How to Pull Off Orange Lipstick for Dark Skin


Orange is the must-try lip colour of the season. The vibrant shade was all over the Spring 2014 catwalk. From a tangerine at rag & bone to a fiery orange-red at Prabal Gurung, the stronger the lip, the better. Not to mention the citrusy shade has been showing up on celebrities like Jessica Alba, Solange Knowles and the colour-fearless Lupita Nyong’o. Don’t be intimated by the bold hue, a saturated orange is easier and more flattering than a subdued peach lip for darker skin tones. Plus, it’s the perfect summer shade for summer; it looks brilliant paired with a white or bright blue. Here are some tips on to pull off orange lipstick:

To ease into the trend, choose an orange-red lipstick. Try: Urban Decay Super-Saturated Lip Color in Punch Drunk Priced at £12.60

The most popular orange lip is a properly bold matte lipstick. If you find that’s too much of a statement, try a sheer version or a lipgloss. Try: Stila Colour Balm Lipstick in Valentina Priced at £16

If you have an olive complexion, you probably have a yellow undertone, so look for a yellow-based orange. Try: Rituals Ruby Lips in Orange Velvet Priced at £13.50

Don’t be scared to play around with different finishes. A shimmery orange with gold flecks brings out the warmth in caramel hued skin. Try: Estee Lauder Vivid Shine Chrome Metal Effect Lipstick in Coral Halo Priced at £21

Orange-brown shades enhance Asian complexions. Try: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicious Priced at £24

If you’re teeth are less than movie star white, be wary of oranges with a lot of yellow. Stick with cooler hues. Try: Lancome L'Absolu Lipstick in Orange Sacre Priced at £22.50

If you have dark skin, don’t be afraid to go bold. Really bold. A neon or fluorescent lip is beautiful against your skin. Try: MAC Lipstick in Morange Priced at £15

Keep the rest of your makeup simple. Pair an orange lip with dewy skin. Or leave off the eye shadow and apply just a hint of mascara. Try: Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Gold Priced at £25

So now you have everything you need to go bold this summer.