Make a break for spring a couple of weeks early, and infuse your beauty routine with a little citrus sunshine. Peach, coral and an over-the-top pop of orange lips are a staple for this upcoming spring and summer seasons. We get that this isn’t your everyday go-to lip shade, so we thought we’d run a brief tutorial on how to max out this vibrant and versatile look, starting today. First—don’t be afraid—you will find the perfect for you hue of orange that will make you fall head over smoochy lips in love with this fun new trend.
Tricks of the trade:
Lay the right foundation. Prime your lips for all day staying power, and to ensure that the cheeky orange color stays put and doesn’t gravitate towards your teeth.
Find your match made in color heaven. Not every orange is for every girl. If you’re fair and flushed—pink toned corals or peaches will be most flattering, and still be right on trend; if you’re a chic shade of olive or medium to dark skinned—you can go big and bold, and very, very orange.
By day or by night? All typical rules of lip intensity apply: for a perfect pout before the sun sets, look for sheer shades or shiny glosses. Pair with a complimentary lip liner if needed to boost your color, but keep it on the mild side. When headed out in the eve, pile on the creamy or matte, all out, opaque color. Line your lips with foundation to keep your lines sharp and your color from bleeding.
All that being said—here’s our favorite celebrity approved looks and your best picks:
Leighton Meestergets it right with a ruddy orange-red that’s a rousing success. She keeps it fresh and neat with a touch of peach blush and neutral eyes. Super chic. We love this similar red-orange shade from Sephora at The Oaks ($30, Raven).
Jennifer Lopezmakes coral look craze-worthy and pairs it with deep brown shades to take it out on the town. We love this NARS version from Bloomingdale’s at Santa Monica Place, that’s along these same lines ($24, Love Devotion).
Scarlett Johanssenshows off a bright crayon orange and highlights the look with matching blush and gold shadow for a glowing standing ovation. We like this same orange from Estee Lauder at Nordstrom in Westside Pavilion ($20, Orange Poppy).