By Sheila Arkee
When I saw a recent ad for L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick featuring a bright swash of orange, all I could think was … game ON!
Spring is on the way, and it’s time to trade in our darker Fall/Winter colors for something a little more splashy, right? Orange lipstick may seem a bit frightening, but when applied with flattering makeup, it can be a fun way to change up your routine.
In the next couple of pics, I’m wearing MAC’s Morange lipstick, an amplified cream which is SUPER bright, and also super creamy on the lips. In all of the lip photos, I’ve lined with The Body Shop’s Beech lip liner.
With bold lip colors, such as orange and red, you don’t want to do what I did my entire freshman year of college and wear them with equally bold shadow colors like purple or blue. Yes, I was a teenaged beauty victim (and then some!).
For bright lips, follow the K.I.S.S. rule – keep it simple, sweetie! These color suggestions apply to all skin tones equally — a light peach blush on the cheeks and a light gold wash on the eyelids are the perfect complements to a bright orange lip color.
Here’s what I used in the photos:
Lips: MAC Morange
Cheeks: Illamasqua Hussy
Base: MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
Lid: Bare Escentuals True Gold
Crease: MAC Cork
Liner: MAC Teddy Kohl
Brows: MAC Charcoal Brown
Mascara: Plush Lash
If the idea of bright orange is still a little scary, take the idea for the trend and tone it down a little … or a lot.
Apply bright orange, blot the heck out of it with a napkin so you have a stain on your lips, and add a bit of clear gloss.
You can also do the same and add a light brown gloss.
Also, try lipsticks and lip glosses that are orange-toned but not nearly as intense.
MAC’s CB96 is a pretty option.
I love MAC’s Sandy B lipstick, which is a shimmery and gold peach.
Another great option that I love is Stila’s Papaya Lip Glaze, which is sheer and flattering for every skin tone.
One other tip for bright lip colors – make sure they stay on your lips and not your teeth by using a lip primer before hand. Check out this previous Breaking Down Beauty on lip color application.
Will you be getting your orange lip colors on in the upcoming months?