Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared of Orange Lipstick

While red lipstick is seen as a classic, orange—it’s more adventurous sister—isn’t always given the same love. It’s often seen as a shade that makes your teeth look yellow, is unflattering or is only worn by ballsy makeup wearers, so people tend to shy away from the citrusy hue. While I’ve loved orange for as long as I can remember (one of my first lipstick purchases was a bright coral), when I wear orange lipstick I often hear people say to me, “Oh, I could never wear that colour.” Well, I decided I have heard that one too many times, and it’s time for everyone to fall in love with the tangerine hue like I have. Orange isn’t just one universal shade—like any colour it comes in warm and cool tones and ranges from vibrant to soft. Meaning there’s a shade of orange out there that works on everybody. Taking cues from Gigi Hadid and Beyoncé’s latest lip looks, here are a few tips for how to rock orange lipstick with confidence, plus a few of my fave citrus lippies that have earned my stamp of approval.


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Keep Your Look Simple
Sometimes you can get away with pairing bright lips with a smoky or cat eye, but often orange lips look best when the focus is on them. It is a more daring hue to wear and you really want it to shine, so try pairing it with a few swipes of mascara and naturally defined brows to add balance to the face. This looks particularly good when your orange lip is super vibrant, like one of my go-to’s Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Fever.

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Watch Your Blush Choice
Now if you’re like me, you wear blush everyday (like, a lot of blush). But if I know I’m wearing an orange lipstick that day, I won’t reach for my usual pink cheek and will instead go for something a little peachier or a hue that’s more on the bronze side. For example, I often wear Vasanti’s Love Brights Gel Matte Lipstick in Unconditional Love but since it falls on the orange red scale, pink cheeks looks a bit off. Pink can clash a bit with bright orange (and look a tad ’80s) whereas peach falls into the same colour family and is a soft complement to your bold pout. This depends on your skin tone though, so play around and find a combo that works best on your complexion.

Find Your Best Orange (And Don’t Quit ‘Til You Find It)
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try on lots of different shades (seriously, what do you have to lose?). Just because you think a tomato hued lipstick doesn’t work on you, that doesn’t mean coral or a soft peach won’t look incredible. I love Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Pimpante as it’s super flattering and adds some colour to my face without being too bright. It’s the perfect peachy summer shade.