How To: Wear Orange

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By February 28, 2013 4 Comments

How To: Wear Orange

Last year, after Pantone of the Pantone Matching System (a universal color system used in printing, textiles, paints, plastics, etc) chose  tangerine tango as its color of the year, the bright orange with a pop of red started showing up on faces all over the runway and red carpet. While you might fear the bold hue, it’s time to get over it. Orange is back again this spring as the must have color to wear on lips, cheeks and eyes.

Tangerine isn’t as scary a color as you’ve been led to believe. In fact, it can be very wearable – even fun – but the key is learning how to wear it properly. You don’t want to do a bright orange eye, instead it’s a wash of coral (think peach) with dark brown or black to lightly smoke it out. And as for as a bright lip is concerned, for those afraid of the vibrant tangerine hue, the key is to ease into it with a gloss or stain that isn’t as pigmented but still keeps the look on trend.

For tips on how to wear tangerine, I asked Erik Soto, Sephora PRO. Here’s what he had to say.

1. How do you make this trend wearable for eyes and lips?
The Color of the Year Tangerine Tango is a great shade that complements and brightens all complexions. On the eyes it can be worn in the form of an eye shadow as either a soft wash of color with other neutrals or a pop of orange on the eyelid. For a more subtle approach to the eye, you can also layer two of the Sephora + Pantone Universe eyeliners together on the lash line. For the day, use the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Chestnut, Pantone #19-1118 Eyeliner and then layer the Tangerine Tango Twist, Pantone #17-1463 Eyeliner on top so it creates contrast. For a darker look use the Color of the Year Eyeliner in Meteorite. This is a great shade to wear on lips! The Sephora + Pantone Universe Crème Lipstick is great because it is buildable color. Apply color to lips using a lip brush so that you can ease into this bright shade. The SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Lip Gloss Set also offers a variety of finishes for you to wear.

2. What’s the tangerine day look? And the night?
During the day opt for a more neutral look utilize the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Eyeshadow Quad specifically applying a sheer application of the orange shade to lid. Line eyes with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Chestnut, Pantone #19-1118 Eyeliner. To take the look into night I would apply the Tangerine Tango eye shadow in the crease and blend up and outward. To create more contrast I would add the dark brown or black shadow to the outer corner for a more dramatic effect. The darker the eye the softer the lips should be, so you can use a lighter peachy/orange version of Tangerine Tango.

3. Who looks best in tangerine?
All skin tones have a small hint of orange no matter how light or dark the complexion. For example if you have brown eyes, Tangerine Tango will make eyes appear lighter and really pop. For women with blue or green eyes Tangerine Tango acts as a contrasting color and will make the eyes the main makes the eyes pop because they are high contrast. If the Tangerine Tango Crème Lipstick is too bright opt for one of the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Lip Glosses instead.

4. What are your top 4 favorite orange products?
2. Yves Saint Laurent CRÈME DE BLUSH in 4 Audacious Orange
3. Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Mango Crush
4. Benefit Cha Cha Tint


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