Orange is beautiful to wear in the spring, and thanks to Pantone’s 2016 fashion color report, we will see a lot more of this fun color! Orange comes in a variety of shades, so there are many ways to wear this trend. The three hues you should explore first are peach, orange and red-orange.
If you haven’t found your favorite shade, start with a lippie that flatters your skin’s undertone. Your skin’s undertone is created by both melanin, or pigment, and blood under the top skin layer. Even if your complexion changes, how light or dark your skin is, your undertone will be the same for life. Finding the right orange lipstick is very much like finding your perfect red. Match the undertone of your lipstick to the undertone of your skin for a fool proof match or try opposite undertones for a statement lip.
If you have a cool undertone (pink/blue, peach), oranges with a touch of pink will look best. A soft, pastel coral or cool peach shade like Lipstick in spark will complement fair skin in particular. This sweet, playful color is similar to Pantone's Peach Echo, so you will be right on trend this season. Add a touch of peachy-pink blush to your cheeks to subtly play up your lips.
For a statement lip, try a red-orange like Suede Matte Crayon in crush. This vintage shade is a beautiful blend of red and orange and will flatter all complexions from fair to deep. Pair it with winged liner, a few swipes of mascara, and you’re ready to go!
True orange, like Suede Matte Stick in pop, is the option for you if you want a color that will wow. Yellow and olive undertones can pull off this electric, tangerine shade best. Olive skin will also look incredible in Lipstick in spiced rum, a warm, copper shade with a bronze glow. A sheer, red-orange, like Cream Glaze Crayon in jetset, will warm up lighter complexions or pair perfectly with medium to deep skin. For a bold, matte option, try Suede Matte Crayon in crush, a match for Pantone’s Fiesta. Keep your eye makeup neutral and let these fiery shades have the spotlight.
If you still think you can’t pull off orange, go for a sheer wash of color. You can make your lipstick sheer by applying it with a light hand or mixing it with a clear gloss. Start with a peach that leans toward the pink end of the spectrum, or a red-orange that’s mostly red. You can also blend a few colors together until you get your ideal, custom orange. Too warm? Mix in peach or coral. Too cool? Add a little red.
No matter what, the best shade is going to be the one that makes you feel the best!