Why You Can (and Should) Wear Orange Lipstick

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Katrina Lawrence

Beauty Writer

Oct 18, 2021

Right about now, you’re probably trying to desperately cling to that spring / summer glow, exfoliating, fake-tanning and illuminating away in the hope of polishing and preening those skin cells to gleaming perfection.

But did you know there’s an even easier way to give your complexion a boost of summery brightness? Simply swipe on some orange lipstick.

Just look at what it does to the gorgeous faces above.

On Karolina Kurkova (left), a lip lacquer in a juicy marmalade shade, shot through with shimmer, enhances a gorgeous sun-kissed look; for a similar effect, try Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Melting Sun, $51.

On Emma Watson (middle), a solid, super-saturated lipstick in a papaya-like hue is all that’s needed to add life and colour to her black-clad look; Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous, $18, will give you a similar effect.

And on Holland Roden (right), a coral take on the colour infuses her peaches-and-cream complexion with a pretty flush; for this style of orange lippie, go for Lancôme Rouge in Love in 146B Miss Coquelicot, $52.

As you can see orange lipstick complements a spectrum of skintones (it also looks amazing when it pops against darker skins). And it’s best worn as the sole makeup focus; by all means, brush on some peachy blush or bronzer, and define your eyes and lashes – but leave the green and blue eye shadows out of the picture. The orange lip of the moment is a strong enough statement on its own.

In other lip need-to-know news, Dior has just released its range of Addict Fluid Sticks. These pigment-packed, high-shine liquids, which are painted on with a doe-foot applicator (cue easy precision), coat lips thickly (while managing to feel light and comfy on), and last a good few hours. They’re available in 16 shades but my star is – you guessed it – an orange.

Aventure is ultra-bright, but its warm coral undertones keep it from looking brash. In fact, it’s one of the chicest oranges I’ve seen in a long time. Another of the it-shades in the range is Mirage , a pretty pale peach, that would be the perfect dash of orange if you want to slowly build up to this statement lip look.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick is $60


Click here to create the perfect orange lip! 


By Katrina Lawrence

Beauty Writer

Katrina Lawrence has specialized in beauty journalism for more than 20 years. After starting her career as the beauty and lifestyle editor of Cleo magazine, she then went on to help launch SHOP Til You Drop magazine, where she held he reins as deputy editor/beauty director for several years. Next came a freelance role, based in both New York and Sydney and writing for titles including madison, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and Sunday Life and TheCarousel.com. Katrina is one of Australia’s most awarded beauty writers, having won over ten industry awards. She now lives in Paris, where she wrote the book Paris Dreaming.


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