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The BEST MAC Lipsticks for Desi’s – Photos & Review


Finding the right shades of lipstick for desi skin tones can get frustrating.  With all that is available, makeup shopping can get very overwhelming.  When I used to work for MAC I got the opportunity to test, try and understand which lipstick shades are the best.  Read ahead to find out some of my personal favorite MAC lipstick shades for desi skin tones.  Also please find some swatches below to give you a better idea about the color (I’m a NC25 for those who follow the MAC number system).  Please keep in mind that I’ve chosen a mix of colors that would suit different tones of skin – light, medium, olive and dark.  So the best bet is to check out the colors mentioned below at the store and try them out on yourself.

1.  Reds

Russian Red (Texture: Matte) – Is a great all purpose blue based red that looks good on all skin tones (makes the teeth look whiter as well).


Ruby Woo (Texture: Matte) – A bright red that will get you attention.  Recently popularized by Rihanna, this lip color is stunning from all directions.


Chili (Texture: Matte) – A natural more warmer based red that’s not so in your face.  Looks beautiful on desi skin tones. A perfect ‘retro’ red.


Diva (Texture: Matte) –If your fair skinned and daring this color can be a beautiful vampy lip shade.  If not it looks like a natural deep red on medium to dark skin tones.



2.  Pinks

Mehr (Texture: Matte) – Designed my MAC Senior Artist India: Mickey Contractor.  This pink lipstick mimics the color of healthy gums – making it the perfect pink. 


Please Me (Texture: Matte) – A pretty pretty pink that shows but isn’t too bright. 


Faux (Texture: Creamy) – A creamier pink that looks good on everyone.  I particularly like it on medium skin tones. 


Snob (Texture: Semi Matte) – A girly girl pink shade that looks good on fair to medium complexions.




3.  Oranges

Ravishing (Texture: Glossy) – Everyone’s always looking for a pretty peach.  This is it.  A perfect glossy peach shade that’s not too orange.  Especially love it paired with bronzer or a natural tan 🙂


Lady Danger (Texture: Matte) – An orangish red lip shade that I loveeee most on brown desi skin.  Every time I see someone wearing it, I have to compliment them…it’s very sexy.   If you have lighter skin you can still wear it as a statement lip but it all depends on your comfort level. 



4.  Nudes

Velvet Teddy (Texture: Matte) – A very popular nude lipstick for desi’s. 


Cherish (Texture: Creamy) – A creamier nude that compliments desi skin tone beautifully.


Kinda Sexy  (Texture: Matte) This is an all time favorite for many desi’s.  It has a slightly orange base that just gives that sexy soft nude lip look to most desi skin tones. (Editor’s Favorite)


Hug Me (Texture: Glossy) – A glossier nude lip for those who don’t want too much color.  Looks amazing on a variety of desi skin tones.




5.  Plums

Rebel (Texture: Creamy) – A daring plum that is a unique shade of purple.  Looks absolutely stunning as an alternative to a typical statement red lip.  You can play with the color to adjust it to your specific skin tone by mixing it with different tones of  lip liners.  A must have.


Craving (Texture: Creamy) – A very popular lipstick amongst Desi’s – this beautiful berry lip color is perfect for when you want to have color on your lips but not pink. 




6.  Hot Pink

Girl About Town (Texture: Creamy) – A classic hot pink lipstick that looks good on all skin tones.


All Fired Up (Texture: Matte) – A newer lip color added to MAC’s permanent collection in 2013.  Love love love this shade. (Editor’s Favorite)


Hot pinks



 Which colors at MAC do you love for desi skin tones? Comment below!


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    Aashna Verma

    April 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I love nude shadess…its just awsm from where can i get all these shades..

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    May 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Like lipstik shades

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    Sheetal Sawant

    May 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I like all the nude shades…just awesome shades…

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      🙂 nudes are not my best color, but these ones are some of my favs

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    May 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This is a brilliant post! Glad I came across it! Thankyou

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for the feedback babe xx

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    May 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the post. Very informative

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    May 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Nict post. Very informative

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    May 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm


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    May 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    i would like something thats something between pink and orange. What do you suggest?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      June 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Kinda Sexy, its exactly that.

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    Nadia Khan

    June 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Nude shades: mocha, taupe
    Brown: paramount, Spice it up!
    Red: Diva, Chili, viva glam I
    Pink/purple: rebel, Media, flat out fabulous, Candy yum-yum

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      June 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      🙂 mac has so many beautiful shades!

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      September 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

      luv flat out fabulous

      • Nilo Haq

        Nilo Haq

        September 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        me too!! Such a gorgeous color. Need to make a new list of colors 🙂

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    Aisha Tanwir

    June 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Ravishing and Kinda Sexy!!

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    June 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Save this

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    zareen rizvi

    June 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    cosmo lovely shade for us desis
    for girls to get a better idea am NC20

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    September 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Love this post!!

    If I wanted to get 3 key lip pencils what mac colours would you recommend to work with the above lipsticks? A nude, red and a pink lip pencil that will go with each of the categories above? Please reply!

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you!! I wrote a post on the main page for the best mac lipliners for desi’s check it out

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    September 27, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Awesome post…….just loved it

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    September 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Can you do a post about lip liners that would go with these ? Thanks 🙂 xx

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Hi I wrote a post on the best Lip liners, which you can find on the main page 🙂

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    September 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Came here looking for a nude lipstick suggestion for Indian skin- velvet teddy it is! Thanks

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    October 1, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Hi!I am looking for deep red,that gives velvety impression,which one is best among red?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      hmmmm I like Russian Red the best as a classic red

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    October 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Good post and so agree with you. I actually have all these colours!!

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    Louise Pearson

    October 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Brilliant insight! Thanks so much. I am so with you on Ravishing. Also like Shy Girl for a nude lip

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      I have to get Shy Girl haven’t tried it yet xx thanks

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    October 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    It’s a good post and i think it will help alot of people. I was just wondering if these lipsticks will suit a darker skintone too?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Im working on a post for NC40+ skintones, I tried to cover a range from all color categories that would suit light to dark skin tones. I’ve mentioned above which colors suit which skin tones 🙂

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    Sandy N

    October 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Your post answered my question perfectly. Great work, thanks!

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      glad you liked it! 🙂

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    October 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    What are your words on Taupe? I have a complexion like you and shape of lips like yours too… I live in Pakistan… and here Mac lipsticks are a little expensive and we dont have testers for that here too. so I guess if I can see Taupe on your face, I would be able to judge it better and spending on it 🙂

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      November 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Taupe is really pretty shade, itx simply love. U can get Mac lipstick at most reasonable prices through authentic FB pages

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    November 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Loving this post Nilo Haq! Already in love these shades. Such perfect picks 🙂

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    November 14, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Another reaaaallly good color for desi skin tone is ‘Twig’by MAC. its a warm Mauve and compliments our skin tone beautifully!

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    November 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hey! This is so useful! I have a pretty fair skintone, and i’m looking for a reddish, plum lipstick! Which one would you recommend?

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    January 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Hi I like the peach color. Nude shades are fabulous. Thnx for sharing this.

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    January 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you. So helpful !

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    Jay J

    February 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Love this blog!

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    Dhara P.

    February 10, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Love all the colors you posted about! I also LOVE dangerous ( orangy matte), twig ( mauvy pink) for MAC lipsticks that look good on desi skin tones. Additionally, boldly bare, soar and edge to edge lip liners all look amazing on desi skin!


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    March 8, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Please all Muslim girls keep in mind many mac lipsticks does contain carmine which is haram, Ruby Woo Lipstick contains carmine. Please ask Mac customer service ingredients before buying any lipstick by calling them or emailing them at CONSUMERCARE-US@gcc.maccosmetics.com
    Jazak Allah.

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    July 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    kinda sexy is nice and all other lipstick color are so awesome

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    Sonia Ali

    November 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    U shud try bodyshop 63 num lipstick it has lovely baby pink color . 2) try bodyshop 30 number lipstick it has lovely medium brown shade

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