All About Orange

As I was perusing the NARS counter at Nordstrom last week-swatching every lip product I could fit on the back of my hand-I noticed a variety of vibrant, eye-catching colors from fuchsias to pink-tinged purples to rich reds. In the midst of this exciting swatch-fest, I laid my eyes on one of the most gorgeous lip colors I had ever seen and it was ORANGE.

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 7.39.23 PMWe all remember a couple years ago, when pantone dubbed tango tangerine, that pretty coral-orange shade, the color of the year for 2012. At the time, I wasn’t really into the color; I feared it was too intense for me, but now I’m all about an orange lip for a pop of color!

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Being a brunette with a lighter skin tone, my mother and grandmother told me to steer-clear of orange. They claim it is meant for blondes or those with a deeper skin tone. I obviously ignored them and went straight for the chubby lip pencil and with a couple swipes my lips were coated with the striking mandarin hue-I was hooked. Orange may be a bit out-there for some, but for those willing to step out of their comfort zone it’s definitely a great option. Just pair your statement lip with a light application of foundation, a touch of bronzer, lots of mascara and you’re good to go. Here are some of my orange lip picks for spring and summer!

NARS Short Circuit Lipstick is a gorgeous red-tinged orange with a warm undertone. Perfect for brunettes looking for an orange lippie that’s not too orange.

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil is described as a bright medium red-orange with a satin finish.This is a great pick for those with medium to deep skin tones.

Chanel Calypso (337) Glossimer is the way to go if you are looking for a super glossy lip. Described as a bright medium orange with hint of pink and golden, coral and fuchsia micro shimmer. It shows up a bit more sheer, but nevertheless still gorgeous. A cheaper alternative to the Chanel is Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D Lip Gloss in Lights, Camera, Action.

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin and Electric Orange Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks are perfect if the other two lipsticks are out of your price range or you just want to try the trend without breaking the bank. Vibrant Mandarin is a very bold, medium-dark orange with a red undertone and satin finish. Electric Orange is a true neon orange shade with a satin finish. Both of these are amazing options from the drugstore.

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments below if you plan to try this awesome trend for spring and summer!


amanda brooke