The Orange Lip: 5 Ways to Wear It - Beauty Addict

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Orange Lip: 5 Ways to Wear It

I love tackling the hard-to-wear lip looks here on Beauty Addict; last fall's post on How to Rock a Coral Lip was so much fun to write and even pushed me to be a little more adventurous with my own lip colors.

Now that Spring has arrived, let's recall one of the biggest trends on the Spring runways: ORANGE lips. The look above is from Nanette Lepore; makeup artist Polly Osmond used MAC Morange lipstick mixed with MAC Lip Conditioner to create it.

I never thought I'd wear an orange lip, especially with my pale complexion, but truth be told I've worn each and every one of the five listed below over the past few days. There's just something about extreme heat that makes the orange lippie seem so fresh...and tropical.

Looking to try it out yourself? Here are five suggestions, ranging from tame tangerine to outrageous orange:

Super Sheer: Lancome Juicy Gelee in Orange Burst
Barely there color, just a hint of orange, but lots and lots of shine. Just be careful and store this little jelly jar upright; left sideways or upside down, the gloss will quickly migrate into the cap.

Glossy Shimmer: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit
This gloss was a limited edition item in last year's holiday collection, but now it's back! Pink Grapefruit has made a comeback in limited edition packaging (an orange cap!) as part of the new Neo Sci-Fi collection. The picture really doesn't do it justice; in reality it's truly orange. It's sheer enough to work with a lot of looks; a nice little pop of tangerine to brighten up your lips.

High Power Gloss: NARS Lip Lacquer in Capucine
Capucine is borderline neon, but can be used in various intensities. A dab of it creates a sheer, softly glossed pout, while a full, generous application with a lip brush yields super-bright color and vinyl shine.

Matte Pencil: Shiseido Automatic Lip Crayon in LC5 Orange
A perfect cool-weather orange, this had been knocking around my makeup bag for months before I finally mustered up the courage to try it. I wore it with a grey eye and grey-and-black clothes, and it was AMAZING. For the hotter months, mix with a little gloss or balm to soften it up (matte lips just don't work for me in the summer, do you agree?). Looks great on pale-skinned lasses and dark-skinned beauties alike - it's bold enough to stand out, but not so loud that it looks garish.

Classic Lipstick: MAC Electro
Another one from Neo Sci-Fi, Electro is a classic bright orange that looks scary in the tube, but is surprisingly wearable. I'm actually wearing it right now, although when I first looked at it I thought I wouldn't be caught dead in it. Wrong! Looks amazing with a tan and a dewy complexion. Electro is sold out online (when I originally wrote this it was still available) but can probably be tracked down in stores or on eBay. It's worth it!

Do you like to rock a bold orange lip from time to time? What are your favorites for creating it?