Orange-hued lips are a hot trend for spring. From the opaque red-orange shade shown at Prada to the sheer coral at MaxMara, since September’s spring/summer fashion week in New York, we have been prepping for peach pouts. And while we’re excited to experiment with oranges, corals, peaches and more, we know that many of you likely fear that an orange lip will make you look like a Palm Beach grandmother (lipstick on your teeth and all). For those of you wanting to rock the look but unsure of where to begin, we’ve got some tips to help you wear this fun look (and keep it youthful), without the look wearing you.
The key to pulling off an orange lip is to make your lips the focal point of the look. Define your brows, apply lots of mascara and keep the rest of your face neutral. While we love the matte acid orange on Prada’s runway, we know that such a severe shade is a hard for anyone to pull off (models included). That doesn’t mean, though, that you should be afraid to try it. Worst-case scenario: wipe it off.
If you want the boldness, but find the acid-orange too tough to pull off, an orange with just a hint of red, pink or brown will be more wearable. Our top pick: Yves Saint Laurent Pure Lipstick in Indian Sari, $29. If a dark matte hue is too intense for you though, try a semi-sheer lip color instead like Korres Limited Edition Mango Lip Collection, $21. With three versatile shades (Russet, Coral and Orange Red), this collection of hues will work with most skin tones while also giving you the ability to mix and blend for a personalized tint. For even more subtlety, try a coral gloss. We’re loving Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Lip Gloss in Coral Sand, $20, for a fresh and pretty pout that pairs well with a slight (faux) tan and a luminizing sheen.
Regardless of the hue you choose, an orange, coral or peach lip adds a bit of color interest and looks great with spring’s palette of neutral and desert tones. So have fun and experiment! And, like we said before, worst-case scenario, just wipe it off and try something else.
The Beauty Bean Tip: If a stubborn shade threatens to stain you lips, use eye makeup remover to help wipe it away. Just be sure to wash you lips off so as not to accidently consume any residual eye makeup remover.