A Beginner’s Guide to The Orange Lip.

The orange lip is the ultimate statement shade of spring/summer this year. I’m not talking pale peach or sweet yam here, but full on traffic-cone orange. I agree, it’s scary! But the more I see it, the more I love it. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 097 Incandescente.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 097 Incandescente. Vintage brick wall orange.

Unlike a neutral or pale shade, the orange lip is one you have to think about and prepare for better you go ahead and apply. Make sure the rest of your makeup is minimal and complimentary. A very natural looking face (light foundation) is good. Try to even out your skin tone the best you can and reduce any red spots. If you have a lot of red in your skin like I do, avoid the oranges with yellow tones in them as these can make you look washed out or sickly.

Go for a nice coral shade blush, something really fresh looking. Bronzers can look very artificial with an orange lip. As for your eyes, use light neutral colours like a pearl or beige. Something with a subtle shimmer is nice, but nothing too colourful (unless you’re going to an 80’s party). Wear mascara as you normally would and unless you’re going out for the night, eyeliner isn’t really needed. If you have really thin eyebrows, add a bit of powder to fill them out. The orange lip is very bold so it’s good to balance out your face by filling in your brows. Last but not least, remember that it’s all or nothing with the orange lip. Going for a half-orange shade can make your teeth look yellow so the brighter and bolder the better. Here’s a few ideas to help you pick the perfect orange lipstick:

A great starting point is the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Valentina. This shade will actually go well with all skin tones and it’s a great middle ground between sheer and vibrant colour.


For a really glamorous “look at me” orange try the Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Excentrique. This is a bright lip colour and if you’re brave enough to pull it off, you’ll look amazing. Goes well with fair/pale skin tones. I really want to get this one for summer. For those of you more comfortable in red lipstick, try the shade Incandescente (seen in the photo above) it’s a great reddish-orange.



The NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya is a good classic shade. A true orange. It also goes well with several skin tones including fair/pale. I love the Satin Lip Pencils so I’ll probably end up getting this one too, hahh.



A neon shade like the MAC Lipstick in Morange or Neon Orange is best for golden skin tones.


And for those of you who are still intimidated by lip colour like me, the best way to try the orange lip without committing to anything too serious would be a sheer gloss. The Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange, the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti (shown in the photo below), or the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous are great low-key options. These orange glosses will enhance all skin tones, they are easy to apply, and can be worn day/night.


Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti.

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti-Frutti.

What do you think, will you wear orange lips this summer? Do you have a favourite shade? Let me know, I’d love to hear!