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    If you love your lipsticks, you’ll agree with us when we say that Diwali season is the one time in the year when you can wear those bright, glamorous hues that you have always shied away from. Best of all, there are a ton of options available in the market featuring beautiful pigments and happy shimmer additions that are long-lasting (which is to say they survive festive feasting). At Lifestyle Asia, we try and survey makeup every day, and so we’ve decided to share the best lipsticks for the festive season. Know that these are cult lipsticks from around the world that suit Indian skin tones perfectly.

    The best red: Smashbox Bawse, Rs 2,050

    Smashbox Bawse 

    We wholeheartedly believe that Lilly Singh knows what’s best for us, and recently blogger Debashree was roped in to showcase this hue in the brand’s Diwali campaign this year. Say hello to Bawse, a liquid matte formula that promises to stay on for 8 hours without smudging. Infused with primer oil, it keeps the lips smooth and hydrated.

    The best nude: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Interview, Rs 1,995 

    Power Bullet Huda

    Ever since the brand’s bullet mattes came out, it’s one nude or the other that’s been topping the charts. Our best picks include Graduation Day, Third Date, and Ladies Night – all in brilliant shades. Interview is another shade that goes well with Indian skin tones.

    The best pink: Nykaa Wonderpuff! Lip & Cheek Cushion Lipstick Tint in Born To Blossom, Rs 899

    Nykaa wonderpuf

    Just in time for Diwali, Nykaa has launched these beautiful lip and cheek cushions. Apprehensive at first, we are now sure of its creamy matte formula made to deliver gorgeous looks. It’s durable and sits light. 

    The best maroon: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour’Ink in L122 Dark Sided, Rs 2,480

    Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour'Ink in L122 Dark Sided

    A cult favourite, this liquid matte formula from Guerlain offers great pigments and coverage. It is not only buildable but also weightless with a fine texture.

    The best violet or plum: Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte in Brocade, Rs 3,700

    Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte in Brocade

    The shade Brocade is another bombshell of a pigment. The two things that pop into our minds are its weightless and easy-to-apply qualities. Created with powder pigments and wild mango butter, it also provides nutrition.

    The best orange: M.A.C Amplified Lipstick in Morange, Rs 1,700

    M.A.C Amplified Lipstick in Morange

    Orange is definitely not for the timid, so expect to pack a punch with this colour from M.A.C. Be warned that it is highly pigmented, so you’d need to be careful while applying. The lipstick lasts for almost 12 hours. 

    The best coral: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral, Rs 2,850

    Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Defiant Coral

    For those who don’t love a bright orange but want a bit of its glow, coral is a great shade. Perfect for medium to deep skin tones, this sultry hue glides on effortlessly on the lips. The biggest reason we love it? The magnetic case and the super smooth texture.

    The best fire-engine red: Stila Beso, Rs 2,100 

    Stila Beso 

    There are reds and then there are fire-engine reds. Stila Beso is the latter, and looks great on deep to dark skin tones. The industrial-strength formula can get a bit dry so moisturise before applying. Vitamin E and avocado oil makes it an enriching. 

    The best plum: Tom Ford Lip Color in Plum Lush, Rs 4,000

    Tom Ford Lip Color in Plum Lush

    Plum is a tricky shade. Is it purple, is it deep pink? The reason it works on Indian skin is because we take to the deep pigments beautifully and end up getting a jewel-toned look. Tom Ford’s iconic Plum Lush is velvety and soft. 

    The best everyday pink: Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Rose, Rs 2,800

    Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Rose

    The formulation over at Nudestix is what dreams are made of. It’s smooth, highly pigmented, and substantial. The beautiful shade Rose is a great addition to any Indian lip kit because of its light and buildable texture.

    Latha Sunadh
    Deputy Editor
    When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.