What’s Your Red? The Best Red Lipsticks for Indian Skin Tones

We asked the women of Urban Company to reveal their favourite red lipsticks, and in the process, we found the best red lipsticks for Indian skin tones. In this ...

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Best red lipsticks for Indian skin tones

We asked the women of Urban Company to reveal their favourite red lipsticks, and in the process, we found the best red lipsticks for Indian skin tones.

In this post you will learn:

  • The best red lipstick shades for Indian skin tones  – some of them at least!
  • The best red lipstick shades from the Lakme 9 to 5 range – very popular!
  • The best red lipsticks for fair skin – no you can’t wear just any red!
  • The best red lipsticks for dark skin – of course you can wear red!

…and more!


My Red is Wet n Wild Missy & Fierce


When we asked Ankita to list all the red lipsticks in her makeup kit, she named just one. And once she put it on, we understood why this red is her sole choice. Her dusky almond skin tone warmed up the minute she put on this true red lipstick shade from the Wet n Wild liquid mattes. It sure did make her look bold and fierce.

If you have Ankita’s almond skin tone

The best red lipsticks for dusky skin tones are those with warm undertones. Look for bright orange-red lipsticks that will bring a glow to your face.

Do you know your skin undertone? To find out, read our post on identifying SKIN UNDERTONES FOR INDIAN SKIN.

My Red is Colorbar Deep Red


Before this photo shoot, we had never seen Stuti wear red. Not even on social media! But such is the power of our collective persuasion that we convinced this browns-only girl to sport this Colorbar red lipstick. And now, she’s a believer! You really can’t argue with the way those little orange hints in this red lipstick shade complement the warm undertones of Stuti’s beige complexion. Besides this, we also recommended she try warmer red lipstick shades, like the Lakme Smooth Merlot, and the Lakme 9 to 5 Sun Shimmer shade that has a hint of sparkle.

If you have Stuti’s beige skin tone

The best red lipsticks for light skin tones are those with warm undertones. Look for red shades with a slight orange tinge. Be sure to stay away from strong orange red shades – those can make your skin look sallow or yellowish.

Know what’s better than a red lipstick? A pink one of course! Browse through MAYBELLINE’S BEST PINK LIPSTICK SHADES FOR INDIAN SKIN for your perfect pink.

My Red is MUA No.8

When it comes to the perfect red lipstick shade, Tanishka trusts only one – MUA’s Scarlett red lipstick shade. Tanishka’s skin tone has a lovely warm yellow undertone that stands the chance of looking sallow if she wears an orange-red lipstick shade. A neutral true red lipstick, like this MUA lipstick, works best for her.

If you have Tanishka’s skin tone

The best red lipstick shades for wheatish medium skin tones are neutral and brick reds. These are vibrant yet muted at the same time. They won’t contrast with your skin tone.


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My Red is Sephora Red Velvet

What we loved most about Divya’s red lipstick is that almost anyone can pull it off! This true red lipstick shade suits most Indian skin tones, and works for warm and cool undertones. Since Divya’s sand complexion has a neutral undertone, she can wear blue reds as well as orange reds.

If you have Divya’s skin tone

Neutral fair skin can sport any medium red lipstick shade (i.e. orange reds and blue reds) in the middle ranges. We would advise caution against extremes like blood red lipsticks since these could make your face look pale. We also insist that you be careful about applying the right foundation for your skin tone.


Never take foundations lightly – they can make or break your look! Read our post on how to choose the BEST FOUNDATIONS for Indian Skin Tones.


My Red is Chambor Desired Red

For work wear, Pavitra goes for a subtle blue red lipstick like Colorbar’s Checkmate. The blue tones in it go well with Pavitra’s cool walnut skin tone. On Fridays though, she likes to up the color quotient with an intense Chambor Desired Red lipstick shade. 

If you have Pavitra’s skin tone

We suggest cool shades of red like blood reds, wines, and berries. These blue reds highlight the cool undertones and prevent your face from looking ashy.

Looking for the BEST RED LIPSTICKS FOR DARK SKIN TONES? Read our post to find out.

My Red is Sugar Wine and Shine

Agreed, this lipstick is more towards the plum family than reds, but we’ll let that pass. This blue red lipstick from Bhavya’s makeup kit looks fabulous on her cool ivory skin tone. What’s interesting is that the other red lipstick shade in her kit is an orangey matte red lipstick shade from NYX (called Amsterdam!) that looks just as good. She’s one of the few cool skin undertones we’ve come across that can sport a warm orange red lipstick shade just as well as a blue red one.

If you have skin tone like Bhavya’s

…But without the ability to sport warm and cool red shades, we recommend bright and perky berry reds as the best red lipsticks for fair skin with cool undertones. While we also recommend wine reds, just be careful to not choose a very dark red wine shade. The contrast would make you look pale.


My Red is LÓreal Blaze of Red

Akanksha’s natural wheatish complexion and this warm shade of red lipstick get along quite well! Some would call the Blaze of Red lipstick shade a brick red; others would say that it leans towards a blue red shade. But one thing everything can agree on is that it looks spectacular on medium skin tones.

If you have Akanksha’s skin tone

Things get interesting when you have to pick red lipstick shades for a medium skin complexion with a neutral undertone. While you can choose anything between the darkest and brightest shades, it will always have to be a true red.  You can neither go too orange nor too blue. Always wear a red that’s neutral and true.

My Red is Deborah Milano Rossetto Red

We love the way Nupur’s red lipstick shade makes her cool almond complexion come alive. This choice of a blue red lipstick shade from the Deborah Milano lipstick collection lifts her face, which tends to look pale with just an eyeliner. It’s a good option for your daily office look.

If you have a skin tone like Nupur’s

Then we’re guessing your dusky skin leans more towards a neutral undertone than a cool one. So you can sport both: blue red lipsticks like the one Nupur is wearing above, and even orange red lip colors. Just like the Maybelline red lipstick that we also found in her makeup stash.


Nupur has a soft spot for Maybelline! If you do too, check out our list of the BEST MAYBELLINE RED LIPSTICKS. 


My Red is Lakme 9 to 5 Pacific Sunset

Vinushka’s personal style statement is subtle and demure. So is her choice of a red lipstick. From the Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick range, her light orange – red lipstick takes inspiration from the palette of a warm sunset. It brings out the glow in Vinushka’s warm ivory skin tone without completely stealing the spotlight from her overall look.

If your skin tone is like Vinushka’s

The best red lipsticks for light skin with warm undertones are muted orange reds like the one Vinushka is sporting. Too much of an orange undertone would make this skin tone look very yellow and pallid.

The LAKME 9 TO 5 LIPSTICK RANGE has some nice red lipsticks to choose from. Do give it a read!

My Red is Lakme Runway Red

Meghna is one tough cookie! Before this article, we tried hard to make this loyalist try something other than her Lakme red lipstick shade.  Long story short, Meghna had her way, and we were the ones convinced! Just look at that deep red lipstick shade light up the room – and her golden neutral skin complexion too!


My Red is Sephora Coral Sunset

Me wear Coral? Never! At least not before my co-beauty conspirator Bhavya (who’s sporting the lovely wine red lipstick above) made me see things, or rather myself, differently. So here I am, sporting this coral red lipstick from Sephora. I have a neutral dusky skin tone that tends to look ashen at times – especially when I’m not wearing a tinted moisturiser or foundation. This bright red with orange tints adds just the right amount of color to my almond complexion and lifts my look. There’s also my trusty blue – red from ColorBar (called True Love) that does the job just as well.

If your skin tone is like mine

That is, if you too are a neutral dusky skin tone, your best bets are bright red lipstick shades that can be orangey, blue-based or neutral red. You can even try a few wine red lipsticks if you want to sport dark shades of red. Extremes are an absolute NO.


Quick Recap: The Best Red Lipstick Shades for Indian Skin Tones Price Range

My Red Shade Lipstick Range Red Shade Price
Ankita’s Red Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick Missy and Fierce Rs.499
Stuti’s Reds Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Crème Deep Red 001 Rs.699
Lakme Lipsticks Smooth Merlot Rs.599
Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick Sun Shimmer Rs.399
Tanishka’s Red MUA Lipstick No.8 Price unavailable
Divya’s Reds Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick Red Velvet Rs.1210
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon How Rouge Price unavailable
Pavitra’s Reds Chambor Extreme Matte Long Wear Lip Colour Desired Red Lipstick Shade Rs.845
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Check Mate Rs.325
Bhavya’s Reds SUGAR Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick 08 Wine and Shine Rs.499
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream Amsterdam Rs.600
Akanksha’s Red LÓreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick Blaze of Red Rs.750
Nupur’s Red Deborah Milano Rosetto Red Rs.695
Vinushka’s Red Lakme 9 to 5 Lipstick Pacific Sunset Rs.360
Meghna’s Red Lakme Absolute Creme Lip Color Runway Red Unavailable
Stephanie’s Reds Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick Coral Sunset Rs.1210
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick True Love Rs.325


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