How to choose lipstick shades?

How to Choose the Perfect Lipstick Shade for Indian Skin Tones?


When it comes to makeup, one essential item that stands out is lipstick. It is a must-have in every makeup bag, but many of us struggle when it comes to choosing the right shades, especially for Indian skin tones. The diverse range of options can be overwhelming, and often we end up with the wrong shade.

If you have an Indian skin tone, understanding which lipstick shades work best for different tones can be beneficial. Whether you have a light, dark, or medium skin tone, there are specific shades that can enhance your beauty.

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 The perfect lipstick shades for light Indian skin tones

If you fall under the ‘light' bracket that covers everything from almost white to a warm beige, lipsticks with bluer, cooler undertones are perfect for you. With lighter skin and cooler undertones, shades that are too light can wash the face out, so steer clear from those. You'll want to reach for a bright shade like Peach Nude, deep brown, salmon nudes and light mauve to add brightness and drama to the face. If you do want to try a nude instead of a bolder shade, reach for a peachy-rose shade that'll look like its barely-there, but won't leave you looking tired.

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Best Lipstick for Light Indian Skin tone

The perfect lipstick shades for medium Indian skin tones

 In case you have wheatish and medium colored skin tone, one can try out reds (yes, you heard it right! Experiment with the red’s) and bold nudes.

 These are among best-suited lipstick shades for wheatish Indian skin for you to try out. You can go for a sultry look with red lipstick shade with orange undertone to compliment your perfect medium skin tones. For safer nudes the best shade is to pick a shade darker than your skin tone to keep the eyes on the lips. Pink nudes also work great for everyday look.

The perfect lipstick shade for dark Indian skin tones

If your skin tone ranges from a caramel to a chocolate brown, you're part of the dark skin category. Definitely look for shades with yellow undertones. Try a punchy pink, crimson red, tiger lily coral or gingerbread nude for your best pick. A true red will pop, while deep shades can help make the lips the focal point of the face.


Best liquid lipstick shades for dark Indian skin

If you want to go for bold looks for parties, these magenta colour pinks and reds are the best for dusky skin tones. These lipstick shades for brown skin are quite safe to go and yet make you stand apart in a crowd. They are all peppy and yet very elegant and stylish.

Read detailed blog: Top 5 Lipstick Shades For Dark Skin 

Tips for Choosing Lipstick Shades for Indian Skin tones:

  • Stay Away from Lighter Nudes: Lighter nudes can make your face look ashy and faded, especially for darker skin tones. Instead, go for dark browns, rich chocolate shades, or rose brown colors to complement your complexion.
  • Match Your Undertones: Consider your undertones when choosing lipstick shades. Cooler undertones suit light skin tones, while warmer undertones look great on medium and dark skin tones.
  • Try Before Buying: Always try lipstick shades on your lips before purchasing. What looks good on the packaging may appear different on your lips.
  • Complement Your Outfit: Coordinate your lipstick shade with your outfit to achieve a cohesive and stylish look.
Best liquid lipstick shades for different Indian skin tones

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Choosing the right lipstick shade for your Indian skintone can elevate your entire makeup look. Experiment with different shades and textures to discover the ones that best suit your style and personality. Remember to consider your undertones, and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to find the perfect lipstick that enhances your natural beauty. With these tips and recommendations, you can confidently select lipsticks that will complement your Indian skin tone flawlessly.

FAQs On Lipstick Shades For Different Indian Skin Tones

How many lipsticks should I own?

We recommend owning five shades in five different textures: pink, red, coral, nude, and oxblood in lip tint, liquid matte, satin finish, matte, and gloss.

What are the perfect lipstick shades for light Indian skin tones?

Bright shades like fuchsia pink, scarlet red, bright corals, and salmon nudes are ideal for light skin tones.

Which lipstick shades suit medium Indian skin tones?

Experiment with reds with orange undertones and bold nudes for medium skin tones. Pink nudes also work well for everyday wear.

What lipstick shades flatter dark Indian skin tones?

Shades with yellow undertones like punchy pink, crimson red, tiger lily coral, and gingerbread nude complement dark skin tones beautifully.

How do I choose the right nude lipstick for Indian skin tone?

Avoid lighter nudes for darker skin tones. Opt for dark browns, rich chocolate shades, or rose brown colors to match your complexion.

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    Style Beauty
    Style Beauty

    Wow!Your blog about lipstick shade is amazing and I love this.Thanks For Sharing it.

    Shelina Velji
    Shelina Velji

    I am wandering what color lipstick is the model wearing top picture 3-4 ?

    shreya jain
    shreya jain

    Thanks for writing this blog. It really helped me in choosing the right shade for my real Indian dusky skin.

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