This shade has rosy pink color that looks natural on fair tones but does not wash out. The formula also mattes up immediately, giving velvety finish that is not fading and cracking.
  • Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Ruby Rush
    Tom Ford Ruby Rush
    If you love bold lipstick colors you need to put this lipstick on your wish list. Ruby Rush has cool red that actually suits any skin tones. The pigmentation is rich and opaque, with just one swipe. Psst, do you know that this kind of red lipstick brightens the look of your teeth?

For natural, darker tones like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu
4 natural darker tones deepika

  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in True Pink
    bobbi brown true pink fix
    One of the colors that suit dark tone the best is pink with purple hue. If this sounds right to you, then you must try this Bobbi Brown in True Pink. It has medium rosy mauve color, slightly deeper and more pink than mauve. It can look as close as possible to your natural lip color, so this is very suitable for everyday wear.
  • Sephora Color Lip Last in Orange Rocks
    Sephora Orange Rocks
    Red, matte lipstick never goes wrong with darker skin tone. It magically creates brighter complexion which make your face look fresh! This Sephora Color Lip Last in Orange Rocks has red-orange pigments that suits darker skin tone perfectly. The ultra-thin texture feels light and the waterproof formula makes it smudge-proof.

For warm, fair tones like Kalki Koechlin

5 warm fair tones kalki koechlin

  • NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red
    NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect RedRed-brown and orange-red shades suit warm and fair skin tones. The NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red has true, deep red color with a hue of orange that will brighten up your face. The matte formula is long-lasting enough and not drying the lips. Because the color is not too ‘popping’, this lipstick is still okay for everyday use.
  • Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick in Adrienne
    Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick Adrienne
    Prefer nude colors? You may pick Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick in Catherine. The peach shade does not make your complexion look pale, instead it brings attractive fresh look to your face. This series offer wash of color, not full pigmentation, but the color still pops out beautifully on your lips.

For warm, darker tones like Kajol

6 warm darker tones kajol

  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Sentimental
    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Sentimental
    Deep fuchsia lipstick also never goes wrong for those who have warm, darker skin tones. The Sentimental shade of Meet Matt(e) Hughes is quite blue-toned which ‘theoretically’ only suits for those with cool skin tones, but this shade says the opposite. It goes perfectly fine with warm tones, especially darker warm tones. The liquid lipstick has matte texture which lasts for 18 hours! This is my personal favorite.
  • NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Pigalle
    NARS Semi Matte Lipstick Pigalle
    This lipstick has soft, nude brown shades that actually suit any warm skin tones. Especially for warm, darker tones, this shade is a YES if you are a fan of nude lipstick. As the name implies, this lipstick has semi-matte texture that won’t dry out on your lips but not too glossy either.
    Here are some lips tips you can follow, so your lipstick will stand out even more on your lips.

compiled by Fauziah Listyo Ayunani