Finding the perfect Nude Lipstick for Indian skin

I still remember standing on tiptoe in my grandmother’s bathroom and peeking over the counter to admire her pink fashion lipsticks. My grandmother had very few options that matched her olive skin tone and she remained loyal to those lip shades till her last day. In her days, “nude” which was originally named after the Western-European centric Caucasian skin tone included brown, tan, white and beige colors.

The evergreen green trend of nude lipstick sails you through summer into fall and finally winter. However, finding the perfect nude lipstick shade can be really tricky on an Indian skin especially when it ends up looking more like a concealer if not picked correctly. Most of us get it wrong at first. We might go so dark that it usually ends up looking like a character from the Annabelle series! Never thought that finding such a basic lippie, that can bring life to your face, shall be so difficult to choose. But, don’t you worry- the key to finding a perfect nude shade is to first determine your skin tone and then your undertone which helps you narrow down to that ONE perfect nude lipstick for you!

So, let’s get started and grab your favorite lippie with just one click on it!


Fair and light skin tones are like that of Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Try choosing nude lipsticks from pink undertones. These lippies shall enhance your naturally pink lips and blend in beautifully to give that “awe” look. Don’t go in for all fuchsia rather opt for the lippie having the least grey in it (swatch it up on your hand). Pink undertone can really give you that all rosy look you wish to have. Avoid brown undertones as they shall darken your lips. However, you may choose beige undertone lippie for that nice light tint.

MAC in shade Myth
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Nude Ballet
Maybelline Lipstick in Mysterious Mocha


There are wide ranges of nude shades available for gals with medium and wheatish skin tone (the most common skin tone in India). Sonam Kapoor Ahuja belongs to medium category of skin tone while Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha are perfect example for wheatish skin tones in India. Opt for beige, caramel or pale nudes. Stunning lip shades with yellow or orange undertone are tailor-made for your perfect pout!

Nykaa So Matte in Taupa Thrill
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick- Make Me Blush
MAC in Velvet Teddy
Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color – Blushing Nude


Priyanka Chopra Jonas is the right inspiration for all you gals if you’re dusky like her. Nandita Das can be another catalyst to boost daily motivation for dark skin toned ladies. Tip: darker your complexion, darker should be your lip shade. Choose from yummilicious hues of dark browns, rich chocolates and red undertones to charm your day. Though you can go in for different textures like satin, crème, matte and gloss, I personally recommend try going in for all matte to make the statement. Mauve nudes can also look fabulous on dark skin toned ladies.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in Haute Fudge
Blue Heaven Xpression Lipstick – Scorchy Bronze
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick – Lively Violet

So ladies, grab yourself a drink, put on that perfect nude lippie and keep slaying!