How to Wear Orange Lipstick


Spring 2014 Trend Alert: Orange Lipstick!

One of the newest Spring trends in 2014 is ORANGE lipstick … yep! ORANGE! This bodacious color can help brighten your look and warm up any of your neutral looks effortlessly. In today’s post, I wanted to share a neutral way you can wear this bold trend, and even pair it up with orange eyeshadow, if you choose.

5The key to wearing any bold color on your lips is to either go really light with the eyes, or really dark. If you’re fair-skinned, it’s generally easier to keep the look light, airy and natural-looking, but if you have a darker complexion you can get away with something like a gray smokey eye. Another way to wear a bold lip is to skip the eyeshadow colors completely, dust on a light shimmery shade and emphasize the liquid or gel eyeliner. Do a pronounced wing with bold lips for a timeless look.

You can also skip the wing entirely and apply a small amount of eyeliner on the outer half of the top lashline, smudge it in and then load up on the mascara. Little to no makeup on the eyes leaves a fresh-faced appeal but still allows the lips to POP (and they will!).

If you want to pair up orange lipstick with orange eyeshadow, it’s important to pay special attention to the shades you’re choosing. For instance, in today’s look (below), I’ve paired up a darker orange lipstick from Milani with a lighter orange eyeshadow from MAC. The opposite is also true; if you wear a darker orange on the eyes, pair it up with a lighter orange on the lips. This way, you can stay in the color spectrum with the look, but not end up looking clownish.

orangelips orangelips2How to Create the Look:


  • Urban Decay Primer Potion as eyeshadow primer
  • MAC All That Glitters (on lid, below crease)
  • MAC Arena (crease)
  • MAC Shroom (center of top lid, blended into All That Glitters)
  • MAC Blanc Type (blend out harsh edges of Arena)
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black
  • MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara in Black
  • Laura Mercier Brow Defining Gel in ‘Fair’
  • False eyelashes: “10 PM” synthetic lashes from


  • Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in ‘Light’
  • Revlon Age Defying Liquid Foundation in ‘Fresh Ivory #05’
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  • MAC Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralize Blush


  • Milani lipstick in ‘#05 Sweet Nectar’

Will you be trying this trend? How will you wear it?

27 thoughts on “How to Wear Orange Lipstick

  1. WoW, very pretty. You always have such pretty looks. I am still not convinced that I can wear orange, I have tried and my green eyes just do not take the color well.

    1. Thank you, Nancy!
      Are you cool toned? Sounds like you might be!
      Orange is generally a very good color for green eyes, but if you’re cooler in complexion, it can definitely be tough to pull off. Have you tried any blue-based purples like MAC’s Crystal?

  2. This is a gorgeous look! Yes, I will definitely be trying it and will probably go he light eyes/bright lips route, although I’ll probably try it both ways just to see. Do you have a recommendation for a “light” orange lipstick?

    1. Hi Ginny! Definitely! Have fun with it for sure!
      Have you tried MAC’s Shy Girl? Another one to consider is Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm in ‘Mischievous’ – it’s a lighter coral color you might like! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the recommendations! I wore Revlon’s Colorsensational Coral Crush today with a very similar eye to yours. It really is a very versatile color….goes with black, brown, blue, teal, green…all the colors I wear!

  3. Love the look on you, l don’t think l could pull it off because of my skin tone and l tend to chew lipstick off and stick to nude colours. Nothing worse than a half chewed off lipstick!!!!!

  4. Beautiful look! almost looks like little hearts in the center of your eyes LOL. How did it feel to wear that lipstick? I think the boldest I can go is Vegas Volt.

  5. Lovely look Zabrena! These colours really suits you.
    Thanks for the eyeshadowcombo. Have had my eyes on Arena for a while. Never thought of using it in the crease.
    I’m very satisfied with Shy Girl I bought after you presented it in a look some month ago. I also looked at Vegas Volt and Ravishing at the same time, but saved that for the Spring. My choice will be Ravishing.

  6. Hi again!
    I have noticed you never seem to use Lip primer or Lip pencil? How do you get such perfect application without?
    Does it last and not starts to bleed?

    1. Hi Lena!
      I generally apply my foundation over my lips while I’m applying it to my face, just a thin layer and then I apply my lipstick over it. So it acts like a primer. If I’m wearing a strong color like this one, I’ll go along the outer edges with concealer and a fine brush to eliminate any feathering and make the lines sharper. Works like a charm! 😉

  7. That lipstick looks gorgeous on you, Z, but then I think you look wonderful with a strongly coloured lip. I’ll pass on orange (I thought it was last year’s “trend” and orchid is this year’s!) – it’s not a shade that looks good on me, nor is it a colour I like and I guess I don’t get the point of having to make an effort to make a colour look “good” when there are so many other shades that simply look good just like that (snaps fingers) without any effort.

    1. Thanks, Mariella! 🙂
      All the beauty magazines I’m getting keep talking about orange lips, I’m seeing them everywhere LOL – looks like it’s coming from Fashion Week.

      Definitely wear what makes you feel confident! 😉

      1. Do you remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda explains “why” Andy is wearing a blue sweater and it’s all because 3 years ago, Isaac Mizrahi (or some designer) decided that blah blah blah… That really irritated me – the idea that someone else is able to affect my colour choices in clothing, home decor, makeup, etc. It’s actually made me react quite strongly against “trends” and all that Pantone and Sephora “colour of the year” stuff. It’s also one reason I like to sew – I can go against the “dictates” of what is in or out because I have patterns from 20 and more years ago and with fabric, there is more leeway. I dunno – I guess I’ve always sort of rebelled against the rules (which probably explains why I persist in wearing pearly eyeshadows at “my age”)

        1. LOL! No, I totally agree with you! (And yes, that was one of my fav parts in that move LOL!) I am the same way, I typically don’t wear what’s “on trend” or “in style” in a majority of clothing and whatnot. However, trends are nice to follow from time to time just to see what’s happening. I’m surprised a lot of the 90s trends are making a comeback here lately, but I enjoy seeing how they’re modernizing them!

  8. I wanted to try this so I sampled UD’s Bang at Sephora. Ugh, I looked exactly like you said, a clown. Bang is so pretty in the tube, too. I can pull of Streak or MAC’s Flamingo, but I really wanna wear the brights.

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