Best Lipstick Shade for South Asian Skin Tones

In love with a lipstick shade only to discover it just doesn’t work well with your face? DESIblitz presents the best lipstick shade for your skin tone.

Best Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone

"Ultra smooth, buttery feel on the lips."

Do you find it difficult to choose the best lipstick shade for your skin tone?

Want super-flattering lips that you know will surely rock?

Well, with just one correct swipe of colour on your lips, you can brighten your whole complexion, making your eyes sparkle, and completely transforming your appearance.

But before you go on a lipstick adventure looking for gorgeous shades, get more insight on the best colours that complement your skin complexion.

Here are some of the top-rated and best-selling lipstick shades that work well with light, medium, and dark Desi skin tones, helping you to choose the right lipstick colours.

And ensure that your pout is always looking perfect!

Light Skin

Best Lipstick Shade for South Asian Skin Tones

For those fair skinned Desis, with a lighter appearance, avoid steering towards any shades of brown or orange, or with too much of a yellow undertone.

These shades will make you look washed out, clashing with your colouring, and leave you looking pale.

Instead, opt for soft pinks and neutral nudes.

Just see how glamorous Aishwarya Rai looks in her perfect nude lips.

Do you want to pull off Aishwarya’s undeniable pout, which is totally natural and gorgeous looking in a nude lipstick shade?

Well, nude may well be the best lipstick shade for your skin tone.

With its magical ability to give light skin tones a subtle, natural glow, the perfect nude choice will enhance your own lip colour.

DESIblitz loves the ‘CRÈME D’NUDE’ shade from MAC, destined to dazzle lipstick. With the ability to showcase and define the lips, this lipstick makes a perfect choice for the party season.

Grab the MAC Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone here, for £15.50.

Medium Skin


For Asian girls with medium complexions, what could be the best lipstick shade for your skin tone?

Maybe you can flaunt the deep fuschia lips, adding a hint of classic charm. And strike an ultra-fashionable pink statement pout!

To perfectly illustrate, Priyanka Chopra proves that lipstick rules must be followed.

This charming lady frequently decorates her lips with deep shades of pink. For this reason, she instantly looks fresh and vibrant, with plump looking lips.

Additionally, the energetic pink brings a dramatic contrast to the teeth. And therefore, makes your teeth look whiter, creating a million dollar smile!

Do you want to try the flattering Priyanka Chopra look? With a plumping effect? Maybe this could be the best lipstick shade for your skin tone.

DESIblitz recommends the Laura Mercier Crème smooth lipstick, in the Plum Orchid shade, for £22. This luxurious lipstick gives the lips a rich, cushiony texture.

Get gorgeous and add an instant glamour, with the best lipstick shade for your skin tone.

Dark Skin

 Best Lipstick Shade for Your Skin Tone

Those with a darker complexion, the best lipstick shade for your skin tone, involves around the colour palettes of brown and orange.

To demonstrate, Bollywood diva Bipasha Basu, with a gorgeous dusky to dark skin tone, has shown us, with glossy touches, how to wear an orangey brown lipstick, and walk the talk!

Browns and oranges are a minimalist’s addiction. These soft and natural shades are the perfect way to complete any look, effortlessly.

In addition, these muted hues are a beauty statement, that naturally fit as the best lipstick shade for your skin tone.

But make sure you stay away from shades that are lighter than your skin tone, as they will make your lips look grey.

Why not test the gorgeously glossy lip pencil in the ‘More’ shade by NARS, for £20, and rock your glowing brown skin!

NARS says this lip colour has a: “Spectacular shine in an innovative, lightweight formula and enriched with Vitamin E plus a blend of moisture-rich hyaluronic spheres that make lips appear fuller. Ultra smooth, buttery feel on the lips.”

To know what lipstick shade will look best on you, first, determine your skin tone appearance. Is it light, medium or dark?

Remember, don’t pick the shades that are lighter than your complexion.

So, avoid the shades that clash with your skin tone, and test a few colours before you make your purchase.

Happy shopping!

Emily is a Print Journalism graduate who is studying her masters in Magazine Journalism. She enjoys travelling, music and documentary films. Her motto is: “Trust in yourself before anyone else.”

Images courtesy of the Official website of NARS, MAC and Laura Mercier, Cbslocal, Mulpix, Pinterest, Maxim and L'Oreal Paris