Orange Lips. We love ‘Em!

We are readying to release our new Summer Colours for 2011 and they are divine!  A brand new shadow quad with shades of natural, bronzy hues and a lippie that you just have to look at and your mouth waters as you imagine ripe oranges, tangerines, sorbet and heaps of other Summer treats.  The look is simply…..delicious!!

I know what you are thinking…can I really wear orange lips?  Of course you can!  The trick is knowing HOW to wear it.

I know I sound all brave and adventurous here…. that is far from the truth, I’m quite conservative when it comes to makeup and wouldn’t dream of setting off the yoga pants and T I wear to the shops with some tangerine kissers, however….with sedate eye makeup and orange lips lightly blotted to a more sedate shade and with some gloss over the top I’d definitely wear a fruity pout out on the town!  It’s all a matter of customising the look to suit your style and colouring.

Orange lips are not Nanna!

Please get over that stubborn misconception that “orange” lips are nanna.  They are not.  Orange lips are hot. Yes, nana probably wore them or a corally version of them and the colour might even make you think of moth balls and breath mints but we love our nanna’s and we should celebrate them


That’s better 🙂

Different ways to wear orange…

You can wear it stark and matte

or soft and glossy


or bold and reddish

you can even wear a little pink underneath to achieve a gorgeous coral

In fact there are so many different shades of orange there is bound to be the perfect shade for you. Here is a guide that might help you find the best tone for your skin…

Fair skin with pinkish tones

Try a pinkish-orange, like tangerine, and blue-based reds and pinks.

Light skin with yellow undertones

Yellowish-oranges, and yellow-based reds and pinks are best for you

Tan skin

Corals, pumpkin-orange or reddish oranges – you can almost wear anything!

Olive skin

Reddish oranges and pinks, fire engine reds look wonderful.


Deep, golden oranges with bright hues.

And how should you do the rest of your makeup to set off your hot lips?

The key to making a bright lip work best is to keep your eyes and face neutral.

1. Use a natural blush to bring out the subtle color of your cheeks and stay away from bright pinks. We love Mineral Gemstone Finishing Powder -Bronzer

2. If you need coverage, use a light foundation or tinted moisturizer.

3. For the eyes, pick a neutral shade that’s close to your skin tone and finish with a heavy coat of mascara. Look out for the NEW Signature Shadow Quad – Nouveau Riche

4. Go for it! Pick your favorite red, pink or even a neon orange lip-stain or lipstick. You can choose a matte color and add a clear gloss to emphasize the color. Our model is wearing ELES Micro Melon with Zesty Super Balm

Another way to see if a shade might work is by looking at which nail colors work on you. Whether the shade works can also have a lot to do with the color of your hair and/or clothing. Although you don’t necessarily want to match your lip color to clothing, some lip colors complement the color of your clothes for example Melon looks great with navy blue.

So be brave! Experiment and embrace orange!  We know you’ll love it.

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