The nude lip obsession has been on for quite sometime now and every girl wants to flaunt a sexy nude lip like her favourite celebrity. The challenge however, is in finding the right nude lipstick that flatters your skin tone, without having to look like a corpse!
I know that a very pale and ‘concealer on the lips’ kind of look is totally in today, However I prefer to pick a nude lipstick that enhances my natural skin colour, one that does not wash me out by any means!
Nude lipsticks could be pink based nudes, brown nudes or peachy nudes. I’ll share with you some of my favourite nude lipsticks that are easily available at the Indian drugstores.
While choosing your perfect nude lipstick, I would suggest you pick a one that flatters your facial skin tone and a one that compliments the colour of your lips!
The shades I am going to mention below are sure to flatter NC 40-NC45 skin tones. . So if you are lighter than NC40, these shades may not be as much of a nude but will still look beautiful on you…
Lakmé enrich satin lipsticks in the shade 566 and 129. Price- ₹225
566- Is a brown nude lipstick with very slight hints of grey to it. It’s matte in consistency. I think it would be similar to Mac Whirl and is definitely an unsung hero in my opinion.
129-Is a matte pink brown perfect nude lipstick that can give you the Kylie Jenner look when worked with a correct lip pencil (MAC soar). It’s a good everyday office wear lipstick.
Lakmé also introduced their very famous 9 to 5 matte lip colours which came out in a wide variety of shades for college or office wear. They were launched in a cool rose gold bullet packaging with an interesting colour range, of which Oak table, Coffee command and Toffee nexus would be my picks as far as the colours are concerned. However I have never been pleased with their extreemely drying consistency that quickly settles in the fine lines of the lips, making it appear creased, dry and cakey….Now that’s not cute at all!!
Colorbar creme touch lipstick in Cafe latte 009. Price-₹450
Colorbar has the best of nude colour range for Indian skin tones in my opinion. If you go to the colorbar counter, you’re sure to find a nude lipstick that will compliment you.
Cafe latte is a lovely coffee brown colour. It’s creamy in texture, keeps your lips hydrated and is a true brown nude. Many of my colleagues have repurchased it and I highly recommend that you give it a try.
If you are looking for a peachy or coral based nude you could try the shade Nude Coral.
Colorbar velvet matte lipsticks in “Creme Cup” Price- ₹225
Their matte lipstick range has lovely shades like Over the top, Bare, High tea and ofcourse Creme cup. I must say that it is my absolute favourite drugstore nude lipstick! The colour is a soft blend of peach and brown.It is a perfect matte,yet is not quite drying on the lips. The formulation is creamy and is highly pigmented and does not require a lip pencil to bring out the definition. I find myself reaching out to this lipstick the most and love to pair it with an intense smokey eye!
Chambor Orosa lip perfection lipstick in the shade “Tender coral” . Price-₹995
Orosa lipsticks are known to rejenuate, moisturise and soothen the lips. This is a brown lipstick with coral undertones . The formula of the Orosa lipsticks are moisturising and creamy in consistency. It comes in a classy rose gold bullet packaging that I love!
MAC Retro . Price -₹1500
MAC is my favourite brand next to the Nars Audacious line when it comes to high end matte lipsticks. They sure know what they are doing and trust me it’s definitely worth the price. When I was looking for my perfect brown nude from MAC, the options were endless and I narrowed it down to Taupe, Mocha, Whirl, Retro, Brick o la, Persistence and Creme in your coffee. I found that all of these shades do look lovely on NC42 skin tone. However after a long struggle of back and forth comparison, I picked retro❤️ I am still eyeing on MAC freckletone, which in my guess is the most worn nude by Olive skin toned celebrities like Beyoncé, Kim Kadarshian and Nayanthara. So if any of you already have this shade, share your thoughts on how it works for an NC42 girl.
L’Oreal Paris Color Rich Moist Matte lipstick in Maple Mocha. Price- ₹900
This is a velvet matte lipstick. It has a unique formula containing jojoba oil which ensures to keep the lips moisturised throughout the day. It is the famous Sonam Kapoor nude and is a great dupe for MAC Taupe. The only downside of this product is that these lipsticks are so soft that they tend to break or loose it’s consistency in the bullet if it isn’t stored properly.
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche L’extraodinaire Matte lip colour in “Montaigne Brick” Price-₹950
This is such a gorgeous nude liquid lipstick that comes in a luxurious gold packaging with a sponge tip applicator. It is richly pigmented and although it says matte, it never quite dries out to be completely matte on my lips.It retains the right amount of moisture on the lips and doesn’t cause it to settle in the fine lines or crease. I would say it’s my favourite consistency in a liquid lipstick and the colour is an interesting blend of brick and nude. It instantly brightens up the face and is a one that most girls would love!
So these are some of my favourite nude lipsticks on Olive skin tones or medium complexion.
In the hand swatches the colours may seem more pigmented than they appear on the lips, So try them out for yourself and you will know that they are indeed perfect for us brown girls looking for a nude lipstick. There are endless options from the Indian drugstore and these are just some of my personal favourites. Let me know if you have any suggestions, thoughts or leave a comment if you would like to see more of my favourites in any other specific category. Cheers!😀