Forget diamonds, bags and shoes, in reality, makeup is a woman’s best friend. The right shade of lipstick, the perfect foundation, the ideal concealer and the right high definition eyeliner can up your style quotient and your confidence by multi-folds.
And while women look their best without makeup, a little bit of blush has never done any harm to anyone! To help you choose your make up wisely, we have shortlisted the best makeup brands available in India.
Mac short for MakeUp Artist Cosmetics is a leading brand in professional makeup and is recognised as one of the most quality cosmetics companies in the world.
Their products stand for being bold and chic and expressing one’s individuality and creativity without barriers.
Currently headquartered in New York, the company was founded in Canada and is now a part of the Estée Lauder Companies.
It offers more than 100 shades of professional quality makeup suitable for people of different races, colours, sexes and ages.
Some of their famous products include Lipsticks, Ruby Red being one of their best selling in India, and their Studio Fix, a combination compact available in liquid and powder format.
Mac Studio Fix
Mac’s Studio Fix liquid foundation offers a matte finish with medium-to-full buildable coverage along with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15/PA++ protection.
Its easy to apply and blend and spreads evenly controlling shine. Its perfect to minimize the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a more flawless look and finish.
Price: Rs 2500
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An Indian cosmetics brand, Lakmé was the country’s first cosmetic brand to introduce make up to Indian women.
Owned by Hindustan Unilever and having Kareena Kapoor as the brand ambassador, it ranked as number 1 among the makeup brands in the country.
Being the expert on Indian Beauty for over 50 years, they offer a range of cosmetics and beauty products and also have a network of salons that specialise in makeup and beauty called the Lakme Beauty Salons.
They also host the largest fashion event of its kind in the country called the Lakme Fashion week and have some fabulous make up products that suit the Indian skin type.
Their 9-5 range of products are a big hit for those looking for beauty solutions that last the entire day and can be used daily.
The range comprises of all products that last 8 hours and include everything from a foundation base, eyeliners, lipsticks, etc.
Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse foundation
The Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse foundation is a super hit with office goers because its a lightweight foundation meant for everyday use.
It is so lightweight that you won’t even feel you are wearing foundation.
It blends in effortlessly, gives a matte finish and is very easy to carry. Available in 4 shades and designed for the Indian woman, this foundation has a lovely mousse texture that we love.
Price: Rs 480
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An American multinational cosmetics brand, Revlon is one of the oldest and trusted make up brand in the market.
Always a trendsetter, Revlon has been providing women in India with accessible and original beauty products to inspire and empower since its launch in India in 1995.
The first International Color Cosmetics brand to be launched in the country, Revlon products elude class and are targeted to the older woman.
Their Super Lusterous lipsticks are a super hit among most women, with our favourite shades being Violet frenzy, Fuscia Shock and Love that Red.
For those looking for a glossy lipstick that lasts long and seals your lips with charm, the Revelon Colourstay is a good pick.
REVLON Colorstay Overtime Lip Color
Packed in combination with a conditioner, the Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lip Color is not just long wearing but also comfortable on the lips.
Its available in 24 fabulous shades in a palette of browns, pinks, purples and reds. We love their Limitless Black Cherry, a sultry shade for those evenings that spell glam but not bling.
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A French company headquartered in Paris, L’Oréal endorsed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is a glamorous makeup brand that is loved by women of all ages.
They have everything from the best makeup products to skin care and hair care products.
Their tag line because you are worth it is confidence building and their makeup products comprise a range that includes eye makeup, face makeup, lip makeup, nail polish, and makeup palettes.
We love their range of eye makeup and lipsticks that are both glamorous and easy to use.
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette is a beautiful nude eyeshadow palette with a symphony of tones that suit the Indian skin tone.
They have 10 shades from light creams and tans to deep, smoky browns and blacks, allowing you to unleash your creativity and create multiple nude eye looks.
Price: Rs 1500
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A makeup brand associated with high performance and great quality, Estee Lauder is an American manufacturer with a range of cosmetic and beauty products.
Built on a very simple & inspiring belief that “Every woman can be beautiful,” Estee Lauder products focus on lending the face a glowing and young look.
Their base makeup is not just easy to use but also very light on the skin giving a natural look and feel to the skin.
We love their Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush that not just highlights the cheek bones, but also blends in beautifully with the foundation and sculpts the face to perfection.
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup collection is also a huge hit.
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10
For those long days where you want your face to look fresh in spite of a busy day, Stay-in-Place Makeup is your best companion.
It gives the facial skin a flawless look through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. It feels light weight and comfortable and the matt finish looks perfectly natural.
Price: Rs 3300
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A French Luxury cosmetics brand, Lancôme believes in helping you put your best face forward with their luxury eye, face, and lip makeup collections.
Find the best makeup, from foundation to mascara to lipstick, to create the desired look. Whether you’re looking for trendy products or classics and basics, their makeup selection has it all.
The Lancôme Mascara and Eye pencil have been their bestselling makeup products for years and continue to be a hot favourite. In addition to that we love their Matte Liquid Lipstick.
Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick
The Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick is a highly-pigmented matte liquid lipstick that features a water-in-oil emulsion that has a patented Ultra Thin Film technology for weightless texture & a second-skin feel.
It is infused with Vitamin E for comfortable, non-drying wear and its unique cushion applicator allows for maximum absorption of the formula rendering a precise, soft application. Its available in a range of shades, of which Beige Vintage stole our heart.
Price: Rs 1736
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Brining to you the best makeup solutions since 1994, Chambor is a brand that combines cutting edge technology with high quality ingredients. The result is products that look good, feel good and be good to your skin.
Designed with the Indian woman’s make up needs in mind, they are created using no animal ingredients and are cruelty free.
Chambor’s nail enamels are very famous, with a wide range of colours while their Extreme Matt Long lasting Lip Crayon is one of their best sellers. We also love their Dazzle Eye Liner Pencils.
Chambor Dazzle Eyeliner Pencil
Available in 6 sizzling shades, Chambor’s Dazzle Eyeliner Pencil is a perfect way to glam up a perfectly simple make up routine.
Let your eyes do the talking as these roll-on pencils – that are so easy to apply and use – add style and definition to your look. Our favourite, the purple shade is worth a try!
Price: Rs 645
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Founded by a professional makeup artist who has written eight books on beauty and makeup, it’s a no-brainer that Bobbi Brown cosmetics are trendy and high quality.
They have a collection of face makeup, eye shadows, lip colours and more that are flattering to women of any age and style.
The brand believes in enhancing the natural beauty of the wearer and some of their products are absolute must-haves in every woman’s make up kit.
One of those is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, which is an award winning long-wearing eyeliner offering the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula-all with 12 hours of waterproof and sweat-and-humidity-resistant wear.
We also love their Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact
This shimmering, brush-on powder creates a deep, bronzy glow, adds a soft glow to your cheeks and highlights your features beautifully.
Handmade in Italy, this Compact features five shades infused with superfine pigments that reflect radiance and light, highlighting where light naturally hits on the face.
Price: Rs 3400
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