Estee Lauder is a brand which is known for catering to all skin tones. The Double Wear Foundation range for example has over 30 shades ranging from cool, warm to neutral so there is so much to choose from. I felt unsure about the shade to commit to so fortunately Estee Lauder are happy to provide a sample. They used a device that took three photographs of my face to decide on my shade. I was matched to Bronze 5W1 but they did not have it in stock since its a newer shade so they recommended that I tried Henna 4W3.
The make up item I find the most difficult to buy are lipsticks! I always find shades to be too dark or too light on my indian skin so I’m constantly changing brands in hope of finding my perfect match. So while I’m continuously going through trial and error, the good thing is I find some great ones so here are my top lipsticks picks for Medium to Dark skin.
MAC Cosmetics (Taupe) £15.50
This lipstick is a beautiful warm shade and is an ideal nude lipstick for those with a medium or olive skin tone. I love it because the texture is Matte and I prefer this to shiny or glossy lipsticks since those ones sometimes make my skin look washed out. The lipstick lasts very long so I don’t have to constantly reapply and is one of my favourite nude shades.
Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush (Shade 10 Nude Insolent) £28.50
This one is interesting since its designed for both lips and cheeks but I only use it on lips. This is another warm nude shade ideal for medium and dark skin tones. I like its versatility as it Is very buildable. I can apply it lightly to give myself a soft and natural daytime look but can apply more heavily for an intense and sultry evening wear look (it would look great with a Smokey eye look). The applicator is nice and easy to use as the colour glides effortlessly onto lips and provide a matte finish.
Kiko Unlimited Stylo (Shade 13 Cocoa) £6.90
This is a perfect matte lipstick and a great nude shade for medium and dark skin. It’s the best affordable nude shade from my list and I highly recommend it. I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark but it is a nice subtle pink with a brown undertone. It really lasted all day with no need to reapply. I sometimes have dry lips but the texture is really soft and creamy so my lips felt moisturised and smooth. It is also hypoallergenic and paraben free so another plus point.
I was looking for an everyday subtle pink shade and this lipstick fits the criteria perfectly. As mentioned above, the texture is creamy and soft whilst still providing a semi matte finish. It is a soft pink colour that contrasts beautifully with warmer skin tones. It’s ideal for day wear and looks pretty and natural but still remains vibrant and noticeable.
Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 912 Crimson Red) £3.90
I picked this colour for when I want to be a bit more daring and want my lipstick to be the focus point of my look. It is vibrant but I have to say it’s more pink than red. It stood out a lot on my skin and I am normally hesistant about picking strong colours. This is because I have small lips so lighter shades make my lips look bigger but this shade despite being a deeper colour, still complimented my features and since it was more pink than red, it made my lips look bigger. This colour is great for day or night and is really affordable at such a great price.
Kiko Smart Lipstick (Shade 913 Rosewood) £3.90
This is a nice casual lipstick for everyday wear. It’s really perfect if you just want a hint of colour for a soft natural look. It is is a good nude shade and leaves lips feeling moisturised.