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5 Best nude lipsticks for South Asian skin tones


December 13, 2021

Finding the perfect nude lipstick that compliments one’s skin tone isn’t always an easy feat. The wrong shade of nude can make your skin look dull and in the worst-case scenario, nude lipstick not only washes out your complexion but also highlights every line and wrinkle along the lips.

The popularity of nude lipsticks lies in the fact that they are versatile, effortless and can adapt to all skin types, shades, and undertones. But when it comes to nude lipstick, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. The key to finding a great nude lipstick is to figure out your complexion. After that comes the task of figuring out your undertone.

It is more difficult to find the perfect shade if you have a south Asian skin tone as usually beige and peach shades, which are touted as nudes, can wash out their colour and not suit the skin correctly. However, if you’re looking for some guidance, your skin tone, its undertone and your lip shade should dictate the most flattering shade from the list we have curated for you to find your perfect nude shade.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk has been Tillbury’s best selling lipstick for quite some time now . It comes with a hint of dreamy pink and is a moisturising matte formula that glides onto the lips beautifully. This new addition to Charlotte Tilbury’s signature pillow talk range is warmer than the original nude, making it ideal for medium to deep skin tones. This warm berry pink offers a flattering soft matte finish that brightens up the complexion beautifully.

Tom Ford Sable Smoke

If you are looking for a pinkish nude shade that has beige or brown undertones try Tom Ford’s sable smoke lipstick. It may be on the pricier side but what we love about Tom Ford is how this warm beige nude fits in beautifully with all skin tones, especially Pakistani skin tones. Tom Ford Beauty Sable Smoke is a moderately warm-toned, medium-dark peach with a luminous finish. You can pair this lipstick with our other favourite lip colour from Tom Form; Bad Lieutenant.

Huda Beauty Bombshell

If there’s one liquid lipstick that can be found in every desi girl’s make-up bag, it’s this one. This beautiful comfort-wear formula comes with a lightweight formula that effortlessly sets to a matte, transfer-free finish. Plus, this one has the best-staying power and is highly pigmented. This pinky-beige is the perfect everyday nude that will flatter the majority of Asian skin tones.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Intriguing

Nars’ velvet matte lip pencil has everything you could ask for in a lipstick as its versatile shade instantly warms up all skin tones. This nude ticks all the right boxes. The plush, velvety-formula glides on seamlessly and gives lips a hydrated feel, thanks to the added vitamin E for extra hydration. The warm, golden rose-toned nude offers an excellent colour payoff, without looking flat on the lips. We believe this shade is universally flattering as it blends seamlessly on Asian skin tones’ natural lip colour and sets instantly without budging for several hours. It’s the type of lip colour that is bound to find its way into your daily make-up kit.

Fenty Matte Lipstick Shawty

One thing that Rihanna’s beauty line was created with is keeping diversity in mind, and its lipstick range offers exactly that. The warm chestnut shade ‘shawty’ would make the perfect everyday nude for those with medium to deep skin tones. The lipstick is housed inside a slim case, which is very easy to use. It provides a hit of intense colour and the matte formula feels comfortable and weightless. The only downside is that it needed reapplication a few times throughout the day.

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