Orange Lipstick for Your Skintone

orange lipstick trend

It’s time to swap out your standard red lipstick for a more fun, vibrant orange shade. The bright hue can seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you’ve found the right shade and formula for your skin you will be amazed at how much you love it. For orange virgins, I’d start with a gloss or tinted lip balm- this way you can get a feel of what the color would like on you, and you can apply coats until you get the color you desire. Once you’ve found the one that works, move up onto a lip stain or lipstick for long-lasting wear. Need more proof that orange can work on your skin tone and hair color? Just look at the ladies above and copy them.

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Orange lipstick for light skin tones

Light skin tones look best with peachy-orange shades and corals. As mentioned above, if a matte lipstick is too bold for you, try a creamy gloss or creamy lipstick instead. Pair the coral lip with aqua liner or earrings for a color duo that contrasts beautifully against your porcelain skin. Try Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in “Melted Coral”, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in “Orange Impertinent”, or Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick “Siren”.


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Orange lipstick for medium/olive skin tones

Medium, olive, and tan skin tones can pull off bright, bold orange shades- lucky you! Your lips need to be in top condition to wear the bold shade (since all attention will be on your mouth), so take some extra time to exfoliate and hydrate lips beforehand. And a little teeth whitening never hurt, either- it’ll make them pop even more against the bright orange color. Try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Matte Lip Tar in “Beta”, Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Tutti Frutti“, or Makeup For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in “Watermelon”.

orange lipstick for dark skin

Orange lipstick for dark skin

Dark skin tones look best with red-oranges. Look for warm shades (opposed to cooler shades) and pair with gold jewelry for the perfect contrast. Try Stila Color Balm Lipstick in “Valentina”, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in “Timanfaya“, or Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in “Riviera“.


  1. That Too Faced melted coral looks divine. I’ve been rocking an orange lip gloss (Almay I believe) and I really like how summery it looks! I think it’s about time I graduate up to something a little more intense!

  2. I have Melted Coral and I’m obsessed with it! Love this post. Orange lipstick is my absolute fave for summer.

  3. This is so helpful!! I love the tones of all the oranges shades, but it’s been hard to find one that looks right on me!

  4. I’ve got my eye on that YSL lipstick now. I actually have Revlon’s Tutti Frutti, but it is definitely too much for my skin tone. I might wear it anyway. Don’t judge me.

  5. Fun post! I definitely want to try orange lippy out! Definitely going to check out your suggestion!

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