Download the latest issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine just for ₹69/-

Your Guide to Nailing the Season's Hottest Grunge Makeup Looks

The four shades—red, orange, pink, and nude—that took the runways by storm in seasons past have gone grunge. With their deeper, sexier versions trending right now, we show you how to nail the look, with product recos to go with it.

By Meghna Sharma

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red, Rs 2,040

Lakmé Enrich Matte Lipstick in RM13, Rs 285

M·A·C Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow, Rs 3,100

L’Oréal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in Loving Peach, Rs 699

Becca Luminous Blush in Blushed Copper, Rs 3,300

Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Wine, Rs 440

Faces Glam On Perfect Blush in Rose, Rs 559

Cover FX Bronzer in Suntan, Rs 2,850

Burnt Orange


Dislike bright orange? Meet its earthy version that promises to look flattering on every tone. We have seen a host of celebrities work the burnt orange smokey eye in the past, making #SunsetEyes viral on social media. And backstage pros further lifted the celeb status of this hue by using earthy-orange lipsticks. The good thing about this colour is that it instantly adds warmth to the face, making you look sun-kissed.

Makeup Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in Iconic Fever, nykaa.com, Rs 850

L’Oréal Paris Life’s A Peach Powder Blush, Rs 750

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Out Loud, Rs 2,100

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte City Heat Bricks Collection Lipstick in Brooklyn Bare, Rs 299

Burnt Red

If you thought red couldn’t get any hotter, you were wrong. While we spotted this hue in shades both bright and deep, burnt red stood out the most because it is so versatile. This colour doesn’t just make your pucker look good, it looks ah-mazing on eyes and cheeks, too. Work it to get smokey lids, or use it to create XXL scarlet wings. When opting for a bold mouth, use the same lipstick as a blush, to create a flushed effect.

Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in El Cinco De Mayo, nykaa.com, Rs 1,995

Faces Canada Weightless Matte Finish Lipstick in Maroon Love, Rs 299

Dior Backstage Eye Palette in Amber Neutrals, price on request

Nykaa So Matte! Mini Lipstick in Regal Ruby, nykaa.com, Rs 199

M·A·C Eyeshadow in Ruddy Velvet Pearl, Rs 1,400

Burnt Rose

We don’t usually associate pink with sexy, but this version can do wonders for your complexion. While burnt-rose lipsticks are a great way to pare down a heavy-eye look, it’s no longer playing the supporting act. Use this shade on both eyes and lips for a matchy-matchy vibe, or layer a darker and lighter pink blush to create a subtle contour effect. Bonus: this shade makes you look woke (and awake!), day or night.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in Casual Pink, price on request

Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop, Rs 2,300

NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush, strawberrynet.com, Rs 2,200 approx

Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Colour in Vintage Pink, Rs 750

Burnt Neutral


The greatest part about this shade: there’s no one true nude. Which means you get to play with all its versions. You can either use the same hue on your eyes, lips, and cheeks for a ‘no make-up’ make-up look or create some dimension by using slightly varying shades in multiple finishes. Translation: use a matte-nude shadow on the lids, a shimmery highlighter all over for an ethereal glow, and lip gloss to finish up. Alternatively, opt for a bare face and load up on some shimmery bronzer to add warmth to your face....burnt neutral will never disappoint!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze, Rs 4,000

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Topaz, Rs 2,495

Colorbar Matte Touch Lipstick in Fashion Cinnamon, Rs 599