This daring shade is not for the faint of heart. Vibrantly in-your-face compared to a classic red, orange is the type of colour that you’ll only wear in the summer. Since the majority of us has yellow undertone (whether you’re cool, warm or neutral), it’s honestly so hard to think about wearing it as the majority of orange hues make our teeth look like we’ve had two bowls of laksa. Even on the pinkest undertones, the reddish undertones of an orange lip colour will often make you look like you’ve had one too many drinks.
Rather than throwing out a generalised guide on orange lipstick, we break it down on the type of shades that look good on your skin.
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Don’t be fooled by your own blue undertones. Since orange is a neutralising colour, you can actually pull off this punchy hue. Between creamsicle and burnt orange, blue to pink-based shades look best on you like your favourite beauty icon, CL. Avoid anything anything that’s too yellow or brown as it makes you look more washed out than a White Walker.
This carefree coral shade is fated to be inside your makeup drawer. Built with a strong white base, this opaque pink-orange pigment is strikingly ravishing on fair skin.
Rosé All Day Lip + Cheek in Julie, $22.90 at Coma Makeup
Channel ’60s supermodel Twiggy with this pale apricot lipstick. Pair it with voluminous lashes and bold brows for a modern touch.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour, $46 at Sephora
Go hard for this “melt in your mouth” two-toned orange lipstick. Subtly tinted for an “I ate a popsicle” effect, this lippie is bold enough to make it noticeable, but soft enough to wear it for work.
Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Blurring Orange, $34 at Zalora
Concocted by celebrity makeup artist Pony, this tangy pink-based orange is mega flattering for fair skin.
Pony Effect Lipstick in Weekend Wear, $35.90 at Metro
Created by Rihanna‘s former MUA Lora Arellano, this blue-based burnt orange won’t dull your skin. Wear it with a pop of pink blush. If you have a cool medium to dark undertone, this shade stands out on your lips.
Melt Matte Lipstick in Mural, US $19 at Melt Cosmetics
If you want the most natural look, go for this pink-based peachy nude lip stain. Although it’s considered a nude, it actually reads as orange on your skin.
Lime Crime Plushies in Marmalade, £18.00 at Cult Beauty
Mother Pat‘s formulas are obviously off the walls, but underneath its opaque creamy texture, this lipstick contains neutral undertones the suit the fairest to the darkest blue-based skin tones.
Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick in Tropicalia, US $38 at Pat McGrath
Finding the perfect foundation is harder than searching for lipstick; however, you have it easy like Constance Wu as any shade of lipstick looks flattering on you.
Since you have both green and blue undertones, you can go anywhere between a yellow-based pinky orange to a blue-based red-orange.
Ignore the perplexing name; however, this sheer reddish orange lip gloss delivers great colour payoff with one swipe.
Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake, US $5 at Nyx Professional Cosmetics
This up-and-coming Indonesian makeup brand is something to add to your radar. Creamier than cake frosting, the matte formula glides smoothly to deliver the most flattering pink-based orange.
Trope Velvet Matte Lipstick in Flamingo, Rp 180,000 at Love and Flair
As a hybrid between red and pink, this reddish pink-based orange gives life to your golden undertones.
Maison Kitsuné x 3CE Velvet Lip Tint in Staycation, $23 at Sephora
Sheer, yet boldly opaque, this shiny lip gloss is set to last you all day.
Zenn Cosmetics Glossy Lip Colour in Future, $20 at Coma Makeup
Orange you glad that this shade is extremely on point? Corny fruit references aside, this shade has the right amount of yellow and red to bring life to your warm complexion.
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in On Point, $40 at TANGS
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As a creamy matte nude-based orange, this tangy tangerine shade is ready to dance the night away on your lips. Pair it with dewy eye gloss for a “fresh off the beach” glow.
Make Up Store Matte Lipstick in Plumb, US $18 at Make Up Store
Remember the frosted lipsticks your older cousins used to wear back in the ’90s? Apparently, these light-reflecting shades are officially back again! Make it 2018 with nude eyeshadow, LOTS of mascara and a strong brow.
MAC Frost Lipstick in CB 96, $33 at Sephora
For a natural flush of colour, go for this soft coral orange lip balm as it balances the orange and yellow undertones evenly.
Dior BACKSTAGE Lip Glow in Coral, $48 at Dior Makeup
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Naturally blessed with envy-inducing golden undertones, you are able to pull off anything from the ravishing red-based oranges to the mellow yellow-based tangerines. Like your beauty spirit animal Priyanka Chopra, you can get away with a variety of colours.
Not a big an of glitter lipstick? This is not like any of the glitter lipsticks that you used to play around with during your childhood. Extremely subtle with a frosted finish, this toasty burnt orange will turn up the heat on a hot date.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Yummy, $18 at Jeffree Star
As a salmon-based coral orange, this creamy matte harks back to the days when Farrah Fawcett rode on skateboards and took down the bad guys on Charlie’s Angels. You can wear this as a blush for the full bronzed ’70s flush.
Layn Multi-Purpose Lipstick in Mona, AUD $50 at My Chameleon
As a metallic bronzed orange, this lip gloss is unlike any other metallic pigment. With enough metallic sheen and transparent consistency, the microfine glitter makes this formula wearable for everyday life.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Bronzed, $16 at Anastasia Beverly Hills
Yellow-based Sunkist tangerines run the risk of making your teeth look like they’ve been stained by coffee. If you are a light tan like Japanese actress/model/TV personality Rola, this Riri-approved yellow-based orange will make your tan glow brighter than your highlighter.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Lipstick in Saw-C at Fenty Beauty
Just the right amount of red and yellow, this eyeliner-inspired lipstick is right up your alley with its innovative stick, precise tip and small size that packs a ton of pigment.
Lancôme x Proenza Schouler Lip Kajal in Orange Arty, $47.00 at John Lewis
If you have a deep sun-kissed terracotta glow like Priyanka Chopra, Huda Beauty‘s neon orange lipstick will seal the deal. Not only will this blue base make your teeth look whiter, it will enhace the glow you always wanted.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Mamacita, US $27 at Huda Beauty
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