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Presenting The Best in Class Nude Lipsticks For Every Indian Skin Tone

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - May 9, 20249 min read

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Nude Lipsticks come in all tones - pink, red, orange, brown and neutral. It is the go-to option when you feel the need for heavy eye makeup or the smokey-eye. Owning a nude lipstick which compliments your skin tone goes a long way in making you look good. But when there are a plethora of options in the market,  finding the right shade for your skin can be a difficult task.


We've made a list of the best nude lipsticks that you can find in stores around you or online to get your look on point.


1. Mac - Mocha

REVIEW: Mac Mocha suits a wide range of skin tones. It is from the Mac satin range and one of the most popular lipsticks for the Indian skin tone. This lipstick is what made Mac famous. The texture is smooth and creamy. It can also last through a mid-day meal and has opaque coverage. Office going women can wear this shade without looking over the top.

SHADE: Peachy brown with a yellow undertone
LONGEVITY: 4 hours or more
BUY IT IN STORE: Mac – Pacific Mall
BUY IT ONLINE: Amazon India


2. Mac - Hug Me

REVIEW: Mac Hug Me has a glossy shine that lasts much longer after the lipstick has faded away. It makes your lips look soft, smooth and moist. This nude lipstick doesn’t dry out your lips and suits everyone between wheatish to dark skin tones. It is a Lustre lipstick from MAC and it feels creamy on the lips. This lipstick has a satin finish (not too shiny, not matte) and this formula glides on easily.

SHADE:  Soft pink color 
LONGEVITY: 2-3 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Mac – Pacific Mall
BUY IT ONLINE: Nykaa - Mag hug me


3. Lakme 9 to 5 - Coffee Command

REVIEW: This nude lipstick has a long wearing and a comfort technology. It has an intense creme color with a peachy nude shade. The finish is soft matte, almost powder but it never feels cakey. It feels light on the lips so people who don’t like going heavy on the lips can go for this as the chosen option. This shade is apt for beginners, young women, office-going women and even college goers since it’s a nice warm color for the day.

SHADE: Peachy nude
LONGEVITY: 10 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: New u, Noida, Sector 18
BUY IT ONLINE: Nykaa – Lakme 9 to 5 coffee command


4. Oriflame Giordani Gold Jewel Lipstick - Dusky Nude

REVIEW: This lipstick is packed in a gorgeous metallic gold bullet case which makes you want to buy it.  This nude lipstick has a creamy texture and glides easily. This nude lipstick only gives medium coverage but the best part about this range of nude lipsticks by Oriflame is that they stay on the lips without drying them out even after you have done your share of activities all day long. It is highly moisturizing but the staying power is slightly less.

SHADE: Peachy pink
LONGEVITY: 2 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Shoppers Stop, MG Road, Gurgaon
BUY IT ONLINE: Amazon India – Oriflame Giordani Gold Lipstick


5. Revlon Colour Burst Lipstick - Rusy Nude

REVIEW: This lipstick shade is a universal nude lipstick shade. It suits almost all the skin tones. The texture is weightless so it glides on the lips very smoothly and is good for daily use.  It has a satin finish and stays on your lips for almost four hours. It is non-greasy and can be smoothly applied to the lips because of its creamy nature.

SHADE: Pinkish-brownish undertone
LONGEVITY: 4 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Shoppers Stop, Koramangala, Bangalore
BUY IT ONLINE: Flipkart – Revlon Colour Bust


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6. Loreal Riche Natural Lipstick - Velvet Rose

REVIEW: This lipstick has a pastel pink color but more on the nude side. A plus point is that it does not look like a foundation on the lips or like a shiny lip gloss. It has a very creamy texture and includes good ingredients. Although it is apt for daily use because of a lovely neutral pink undertone, the only drawback this lipstick has: it is not suitable for pigmented lips.

SHADE: Pastel pink
LONGEVITY: Around 4 hours
BUY IT ONLINE: Carethy – Loreal Rich Velvet Rose


7. Lakme Enrich Satin - 564

REVIEW: The base color of this lipstick is nude brown. It is buttery and moisturizing. The longevity of this nude lipstick is a few hours and therefore it is suggested to apply it over a base of foundation or concealer. It contains vitamin E and olive extracts to keep your lips nourished. It also has a high color delivery.

SHADE: Nude brown
LONGEVITY: Stays well for around 2 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: New u – Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
BUY IT ONLINE: Myntra – Lakme Enrich Satin 564


8. Colorbar Creme Cup

REVIEW: The pigmentation is great and the texture is smooth and creamy. The creamy matte finish infuses your lips with vibrancy. It also contains vitamin E that keeps your lips nourished and the staying power is strong. When it is wiped out, there is a rosy tint left on your lips. This nude lipstick does not make you look washed out.

SHADE: Reddish brown
LONGEVITY: 5-6 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Colorbar – Malad West, Mumbai,  Colorbar – Raddison Blu, Tank

BUY IT ONLINE: Nykaa – Colorbar Creme Cup


9. Maybelline Colour Sensational - Stormy Sahara

REVIEW:  This nude lipstick has a nourishing honey nectar infused in it. The formula for this range of Maybelline lipstick is smooth and very long lasting. It can be easily and evenly applied. This shade looks very flattering on Indian skin tones. However, you should always go for a shade that is one shade darker than your skin tone so that it doesn’t make you look washed out. It has a good coverage and slips.

SHADE: Medium peach
LONGEVITY: 3-4 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Shoppers Stop – Sohna Road, Gurgaon
BUY IT ONLINE: Amazon India – Maybelline Sensational Stormy


10. Nyx Round Lipstick - Hermes

REVIEW: This lipstick has a mineral-based formula with a velvet touch. It resists wear off and smudging. This nude lipstick is not recommended for lighter skin tones because the shade appears as a very dark brown color. That just makes it more suitable for most of the Indian population whose complexion is more towards the dusky and darker side. It has a creamy opaque texture and is quite pigmented.

SHADE: Light brown color with pink undertones
LONGEVITY: 2-3 hours
BUY IT IN STORE: Nykaa – Nyx Professional make up
BUY IT ONLINE: Amazon India – Nyx Round Lipstick – Hermes


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Where To Wear

Nude lipsticks come in unlimited shades and are very versatile; they can be worn anywhere and everywhere. Women prefer to wear their favorite nude lipstick in the mornings when they go to work because dark lips ( red, orange, pink) often makes them look over the top. Offices have a strict dress code to follow and if you enter your workplace in a red or a burgundy lipstick, your co-workers might just start judging you for doing too much makeup and who wants that? 


Waking up early in the nude lipstick is the closest form of a natural look but at the same time, it's not completely raw. So college going girls also prefer to go for a nude undertone lipstick than a bold color.


Pair It With 

Pair nude lips with casual dresses, power wear or even party wear. Show your subtle side to the world without worrying about looking overdressed or inappropriate. Also, when you feel like doing a bold eye make up for any event, nude lips are used to mellow it down. There is nothing close to a natural makeup look than sliding on a little nude lipstick with whatever you decide to wear and wherever you decide to go.


Q: What is the best long-lasting lipstick?

A: LAKME Absolute: 6 hours or more, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: 3 hours or more, Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lipcolor, Nyx Cosmetics Full Throttle Lipstick: Full Day


Q: What are some organic and natural lipsticks?

A: Beautycounter, Nūdus, French Girl Organics, Hynt Beauty, Axiology, ILIA, RMS Beauty, Lotus Bio-Mineral, Ecco Bella


Q: What is the most popular lipstick finish in India?

A: Matte finish lipsticks are widely popular in India for their long-lasting and richly pigmented formula.


Q: Can I find natural and organic lipsticks in India?

A: Yes, brands like SoulTree and Forest Essentials offer natural and organic lipstick options in India.


Q: What are the popular lipstick brands in India?

A: Popular lipstick brands in India include Lakmé, Maybelline, Colorbar, and MAC.