How to get the orange lip trend right

By Amy Lawrenson


Baby, it’s cold outside, but while the spring/summer wardrobe will have to wait for warmer weather, you can bring a little sunshine into your life now by trying out the new-season’s bright orange lip.


Citrus lips made a splash on the s/s2010 catwalks at Prada (pictured, top), Giambatista Valli (pictured, middle) and Henry Holland (pictured, bottom). Team ELLE immediately picked the look as a hot trend and we’ve been proved right – Beyoncé, Chloe Sevigny and Pixie Lott have all tried it out in recent weeks.

It’s a tricky one to pull off, though, so I asked MAC Senior Artist Lynsey Alexander for her tips on how to get the look right:

“Orange looks best against a nude tanned olive skin with lots of black mascara and little else. If you are tanned/darker keep it matte and vivid in colour for maximum impact. MAC Pro Lipstick in Neon Orange is my favourite, but if you’re paler opt for softer coral tones that won’t drain your complexion and try adding a gloss to soften the look. MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, £12.50, and MAC Lustre Glass in Love Nectar, £12, make a great combination.”

Alex Box, Creative Director at Illamasqua recommends going “as bright as you dare”. Her tip for stand out lips? “Use a matte lipstick or dust loose setting powder on top to mattify the lips.” I like Illamsqua’s Lipstick in Ignite, £14.

If you want to try the trend without spending too much, go for Barry M’s Lip Paint in Orange, £4.25. Blot onto lips with your fingers and layer over with clear balm, or build up the colour with a lip brush for a stronger look. Alternatively, for a super glossy take, try Barry M’s new Lip Lacquer Crayon in Mandarin, £4.95.

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