Lipstick Shades for the Indian Skin

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We are Indian Women and our skin tones range between various shades of ivory to ebony. So it is obvious that the same shade of concealer or lipstick or eye shadows will not suit everyone uniformly. As a makeup artist, I realize that people often get confused or concerned as to what lipstick would suit them or not.

According to me, here are 12 shades that are bold and suit the wheatish & the dusky complexioned ladies. The following shades range from red to wine, pink to mauve and corals to nude. So you can choose the bolds as party wears and the neutrals for regular or office wears.

Mac – Ruby Woo Rs 1450/-
ruby woo

Texture: Retro matte – it’s said that “Every girl needs to own at least 1 red lipstick” then this is the one she should go for. RUBY WOO is a classic universally flattering red. This is mac’s bestseller and it suits almost all skin tones. It instantly brightens up your face. It’s neither too warm nor too cool it has a perfect matte formula!!! Since it’s in the retro matte finish it feels dry on application so make sure u moisturize your lips.

Wouldn’t recommend for dry & chapped lips!!!


Mac- Russian Red Rs 1450/-

russian red

Texture: matte – This one is a deep red with blue undertones… it has a matte finish and doesn’t feel dry on lips.

It’s more subtle then Ruby woo. If you want the less bold version of ruby woo then be sure to try this one.



Lakme 9 to 5 – Red coat Rs. 450/-red coat

Texture: creamy matte – Red coat is a warm red shade that suits most Indian skin tones. It is very similar to the mac ruby woo and in a very reasonable price range. Though it is from the 9 to 5 series, it doesn’t stay for that long as they claim it to be. It stays put for 3 to 4 hours and need to be reapplied. The Red Coat feels creamy on application but later on sets into a matte finish. This range is value for money.


Color bar Mad Magenta 010 Rs 900/-ma d magenta

Texture : It’s a berry shade with red undertone The texture is super light, smooth & pigmented.

The finish is moist matte and in sometime it turns completely matte.

It has an amazing staying power. There is mild sweet fragrance to the lipstick which vanishes on application.


Mac – Diva Rs 1450/-MAC Diva

Texture: matte – Red with deep burgundy undertones. This shade brightens up the face. It’s a classic and suits most skin tones from fair to medium to dark.

This shade is actress Rekha’s favorite and you will see her wearing this one quite often. This is one of the best shade mac has to offer in terms of pigmentation, color and texture. You can use it as a lip stain during the year and in full capacity during fall.

Lakme 9 to 5 – Wine Order Rs. 450/-

wine order

Texture: semi matte finish – deep wine shade with plum undertones. It’s a good fall season shade.

Mac- Flat out Fabulous Rs 1450/-flat out fabulous

Texture: Retro matte Pink – This is seriously a flat out fabulous lip color. It’s a beautiful bold pink shade that looks good on medium skin tone. Ex foliate your lips and apply lip balm before applying retro matte finish lipsticks because they can be very drying on lips.


Colorbar – Pink Hunt Rs. 475/pink hunt

Texture: Pink hunt is a bright deep fuchsia pink with blue undertones. The color doesn’t bleed but does leave a pink stain on your lips after 4 to 5 hours.

It has a creamy texture and is good for pigmented lips. They have bit amount of shimmer in them but it’s not overpowering.


Mac -Amorous Rs 1450/-amorous

Texture: satin finish – Deep mauve plum shade with a tinge of brown. This shade looks gorgeous on dusky skin tones. It’s an excellent shade if you have a warm skin tone. It’s an everyday wear lip color & can be worn to work.

Faces velvet matte lipstick -Just looking Rs. 649/-


Texture: Just looking is a peach coral shade. It has a good staying power.

The pigmentation is build-able and good for pigmented lips.




Lakme 9 to 5 – Red Chaos Rs 450/-

red chaos

Texture: creamy matte – RED chaos is not a red shade as the name suggests it’s a beautiful peachy nude shade. It’s a color you can wear to work.

It feels light and creamy on application and sets as a matte finish.

It has no shimmer or frost it’s just pure creamy matte
Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee nexus – Rs. 450/-toffee nexus

Texture: Toffee nexus is a perfect nude for medium tone skin.

It suits most Indian skin tones. It’s creamy on application and settles to a matte finish.




Try them on and let us know here how you like them!!! Also if you think you have a shade that works well but we have not mentioned it here, please let us know of the same by commenting on the section below!


  1. Sweety says:

    Lakme red chaos

    1. Sweety says:

      It’s nice n decent shade for daily

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  3. thetownbird says:

    Thanks for sharing the shades but I believe Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee nexus is too light for Indian for Indian skin
    Lakme 9 to 5 Toffee nexus .

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