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