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Beauty Queen: Orange Lips

If you love the thought of adding a peach-infused pout to your look this spring, you are in luck. This month’s edition of Beauty Queen features one of the most sought-after spring trends: orange lipstick. Several of our favorite fashionistas – including Agyness Deyn and Chloe Sevigny – have been sporting this look for years, so we decided to delve headfirst into the trend and find out how to work it.


If you love the thought of adding a peach-infused pout to your look this spring, you are in luck. This month’s edition of Beauty Queen features one of the most sought-after spring trends: orange lipstick. Several of our favorite fashionistas – including Agyness Deyn and Chloe Sevigny – have been sporting this look for years, so we decided to delve headfirst into the trend and find out how to work it.

First, a little history lesson. As with many spring trends, our first peek at orange lipstick came from the catwalks. In September, Prada sent a mass of models down the catwalk sporting bright, tangerine lips (far right and bottom middle) and then featured the look heavily in their spring ad campaign. Soon after, Abbey Lee Kershaw graced the cover of Vogue Australia with a neon orange lip that was perfect for summer. A trend was born.

Although it is the season’s must-have color, orange lipstick is a tricky trend. “It does suit every skin tone, for sure; there is a shade of peach lipstick for everyone,” says Nicole Bryl, a celebrity make-up artist who has worked with Hilary Rhoda and Molly Sims. “There are shades that have more of a warm, orange tone that are mainly good for blondes and redheads. Others have more of a cool, pink hue are good for brunette’s with pale skin tones. If you happen to be a brunette with olive skin, stick with the warm, orange-tone peach lipsticks as it will better suit your coloring.”

So how do you go about getting this look? Christina Smith, who has worked with celebrities like Gisele Bundchen and Julia Roberts, says, “The key to achieving picture-perfect lips is preparing them just as you would your skin. I use SmartCover’s lip pumice stick to exfoliate, their tea-tree lip-softening stick to nourish and soften, and the anti-feathering stick to help keep lipstick in place.”

Nicole adds: “The beauty of peach lipstick for spring is that you are creating a soft, fresh, natural look for your mouth that gives a touch of color without drawing too much attention to it. The key to achieving this is by using a lipstick that is not matte and bright in color; rather, something creamy, subtle and muted. No liner is necessary as we want it to look more like your natural lip tone and less contrived.”

To apply the color, Nicole recommends adding “either a clear gloss over it to glam up the peach; a cream gloss over it to soften the look even further; or, a very soft, baby pink gloss over it to tone down the warm, orange tone slightly.”

Ready to look for the right color? Christina has some recommendations: “I love MAC lipsticks; they have some great peach colors. For those who aren’t ready to dive all-in, but want to participate in the trend, I recommend SmartCover‘s all-in-one glowstick, which gives your lips a hint of peach.”

Before we go, Nicole reminds us why we loved the orange lipstick trend the minute we saw it: “All in all, this look is beautiful on every woman, no matter what skin shade, race or age.”

THANKS TO: Christina Smith and Nicole Bryl of Nicole Bryl, Makeup New York.

6 Comments

  1. Denise (denisekatipunera)

    March 26, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    oh i love your blog.

    am a follower now. every post is inspirational. I love it. am hooked.

    I am Denise Katipunera

  2. Denise (denisekatipunera)

    March 26, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    oh i love your blog.

    am a follower now. every post is inspirational. I love it. am hooked.

    I am Denise Katipunera

  3. Bargain Bex

    March 28, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    i think orange lips are so bright and fresh – perfect for spring – can’t WAIT to try it! 🙂

  4. Bargain Bex

    March 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    i think orange lips are so bright and fresh – perfect for spring – can’t WAIT to try it! 🙂

  5. Ella

    March 29, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I like it, but orange makes teeth look yellow, and there fore isn’t very practical for real life. Something I’ve read about before though is to put a blue tinted lip balm on first and then lipstick overtop. This will make teeth look whiter. This was a tip for red lipstick, and I don’t know if it would work for orange.

  6. Ella

    March 29, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I like it, but orange makes teeth look yellow, and there fore isn’t very practical for real life. Something I’ve read about before though is to put a blue tinted lip balm on first and then lipstick overtop. This will make teeth look whiter. This was a tip for red lipstick, and I don’t know if it would work for orange.

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