Rules on how to wear orange lispticks

I was trying to tidy up my lipstick collection this weekend and that was when I came across my orange lipsticks. I didn’t even know I had them. How convenient, as orange lipsticks are bang on trend for Spring/Summer 2014. I should probably get more appropriate storage so I can see my whole collection clearly. Now, I like orange, it’s a very vibrant colour, but it’s a colour with character. We girls, have to be very careful while choosing the right shade of orange, as they have a yellow tint to them which can make our teeth look yellow. Not good if we want to flash a perfect smile.

I love different shades of orange lipstick, but there are just so many of them. It can get quite confusing, so I decided to write this post and summarise the rules of wearing orange lipstick. If you are one of the lucky onse with a yellow undertone to your skin, then orange lipstick is the perfect match for you. But it’s not always so straight forward, well, at least for the rest of us.

How to wear orange lipstick without looking like a Ronald McDonald?!

Warm Skin tones – that means for skin with warm undertones
(golden or yellow), it is recommended to go for orange shades based on
yellow. Copper, gold and bronze flecks will be ideal if your lipstick is
Cool Skin Tones – that means skin with red or pink skin tones should wear coral or red-based orange to achieve more natural

Light complexion – you should probably stay away from lighter, pastel or true orange. If you have a pale skin, light orange or pale orange lipsticks will look the best on you.
Medium Complexions – go for orange lipstick shades that are slightly darker than your own natural lip colour. If you are going for bold looks, you could try bright orange shades.
Dark Complexions – If you are among the people who have a deep complexion, you need to go for a brick based orange

My Orange Lipstick Collection:

Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick – Sundown (no. 148)

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipsticks

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipsticks

It’s a very pretty bright shade of orange with a very subtle hint of shimmer to it. It glides on with such ease and feels slightly moisturising as well. This lipstick is nicely pigmented, with one slide you can achieve full coverage for everyday wear. Few more slides will guarantee you the powerful look that until now I thought only red shaded lipstick can give you. I’m a little in love with this shade and will certainly wear it on a nights out!

Maybelline Color Sensational – Coral Tonic (no. 422)

This kind of orange shade is more suitable for any skin types, as it has hints of pink. I adore Maybelline lipsticks because they’re incredibly moisturising – due to the honey nectar formula. They are like a perfect balm hiding in a lipstick. The colour Sensation lipsticks are also very highly pigmented and this one is no exception.
Be aware, as coral (and poppy red) lip colours can actually make your teeth appear more yellow.

What about you ladies? Will you be rocking orange lips this summer?

Rules on how to wear orange lispticks

Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick - Sundown
Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick – Sundown
Maybelline Color Sensational - Coral Tonic
Maybelline Color Sensational – Coral Tonic


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  1. April 8, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    On the extremely rare occasion that I wear lipstick, orange is always my go to colour. Being a bale redhead, orange is surprisingly flattering. Pinks and reds tend to drain me and make me look more clown-esque.
    I'll be looking for a coral based orange on my next purchase thanks to this post 🙂

    Current giveaway to win e.l.f. makeup

    • April 9, 2014 / 7:01 am

      Glad I could help at least a tiny bit. It's hard with orange, but totally worth it. I would normally never go for that bright orange such as this Gosh Sundown, but it actually works. Good luck finding your perfect orange xx

  2. April 8, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I really want to buy an orange lipstick but feel like I need to try them on my lips not hand! x

    • April 9, 2014 / 7:02 am

      Definitely go for it! I'm happy I did xx

  3. April 13, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    That colour works so well on you! I really like the idea of an orange lip stick, but I never found a tone that works with my complexion. I think I need to go with a red based orange, but it can't be too cold. So difficult…
    Kristina xx

    • April 15, 2014 / 7:25 am

      I know what you mean, it can be quite tricky but I think even pretty orange lipstick would suit you, either red based one or the one with coral hues. You won't know until you try it xx

  4. April 13, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I have a medium complexion, where I'm tan most of the year so I have been loving orange lipstick already this spring. I came across one of my just recently and fell in love! The orange lipstick looks great on you!

    • April 15, 2014 / 7:27 am

      Thank you Kierra! They can be quite complimenting shades, right 🙂 I can't wait for some sun to come out so I can get tan and proper rock the orange shades xx

  5. May 2, 2014 / 11:46 am

    Im going to buy the Maybelline Color Sensational – Coral Tonic now, thanks to you for the advice !!!!!

    • June 1, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Aww, thank you! I hope you like it! If you get a chance, come back and let me know how you finding it! Xoxo

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