Evidence That Orange Lipstick Really Does Look Good

Victoria Moorhouse
Evidence That Orange Lipstick Really Does Look Good
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Reds, pinks, and now even plums—thanks to countless DIYs, thorough investigation, and the insight of some of the best experts in the biz, this trio of lip hues comes with very little performance anxiety. A little swipe and you’re good to go. But if you’re like us, always on the lookout for the next big thing and always eager to master a new skill, orange lipstick is now high on your to-do list.

We know what you’re thinking… Orange is a polarizing color (especially when it comes to clothing), indeed, but when done right it’s rather flattering and a fun pop of color for summer. It also comes in more hues than just tangerine, in case coral is more your speed. We rounded up a bunch of runway-inspired looks that all prove that orange lipstick works.

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The orange lipstick newbie will be pleased to know there's an option that will slowly inch you into the color genre. Go for a red-orange, opposed to a bright tangerine, with a glossy finish. The tints of orange end up looking like flecks of metallic, either one we'd happily wear on the reg.

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Definitely way more editorial than the previous option, go for the bright color but only coat half your lips, opting for only the top, for an avant garde lip look. If you're still unsure about orange lipstick, this could be a very visual way of expressing your feelings.

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A coral color lipstick might scream sweet, but you can give it a sultry edge when you line both your top and bottom lash lines with smudged black kohl eyeliner. Clean up any stray smudges with makeup remover and a Q-tip and pick a matte color so the shine and smoke don't compete.

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A taupe cream shadow with perfectly sculpted brows balance out a brighter, creamier coral. With dramatic black lashes and teased hair, it's one of those out-of-the-box "va va voom" type of presentations.

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Obviously, when you REALLY want to go for it, high-impact neon shades and a matte finish will get the job done. This runway look incorporated a glossy lid, giving that makeup texture a new home, and the type of curled (perhaps faux?) eyelashes that every girl dreams of.

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Once again proving it's almost as versatile as those neutrals, you'll be surprised just how much a pastel purple eyeshadow truly complements a soft orange lip. The key is to apply the shadow on the entire lid, lining below the bottom lases as well. Only a tiny smear on the top lids won't work—it may look slightly dated or similar to your first shadow attempts back in 2002.

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Nude lipstick isn't the only way to get a "fresh-faced" makeup look. Pick up a light orange (almost nude) gloss and keep everything else down to the bare minimum. That means no mascara, no bronzer, no shadow, and no blush. Just concealer anywhere you need a little evening out.

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Slicked back strands, natural-looking lashes, and neon lips? You can't go wrong. Just make sure to blot and line those lips to avoid any accidental feathering.

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