Fall/Winter Beauty: Our 10 Favourite Dark Lip Colours for South Asians

Dark lips, groomed brows and a coat of mascara are all you need to look great this season.

Best dark lipsticks for South Asians

A dark lip with minimal (or no) eye makeup is our idea of the perfect autumn and holiday look for South Asian women. Taking inspiration from the makeup artists at India Couture Week in Delhi, the dark lip is our go-to makeup night or day this season.

Whether you go full goth, a bit grunge, or like wine-kissed lips, we’ve tried a variety of dark, burgundy and berry-tinged colours to help find the best shade that works for you. Tip: If going dark is too dramatic, try blending two colours for a softer look. We tried MAC Cosmetics Living Legend layered under Russian Red, for a deep, Vampire-esque red.

 

Our 10 Favourite Dark Lip Colours:

Grunge inspired
Grunge inspired

This dark lipstick goes on almost berry black with hints of brown, reminding us of 90s-era grunge look.

MAC Cosmetics Living Legend, $19, available at MAC Cosmetics online and shops around the world.

Grunge inspired
Grunge inspired

Push your boundaries with this shade of deep, blackened plum.

MAC Cosmetics Lip Liner in Nightmoth, $19, available at MAC Cosmetics online and in-stores around the world.

Touch of berry
Touch of berry

It’s a tie. We love this lipstick equally for the packaging and the deep plum shades created by ace designer Tom Ford.

Tom Ford Lipstick in Black Orchid or Bruised Plum, $55, available at select locations of Holt Renfrew, and Saks 5th Avenue.

A touch of berry
A touch of berry

Our marketing director swears by MAC Cosmetics lipstick in Media, while our editorial director is committed to Diva. Both are great go-to shades this season.

MAC Cosmetics Diva or Media, $19, available at MAC Cosmetics online and MAC shops around the world.

A touch of berry
A touch of berry

Close to the perfect shade of purple, and oh so affordable.

Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm, $10, available at most drugstores.

A touch of berry
A touch of berry

Long lasting, with intense pigment.

Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Blueberry, $23, available online at Sephora.com and Sephora shops.

A touch of berry
A touch of berry

Created with the super antioxidant resveratrol (same as in red wine!) and food grade ingredients, this is an easy to wear, highly moisturizing matte colour (and one of our editorial director’s favourites).

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Bramble, $28, available at online at Sephora.com and at Sephora shops.

Go for sheer
Go for sheer

This shade may appear dark in person, but goes on sheer for a more subtle dark lip colour.

Maybelline Color Sensation The Buffs in Espresso Exposed, $8, available at most drugstores.

Go for sheer
Go for sheer

This sheer lip balm does double duty as a lip moisturizer with subtle colour. We recommend applying two to three coats for a nice berry-tinged shine.

CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Party Girl 585, $5.99, available at most drugstores in the USA and Canada and online at drugstore.com.

Go for sheer
Go for sheer

This NARS gloss brings deep pomegranate colour with a high gloss finish.

NARS Lip Gloss in Sixties Fan, $32, available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, and The Hudson Bay Co.