How To: Wear Orange Lipstick

Spotted! Singer Rihanna out and about in NYC wearing bright orange lips, one of the hottest trends this season Let’s see how you can rock the color too!

* Orange lipstick looks best on golden and olive complexions so if you are on the cool/pale side, warm up your complexion with a bit of bronzer.

* For a fool-proof look, stay away from formulas that are too matte. Opt for one with a satin finish or one with just a bit of shine like MAC Morange Lipstick. This “loudmouth orange” in the Amplified Creme formula will suit all skin tones and I love how it makes my teeth appear whiter.

* To make the orange more wearable, mix it with with a red lipstick. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux has said in Allure magazine that “Orange with a drop of red is surprisingly wearable. With a shade this strong, you don’t need much more on the face.”

* Paint the color on carefully with a lip brush. Use a lip pencil to fill in the shape and blend for a no-lined look. Blot once with a tissue and reapply the lipstick until you have achieved the intensity you want. If the color is too bright, tone it down by blotting.

* For a glossy effect, top with an orange gloss like Prescriptives Exhilarating Lip Gloss in Mango. You can also wear the gloss on its own for just a pop of orange on the lips.

* With such vivid lips, keep the rest of your face understated with bare skin and several coats of mascara. If you must wear eyeshadow, stick with neutral beiges, tawny browns and pale golds.

Like the idea of bright lips but orange is not your color? Try fuchsia, another hot color for this season, instead. For tips on how to wear fuchsia, refer to this.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I’m totally loving bright lips and clean face… to me that can totally make a statement but then still not over the top… the problem is how to make it wear off beautifully…

  2. I totally went on a huge search for orange lipstick a few months ago. Shiseido’s Clear Orange is perfect, and Chi Chi (an Australian brand) has two awesome oranges for a reasonable price. Even Za has a nice orange shade! I was so surprised orange was an easy to find color. Check out YSL’s rouge voluptes for good a orange-red (i think its called coral extreme). Phyllis, you have to do a FOTD with orange lips now! 😀 Rihanna can pull anything off, and so can you

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