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‘Pink is the Navy Blue of India’ declared Diana Vreeland, the former editor of ‘Vogue’, in 1962. And the reason is obvious – from baby pinks to dusty rose to fuchsia, we love our pinks, be it in apparel or makeup. When it comes to the latter, pink suits most Indian skin tones. Question is, how do you choose what works for you and which are the best pink lipsticks that work for Indian skin tone? Let’s tackle the first part of that conundrum. It’s all about knowing your undertones, and to determine your undertones, look at your veins. Blue veins work with pink undertones, while green veins are best with yellow undertones. Yes, if you fall between the blue-green combo, neutral undertones are perfect for you. Fair-skinned women work well with cooler undertones which means, plush baby pinks, easy shimmering and shiny pinks, and powdery and creamy satin pinks. Medium skin tones move easily with peachy pinks, caramel-brown-pinks, and even mauves. Reddish-pinks and deeper plums work very well with dark skin. Need more help? Here’s are our pick of the best pink lipsticks for Indian skin. 

Dior Addict Stellar Shine in Be Dior, Rs 2,594

Dior

Dior Addict Stellar Shine has a sheer feel that comes with the inclusion of aloe vera for 24 hours-hydration. With a thin scent of vanilla, lips become more softer and supple. There’s also a bit of shine this formulation comes with. 

Best for: Fair skin

Tom Ford Lip Color in Cream Finish Lip Color, Electrique, Rs 4,000

Tom Ford

If you’re in the market for a plumping lipstick, this one is a winner. The lipstick promises 8-hours of bold colour impact, is very creamy, satiny, and rich — perfect for that big party. 

Best for: Medium skin

Pixi Beauty Matte last Liquid Lipstick – Pleasing Pink, Rs 1,390

Pixi Beauty

Hydrating, highly pigmented liquid lipstick, this one is infused with rosehip oil and is long-lasting and oh so wearable. Don’t miss the unique PixiPetal applicator that’s perfect for application and pigment. 

Best for: Fair skin 

Shiseido Lacquer Ink Lip Shine in 302 Plexi Pink, Rs 2,200

Shiseido

The popular Shiseido lipstick comes with a unique blend of oils and is good for those looking at a glossy and shiny finish. 

Best for: Dark skin

Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick – Bachelorette, Rs 1,995Huda beauty

Huda Beauty’s Matte Power Bullet is a good one for rich pigmentation and full coverage. It is infused with sweet almond oil that is nourishing. 

Best for: Dark skin 

Givenchy Rouge Int 18 – Mabre Fuschia, Rs 2,675

Givenchy

The beautiful ribboned case is a bonus. The Givenchy Rouge has a creamy build and comes with reflective micro-crystals that make sure you add a bit of shine. 

Best for: Fair skin 

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unlocked, Rs 1,700

Fenty

The formulation is exceptional with this lipstick. It’s thin, weightless, and long-wearing, and comes with a soft matte finish. 

Best for: Medium skin 

Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry, Rs 1,800

Clinique

Let’s call it a hybrid between a lip balm and a lipstick, and it gives maximum hydration and moisturisation to the lips. 

Best for: Dark skin 

Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte – Pink Shock, Rs 3,700

Bobbi Brown

The pigments at Bobbi Brown are bright and weightless and give a bold look without compromising on comfort.

Best for: Medium skin 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick – Rebel Glam, Rs 1,950

Estee Lauder

These matte lip creams are very creamy and satiny – that means, they give you that just-touched-up look in minutes. The smooth application and the effortless colours make them the first choice for women-on-the-go. 

Best for: Dark skin

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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.