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June 13, 2024

National Lipstick Day: Iconic shades you must-have in your makeup kit

Ruhi Gilder 
Wearing the perfect lipstick shade is akin to swiping on a layer of confidence. This National Lipstick Day we’re looking at the most iconic, must-have lipstick shades and where you can get them!
Ruby Red
Photo Courtesy: Marilyn Monroe / Instagram
Think red, think bold and confident. Every girl has their favourite shade of crimson, and there’s always that one shade that suits your skin tone best. The universally acknowledged ambassador for red lipstick is the evergreen Marilyn Monroe. Cat-shaped eyeliner, feathered eyelashes, and a glossy red lip were part of her bombshell identity. Max Factor’s Ruby Red lipstick was rumoured to be the actress’ favourite. In 2016, the brand had even launched a Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection consisting of four shades of red suitable for warm, cool and deep skin tones. Monroe once said of her signature look, “The lipstick and mascara were like clothes, I saw that they improved my looks as much as if I had put on a real gown.”
Similar shades you can shop:
Photo Courtesy: Chanel
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Pirate
Photo Courtesy: Givenchy
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick – N326 – Pourpre Edgy
Photo Courtesy: Sabyasachi / Instagram
Another must-have in any makeup kit is a good, nude lipstick. It’s subtle but makes a huge impact on your overall makeup look! For one of her wedding functions, Anushka Sharma offset her dark smoky eyes with a nude lipstick. The look was created by celebrity makeup artist, Puneet Saini.
Similar shades you can shop:
Photo Courtesy: Kiro
Kiro’s Non-stop Airy Matte Liquid Lip Cinnamon Nude
Photo Courtesy: Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color Nude Reality
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Photo Courtesy: Priyanka Chopra Jonas / Instagram
Nothing brightens up a day like a bright pink lip. The shade is glamourous yet extremely wearable, perfect for an emergency night out in the town. Priyanka Chopra dons the perfect shade of magenta pink for the 2018 Grammy’s. The actress matches her lipstick with her eyeshadow of the same colour. The look is complemented by her ‘just out of bed’ outfit.
Similar shades you can shop:
Photo Courtesy: Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia Beverly Hills Hot Pink Lip Stain
Photo Courtesy: Make Up For Ever
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lip Stick – 202 Loud Pink
Dark Berry
Photo Courtesy: Sandhya Shekar / Instagram
A dark, berry coloured lipstick is popular for a reason. A red-carpet favourite, this deep reddish-purple shade is iconic in its ability to transform a makeup look. Deepika Padukone dons this shade for her Met Gala appearance. The actress wore a pink strapless embroidered Zac Posen gown. In line with the Camp theme, she glamorised her makeup look with shimmering purple eyeshadow and a dark lip.
Similar shades you can shop:
Photo Courtesy: Clinique
Clinique Pop™ Lip Colour + Primer – Rebel Pop
Photo Courtesy: asa
Asa Beauty Calm Cranberry Crème Lipstick
Photo Courtesy: Rami Kadi / Instagram
In 2016, the internet exploded when Aishwarya Rai walked the Cannes red carpet wearing a bright purple lip. The actress paired the colourful lip shade with an applique detailed floral gown from Rami Kadi couture and a sleek high ponytail. While it may not be easy to pull off this particularly vivid shade, we’ve curated options that you can pick from.
Similar shades you can shop:
Photo Courtesy: MAC
MAC Up the Amp
Photo Courtesy: Dior
Rouge Dior Superstitious Matte
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