Break free from staid neutrals
It's time to adorn your lips with eye popping, chirpy hues. If your pout is a weapon of mass seduction then orange is the new red. This cheery, electric tint is all its flaming hues is burning up red carpets everywhere. At the 70th Annual Golden Globes Hollywood stars Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde rocked the look in a bright tangerine hue, while Modern Family sultry siren Sofia Vergara scorched in a burnt orange tint. Closer home actors Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone turned up their hot quotient with orange pouts. From opaque red-orange at Prada to sheer coral and peach at MaxMara, orange lips are fast becoming the hippest way to give yourself an edgy, tantalizing makeover.
Shades of orange
Nykaa expert Ojas Rajani believes orange is the new go-to shade, an exciting and fresh alternative to bold reds. It's a sassy color that instantly brightens up your look and works well with a range of skin tones from dusky and sallow to wheatish and fair. Depending on how adventurous you want to be Rajani suggests playing with different formula. Try a light peachy gloss if you're aiming for just a hint of color. Or go the whole way with a coral-orange lipstick like NYX Professional Makeup Extra Creamy Round Lipstick - Femme (
Shade*BLL189) and Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick - OBSESSED ORANGE 60
for a bold, cheeky pout. Not ready yet for a full on orange mouth? Find an orange overlaid with just a hint of red, pink or brown to instantly transform it into a much more wearable color.
Underplay the rest of your face if you're planning to adopt the orange lip trend. Dramatic eyes, lips and cheeks can look too theatrical so the best way to play up your tangerine mouth is to keep the rest of your look neutral. Go easy on the foundation and switch to a tinted SPF moisturizerif you haven't alreadyfor a soft, fresh-faced finish. We like Garnier Skin Naturals Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream.
Forgo blush and use a light dusting of brown-based bronzer on the apples of your cheeks instead. Keep the eyes simple by tight-lining the top and lower lash line with brown or black gel eyeliner like L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza 36H
and winging it to create cat eyes, another hot trend. Use minimal eye shadow, just a light dusting of golden brown shimmer if you must. After all orange is a naughty, attention-grabbing color that needs little else to liven it up.