The Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones in India

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In this post you will find out:

  • The Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin from Maybelline
  • NYX’s best red lipsticks for dark skin colors with warm undertones
  • Why Colorbar has the best red lip colors for dusky beauties
  • Which is the best red lipsticks for dark skin in the Lakme 9 to 5 range
  • Why dusky girls should make the MAC Ruby Woo their new best friend

But before we begin, know this: dark skin tones can wear any lipstick color they like, especially red. In fact we wear it quite well! The trick is to find the shades that make us look our best.

So, let’s begin!


The Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin with COOL Undertones

#1. Colorbar Check Mate

Range: Colorbar Velvet Matte Red Lipstick

Type of Red: Blue red lipstick


I’m going to start the list with my personal favourite. Colorbar was the first brand that , I felt, had my dusky skin tone included and catered to. There are two specific red lipstick selections that I often recommend, one of them is this blue red lipstick shade by the name of  ‘Check Mate.’ It looks beaut on dark skin with cool undertones. I know it looks dark but actually this red is bright enough to be worn comfortably during the day. Top it off with a super shine gloss for the evening.

I’m assuming you know your SKIN UNDERTONE. In case you don’t, the linked post will help you find out.

#2. Maybelline Mad Blood

Range: Maybelline Color Jolt

Type of Red: Blood red lipstick


When I saw this red lipstick shade, I thought of all my friends with cool nutty skin tones in almond, chestnut, walnut, and espresso. The purple undertones in this blood red shade compliment cool undertones, while the dark red color goes hand in hand with the skin color. I’d say it works well for the night as well as the day.


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#3. Lakme 9 to 5 Berry Base

Range: Lakme 9 to 5

Type of Red: Blue red lipstick


I won’t call myself a fan of Lakme. At times I have found their lip colors more suited for light and medium skin tones, while I struggle to find the best red lipstick shade for dark skin tones. Still, there are a few good options that work well on dusky Indian skin, like this muted red lipstick with plum hints. It’s a good day-wear option for cool-hued skin tones.

If Lakme is your pet favourite makeup brand, here’s a list of the BEST LAKME 9 to 5 RED LIPSTICK SHADES you should check out.

#4. NYX Copenhagen

Range: Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

Type of Red: Wine red lipstick


This red lip color is as bewitching as the city it takes inspiration from. A lush wine red lipstick shade, this is the perfect choice for cool dusky and dark skin tones. I’d save this one for date no. 3, ladies!


The Best Red Lipstick Shades for Dark Skin with WARM Undertones

#5. Colorbar Deep Red

Range: Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Crème

Type of Red: Orange red lipstick


My second Colorbar recommendation is for warm skin tones. The Deep Red lipstick shade is actually an orange red lipstick. It has this lovely coral tinge that brings out the glow on someone with a golden undertone. Save this bright red lipstick for an evening out.


#6. Maybelline Hot Lava

Range: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallic Red Lipstick

Type of Red: Orange red lipstick


When a shade takes inspiration from a dusky beauty like Rihanna, you know you can wear without a care in the world. More orange than red, this metallic lipstick shade could be the highlight of your Saturday night. If you’re a warm skin tone, that is. Cool skin tones stand a chance of looking ashen with this red lipstick shade, and can opt for the Copper Rose (it’s a pink lipstick) in the same range.


In case Maybelline is your go to fix for all the features you weren’t born with, do check out our list on the BEST RED LIPSTICK SHADES BY MAYBELLINE FOR INDIAN SKIN TONES!


#7. Sephora Coral Sunset

Range: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

Type of Red: Coral red lipstick


You can see me wearing this shade in the post on the Best Red Lipstick Shades for Indian Skin Tones. So trust me when I say that warm dusky Indian skin tones can wear a coral red lip color! It blends in well with buttery yellow undertones of the skin, and adds a splash of color to the face.  

#8. Wet n Wild Missy and Fierce

Range: Wet n Wild Red Lipstick

Type of Red: Orange red lipstick


Tanned to dusky skin tones with yellow undertones should consider buying this bright red lipstick shade. The matte finish gives a touch a subtlety to a pop color like this, in case you want to wear it during the day. If you plan to wear this lipstick in the evening, I’d suggest a topping it up with gloss.


The Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin with ANY Undertones

#9. Sephora Red Velvet

Range: Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Red Lipstick

Type of Red: True red lipstick

I love this red color! Red Velvet is to Sephora, what Ruby Woo is to MAC, and Red for Me is to Maybelline (not available in India yet). It is a true red lipstick shade that suits almost all Indian skin tones, especially dark skin complexions. The red lipstick itself has a neutral undertone i.e. it is a perfect balance between a dark red shade and a light tint, which makes it suit one and all.

#10. MAC Ruby Woo

Range: MAC lipsticks

Type of Red: True red lipstick


Just like the Sephora Red Velvet on this list, MAC’s Ruby Woo is another neutral red that suits most Indian skin tones. And when good things are available in small packs and prices, (the Mini MAC of course!), there’s little wonder why it is the most popular red lipstick shade out there.


#11. NYX Madrid

Range: Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

Type of Red: true red


On the other hand, I’d recommend this NYX shade to golden and yellow undertones. This is because even though Madrid is rich neutral red, on close look it does lean, ever so slightly, towards a brick. So some cool dark skin tones may end up looking pale and ashen.


The Best Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin and Prices

Lipstick NameType of RedPrice
Colorbar Velvet Matte LipstickCheck MateRs.325
Maybelline New York Color JoltMad Blood Red Lipstick ShadeRs.399
Lakme 9 to 5 LipstickBerry Base (blue red)Rs.450
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallic LipstickHot Lava Red Lipstick ShadeRs.450
Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte LipstickMissy and FierceRs.499
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip CreamCopenhagenRs.600
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip CreamMadridRs.600
Deborah MilanoRosetto RedRs.695
Colorbar Deep Matte Lip CrèmeDeep RedRs. 699
Chambor Extreme Matte Long Wear Lip ColourDesired Red Lipstick ShadeRs.845
Mini MAC Ruby WooRs.999
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid LipstickCoral SunsetRs.1210
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid LipstickRed VelvetRs.1210
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