Statement lip colours for times when red feels predictable
Celeb-approved shades ahead
A swipe of lipstick for me is the equivalent to standing in the Wonder Woman pose. It instantly cheers me and boosts my confidence. That’s the ‘lipstick effect,’ a phenomenon backed by science. A study by Edith Cowan University, Australia showed that a majority of women felt more self-confident when they swiped on some lip colour. Going the classic red route is great but it’s time we gave other unusual colours their share of make-up real estate in our vanities. Lately, celebrities like Kajol and Sara Ali Khan have been serving up some inspiring, confidence-boosting beauty looks wearing a statement lip. Below, find our new go-to celebrity-approved lip colours…
Sara Ali Khan
We kick off our list with Sara’s turquoise blue lip. For a defined lip like the actor, start by lining your lips with a liner or lip colour and then fill them in.
ELLE recommends: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour’Inkin Adventurous, INR 2,480
BRB, Mindy Kaling’s pout is honestly making us rummage through our lipstick wardrobe to find our perfect purple match. Pair this hue with bold, full brows and a few coats of mascara, and you’re set.
ELLE recommends: Colorbar Sinful Matte Lipcolour in Provoke, INR 1,200
Kajol is working that maroon lip and half-liner look. Dark colours can be a little messy so the trick lies in lining your lips with a liner after applying lip colour. This will help you achieve better definition.
ELLE recommends: Kiro Beauty Non-Stop Airy Matte Liquid Lip in Fiery Ruby, INR 875
Beauty lesson: Coral lipstick looks even more stunning when paired with metallic blue liner, as seen on Karisma Kapoor. For a diffused look, apply lipcolour with your fingertips.
ELLE recommends: MAC Matte Lipstick in Tropic Tonic, INR 1,700
Don’t know what we love more, Jameela’s vivid orange lipcolour or her razor-sharp liner? To make your lipstick last longer, don’t forget to blot your lip with a tissue and reapply a coat of colour.
ELLE recommends: Sugar Cosmetics Click Me Up Velvet Lipstick in Tantalising Tangerine, INR 699
This deep burgundy colour looks *insert fire emoji* amazing on Deepika and to balance the look, make-up artist Sandhya Shekar swiped on some vibrant violet shadow and cat-eye eyeliner. To clean up the edges around your lips, go in with some concealer and apply it on the outside of your pout.
ELLE recommends: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Masquerade, INR 1,995
Photographs: Instagram (Sara Ali Khan, Mindy Kaling, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Jameela Jamil and Sandhya Shekar)