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1. Mehreen Jussab - March 24, 2009

Mars, this is excellent!! I love it! There was such a need for it……

2. Nida - April 6, 2009

Yea, this is soo helpful Mars! 🙂

3. Lipstick Masala - April 6, 2009

Thanks girls 🙂 Let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like to see on the site!

4. Siva - April 8, 2009

Hello Ladies! This is a very good site! Please keep up the good work.. I like the fact that it is tailored to South Asian skin tones. I have a suggestion- can you please have articles on drugstore beauty products that work just as well as the high end brands?

Wishing you and the website the very best!

5. Lipstick Masala - April 9, 2009

Will definitely do that. If you have any suggestion feel free to give any tips 🙂 Glad to you have on the site, Siva!

Siva - April 10, 2009

Thank you. Here is my tip 🙂

For an everyday ‘polished look’ , I use Loreal “Silk” lipstick.. It is a beautiful neutral shade . I use light or dark lipliner depending on the season..

I love MAC and Bobbi Brown products too but they dont always dont fit my budget.

6. Sarwat - April 12, 2009

Hi Ladies, definitely this is a bery useful site for ladies.

I wanna buy a green shade of eyeshadow… can anyone suggest me a color name and brand, that i can choose.

I love MAC, Bobbi Brown and Dior makeup products a lot….

Lipstick Masala - April 17, 2009

Hi Sarwat, welcome to the site 🙂 I’m not sure what kind of green you are looking for, but if you want something in the olive range, Mac makes one called Humid that I love. There’s a deeper one by Laura Mercier called St. Germain that’s really nice as well.

7. Siva - April 23, 2009

Has anybody tried Covergirl tinted moisterizer? Please let me know if it works on desi skintones. It is reasonably priced but comes in 3 shades only.

Lipstick Masala - April 24, 2009

Hi Siva,
I haven’t tried the Covergirl, but let me look into it and I’ll let you know what I find out 🙂

8. Smiles - April 24, 2009

Hi there! Keep up the great work! This site is awesome! I’d love to hear more about skincare…I feel that sometimes my skin tends to look a bit ashy but if I over-moisturize, i break out :/ Would love to hear about tips on how to get healthier looking skin. Also, anything you can recommend for evening out skin-tone…being desi, i have lighter and darker shades on my face which ofcourse are easy to hide with makeup but wondering if you had any home remedies/masks that improve the skin from the inside out 🙂 Thanks so much!

Lipstick Masala - April 24, 2009

I definitely will be doing some more pieces on skincare. The problem with skin products is that everyone’s skin type is so different that it’s hard to pick out one that will be beneficial to a large majority. Also, I’m very anti- harsh chemicals and want to look into simpler products, similar to Eva Lom of the UK. I think a blemish fader is definitely going to be a popular one – thanks for the idea – I think that may be my first foray into commercial skincare! Thank you for your kind comments, glad to have you in the community! 🙂

9. mona - May 4, 2009

hey there, can you do a piece on ubtan? i’m getting married soon and tried it reently, but it didn’t really work for me. any tips/tricks for the desi bride?

10. mona - May 9, 2009

also, can you comment on Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Single Eye Shadow in gold fever? would it work with desi skin tones?

Lipstick Masala - May 11, 2009

Hi Mona,

I can’t seem to find the product you’ve written about in Ombre Eclat, there is a gold fever in the Guerlain Divinora single eyeshadow. Is this what you are referring to? http://tinyurl.com/qnqcds

Also, we will definitely be doing a post on ubtan very soon – if you could share what you tried specifically (ingredients, method, result) we may be of more use in giving you pointers to change your ubtan routine. You can email us at lipstickmasala@gmail.com

Congratulations on your engagement! 🙂

11. Sarwat - May 12, 2009

Do u have idea on FIX+ from MAC? This is used as finishing of makeup. Please comment…..

12. Lipstick Masala - May 14, 2009

Hi Sarwat, planning on actually doing a post on Fix+ very soon 🙂 Stay tuned…

13. Natasha - May 21, 2009

I’ve been reading your blog since its first started and I thoroughly enjoy it. Being a self-taught, almost crazy-passionate about makeup and dolling-up myself, I was thrilled to find you talking about Desi Skin 🙂
The only thing is that i dont live in the US, nor do i have anyone who could send me products i require. I’ve been looking for a good makeup primer since ages, but i haven’t found one here in stores (in Karachi)
If you could add references to what is available locally, it would be absolutely great 🙂

14. Lipstick Masala - May 25, 2009

Hi Natasha, glad you enjoy the site and am so touched you have stuck by right from the start 🙂 Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure what products are available locally in Karachi. If you could give me some idea as to the brands you have access to that would be a great help. If I have some kind of idea then I’ll be more than happy to try to help you in choosing specific items 🙂

15. Saba Pervez - June 5, 2009

Hi Maria,
I’m a friend of ur cousin Sara. I read ur blog very regularly and find it very useful. I have also sent the link to many female friends, 3 of which are make up artists in karachi.
I need your help. I have combination skin. Can u recommend any good face cream which would suit my skin type? Thanks! and i will be going to Selfridges after 8th (which is when i get a long break from exams) so i’ll let u know if there are any good make up deals happening. Thanks

Lipstick Masala - June 6, 2009

Hi Saba! Thank you for reading the site and passing it on to your friends 😀

I have combination skin as well and there are a few products here that work great on me, but it seems they are packaged very differently in the uk i.e. not labeled for comb/normal/dry etc. I’m not sure if you have combination/dry or combination/oily but the “Complete” line by Olay is great, actually most Olay products are pretty good so check those out. “Superdefense” by Clinique leaves me skin baby soft, it also has spf 25. Many people have loved Neutrogena’s oil-free moisturizer, but I felt it dried my skin out. I personally use the Aveeno line, but it seems only body lotions are available at Boots? If you can get your hands on the Aveeno face creams, I would go for those above anything.

I hope that helps!


16. Saba Pervez - June 10, 2009

Hey first of all it is my pleasure to forward ur link to all my friends. I am so glad to see that out of the 70 girls so many have become a fan of lipstick masala. Very well done! :))
I just bought the Complete line by Olay. I will use it n let u know how it worked for me? Although, I must admit i have the world’s MOST stubborn skin! If this face cream works I’ll personally fly to US to give u a hug! lol
Also, my exams just finished so i’ll be back to shopping. If i see any good deals i’ll send u an email. Thanks so much for ur help! :0)
x x x

17. Sarwat - June 22, 2009

Hi LM, Can u recommend me some eye shadow colors and brand as well, that my make up bag should have. Yesterday I wore a pink saree, but I was confused which color should I use for my eyes. I am not expert about eye color. Please help me out here. Thanks so much. 🙂

Lipstick Masala - July 1, 2009

Hi Sarwat, I will definitely be doing another post soon on eye shadow colors. I’m not sure what exactly your skin tone is so it will be hard to tell you what colors to use. However, if you have brown eyes you should get a good olive green color as it suits most desis. I’m a big fan of “sumptuous olive” by Mac.

If you wear pink, you can pair it with a nice grape color, every brand has beautiful purples out right now. Pink clothes in desiwear generally are done with silver beading/work in South Asia, and luckily silver looks great with purple, so it’s a great mix!

18. MichaellaS - July 20, 2009

tks for the effort you put in here I appreciate it!

Lipstick Masala - July 24, 2009

Thank you Michaella, that is very kind of you! 🙂

19. Shivangi - July 21, 2009

Hi! I am researching neutral eyeshadows that work well on western clothes and desi ones too. I liked woodwinked but it is not part of a quad and may look a little off at work .. Please advise.


Lipstick Masala - July 24, 2009

Hi there Shivangi 🙂

Did you want something for going to work or going out?

Shivangi - July 24, 2009


I am looking into Duwop and MAC eyeshadows for both office and desi parties but I have not heard about Duwop brand on your site .. please let me know your thoughts.. I love MAC also – so please feel free to give suggestions for shades ( I am punjabi and fair/medium complexion)
. I can invest in upto 2-3 eyeshadows..

Also- This is a very well maintained website and I enjoy checking it out for good tips ! .. Great Job Ladies ! Keep it up..

Lipstick Masala - July 28, 2009

Hi Shivangi,
When you say neutral, I assume you mean beige tones of nude, pink and brown. Is that correct?

If you are a MAC fan, check out “Naked” pigment for a basic nude, “girlie” for a pink matte nude, and “kid” for a deeper beige/light brown.” I’m also a huge fan of “mulch”, a darker shade that can be used instead of woodwinked.

Personally, if you are looking for basic neutrals, I would recommend you check out the Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Quads for work. For both work and play, try out the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows – they are subtle enough for work and buildable to go out – my favorites are “rock” and “rose Gold”.

Lastly Duwop is definitely a great, underappreciated brand. The reason I haven’t spoken about their shadows yet is because I feel many of their shades are for cool-toned women and can make desi women look washed out. I will try to do a post on them as soon as possible 🙂

Hope this helps some!

20. Shivangi - July 29, 2009

Thanks!! I appreciate your detail reply. I will definetly check out the shimmer wash eyeshadows. Ps: I am safely assuming that the BB rock and rose gold will work for both day time office look at work ( I am in the US) and also for night time desi parties.

Thank you very much. I love your website and all the great tips it has 🙂

Lipstick Masala - July 29, 2009

You’re most welcome Shivangi 🙂

Here’s a little more info on the two Bobbi Brown Shades:

Rock: This color is a silvery/gray/taupe. Now normally I don’t recommend such colors for desi girls, as I feel our skin tone looks better in golds. However, you mentioned that you are fairer skinned so I think you should try this one out, as it’s one of BB’s most popular. Don’t use it as an overall wash, Rock looks best in the crease for worktime and on the outer v for playtime.

Rose Gold: It’s like a pinky beige with shimmer. The color is buildable so you can apply as a sheer wash all over the eye or darken it for night. Also, if you still find it is too much, then blend it in with another neutral color (like the naked pigment from mac) and use the rose gold either on the outer v of the eye or the crease

You should check out all BB’s shimmerwash shadows if these two specific ones don’t appeal to you, they’re all pretty great!

I’m so glad you’re liking the site, looking forward to hearing your comments on the posts 😀

Shivangi - August 3, 2009

I tried all the shades you recommended and ended up liking Wookwinked for desi parties and BB bronze for everyday office makeup .. however I realized that the color does not stay put for too long unless a primer or something similar is applied earlier.. do you recommend this ? Also any particular brand that works well for the price?

Thanks for your promptness in helping out .. I appreciate it and also your very helpful website.
Warm Regards

21. Shefali - August 19, 2009


I use tinted moisturizers as a substitute for foundation since i don’t like the feeling of foundation on my skin. After cleansing with Olay’s deep cleansing face wash, I moisturize using Olay’s active hydrating moisturizer. Then use the Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer and set it with some L’Oreal loose powder.
This works well for a few hours. But it I end up looking a bit oily starting around 2:00pm.
Do you have any suggestions on how to keep a fresh look all day?

Also, I’d like your thoughts on Tinted moisturizers. Are you planning on doing a piece on that anytime soon?

Lipstick Masala - August 20, 2009

Hi Shefali 🙂

You’re just like my sisters – they hate hate hate having any kind of thick makeup on their face. Unfortunately, tinted moisture is a little bit more moisturizing (for lack of a better word) than other foundations, so you will definitely get the shiny look regardless of what you do. Have you tried using mineral foundation? It’s light and buildable so you can use as little of it as you want and not feel like there is a lot of makeup on your face. If you could give me a little more information on your skin type I can try and recommend something for you to use to stay fresh. Also, what are you using to combat the oilies mid-day?

I’ve been getting a lot of requests on the tinted moisturizer, so I will try to do a post pretty soon. Anything specific you’d like to know about them that I can answer in the post?

Shefali - August 20, 2009

I think I have combination skin. It’s a little dry/tight when i wash my face, but after a pea-sized drop of moisturizer on my face I feel perfect. My eyelids, chin and forehead tend to get oily the quickest.
I have medium colored skin (not fair, not dark) with yellow undertones(atleast that’s what my veins tell me 😛 ). I tan/burn quite easily too.

Another note about the tinted moisturizer i use – It’s supposed to be oil free. (Link below) I use the almond tint – should give an idea about my skin color.


Lipstick Masala - August 24, 2009

Hi Shefali, I am actually a big fan of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer – I recommend it to everyone. I used to personally use clinique because of the color match, but I find clinque’s to be slightly greasy. Let me see what I can find out in terms of staying power, and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

22. Shehla - August 20, 2009

Hi LM,

Just recently discovered your website and fell in love. Great tips, great articles…simply fabulous. I’ve yet to read up on all articles but I was wondering if you could offer tips for contouring and highlighting. Shall we be using matte bronzers, brown eye shadows for nose contouring? How about using Dior skinflash for highlighting? Looking forward to reading your suggestions.


Shefali - August 21, 2009

I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for, but these might help.

She talks about nose contouring here:

And about cheek contouring here:


Shehla - August 27, 2009

Thanks alot Shefali…I’ll definitely check out the links…much appreciated.

Lipstick Masala - August 24, 2009

Hi Shehla 🙂

I’m so glad you’re liking the site! The links Shefali kindly put up are really great. Contouring is a bit tricky if the right products aren’t used, I’ll try and put up my own version/tips of contouring as soon as I can.

And, welcome to the site!

23. Shumaila - October 12, 2009

i live in karachi pakistan i love clinique lipstciks but they are not available in Naheed Super market nor Aghas can any one tell me from where i can get them easily ?

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