Indian Bridal Makeup : Lipstick Suggestions and Swatches

 

Hey everyone!

In this post, I will be talking about Lipsticks for Indian Bridal Makeup. While choosing the best lipstick shade, you need to consider the following factors :

  • Your Skin tone
  • The color of your outfit
  • Your makeup style

Traditionally, everyone associates bridal makeup with deep red and wine lip colors but if you’re not the deep lip person, you could wear flattering neutrals as well paired with smoky eyes. However, one should never go for a nude lip colors for bridal makeup as it washes out in pictures. I’ve divided this post into various categories based on the Lipstick shades. In each category, I’ve mentioned the Skin tone, Outfit color and Makeup Style it would work for!

 

Indian Bridal Makeup Series
Indian Bridal Makeup Series

 



 

Before I jump in with the swatches and recommendations, here are a few pointers to keep in mind while choosing and applying your Bridal Lip color:

  • Choose a shade that looks good on you, do a trial with the makeup before the final day to make sure.
  • Choose a lip color depending on your outfit (more on this later)
  • If you’re wearing a softer color like a dusty peach or rose, go at least 2 shades darker than your skin tone otherwise it’ll wash you out in pictures.
  • Instead of finding the perfect texture lipstick, go for good pigmentation. You can alter the finish by adding gloss on top
  • Use a lip liner to line and full the entire lip for lasting color
  • Do add a touch of gloss on the center the lips to give a juicy, healthy look
  • Avoid nude lip colors
  • To avoid the heavily made up look and too much product build up, blot and reapply the lipstick using a lip brush.

 

Lipstick shade Recommendations :

 

Category 1 : Red, Wine, Cherry lip colors (the traditional bridal shades)

 

These are shades that work for all skin tones! If you’re wearing a traditional red or maroon saree/lehenga, these shades would go perfectly with the outfit. I wouldn’t recommend Hot Reds or orange-y reds unless you’re used to wearing these shades and know they work for you. Cool toned reds would for everyone and also give a whiter appearance to the teeth! Orangey colors can make the teeth look yellow and that is not something one wants in their wedding pics! Brick reds also look beautiful!

My recommendations :

  • MAC : Dubonnet(deepened claret – amplified creme), Diva (intense reddish-burgundy – matte), Russian Red(intense bluish red), Chilli(brownish orange red- matte)
  • L’Oreal Infallible : Bold Bordeaux, L’Oreal Color Riche Intense Ruby
  • Colorbar Velvet Matte : Hot Hot Hot, Cherry Shy
  • Inglot : 126, Refills – 82, 63, 27
  • Lakme : Enrich Satin 422, Lip Love Sangria Seduction, Nine to Five lip color Sun Shimmer (orangey soft red with shimmer), Aquashine Sangria
  • Lush : A Million Kisses lip tint
  • Maybelline Colorsensational : Red Peptite, Pleasure me Red

Some Swatches :

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Lakme 422, Inglot 126, Lakme Sangria Seduction, Jafra Very Cherry, Jafra Red Hot-Optimized
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Lakme 422, Inglot 126, Lakme Sangria Seduction, Jafra Very Cherry, Jafra Red Hot

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Lakme Sangria Seduction, Jafra Very Cherry, Jafra Red Hot, Jafra Terracotta
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Lakme Sangria Seduction, Jafra Very Cherry, Jafra Red Hot, Jafra Terracotta
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Revlon Crimson, Lush A Million Kisses, Lakme Sun Shimmer, Lakme Sangria
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Revlon Crimson, Lush A Million Kisses, Lakme Sun Shimmer, Lakme Sangria

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Inglot 82, 63, 27
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Inglot 82, 63, 27

 

Category 2 : Warm pink and berry shades

 

If you’re wearing a pink/purple/lavender outfit, opt for a berry lip color. Deep Rosy shades, warm berry pink look flattering on everyone. If you can carry a brighter lip well, you can also for a watermelon pink. I would say avoid very flaming hot pinks and neons.

My Recommendations :

  • MAC : Craving(berry pink), Speak Louder (warm watermelon pink -if you want a bright pink!), Deliciously Forbidden
  • Colorbar Velvet Matte : Sultry Pink(earthy berry), Brick-o-la(rose berry with a peachy tone), Oh My Magenta (deep magenta -for brighter lip)
  • Colorbar Soft Touch : Rose Quartz
  • Inglot lipstick no. 132(reddish berry)
  • Lakme : Lip Love Valentine Velvet
  • Revlon : Super Lustrous Grape Juice, Colorburst Soft Rose (for fair skin)

Some Swatches :

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Maxfactor Scarlet Ghost, Colorbar Sultry Pink, Colorbar Oh My Magenta, Colorbar Rose Quartz
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Maxfactor Scarlet Ghost, Colorbar Sultry Pink, Colorbar Oh My Magenta, Colorbar Rose Quartz

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Colorbar Oh my Magenta, Colorbar Rose Quartz, Lakme Valentine Velvet, Colorbar Brick-o-la
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Colorbar Oh my Magenta, Colorbar Rose Quartz, Lakme Valentine Velvet, Colorbar Brick-o-la

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Colorbar Brick-o-la, Inglot 132, MAC Deliciously Forbidden
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Colorbar Brick-o-la, Inglot 132, MAC Deliciously Forbidden

 

Category 3 : Dusty Peach/Coral/Earthy Naturals

 

These are best suited for those who are either quite light in complexion or are averse to wearing color.

If you find yourself looking best in natural shades and do not want to wear a deeper lip color, here are some suggestions for you –

  • MAC : Retro (deep peachy brown with red undertone), Brick-o-laย (dusty peachy brown with a hint of pink)
  • Lakme : Absolute Matte Peach Carnationย (for fair skin tone)
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - MAC Retro, MAC Brick-o-la
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – MAC Retro, MAC Brick-o-la

 

If you’re someone who looks great inย browns, here are some suggestions for you –

  • Inglot refills : 22 (brown with shimmer), 77 (plum-brown)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Molten Caramel (for a natural look)
  • Lakme Lip Love Honey Bun
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Lakme Honey Bun, L'Oreal Molten Caramel
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Lakme Honey Bun, L’Oreal Molten Caramel

 

Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Inglot 22, Inglot 77
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Inglot 22, Inglot 77

 

If you’re fair in complexion and want to try coral/peach lip, try these –

  • MAC : Crosswires
  • Colorbar Velvet Matte Peach Crush, Over the Top 1
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches - Colorbar Peach Crush, Colorbar Over the Top 1, Lakme Peach Carnation
Indian Bridal Lipstick Swatches – Colorbar Peach Crush, Colorbar Over the Top 1, Lakme Peach Carnation

 

This is of course just an indicative list, there are many many more lip colors out there! However, for those who have been clueless where to start, I hope this post would be helpful! You can also check out ย Chambor, they have some good shades as well. There will be more pointers in the Makeup tutorial posts for the Fair bride and the Dusky bride. The next lip makeup post will contain recommendations for Lip liner and Lip gloss.

 

30 Comments

  1. It is amazing to see how much thought and hard work you have put behind this post! I am eyeing Russian Red as I am wearing a Red Lehenga with Antique Gold work and want a traditional look for the wedding as I wear tradition very less and want my wedding to be Royal and Traditional. Hope everything works out the way I want!

    1. Thank you Shivangi ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you’ll find my next tutorial really helpful, it will be a classic red-gold combo!

    1. All the wine/red/berry ones stay long. Among the other ones – L’Oreal Infallible, Colorbar Velvet Matte and MAC Retro.

  2. awesome write up ankita! I have peach crush from this range! And in kolkata , ppl generally goes with red and makeup is pretty love compared to the other parts in india

  3. That’s a really great article Ankita…. From where can u get Jafra cosmetics in Mumbai……. I knw of this brand!!!

    1. Hi Nats, Jafra is a direct selling brand like Avon and Oriflame. I got these products via their PR. Will find out if they can direct me to a Jafra consultant.

  4. Great Post with a lot of info…would like to add one pointer though (as a fashion designer & stylist). Instead of pairing the lipstick with clothes it is better to coordinate it with jewelry (& bindi ) thats worn close to the face..for example if there is a red stone in your maang tika or nath a coordinating shade of red would look better..Also If there are too many sparkling stones then your face looks completely diff compared to say gold jewelry
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  5. Hi Ankita, I know this is off the topic, but would you suggest which red is closest to the lip color Anne Hathaway (Catwoman) is wearing in The Dark Knight Rises.
    xxx

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