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We Found 15 Lipsticks That Are Fabulously Flattering On Indian Skin Tones, All For Under Rs 500!

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“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.” – Audrey Hepburn

Whether it’s a quick swipe first thing in the morning or a brushed-on gory for an evening look…lipsticks are essential. A woman can go her whole month living on just one lipstick, these little bundles of joy last long. But where’s the fun in that?! The art of building a comprehensive collection of lipsticks for different occasions can be easily learnt. But can it by easily afforded? The list of affordable hues, all under Rs 500, that we collected can make that happen!

The best part about our curated list is that it’s super flattering for Indian skin tones. Desi girls are gifted with rich complexions that glow in sun and we want to celebrate that. They are all also under Rs 500, which means we can budget our haul perfectly.

Here are top picks from the lipsticks!

1) Dark Brown

Most Indian women have a subtle warm undertone to their skin and what better way to bring that out than a similar shade of lipstick. It is a misconception that dark brown colours can make us look older…they just make our look more done up.  And for this price, we can wear this shade all day long without breaking a sweat!

2) Luscious Cranberry

Remember those colour pops from way back in high school? Well, they are still good today! The silky colour pops from Elle 18 are creamy and smooth. We also picked the cranberry hued version for the olive-skinned ladies!

3) Raw Cinnamon

There are many ways to make our complexion warmer on days we are feeling tired and look drained. With a little bit of blush and cinnamon hued lips, the gloomy days can be made much better. The matte lipstick from Faces Canada is super light and goes on so smooth. We love it!

4) Nude Shine

Desi girls are capable of pulling off nude lipsticks like no other! With a little bit of colour already present, a sombre nude lipstick is all we need for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look. A pretty shade from Lotus Herbals is also perfect for girls who want a break from cosmetic lipsticks.

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5) Preppy Purple

This is the best thing our money can buy! This lipstick is pigmented, creamy and comes for a price that is super wallet-friendly. We love the chic purple and can’t wait to sport with other unconventional colours in our makeup kit. On a day when we need to turn heads, this is our guy!

6) Brick Red

If you are looking for a lipstick that gives you the shade in the packaging in one swipe, this is what you should pick. The brick red shade from this range is a favourite among many celebs, most notably Priyanka Chopra Jonas. And why not, it’s a great shade for the summer!

7) Mild Magenta

Here’s a lipstick that is so perfectly named, it’s amazing. This lipstick will stay on your pout, won’t smudge, won’t budge and one coat is enough. With a touch of drama, the rich magenta is great to elevate our everyday basics. The colour does settle a tinge darker, say reviewers, so take that into account.

8) Earthy Hues

We love how the Colorbar shade range in this collection flirts with every kind of red. From the deep maroons to the cherry pinks, there’s a lot to choose from here. And we would be lying if we said we weren’t tempted to get one of each, and at this price point, we probably will. We love it’s darkest, earthiest hue for our collection, what about you?

9) Fresh Fuschia

Kiko is a brand after our own heart. And these lipsticks in particular make our hearts sing. They are moisturising, creamy and will last forever, even through a meal. And this shade! The brand boasts great quality for the price point and we love ourselves some retro fuschia shades!

10) Cherry Pie

That’s it, ladies. Your search for a lipstick under Rs 200 that’s everything epic, ends here. We love the shade, the finish (matte) and how long this stays on the lips. Honestly, we weren’t expecting much in terms of staying power, but this one wowed us!

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11) Deep Burgundy

A rich, deep burgundy shade is so romantic. We love the Lake 9 to 5 range, it actually comes through on its claims of long staying power! The shade is a perfect pick to pair with our gorgeous ethnic garbs. It is also one os the classiest lipstick shades out there. Can it get any better than that?

12) Neon Orange

The neon trend is not restricted to just clothes! In terms of pretty neons, orange works best with Indian skin. We love this one from Chambor, the powder matte range is perfect for day wear. Just pair this shade with our solids and our look will be popping in no time!

13) Milk Chocolate

Think one swipe. Think crazy pigmentation. Think budge-proof. This is everything this lipstick is and then a little more. And it comes under Rs 500. It’s a little tacky when you apply it and the smell might be a little strong, but you’ve found yourself a gem here. Load up!

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14) Glam Gold

How can a conversation about Indian skin tones go without mention of anything golden! The only shimmery shade we picked for our list, the Focallure matte lipstick is so indulgent! We are updating our shaadi season makeup haul with this one!

15) Deep Plum

We are up for adding some fruity charm to our makeup collection any day! The deep plum shade is delicious and we want one. And for such a low-low price, we are getting this one!

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Have a happy #NationalLipstickDay!

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Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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