I’m obsessed with the orange trend in spring fashion. I’m constantly donning my Michael Kors orange trench, packing full my patent leather bright orange hobo bag, kicking up my heels in some serious orangy coral wedge Seychelles sandals. OK, maybe I’m a bit too matchy matchy. Point taken.
Then when they told me I could wear orange lipstick’¦I might have fainted briefly with happiness. When Tom Form put forth his coveted Wild Ginger, an amazing true orange, last year I thought I was dreaming. Now here I am, wearing orange lipstick whenever I want.
A few notes about orange. First off, this shade can make teeth look’¦well’¦less than pearly white. So if you’re a huge coffee or red wine fan who doesn’t have the occasional whitening strip on your choppers, you might want to rethink. Once you’ve crossed that hurdle, you need to address your makeup. When wearing orange lipstick, keep your face simple. Dust on a soft coral blush to balance the hue (I like Shiseido’s Accentating Powder Blush in Soft Orange). Keep the eyes simple (perhaps a mascara swipe and a simple black liquid liner cat eye). Third on the no-no list is my previous offense…don’t be matchy matchy. Think orange with a white crisp shirt, or a light gray. Try to avoid an orange top because you’ll look like a Tropicana can.
Since lipstick colors can range from orange-red blends to corals to BAM!-I’m-orange, here’s how to find out which shade is right for you’¦You might say, I’m going to compare oranges to oranges.
If you have pale skin, ignore the citrus circus and instead try a beautiful apricot. One of my favorite lipstick lines has an amazing apricot: Laura Mercier Lip GlacÃ© in Nectar. Also Gabriel has great light color with its Salmon…more of a fantastic fruity fascination than a fishy find. A random note, it’s gluten free and has a chemical-free sunscreen for extra outdoor pucker protection.
If you have a fair to medium complexion, decide on a coral pop. One of my favorites is the new Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in Jive, a coral pink. You write onto your lips with a marker and you’ll be thankful your kids’ markers don’t have this staying power when they take to the couch or walls. And unlike other stains it’s rich color that doesn’t bleed…but let me tell you…it stays put for a long time, so commit to it. I wouldn’t see using this for cheeks but for lips, it’s glorious. On the smoother, more sheer side, we have Fresh’s new Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Treatment. It comes out in the June on fresh.com, and is a sheer wash of coral that also has SPF 15. And Mary Kay‘s new Nourishine Plus Lipgloss in Mango Tango is a lot of fun in a sheer coral/orange blend.
Since this time of year usually means a spring break of some sort (if you’re lucky), when you have a tan (or if your skin is naturally tan), you’ll look great in a tomato-orange lip. This is where Tom Ford comes in with his Wild Ginger color, which actually ends up a nice reddish blend when you put it on. And it has soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil for an ultra-creamy texture.
Now comes the fun part. If you have darker skin, you’re in luck. you can wear the real orange. The ones with true rock star status. Tarte LipSurgence lip tint in Spirited is an amazing pencil that glides on and is serious with the orange color. Makeup Forever’s Rouge Artist Natural lip color in N43 (a straight out orange) just launched this month and is also amazing, but it’s only available at their NYC Studio, LA Boutique and Boutiques in Sephora Soho, Venetian and South Coast Plaza. I suggest a road trip because this is one juicy lip trend you’ll want a slice of.
Photo credit: Simon Howden
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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