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The Best Nude Lipsticks in India

January 3rd, 2022 | by

Nude lipsticks have been a classic since good old 90s Bollywood, from the diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to basically all our favourite supermodels sporting them now. Whether it be a quick grocery run, a big meeting or an even bigger party, the nude lipstick is an absolute multi-utility and timeless addition to every look.

But picking the right shade is often all the difference between chic and plain Jane, not to mention, the Indian skin tone can be a tricky thing. The same nude lipstick shade that looks bomb on your friend may look entirely different on you. Infact, chances are it probably will. 

We’re here to put all your nude lipstick related indecisions to rest for good, with our curated list of BoldLyfe handpicks of the best nude lipsticks for Indian skin tone, in India. So stick with us and hopefully you’ll be loading up on some nude lipstick gorgeousness before you check out some more nude lipstick gorgeousness:

1. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

We couldn’t possibly start this article without our current and forever obsession, the Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick in Pillow Talk! And chances are, when you watched your favourite actress in a talk show and thought, “Holy moly what is that shade!” well… it was this one.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is not only every Hollywood makeup artist’s go-to shade but also a part of every makeup enthusiast’s arsenal. What makes this lipstick supernaturally awesome is that it suits every single skin tone and is about as natural as a natural-looking lipstick shade can get!

Available in two nude-pink shades – Pillow Talk and Pillow Talk Medium- this lipstick makes it to our number one pick and we have a hunch it probably will make it to yours too. PS. Meghan Markle wears it all the time so there’s your sign.

2. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude Nuance

Who doesn’t  love a whole lot of gorgeousness in very little money? Maybelline has spoiled us rotten with their ever-evolving range of products that are also affordable. You’re going to want to check out the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude Nuance (or anything nude by Maybelline to be honest).

It’s long lasting, doesn’t dry up your lips, and has some pretty impressive colour payoff. Also, this one’s such a stunning and completely natural looking lipstick shade for Indian skin. It almost feels like it was invented exclusively for our skin type!

Full disclosure – you’re probably going to have to reapply it every couple of hours and doubling  it up with some tinted lip balm will give your lips a fuller, plumper look that’ll make you want to cosy up and give yourself a good ol’ pucker.

3. Maybelline New York Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick in Barely Nude

Turns out we’re true to our word! This is another total banger by the good folks down in New York where you don’t have to trade in quality for price because you can literally get both.

This one’s a liquid matte lipstick and so you’d like to use it as a lip liner as well. We wouldn’t beat around the bush with this one- it’s cheap, it’s not drying, it’s super pigmented.

If you’re on the look for a nude lipstick that particularly flatters fair skin tone, your quest ends here as the Maybelline New York Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick is objectively the best nude lipstick for fair skin from among all our gorgeous picks!

4. Faces Canada Weightless Matte Lipstick

We like it for the jojoba oil, we really like it for the almond oil, we really really like it for its one stroke awesome colour payoff. We love it for the way it looks and we LOVE it for the way it makes us look!

Another budget beauty, Faces Canada enjoys quite a reputation for being that drugstore brand that you can’t even tell is a drugstore brand. Its extraordinary range of shades allow you to pick and choose your perfect shade. But their light coffee colour lipstick shades in particular- *chef’s kiss*

5. Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color in Nude Touch MP24

Formulated with 2X primer, the Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color also doubles up as a primer which means it’s long lasting and super smooth. When we say long lasting we are talking not two, or four, or 10, or 12, but 14 whole hours!!! While that sinks in, allow us also to point out that its payoff is about as intense as Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will be Blood.

It glides on so smoothly, it’s basically like putting on a lip balm. So if you’re the low-maintenance gal that likes to have a good time while also looking oh-so-bomb in your candids and plandids. Or a  boss woman too busy to plan your look every morning, we suggest the Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lip Color in Nude Touch.

6. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Matte Finish in Fairest Nude

Infused with ultra-hydrating omega 3, vitamin E, and argan oil, the Colour Riche Lipstick by L’Oreal gives a whole eight hours of hydration which we always look for in a good matte lipstick because matte and hydration are two words you typically wouldn’t use in one sentence and yet we’re all looking for it!

If you’re on the hunt for a classic shade of nude that’s neither too party nor too serious, we suggest this is the one you go with. It strikes the balance and in doing so, makes itself a serious contender for who gets to go in the bag.

Wear it by day, wear it by night, super chill, or super formal, either way and all those ways, the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Finish lipstick in Fairest Nude does the trick like a nude lipstick magician. PS. Hands down, our favourite pink nude lipstick.

7. Isadora Twist-Up Matte Lips in Rose Rebel

What if we told you your next favourite nude lipstick was made with papaya and orchid extract! Sounds sweet doesn’t it! Add to that Isadora’s velvety texture which makes sporting a nude lip like sporting nothing at all – so seamless, so breathable, you’ll forget you even have anything on.

The Isadora Twist-Up Matte Lips in Rose Rebel has a super creamy texture while still being super duper lightweight and is long-lasting enough to leave us totally smitten and very, very, impressed.

It also comes with a special shaped tip so you can shape and contour and achieve the Kylie Jenner look without any long makeup tutorials on how to achieve the Kylie Jenner look. Another pink nude lipstick we’re totally obsessed with.

8. Manish Malhotra Beauty Hi-Shine Lipstick in Caramel Kiss

Saving the best for last because Manish Malhotra! Let’s be honest the man’s a total icon and if it’s true what the whole world’s saying, these are some grade A class nude lipsticks! Well, at least this one in particular that is, the Manish Malhotra Beauty Hi-Shine Lipstick in Caramel Kiss which is literally THE MOST PERFECT NUDE LIPSTICK SHADE FOR EVERY INDIAN SKIN TONE!

If you’re Indian and you’ve been on the lookout for a nude lipstick that gets Indian skin tone, look no further you have found your soulmate! It’s one hundred percent vegan and cruelty-free so you can get your glam on guilt free! It’s also smudge proof and waterproof and is equipped with UVB protection to protect your pout from the sun.

Last but  not the least, it has this gorgeous glossy finish which lends your lips a multidimensionality so they look poutier and fuller and completely photogenic! And if you’re still not convinced, here’s something more it boasts- it’s free of preservatives, mineral oils, and nano-ingredients so your lips remain completely free of any adulteration, while getting complete coverage!

These are not only some of our favourite picks for the evergreen nude lipstick but also the ones you’ll find stocked up in our bags, our nightstands, and our Christmas stockings. While the internet is filled with a plethora of options, some of which are pretty great too, these are the perfect combination of budget and chic that will go perfectly with every outfit,  occasion, or simply to glam-up on a Sunday and feel cute every time you walk past your mirror. 

PS. We hope it’s a giant one! 


Sasha Singh