Orange is a burgeoning trend for lips this season and it’s a look that can work just as well shimmery as it can matte. Similarly, you can vary the depth of the color to suit your level of comfort. As a rule of thumb, however, go for something lighter for a day look, while saturated orange hues work best after dark. If you’re worried about being too aggressive with this new shade, opt for something in the peach family, which can look surprisingly natural (check-out Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm in Apricot Sunray). On the other hand, if you’re looking to vamp it up, wear your orange lips over red or orange liner (check-out Dolce & Gabbana The Lipliner Precision Lipliner). No matter where your lip shade falls on the color spectrum, you’ll want to make sure that the rest of your look is on the neutral side; clean skin and little else besides mascara on your eyes.
Backstage at Tanya Taylor Spring 2015; image: imaxtree
It’s also important to prep your lips with a balm as any dryness will quickly show with a vibrant color like orange and cakey lips aren’t a look anyone wants. No need for anything fancy, sometimes no frills is best. Alternatively, if you can afford the splurge or you’re worried about layering causing too much “heaviness” on your lips, Tom Ford’s lip products not only “taste” amazing, but they all have built-in moisturizers (both his Lip Colors and his Lip Color Shines come in a variety of orange shades).
Sally LaPointe Spring 2015; image: imaxtree
While you can easily layer a glossy finish or shimmering powder over lipstick, you can opt for a more pared down look with a simple glossy stain (check-out Clé de Peau Beauté Lip Gloss in N7).