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What’s My Lip Colour?

Here’s a fail-safe trick to glam up in minutes: Red lipstick. Yes, that’s it. Make up experts from Milan to Tokyo swear by this. But since you may not be in the mood for red every day, all the time, you need a go-to palette of colours to put your best face forward and not be typecast. Here’s how to resolve the lipstick dilemma.

The golden rule? Align your lip colour to your skin tone. In the Subcontinent and across South Asia, skin tones tend to vary. Here’s a simple way to categorize them. Consider five broad categories of skin tones and undertones – fair, olive, pink, yellow, dark.

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If you are fair of skin, nudes and corals are best (think Kate Winslet). For that bold look, or maybe that special party, blood-red it is. Go easy on violets and mauves. If you have fair skin that tends to redden quickly in the sun, try highlighting with pinks, corals and orange-red lip colour.



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If you are olive skinned like Jessica Alba or Penelope Cruz, here’s good news:  you may try out almost any colour! In the Subcontinent, most people have olive undertones to their skin and can experiment with a whole bouquet of hues. Just a word of caution: Avoid purples and deep chocolates. Tends to clash with olive tones.



Skin with yellow undertones do best with reds, violets, purples, nudes and bronzes. Pinks may look a little washed out. If your skin is darker over the yellow undertone, experiment with stark contrasting shades in reds, hot pinks and purples. If choosing to wear nudes, stay closer to your skin shade.

For those with darker sub continental skin tones, your go-to would be those vibrant poppy shades. Neutrals such as copper brown and peach too look good. The trick is to change shades for night and day. Wear the neutrals during the day and move on to the darker shades for evenings out.


The less known way to choose right is to check your natural lip colour. (Yes, not just your skin tone.) Do this as soon as you step out of your shower, all fresh and dewy.

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If your lips are pale, pick the cherry reds and corals. If you have naturally reddish lips, opt for hot pinks, oranges and cranberry. And if you have dark, brownish lips, brick reds, burgundies and violets are for you. Simple. Also, stick to waterproof lipsticks and liquid lipsticks as they tend to stay longer.




When in doubt…

Mix a few shades and create the colour that feels right. Check the mix on the back of your hand and go for it. Pro tip: If the colour’s looking too dull, add some red. If too bold, slip in a dab of nude.

Finally, follow your mood and OOTD.

If feeling mushy romantic, compliment the spring flowers on your girly dress with a hint of blush pink on your lips; if in no-nonsense mood on an activity-filled day, try a sleek brownish red… Moisturise lips, outline with a brush or pencil, fill in going from the centre outwards and touch up with the brush or pencil of required. Matte or gloss – whatever spells comfort.

And check labels to see if put together using safe and Halal Ingredients and processes. Try out Halal lipstick that use natural, safe for the skin and uncompromising ingredients.

Let beauty and belief come together.

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