How to Wear Orange Lips

Orange lipstick is a top trend for Spring 2014. Here’s how I would wear orange lipstick and swatches of orange lipsticks on the skin and lips (video embedded below).

For this week’s Beauty Panel Challenge, Fashion Magazine asks: What are tips for wearing such a bright colour? Which shade of orange shade matches which skin tone? Can you still be on-trend if you opt for a sheer wash of orange instead of a punchy bright?

How to Wear Orange Lips

An orange lip is very similar to a red lip; skin tone can help dictate what colour will flatter you best. Generally speaking, warm skin tones will pull off yellow based lipstick beautifully, while cool skin tones wear coral and red based oranges best. However, I think experimentation is more fun than following the norm.

There are several ways to wear orange lips:

  1. Bold makeup look with orange lips – consider pairing orange lips with a smoked out blue lash line, a soft wash of purple eye shadow on the lids or dramatic winged liner.
  2. Modern orange lip look –  pair a vibrant orange lip with minimal makeup on the cheeks and eyes
  3. Soft orange lip – If you are timid about bright lips, consider orange toned glosses, stains or sheer lip products.

Lastly, remember to keep the complexion and cheeks simple. Avoid pairing orange lips with anything more dramatic than a smoked out lash line.

Orange Lips – drugstore swatches


Revlon Lip Butter Tutti Fruity & Juicy PapayaRimmel Moisture Renew Coral Chic


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain RendezvousMatte Balm AudaciousLacquer Balm Tease


Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss 13Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Vibrant MandarinRevlon Super Lustrous Creme Siren 677NYX Matte Lipstick Indie Flick

What are your favourite orange lip products?

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