Trend to try: Orange lips

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Can you really pull off orange lipstick without looking like Crusty the Clown? Turns out you can. Unlike red lippies, orange shades don’t have saturated red or blue undertones, so it brightens any skin tone. This vibrant shade can be a fun way to banish the winter blues. That said there are shades that suit certain skin tones better.

A general guideline to follow

Medium skin: will usually look best in a reddish-orange hue.

Dark or golden tanned skin: can wear just about any shade of lipstick perfectly but they can totally rock a true bold orange.

Light skin: will usually look best in an orange that leans toward coral.

Other tips for wearing the trend

* Matte versions of this colour are more suitable for daytime wear.

* Keep this rest of your make up simple, so that the focus stays on your lips. If you do add some blush or eyeshadow, take note that red or pink toned ones will clash. So opt for swoosh of shimmery bronzer instead.

* When in doubt, opt for coral.

* We don’t have to remind you to exfoliate your lips but nothing puts stained teeth in the spotlight like a bold shade of lipstick. We’ve been testing the Elgydium range that reduces stains caused by coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine and are amazed at the results. The Elgydium Whitening Toothpaste, R59,95 (75ml) is an everyday whitening toothpaste which doesn’t contain any peroxide or bleaching agents. There’s also the Elgydium Brilliance & Care Treatment, R69,95 which is a low foaming polishing paste that you use twice a week instead of the toothpaste. We highly recommend both. They’re available from Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected independent pharmacies.

Check out our 10 picks of wearable orange


Revlon SuperLustrous Lipstick Orange Flip (bright orange red), R159

RVBLAB Professional Lipstick Rosetto 13 (mid-tone coral), R235

MAC Lipstick Morange (about as orange as it gets), R320

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick 701 Orange Fizz (Great for the bold lip newbies, we love this sheer saturated orange with a subtle gold shimmer), R320

Palladio Coral Matte Lipstick (bright coral orange), R99,95

Lancôme Matte Shaker Magic Orange 186, (neon coral), R315

Guerlain in 043 Sun-glasses, R555 (We love the rich, pigmented colour. This shade of orange really packs a punch!)

L’oréal Color Riche in Orange After Party, R179,95

Yardley StayFast High Definition Lipgloss in Coral Queen, R119,95

Urban Decay Vice Metalized Lipstick in Wildfire, R230



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  1. Tanya

    Wow I think I need to try out orange lipsticks,pretty cute

    12 months ago •

  1. KhanyiN Ngcobo

    I die for Bright lippie colours this season and orange is perfect

    1 year ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

    Wow thank you so much for the article and the tips on how one should wear certain colors like your orange. As I always had the perception one needs to be a certain skin colour to rock bold colours like this.

    2 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    I like that the article advises the reader on the different shades suited to different skin tones. Thanks for the advice on the teeth whitening products. I noticed that when I use darker lipsticks (very rarely I might add) it tends to make my teeth look whiter!

    2 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Burnt orange and rustic bold finish. One of my must-have lipsticks.

    2 years ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    Mmm its definitely something to try…very scary as its soooo shocking but looks great in a way.

    2 years ago •

  1. Terri Van Reenen

    Loving the orange colour trend coming up – its not only in lips ladies its in clothing too. The burnt orange and dull reds are a thing and I simply cannot wait! Defs trying the Orange Flip looks amazing.. and the price, guuuurrrrllll go get some!

    2 years ago •

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