I’m normally a neutrals girl but every so often nothing pleases me more than wearing a bright, punchy lip. When the mood strikes, you know? The reason I don’t do a bright lip often is that it takes effort to pull off well. Orange in particular can be tricky to wear, but SO fun and pretty. I thought I would share with you three tips that I’ve learned over the years that really helps me pull off brights, namely orange just as flawlessly as I would a neutral shade.
1) If you’re new to brights, start with the sheer version. I love wearing a bright red, a hot pink, or a flaming orange. But if you barely wear makeup as it is, a loud shade can seem daunting to wear. Try easing into it with a lighter version of orange by using balm version, like the Artist Lip Balm in Sensual Coral by Make Up For Ever.
2) Wear a matte formula. Matte tends to be more long-wearing than glossy and you don’t want to be looking in the mirror every five minutes to see if your shade is slipping outside of your lip lines. I gain the confidence to wear super bright shades when I know they’re not going to migrate! A recent favorite is Artist Lip Blush in Flammable Tangerine.
(3) Prep the rest of your makeup to match. If I know I’m going to be wearing bright orange, I will make an effort to match the rest of my makeup to that! I might wear an orange or coral blush (try Tigerlily, one of my favorites!) and go minimal on my eye makeup depending on what kind of look I’m going for. I happen to LOVE the way a smoky eye looks with bright orange lipstick too. There are no true rules in makeup, so do what makes you happy!
If I had to come up with a tip 4, it would be to make sure your teeth are looking pretty white if you’re going to wear a bright orange. Orange tends to bring out the yellow in teeth when we smile if they’re pretty stained from coffee!
Orange can be so much fun to wear! If you are looking at a new orange lipstick, check out the Make Up For Ever Lip Fever: Explosive Orange Lip Collection. All three shades are swatched in my picture above and I’m really enjoying them!
Do you go bright very often? What’s your favorite orange?
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