May 14th, 2014
If there is one lip shade to be seen sporting this season it is a zesty orange, with proof parading down the catwalks back in September. DKNY, Rag & Bone, Dennis Basso and Prabal Gurung were all early adopters of this trend, from vibrant tangerine to more muted coral. Skin-perking and teeth-whitening, these colours look great against dark or tanned skin, but are surprisingly flattering on paler faces too. Warpaint segments the best from the rest.
The power of lipliner can never be underestimated, and a punchy orange pencil will help to give other reds a new lease of life with careful layering or create a long-lasting and colour-intensive true orange lip. Try NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Orange (£3. 50), which is both affordable and versatile enough to match other orange shades.
Add an orange tint to the lips without being too in-your-face with a gloss, such as the By Terry Tint to Lip in Beach Game (£22) from the French Riviera summer collection. Shake up the product to create an illuminating shimmer-strewn gloss or dab straight from the applicator for more of a matte sheer tint.
If you like the gloss, but prefer a stronger hit of colour, Face Atelier’s lipglaze in Kona (£17. 50) – also available as a lipstick – is a stunning, sultry blood orange. The formula is highly concentrated with pigment, creating a long-lasting and impossibly glossy look.
For a more wearable coral-orange shade, with a semi-sheer and moisturising formula, Lipstick Queen’s Jungle Queen (£20) is perfect for summer. This juicy papaya shade is bold though extremely wearable, and can be layered up to create a more intense, lustrous finish.
If you’re searching for a truly bold orange that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Electric Orange (£7. 19), which was used to create the audacious orange lips of the DKNY S/S ‘14 show. Creamy and opaque, it’s an excellent way to experiment with the colour.
You can trust Illamasqua to always bring it in the colour stakes, and the Illamasqua Glamore lipstick in the shade Soaked (£18. 50) is a satin-finish red-orange which would suit all skintones. For a more vibrant orange try Flare (£18. 50), an unabashed amber.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist lipstick has two great orange-based shades, depending on whether you prefer their Intense or Natural finishes. For bold colour there is Intense Satin Shade #40 (£17. 50), a bright orange, or Natural Shade #N43 (£17. 50) for a natural sheen and more subtle tint.
If you prefer a lightweight feel to a lipstick, the Lancôme Rouge in Love in Crazy Tangerine (£21. 50) is anything but crazy. A beautiful combination of red and orange, this glossy and moisturising formula feels almost balm-like, whilst still delivering in the colour stakes.
Finally, for skin benefits and luminous colour look no further than the Clarins Rouge Éclat Lipstick in Juicy Clementine (£19. 50). Bold, bright and beautiful, these lipsticks are pigmented and smooth, packed with Vitamin E and 100% plant waxes, including Mimosa, Jojoba and Sunflower, to provide a hit of moisture. Plus we love the delicious blackberry scent!