The nude lipstick mistake you need to stop making


The nude lipstick mistake you need to stop making

Celebrity make-up artist Mickey Contractor lays down the law

By Hasina Khatib  April 21st, 2017

You’ll probably the find the perfect red lipstick shade (you know, the one that falls just between red and orange) before you’ll find a nude lippie that doesn’t look like you’ve kissed a vat of loose foundation powder. Mickey Contractor, make-up artist to the stars, would like to give you an amen.

For the past couple of decades, M.A.C Cosmetics’ go-to guy has been fighting the good fight and trying to make a more inclusive palette of nude colours available in India. The results could be seen at the special preview of the M.A.C x Mickey collection that brings back the shades ‘Mehr’ and ‘Yash’ on popular demand.

“Young girls often get confused while shopping for a nude lipstick. Influenced by the foreign beauty bloggers they see on Instagram, they tend to opt for really pale shades that don’t do anything for the Indian skin tone,” he rues.

So how do you find the nude lip colour of your dreams? For starters, stop making this basic mistake. “I’ve seen people generally pick up the nude colour that matches their skin tone exactly, which results in a cakey foundation effect. The key is to go one shade darker to make the colour subtly stand out,” explains Mickey. 

His parting words of wisdom? “Any nude lipstick is only as good as the lip liner it is paired with, so choose wisely.”

mac lip liner nude

M.A.C Lip Pencil in Stripdown (Rs 1,450) and M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Yash (Rs 1,500)

10 nude lipsticks for every skin type

We did the hard work for you: Here are the hottest nude lipsticks on the market right now. The best part? They won’t burn a hole in your pocket.


Clinique Pop Lip Color and Primer, Nude Pop, Rs 1,650


Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation, Mauve 1, Rs 500


Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Lipcolor, Brownie Point, Rs 450


Colorbar Take me as I am Lipcolor, Seductive Tan, Rs 900


MAC Matte Lipstick, Velvet Teddy, Rs 1,500


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte, Maple Mocha, Rs 950


Revlon Ultra Matte HD, Seduction, Rs 1,200


Sephora Rouge Cream, Charmer 19, Rs 1,000


Wheatish complexion

Beige undertones will flatter your skin tone.


Fair complexion

Pink undertones will warm your naturally pale skin 


Nyx Nude Lip Cream, Sable, Rs 500


L'oreal Paris Color Riche L'extraordinaire Shine Lipstick, 601 Nude Ballet, Rs 950


Dusky complexion

Enhance your dusky beauty with some brown hues.