If you feel a twinge of nerves at the mere thought of wearing orange lipstick, you aren't alone. It's not the typical rose, the sexy red, the girlish pink, the soft peach. It's a bold, out-there hue that doesn't get much airtime, but this spring it's arrived with a juicy splash. It turns out you don't need to walk the catwalk to make this citrus-toned hue a part of your life. Here's how to pull off orange lipstick, as well as eight wearable orange lip products you'll love.
A 2-in-1 product made just for orange-phobics! The Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40) works overtime. Not only is it a pretty lip color that leaves behind a matte, non-drying finish, it also adds a flush of color to cheeks. It's perfect for on-the-go touchups, and Corail Affranchi is the ultimate just-orange-enough hue. It's tempered by a hint of nude to soften the tone, leaving it with a more natural finish.
If your lips tend to be dry, slick on Estee Lauder AERIN Beauty Rose Balm Lipstick ($30) in Coral Sand. Tinged with pink, this is one of the most wearable orange-based hues out there. It's also hyper-moisturizing and such a chic alternative to a clear lip balm!
Summer is such a great time to experiment with colors bolder than your usual, especially when you keep the rest of your makeup minimal. The Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ($7.99) in Poppy Nude is intense, lasts the day, and doesn't feel even a bit dry. Not feeling entirely brave just yet? Tone it down with a slick of nude gloss.
Despite its slightly alarming appearance in the tube, Maybelline Color Elixir ($8.99) in Mandarin Rapture is a to-die-for shade that does the color justice in every sense. It's more of a tangerine than a full-on orange, and it's so fresh and summery that you almost can't help but be drawn to it.
Crazy shine, deeply saturated color, a lasting finish, and even a fuller lip—you get this all from Boots No7 High Shine Gloss ($7.99) in Coral Kiss. This is the shade to pick if you're not afraid of orange in the least; it's rich and vibrant, and deserves its time in the spotlight. Stick with neutral eyes and prepare to make a runway-worthy statement.
While it doesn't exactly sound warm weather friendly, Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21) is the stuff of beauty dreams. It leaves behind a long-wearing stain, yet shines as brilliantly as a gloss and evokes the rich color you'd expect of a matte lipstick. Melted Coral is a beautiful, warm orange that's somehow approachable enough to wear even to work.
Over the years, Laura Mercier has created some of my all-time favorite lipstick formulas and colors. The Gel Lip Colour ($23) is no different; it contains sweet almond and apricot oils, which leave lips wonderfully hydrated. And despite the feeling that I could never pull off orange, I was able to make Clementine an integral part of my beauty collection. It boasts a softer, less intense finish, and feels so buttery on the lips. Bonus points for the delicious vanilla flavor!
And for you serious orange-aholics—those of you who sat through an arduous winter in anticipation of breaking out your most killer orange lipstick—NARS Heat Wave Lipstick ($26) was absolutely made for you. It's a little bit of everything you could possibly ask for of a lipstick: slightly sheer, long lasting, moisturizing, and so insanely orange, you'll feel like the star of the show no matter where you go.
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