My Favourite 12 Nude Lipsticks For Indian Skintones. In Every Budget. In Every Shade.

Signature color lipstick. Does anyone have those anymore or are we picking up a color and style that just came in trend on Instagram? See, that’s tricky. To own a hue, to have your own color, to never experiment – that’s the problem with signatures. They become boring after a while. But you see, I’m in my 30s, that means I must navigate this tight space between adventure-driven YOLO and classic Audrey Hepburn-ish vibe that’s timeless. It’s a tiny sliver and it’s damn annoying.

On a side note: Audrey isn’t someone I admire for her style. She might be stylish to some, but not me. I can attribute style to the bold, the uncommon. My favorites are: Rani Gayatri Devi coz she da bomb. She wore pants and that sheer as a veil chiffon sari to perfection. Indira Gandhi coz man, that woman carried her sunnies with equal panache as her starched sari. A bit of Frida Kahlo coz she defied the norm and wore flowers on her forehead. Amala Nagarjuna because she wore structured Kurtis and an attitude to match. So many amazing women.

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But yes, for me, a signature is as much comfort as it is a challenge. You need to wear the “usual” in such a way that you make it look amazing every single day. That’s where my signature lipstick shade comes in – Nude. While it’s boring and so “massy”, it’s also got character and a few million shades that can make you look like a star. And the big thing about nudes, they’re versatile and so much fun – only you got to pick the shade that’s perfect. For a long time, nude lipsticks for me meant two things – dull and lifeless (because I am already a browny-brown chick and brown on brown seems like whaaa?) or Kareena Kapoor-ish vibes circa 1999 ( where the brown liner is so apparent and her lips look like they were kissed by an ogre).

In 2018, they’re so in, they occupy 90% of my lipstick wardrobe. Now, I’m as brown as they come – NC 43 on MAC leaning towards yellow undertones. And it took me a while to find these gems – from budget lipstick labels to luxe lippies – I got some awesome in 12 amazing shades so dig in.

From Left to Right. 

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ColorBar Kiss-Proof Lipstick in Haute Latte, Rs 900

Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick in Stoned Rose, Rs 2250 (Approx) Available on Cult Beauty. Shipping isn’t a pain if you shop above 40 Pounds.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Infatuation, Rs 1195

Colorpop Ultra Blotted Liquid Lipstick in Zuma, Rs 400 (Approx) I got it shipped from an Instagram store.

Maybelline Lip Gradation by Colorsensational in Mauve, Rs 600

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Sugarmama, Rs 1650

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha, Rs 950

Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Give Me Mocha, Rs 499

Colorpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bumble, Rs 400 (Approx) I got it shipped from an Instagram store.

L’Oreal Lip Paint Laquer in Gone With The Nude, Rs 799

L’Oreal Paris Balmain Limited Edition Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Domination, Rs 1050

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Girlfriend, Rs 1650

Swatches Galore!

The First Six.

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The Second Six.

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Five Points to Note:

While all of these are cool, I usually use the Color Bar Haute Latte and the Wet n Wild Give Me Mocha more since they have longer lasting power.

The Huda ones ( I got the Minis Set – so that explains the size) need a brown liner to set them right and to make them darker, otherwise, you look like you have a disease. At my skin tone, maybe not for everyone.

L’Oreal Balmain has the best, sturdiest packaging along with Charlotte Tilbury. I like packaging that’s luxe and heavy. Hardware is important fellas.

Colorpop Bumble has to be a universally awesome hue. No skin tone looks out of place with it.

L’Oreal Balmain shade looks like it’s brick red in the swatch. It looks browner on my skin tone.

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The Five Places That Helped Me Find My Current Playlist!

Music is a big topic in our home. Not because my husband is embedded 6-feet into it. But because it’s really not something I know much about – so I get by with a little help from him. While my husband can rattle off his favorite genres and artists, I look for a nice beat, a stylish artist and a sound that sticks with me. I have my favorites, but they’re few. I don’t pledge my allegiance to one genre because I really don’t know where I belong. The good thing about not knowing which genre you belong to is the freedom to love everything.

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So recently I needed motivation – for fitness, for life goals and generally, life. And I needed a playlist that’s random and new and off-beat. And I looked through my Shazam and boom, I found some neat stuff.

You see, I have this habit of watching random, crazy stuff on Netflix, Hotstar, Youtube and Prime Amazon and when a soundtrack plays that I like, I at once Shazam it and keep it for future reference. And lately, I was watching a mish-mash of crazy stuff, from Hindi films I missed, a TV series that’s so old that I found on Amazon Prime etc. But whatever it is, my playlist is teeming with old and new songs but odd ones and things I wouldn’t have discovered if it wasn’t for soundtracks. Nice no? Here we go…

  1. Suits 

My obsession with Harvey Spector isn’t healthy. And to top it off, am still waiting for season 7 to land in India. It’s exhausting, the wait. You know why I love Suits – and not just for Spector? The outfits and the motivation you get. Suddenly you want to get skinny, carry a latte from Starbucks and you’ll want to fit into that stunning corporate dress and kick some ass. Seriously, try it. How do all these women wear such body-hugging stuff and have no belly fat? Like nothing, not even a food bulge. That’s a discussion for another day but the songs I found on Suits are amazing.

Some amazing ones that stuck with me:

John Newman – Love Me Again 

Kaleo – Way Down We Go 

Bobby Banzini – Blood’s Thicker Than Water 

Desi Valentine – Fate Don’t Know You 

 

2. Befikre

Hmm, I know what you’re thinking. Like WTF. Why this stupid rom-com. Believe it or not, it’s got some hiccups but it’s a decent film. In fact, the biggest love story of our times with some filmy shit thrown in. I don’t like both the actors but I’ll tell you they did a good job. Anywho, as I was watching it one day, there was a French song playing at a strategic place in the movie. Yep, a French song, with a great beat. And after careful research, it turned out to be the one below and damn, it’s addictive!

Mika – Boum Boum Boum 

3. Criminal Minds

I watch this show all the frikkin time. So much so that I do stupid quizzes like “Are you JJ or Emily?” or “Who is your date – Morgan or Reid?”. In case, you wanna know, the answer for the last one is Morgan all the way. So anywho, constant exposure to this series got me Shazam-ing some gems.

Lifehouse – Broken 

Five Finger Death Punch – Far From Home ( This is like on loop right now but I like the acoustic one)

Daughtry – Home 

Hodges – My Side Of The Story 

Sia – Bird Set Free

4. Sex and The City Last Episode

Ok, I rewatch this all the time out of habit. But surprisingly, it’s held up as an interesting show as you age. But I relate to a different girl everytime I watch it. So this last song has been one of my favorites coz it introduced me to an amazing artist – M.C Solaar. You’ll love the song and you know, this took me the longest time to find. The sound was so low, I had to watch the scene like a million times to get past this.

MC Solaar – Le Belle Et Le Bad Boy 

Before We Go

Am not big on love stories and romance. I like watching thrillers better. So this one is my current favorite and that means, the story had to be that realistic. Such a neat, effortless, simple movie. Also, Chris Evans is surprisingly good. But the ending is so heart-breaking and the song that comes with it – even more so. And P.S It has the best dialogues.

Andrew Lockington – Move On 

So, what’s your deal? Have you ever found an amazing song while watching something? Pls hit me up. I love such stuff!

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