Instead of going red or pink this spring, take a left turn on your beauty regimen and try out tangerine lips. The bright color pumps up the energy in any look and you can find the best shade to suit your skin tone.
Citrus-toned lipstick is having quite a moment—and with good reason! Tangerine is the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year. But there are certain things to keep in mind if you’re want to try out the look. “Orange can be the hardest to wear of all the bright colors,” said makeup artist Melanie Inglessis, who works with Lea Michele and Olivia Wilde. Keep reading to find out how tangerine can work for you. “Unless you’re channeling the ’80s, stay away from bright eye shadows when wearing an orange lip,” said Inglessis, who advises using earthy neutrals like Brooklyn Decker. “Keep makeup looking natural, and switch your blush for a light dusting of all-over bronzer.” Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images
Dark Hair and Skin If you have coloring similar to Solange Knowles, Inglessis advises looking for a bold tangerine with blue undertones. “The vivid color really pops against darker skin tones.” We like MAC Tendertone lip balm in Purring (http://amzn.to/IxAqXX), a cool-toned orange that won’t dry your lips. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images, Courtesy
Fair Hair and Skin People with fair skin and light hair like Kristen Bell should opt for peach-toned oranges. “Softer hues are more complementary for those with fair skin and blond hair,” Inglessis said. “Look for a light coral or peach shade you can layer.” Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt (http://rstyle.me/exksj4cypw) looks bright in the tube, but it imparts a sheer wash of true coral on the lips. Fair Hair and Skin
Dark Hair and Fair Skin “True orange lipstick is stunning on brunets and people with dark hair,” Inglessis said. If you have chestnut strands like Emmy Rossum, keep in mind that your hue should have yellow or red undertones. We love Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in Day Lily ($25; http://rstyle.me/g7w6ipcypw). Andrew Evans / PR Photos, Courtesy
Red Hair and Fair Skin Redheads like Coco Rocha can wear orange too! To avoid looking washed out, blend a bit of lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks. “Auburns should also skip matte, powdery finishes as they create a more doll-like appearance,” Inglessis said. Shiseido’s Shimmering Rouge in Mango ($25; http://amzn.to/KsFq6w) is super-hydrating with its creamy texture. Cindy Ord/Getty Images, Courtesy
What to Wear Take a tip from Ciara, who paired her tangerine lip with a cutout LBD. “Darker-colored dresses look better with punchy oranges,” Inglessis said. “Bright colors like bright blue or green can look clownish and would overpower the citrus hue.” KM/FameFlynet Pictures
Tangerine Lipstick Inglessis is a fan of the atomic Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare ($22; http://amzn.to/KsFGlL). “With a color this bright, I wouldn’t match the lip liner,” she advised. “Instead, trace lips with a nude pencil to avoid clashing.”
Tangerine Lipstick For neon novices, Le Metier de Beaute’s lip gloss in Orange Juiced ($32; http://rstyle.me/hd9rsjcypw) is a high-shine glaze that doesn’t intimidate.