We’ve been having a chilly (though unseasonably sunny) few days here in Seattle, and my understanding is that things are generally enveloped in a foggy grey blanket of blah back home in Chicago. When things turn chilly, dim, or generally depressing weather-wise (and, I suppose, life-wise), I like to amp up the cosmetic fun factor with a whole lot of orange. When I need to pull myself out of a dull, quotidian routine, a smattering of of tangerine powder and cantaloupe cream will do the trick in a jiffy. This surprisingly flattering hue that can create a range of impressions, from high-impact to subtle swaths of color.
Orange blush is a simple way to ease into neon cosmetics. Even shades that look bright in the pan can read as sheer and glowy on skin. Below are some options for a variety of tastes at a spectrum of price points:
- MUFE Powder Blush in 18 Tangerine: bight, matte, and buildable. This will look insanely smokin’ hot on deeper skin tones.
- MAC Powder Blush in Peaches: beautifully sheer. A nice option for those who want to dip a toe into the orange cosmetics trend.
- Maybeline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral: unique! Once you get used to the texture, it’s pretty fun to apply and rests beautiful atop skin. At the price point, it’s worth a try. You can see it in action in my picture, below.
- NYX Powder Blush in Cinnamon: five freaking dollars. I’ve previously mentioned my love for NYX blush as a contouring agent, but neglected to mention that the rest of the blushes are pretty bomb, as well. This one (like the MUFE option) is a bright, matte orange. For less than a quarter of the price, it’s how can you pass it up?
Moving a little further south down the face, let’s talk about your pout. If the Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows were any indication, orange lipstick is going to be everywhere next year. Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, Dsquared², and a slew of others showed models in bright, matte lips ranging from tomato to neon orange.
- Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Fleur du Feu (literally “Flower of Fire”) is a really sumptuous, indulgent product to use. The whole ritual of application is undeniably sexy (grasping the case, gliding your thumb up along the tube to raise and reveal the fiery color within, carefully applying it to your lips–it’s borderline pornographic). In addition, it’s really top-notch stuff. The color is a beautiful, sheeny, shimmery mandarin orange. The formulation is smooth and hydrating. The one drawback is that it may be a little jarring against ultra-pale skin, but on a brighter note, it’s $15 less expensive than the Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact for (what I humbly think is) a better formula of lipstick. If you’re a die-hard fan of the original Guerlain lipstick and packaging, you could also opt for Orange Tangerine (a similar shade with a bit less shimmer). However, it will set you back $50.
- MAC Lipsticks in (from least to most intense) Meltdown, Neon Orange, and Morange are all wonderful orange options in MAC’s signature, creamy lipstick formula.
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has orange Lip Tars in both glossy (color: Androgyne) and matte (color: Beta) formulations. Both are fantastic, but I slightly prefer the matte product. The look is a little more current and the color has a bit more punch. Both of these have intense color payoff, and both are incredibly long-wearing. They’ll stay put through anything you throw at them (hot makeout sesh, dinner, drinks, possibly throwing up in a public bathroom stall because you had a few too many drinks).
- Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti is a nice, sheer shade with a bit of punch. It’s a fine choice at a drugstore price point. If you’d like a real lipsticky lipstick instead of a balm from the brand, you only have to wait a few months. Revlon will be releasing a new shade called Carnival in their Super Lustrous Lipstick range this spring.
- Another drugstore option: Maybeline Color Sensational Vivids lipstick in Electric Orange doesn’t have the same color payoff as, say, the OCC Lip Tars, but it is nonetheless impressive for a drugstore product. It applies smoothly, resists smudging and feathering, and wears pretty well. You don’t have to worry about getting this ultra-vibrant shade on your teeth; it will really grip your lips and stay put.
For those who aren’t quite prepared to sport Craylola shades on their faces, you could take a cue from the models on Suno’s S/S 2014 runway and rock orange on your nails. Try Essie’s Braziliant, Revlon’s Tangerine, NARS’s Madness or Marc Jacobs’ Snap! nail enamels.
If you’re going for a subtle hint of orange, feel free to use it on multiple features. Today I wore Revlon’s Tutti Frutti Lip Butter on my lips, Maybeline’s Candy Coral Dream Bouncy Blush on my cheeks, and finished it off with a warm, bronzy eye.
Will you participate in the orange trend this coming year?