5 Best Lipstick Shades for Indian Women

The lipstick you wear can speak volumes about your personality. DESIblitz presents the 5 best lipstick shades for Indian women.

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"I wanted the girls to get kissed more."

A smile, a smirk, a scowl. Your lips can speak a thousand words without even having to part.

So why not coat them in a lipstick shade that will complement and amplify your mood and meaning.

If you are looking for a lipstick shade that says it all, read on as DESIblitz has found the 5 best lipstick shades for Indian women.

To determine what is the best lipstick shade for you, there are three helpful questions you can ask yourself.

Number one, what is your skin colour? Number two, what is your skin undertone? Number three, what do you like?

In terms of skin colour, you may be the fairest of the fair or the deepest beauty.

Identifying your skin undertone is a little trickier. To figure this out, apply the following test.

Look at the veins on the back of your wrists. If the veins appear blue, you have cool undertones. If the veins appear green, you have warm undertones. If the veins could be blue or green, you have neutral undertones.

As a general rule of thumb, lipsticks with the same undertones as yours can be the most flattering.

What you like is the most important of all the questions.

The answer to that will be clear from that heart-stopping sensation you will experience when you swipe on a shade that makes you shine inside and out.

With all of the above in mind, DESIblitz has selected lipstick shades that will enhance your Desi pout.

Nude

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If you find your perfect nude lipstick shade, you will achieve a look that is effortless yet elegant.

Get it wrong and you could be left looking drawn and lifeless, with your lips disappearing into your face.

But fear not, Juvia’s Place is a makeup brand that understands the complexities of finding the perfect nude for women of all colours.

Juvia’s Place has created The Nude Velvety Matte Lipstick collection.

The collection consists of 15 of the best pink, mauve, chocolate, and tan lip tones to help you find the perfect nude lipstick shade for every occasion.

Not only is the colour range extensive, but the collection also has a mixture of cool, warm, and neutral-toned lipsticks.

The lipsticks are creamy and long-wearing and although ‘nude’ provide a highly-pigmented colour that shows beautifully on any lip colour and against any skin complexion.

The lipsticks are comprised of a soft matte formula infused with hyaluronic acid, which will ensure your lips stay hydrated.

The Nude Velvety Matte Lipstick collection is available in various shades for £14.00.

Pink

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The perfect pink lipstick shade is now synonymous with the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipsticks.

The Pillow Talk lipsticks were launched by Tilbury to give everyone “the most beautiful lips of their life”.

It claims to be everyone’s perfect shade and looking at the lipsticks it is hard to disagree.

Pillow Talk Original is a matte nude pink.

Pillow Talk Medium is a matte berry pink. It is a ‘dialled up’ version of Pillow Talk Original.

Pillow Talk Intense is a deep berry rose. This is formulated in a moisturising lipstick formula. It glides on to provide a satin finish.

All of the Pillow Talk lipsticks are enriched with nourishing orchid and Vitamin E, which keeps lips hydrated and cashmere soft.

The light-reflecting pigments, make lips appear softer, smoother, and more youthful.

All three shades promise a comfortable wear time of up to ten hours.

The emollient esters in the lipsticks are used to improve the feel, softness, and texture of the lipstick bullet without compromising on the soft silky texture that glides.

Each lipstick is finished with an angled square tip, allowing you to apply straight from the bullet for the perfect lips in the perfect shade.

Although the deep berry rose of Pillow Talk Intense looks amazing on tan and deep skin tones.

All three shades can work for a range of skin tones, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipsticks are available in various shades for £26.00.

Red

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A lipstick shade in red is an entire look within itself.

It is the perfect shade to compliment any outfit, whether it be a white tee and denim jeans or your wedding lehenga.

It has and always will be a beautifully bold statement lip.

There are an endless number of red shades out there and more are being created as we speak, but celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has created the perfect red lipstick collection.

The lipstick range consists of five red hues.

Velvet Ribbon is a universal, classic neutral/blue red. This pillar box red shade is a classic face brightening red that suits everyone and it’s a great tooth whitener.

Velvet Morning is a hot and fiery, bright orange/red. Velvet Jazz is a muted, earthy, brick red shade inspired by the 1930’s red lipsticks.

Velvet Dragon, is a burnt, soft rusty red with warm yellow undertones. Inspiration for this shade comes in the form of ancient Chinese ceramics and the pigments used for lacquering pottery, ornaments, and jewellery for thousands of years.

Velvet Cinnabar is the deepest, richest, most powerful burnt ochre warm brown-red imaginable.

This shade was inspired by the dense, poisonous, red mineral which has been used as a precious resource around the world since at least the 10th millennium.

Each lipstick is highly pigmented, allowing you to create either a one-swipe graphic lip statement or pat gently for the ultimate subtle lip stain.

The creamy, hydrating matte formulation has a slight sheen, which ensures the lipsticks are not flat mattes.

Not only are the shades beautiful, but the lipstick bullet itself. Each bullet has the appearance of beautifully plush velvet fabric.

These cruelty-free products are free from parabens, talc, fragrance, D6, D5, gluten, and alcohol.

Each red True Velvet Lip Colour is available for £26.00.

Velvet Ribbon, Velvet Morning, and Velvet Jazz can be purchased as a set called The True Velvet Collection which is available for £78.00.

Black Honey

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No liner, no mirror, no fuss, just a sheer watch of colour that subtly enhances your natural lips.

This is what you get with Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey.

Clinique’s cult classic is not quite a lipstick, not gloss – its texture is more like a balm you can easily layer.

Black Honey is famous for its chameleon-like ability to flatter all skin tones yet look different on everyone.

It is described by Clinique as “the black turtleneck of lipsticks”.

It is the perfect go-to shade for every woman.

Black Honey‘s deep purple tone is a perfect blend of red, blue, orange, and yellow pigments, making it universally flattering.

Do not be fooled by the way Black Honey looks in the tube. This lipstick has a transparent pigment that glides on, a sheer glossy slip of lightweight colour.

The sheer formula is very versatile, it can be worn alone or under or over other lip colours.

Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is available for £19.50.

Clear Gloss

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If you think opting for a lip gloss means thick, gooey and sticky formulations, then think again.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in shade Glass Slipper is everything a lip gloss should be.

Although Glass Slipper is not strictly a lipstick shade, it had to be included as a single swipe of this clear gloss delivers explosive shine.

A shine that is so reflective that no matter your skin tone, your lips will look instantly more defined, fuller and smoother.

The non-sticky, silky, and lightweight formula has been enriched with shea butter to keep your lips ultra-moisturized, making the gloss feel more like nourishing lip oil.

The XXL wand makes application quick and easy and can be applied on the go.

Gloss Bomb can be worn alone or layered on top of your favourite pigmented lipstick to give it a lustrous dimension.

If that wasn’t enough, the gloss has an addictive peach vanilla scent, that will make you want to reapply all day long.

On the Gloss Bomb range, Rihanna said: “I made it because I wanted the girls to get kissed more.”

Once applied it will not fail to draw all eyes onto you and your lips.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Glass Slipper is available for £18.00.

Before you try any or all of these amazing lipstick shades, make sure your lips are prepped to perfection before application.

This is easily achieved with the Lanolips Lemonaid Scrubba-Balm. This is a 2-in-1 exfoliant and moisturiser to perfect your pout.

The balm is blended using superfine crystals of sugar and crushed orange peel, which buffs away at dead skin to reveal smoother lips.

The sweet, citrusy balm has been carefully created using microparticles, so you will not experience irritation in this particularly delicate area.

The balm contains a nourishing dose of Lanolin, which will leave your lips hydrated.

The Lanolips Lemonaid Scrubba-Balm is available for £13.00.

This once-a-week treatment will ensure your lips are looking their best, no matter what lipstick shade you opt for.

Jasdev Bhakar is a published writer and blogger. She is a lover of beauty, literature and weight training.