Quick fact: It’s one of the top searches on Google— 2,07,00,000 results—when we last checked! What color of lipstick looks best on your skin tone is a question we at Nykaa get asked most often. And when we posed that to our celebrity makeup artist of the month, Namrata Soni, she said, “Any lipstick color you want is fine, as long as you know your undertone.” So, what’s the best lipstick color for Indian skin?
It's All About The Undertone
She’s absolutely right. Undertones are those base colors in your complexion that determine whether you’re a warm, neutral or cool color. And this is how you find out: Are you more likely to burn in the sun or tan? If you burn, your undertone is cooler. If you tan, your undertone is warm. Namrata has another fool-proof guide: “Look at the color of the veins on your wrist—blue usually means cool and green usually means warm, but if you can't quite tell, you might be neutral.” Still confused? She recommends standing in the bathroom under the light wrapped in a white turby with a white towel draped around your shoulders. “Wear a gold necklace. If your skin glows you’re a warm undertone. If silver makes you sparkle you’re a cool undertone.” Now onto the best lipstick colors of all time, organized by the amount of melanin in your skin…
Here are the best lipstick shades for Indian skin, be it dusky, wheatish or fair skin:
1.For The Love Of Red
“Indians in general are scared to wear reds and brights because they don’t think they can carry them off. Here’s an easy solution: Olive skinned, dusky and yellow undertones look stunning in reds with hints of oranges. Meanwhile a shade of red lipstick with hints of wine will look superb on cooler undertones. Dusky beauties can opt for deeper berry hues.”
2. Say Pink
“I know brown is having a moment but that’s because most Indian girls think they won’t look good in brighter hues. To them I say, ‘Try pink lipsticks, both muted hues for day and brighter colors for evenings.’” She says everyone looks good in pink and you have a whole spectrum of hues to pick from, from the sheerest baby pinks to hot pinks and corally pinks in between. “And if you do want brown opt for berry or wine hued brown lipstick,” adds Namrata.
3. To Purple Or Not To Purple
“Please stay away from light purples that border on lilac unless you want to look like a Smurf.” Deeper shades of purple lipstick can look great on both warm and cool undertones. “I recommend plum shades that contrast beautifully with Indian skins and brown eyes.” Take your pick to relive the ’90s vibe.
Now that we’ve sorted your lipstick wardrobe, it’s time for a guide as per skin tone. Stay with us, we’re about to decode the lipstick shades for Indian skin.
4. Lipstick Shades For Dusky Skin
Contrary to popular belief, deliciously dusky skin tones are the easiest to style. Lipstick for dark skin is easier to figure out because the dusky tone acts as a great blank canvas for poppy shades. While neutral shades like copper brown and peach work brilliantly as an everyday wear, shades like red, magenta and taupe look great on dressy evenings.
5. Lipstick Shades For Wheatish Skin
Now it’s time to talk about the best lipstick shades for wheatish skin. Choosing lipstick shades for medium skin tone can be tough but not with our help. For daytime colors, go for nudes and lighter corals. For evenings when you need to make a statement with your pout, go for brick reds, burgundys, wines or berries. In fact, wheatish skin toned women can pull of vampy shades very well.
6. Lipstick Shades For Fair Skin
Picking lipstick colors for fair skin is probably the easiest, since most hues look striking on your complexion. Also, there are zero chances of you looking OTT with a vibrant color. Right from blood reds, fuchsias, to plums – there’s no color that you wouldn’t love on a fair-skinned brunette.