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Reader Request: Lipstick Shades to Suit NC42


Lipstick Shades To Suit NC42

Abidha asks...
Hi Samyukta,

I have been following your blog for sometime now. I really love how you care about girls with low budget and do looks for them.

I do have a question running through my mind for sometime now...I tried to get help from ladies at the counters from maybelline, mac, inglot, chanel, etc.. but they are just interested in making me buy something somehow than help me.

Now to my question: I have only used brownish nude lipstick till now. I want to try some color on my lips like red and pink. I am shade NC42. I always thought red lipsticks are only for fair people. But I read one of your posts where you said red lips are for all. And then I see your pics with such gorgeous lippies (as you call them). I am truly inspired and want to try...but how will I find one if no one will help me..

Please do tell me what colors would suit my skin shade. I would truly and sincerely appreciate your help. God bless

Hey Abidha...
Let me start by first thanking you for liking and visiting ISLM and finding it useful :) It gives me immense joy to see you appreciate the work I put into it :) THANK YOU! :D ♥

Now coming to your query about lipstick shades that would suit your NC42 skintone... It is needless to say that NC42 is an extremely common shade for Indian women... Most of us have an NC42 skintone or something close to it... I myself during the summers match NC42 and hence finding lip colors that would suit you will not be a difficult task :)

So here goes...

RED Lipsticks for NC42

1. Lakme Absolute Matte Lipstick in Classic Rose (Review HERE)
2. MAC Russian Red
3. Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in Hot Hot Hot (Review HERE)

PINK Lipsticks for NC42

1. Maybelline 14 Hr Superstay Lipstick in Always Plum
2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heartbreaker
3. MAC Craving (Review HERE)
4. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hooked On Pink (Review HERE and HERE)
5. Colorbar Take Me As I Am in Flirtatious Pink (Review HERE)
6. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Blushing Brunette
7. Lakme Lip Love Lipstick in Valentine Velvet
8. L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Intense Lipstick in Intense Fuchsia
9. Inglot Lipstick in Shade Number 66 (Review HERE)

I hope this helps...

Everyone is welcome to give your inputs and help Abidha out :)


  1. MAC Brick-o-la, and Maybelline Superstay Nonstop Red.

  2. Add Rebel and Creme In Your Coffee ;)

  3. hi samyukta ,
    how are you ? long time we didnt talk .


  4. Maybelline fatal red is another good budget option for a NC42.
    REVLON LIP BUTTER in RASPBERRY PIE is to die for, looks really nice,

    1. I bought Maybelline Fatal Red and I'm Loving it.... Thank you Dear!! :)
      I tried Revlon Raspberry Pie at the store and will be buying that soon :)

  5. Mac Dare you is a nice red for indian skin tones not too bright

  6. To dearest Samyukta, Poorna, Sugandha and Reshma.....
    Thank you soo sooo much for the post and comments....I am now going raid the stores to get these shades ;)
    I live in Middle East, so we don't get Lakme products here, but that's ok, you have given me lot of options... I will get back to you on how I like these products... Once again thank you sooo much!!

    I love you!!! XOXOXOXO

  7. Hello Ladies,
    I m in love with blushes these days.
    Can you recommend some for NC42

  8. Hello Ladies,
    This post is going to help me a lot!
    Thankless :)
    I am in love with blushes these days
    Can you recomme


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