Monday, April 8, 2013

6 Work Appropriate Lipsticks for Indian Skintone and How to Choose one that suits you!


Some lucky people get to wear their hair anyway they like, or put on MAC Impassioned to work.
I don't know 'some lucky people'. So for everybody else-

Q. What does anyone look for (or should look for) in a "work appropriate" lipstick?
A. A lipstick that

  •  Isn't in your face bright/ dark, or something that doesn't grab more attention than your work, yet brightens up your face and your day/ or your drab workplace and keeps you looking polished and pretty all day!
  • Something that lasts pretty much all day, or at least half your day at work. You don't want to be caught retouching that lipstick in a hurry, on your desk before submitting whateverthefigitis to your boss. Yes?
  • Something that sits comfortably on your lips. Not too gloopy, sticky or dry.
  • Something that your comfortable with, meaning- you wont keep running your tongue over your teeth  (while smiling with your mouth closed and nodding and almost missing (what might be something important) whatever's being said by your colleague) wondering if you got some lipstick on your teeth. (Happens to me a lot!)
  • Anything more, and you're hoping for too much.

Click the links for individual reviews of MAC Cosmo, MAC Fanfare, Colorbar Pretty Please MAC Brick O La
The lipsticks mentioned above, do pretty much all that and would suit most Indian skintones.
Except for maybe Maybelline Plaza Pink. I've tanned and am a NC 42 in MAC and it's a pale mauve-pink nude on me. Washes me out in the pictures compared to reality and might wash anyone darker out.

You could check out the Colorbar Velvet Matte range for affordable, comfortable, long lasting lipsticks in a wide range of colours. The Maybelline ColorSensationals come second since their lasting power fades in comparison. MAC Amplified Finishes and Mattes are brilliant for comfort and longevity. If you don't mind retouching a couple of times, MAC Cremesheens (Fanfare/ Crosswires) are great too.
* You could play around with eye makeup. Like just kajal/ Just eyeliner/ Just kajal & mascara / eyeliner & mascara with a strong lipstick (as strong as your allowed to go). To a thickly applied eyeliner (pic above) and kajal with a pale lipstick. It might not seem like much, but it does change the look a lot!

What are your favourite lipsticks to wear for work?
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22 comments

  1. Why you so pretty girl that all lipsticks look lovely on you??? And you write so well too!!!
    Revlon Colourburst Soft Rose is a very pretty work appropriate colour which brightens the face and adds colour without being too "in your face". Estée Lauder Double Wear lipstick in Stay Mauve is another fab colour and it really stays looooooooong.

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    1. haha how sweet are you! I hate how plaza pink looks on me. really dislike mauves!

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  2. great swatches. My Mahogany by maybelline I've heard so much about it. I need to make a list of what lipsticks I want to try out lol.

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    1. thank youu! Oh you should, you should! I need a new one!

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    2. I am finding it difficult to get My Mahagony. Is it discontinued.

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  3. You look great girl... my fav work lippies are My Mahogany, Chambor Powder Matte simply chocolate, Lotus Herbals Bubbly Nude and Lakme My Mahogany for browns. MAC Twig, Lotus Sensous Mauve, Maybelline Warm Me Up and Oriflame Vintage Rose for Pinks. And when I wanna go bolder, I go for Maybelline Hooked on Pink, Lakme 9 to 5 in Apricot Flush or MAC Craving :)

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    1. Ooh wow! so many. I need more lipsticks in life!

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    2. oh yes... dont we all???

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  4. Awesome swatches! And you look lovely! My current favs for office are lotus peach creme, revlon fleshtone, maybelline my mahogany and lakme 129 :)

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    1. Thank youu Tanveer! But I absolutely hate how Plaza Pink looks on me. I don't know why I put this picture up! :P

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  5. The colour suits u so well.. and love the idea of this post..

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  6. also, one more lipstick that u should try is Chambor desert rose..lovely nude shade

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    1. Ooh thanks! Will definitely check it out! I'm dying to try out tons from the colorbar velvet matte range. eso bare. I hate the lipstick I'm wearing in the picture above!!

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    2. Bare stains a dark pink :O i hate that fact abt it...

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    3. But buttt I want it anyway! :P You know, I kind of like the fact that it would stain. So I wont feel weird about the lipstick leaving my lips in strange patches.

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  7. Great picks, was thinking of picking up fanfare, but it might be a bit too brown for my skin tone!

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    1. Ooh try it at the store first then? It's a beautiful soft pink on me!

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  8. nice shades and you look awesome :)

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  9. Love the list! Gonna bookmark this now, I definitely need a lot of them :P

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    1. haha yes! Tell me what you get from these. okay?

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