If you’ve been looking to switch up your lip color, we know just the thing: orange lipstick! This summery hue is all we’ve been seeing across our social media feeds lately; the only thing is, it’s certainly not the easiest color to pull off. The truth is, anyone can wear orange lips, but it’s a must to find the right shade. And choosing the perfect lip color involves so much more than simply picking a hue off the shelf, it’s a whole other battle to find the shade that’s most flattering for you. Of course, putting in the effort to find your orange lipstick match is well worth it! Below, we’re sharing the best orange lipstick for every skin tone, as well as tips on how to wear an orange lip color for a bold, colorful pout!
HOW TO FIND THE BEST ORANGE LIPSTICK FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
Like we mentioned, anyone can wear orange lipstick. So, if you find yourself asking what skin tone suits orange lipstick, know that there isn’t a singular answer. Any skin tone can rock this trend; the key is to pick a complementary shade of lipstick.
When it comes to orange lipstick, the most important thing to keep in mind—aside from your skin tone—is your undertones. As a rule of thumb, you want to wear a lipstick shade that has the same undertones as your skin. That means if you have warm tones, wear warm shades, and if you have cool tones, wear cooler hues.
Not sure what your undertones are? Flip your wrists! If they’re blue or purple, you have cool undertones. If they’re green, you have warm undertones! If you can't quite tell, they're probably neutral—which means you can pull off just about any color.
THE BEST ORANGE LIPSTICK FOR FAIR SKIN TONES
If you have fair skin, your best bet is to stick with a light peach or coral shade on your pout. If you have warm undertones, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Peach Fuzz, which is a peach lipstick with warm undertones and a natural finish. If you have cool undertones, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Sweet Tooth, which has cool undertones and a matte finish.
THE BEST ORANGE LIPSTICK FOR MEDIUM SKIN TONES
On the hunt for an orange lipstick match for medium skin tones? A red-orange or deep peach hue will be most flattering on your medium skin. Those with warm undertones should paint their pout with the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Achieve, which has warm undertones and a long-lasting, matte finish. Those with cool undertones, on the other hand, should opt for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick, Sheer Lipstick in Nectarine Plump, which has cool undertones and a glossy finish.
THE BEST ORANGE LIPSTICK FOR OLIVE SKIN TONES
Have a rich, olive skin tone? We recommend reaching for an orange shade that packs a punch. Burnt orange or tangerine are two of your most flattering orange lipstick shades. If you have warm undertones, the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Radiate will add warmth to your complexion while painting your lips in a matte finish. If you have cool undertones, the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Amaze will balance your skin tone and coat your pout with a matte finish.
THE BEST ORANGE LIPSTICK FOR DEEP SKIN TONES
Find yourself asking, “How do you wear orange lipstick on dark skin?” You're in luck—there are so many orange lipstick shades that are flattering for dark skin tones! Just steer clear of super-light shades, which may create a harsh contrast that isn’t super flattering. We love a bright coral, blood orange, or deep pumpkin hue for deep skin tones. For those with warm undertones, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Macarons Scented Liquid Lipstick in Mademoiselle Mango will add fiery warmth via its popping color and matte finish. For those with cool undertones, the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic will define your pout in a rich, orange-red hue.
HOW TO APPLY ORANGE LIPSTICK
Now that you know the best orange lipstick for you and your skin tone, you may be wondering how to apply your new favorite shade. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
STEP #1: LINE YOUR LIPS
Before you reach for your orange lipstick, start by lining your lips with a nude lip liner. This will not only create a base for your orange hue, but it’ll also increase the lifespan of your lipstick.
STEP #2: FILL IN YOUR POUT
Next, fill in your lips, starting at the center of your upper lip. Follow the contour of your pout, then do the same on your bottom lip. For a more precise application, use a lip brush to apply your lipstick.
STEP #3: REACH FOR MICELLAR WATER
Colored outside the lines? No need to fret! Simply dip a cotton swab in a bit of micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types, and wipe away any mistakes. Don’t forget to follow up with a concealer that matches your skin tone!
Want to find more lip colors that are perfect for your skin tone? Next, read our articles, How to Find the Best Pink Lipstick for Your Skin Tone and Our Best Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone.