It was a runway hit at the Spring 2014 fashion shows of Rag & Bone, Creatures of The Wind (pictured) and Prabal Gurung. But it’s also staking a claim at becoming the new “it” color for award season pouts. Actresses like Caitlin Fitzgerald (at the Golden Globes) and Kate Bosworth (at Art of Elysium) have been sporting the tangerine lip trend on various red carpets. 2014 is quickly becoming the year of the orange lip.
How do you make this fashionable shade real-world wearable? Similar to its sister shade, red, orange is a universal hue that looks good on practically everyone – you just have to find the right orange for your skin tone. A few years ago, Pantone chose tangerine tango as its color of the year. Erik Soto, Sephora makeup PRO, had this to say about the bold hue: “All skin tones have a small hint of orange no matter how light or dark the complexion. [It's a shade] that complements and brightens all complexions.” For an orange lip, Soto suggests building the color. You can still stay on-trend with a hint of orange by trying a peach or apricot gloss, instead of going full force with a matte orange lipstick. For the perfect shade, look for an orange that has more red and less yellow – this will neutralize the color.
As for the rest of your face, keep it neutral… don’t add a fuchsia cheek or an indigo eye. Beiges, apricots and golds are fine, but keep them light. You want your orange lip to be the focal point of your face.
Orange Lippies to Try:
1. Nars Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil – a bright, satin-like orange with red undertones.
2. Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicious 270 – a golden, light terracotta.
3. Dior Addict Gloss in Dèlice – a sparkling peach.
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange – a sheer peach.
5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Orange De Chine – a glossy, bold orange lip stain.
6. MAC Lipstick in Morange (used on Caitlin Fitzgerald) – a creamy, vibrant orange.