MAC Nude/Pale Pink Lipsticks for Tan Skin Tones

Friday, 6 December 2013

Hey everyone!

It's been so cold lately here in the UK hasn't it? I've been cosying up to my hot water bottle like a little old lady! Along with my fleecy dressing gown and socks. I think it's time to get the onesie out. While I've been Christmas shopping for the family, it occurred to me that I haven't exactly done a blog post specifically on nude lipsticks for south asian/tan/dark skin tones so I thought I'd dedicate this post to the cause!

It can be extremely difficult picking out the perfect nude or pale pink lipstick for darker skin tones. I am from Indian descent and find I have to go through trial and error to find the right lipsticks for me. Fortunately for you I can share the ones I think work best for those with similar skin tones! Here are a few lipsticks and lip glosses that I think work perfectly for me and others alike. 

I had photo's of me wearing all these lipsticks especially for this blog but they didn't come out proper unfortunately.

MAC Cherish Lipstick (Satin)

This is the newest edition to my nude lipstick collection. Cherish is a lot like MAC's peachstock but a little darker and more complementary to south asian skin tones. It doesn't need a lip gloss on top but you can always add one on if you want.

MAC Freckletone Lipstick (Lustre)

This is the first ever MAC lipstick I purchased. It's a neutral peachy nude colour with a creamy lustre finish. It can be worn on it's own or paired with a lip gloss. I use MAC's lustreglass in 'Sinnamon' which is a medium taupe brown. Applied over freckletone it makes the colour look more neutral and less washed out. This is definitely my favourite nude lipstick I own. It looks amazing on tan skintones!

MAC Yash Lipstick (Matte)

Yash is described as a deep neutral which seems to be quite a good description for it. It's not too beige toned or too nude toned which makes it, well, a neutral! It's definitely one of the more flesh-toned lipsticks in my collection and I feel I have to work with it a bit to stop it from making me look washed out. It's still a great lipstick though! However, not a huge fan of the matte finish for nude lipsticks.

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick (Cremesheen)

This used to be my go-to pale pink lipstick before I discovered Modesty but it is still one of my favourites! It is a lovely light blue-pink lipstick that compliments lighter south-asian and tan skin tones. It can be worn on its own or teamed up with a lipgloss to neutralise the blue tones in the lipstick.

MAC Mehr Lipstick (Matte)

Apparently this lipstick looks great on darker skin tones, especially South Asians. I do like this lipstick but it is a bit darker than any midtone pinks I own. It's probably my least favourite pink but it still looks okay. I prefer my 'See Sheer' (lustre) to this lipstick. Personal preference.

MAC Modesty Lipstick (Cremesheen)

This is my absolute favourite pale pink lipstick. It's described as a muted neutral pink but it appears slightly lighter than my natural lip colour on me. I've mentioned this lipstick on my blog before. I generally team it up with 'Just Superb' which is a cremesheen glass that is also described as a neutral pink. 

Here's a little pic of me with 'Modesty' and 'Just Superb'

MAC Next Fad (Pro Longwear Lip Glass)

This is a gorgeous midtone cool pink lip gloss. It is quite pigmented and lasts for hours with beverage only. I also find this lip gloss makes your lips look fuller which is a bonus.

Here are the swatches of the different lipsticks. 

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I hope you found this post useful :) Let me know if there are any other types of lipsticks you want me to review and swatch, I'll be happy to do that for you. Leave comments below. See you in my next post!


  1. I really like the Mehr color! Even though it's darker on you than you'd like, it can probably still work with your winter looks.

    I've never tried Mac lipsticks, but I always hear such good things about them.

    1. Thanks :) yeah it is pretty good for winter. I love MAC lipsticks, so much so I have trouble letting go and trying other brands haha

  2. The one called Yash is such a gorgeous nude!!

  3. I used to love Cherish back in the day, sadly I've not given my nude lipsticks much love lately!

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