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How Redheads Can Rock: Orange Lips

It’s actually such a wearable color, you just have to know how to pick the shade and what to pair it with

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Just like with our How To Wear series, we’re working on a new How Redheads Can Rock makeup series. We talk trends, unique makeup, and makeup stereotypes that redheads face. This time, we’re talking about orange lips.

Orange might seem like a no-go for redheads, but it’s actually such a wearable color, you just have to know how to pick the shade and what to pair it with. We love redheads in orange clothes, and we love an orange lip! Keep reading to find out how redheads can rock this style:

Picking the right shade

When we’re talking about orange lip products, we’re not talking about traffic cone orange, we’re talking about muted shades of orange. There are a ton of different shades of orange that look really flattering on redheads because they create a monochromatic look. When it comes to choosing orange lip products, look for stunning terracotta, burnt orange, and peachy orange shades. Go for the darker terracotta colors if you like a deep, brown-orange lip, and opt for peachy tones if you like something with a little more pink in it. You can also find orange-toned reds that can be really stunning as a statement lip. 

Choosing the perfect orange lipstick as a redhead involves considering your hair color, skin tone, and personal style. Here are some tips to help you find the ideal shade:

1. Identify Your Skin Undertone:
– Warm Undertones: Opt for oranges with golden or coral hues.
– Cool Undertones: Choose orange lipsticks with red or blue undertones.
– Neutral Undertones: You have more flexibility and can try a range of oranges.

2. Match Your Hair Color:
– Bright Red Hair: Go for vibrant oranges like tangerine or bright coral.
– Strawberry Blonde: Softer oranges, such as peach or apricot, tend to complement your hair better.

3. Consider Your Overall Look:
– Bold and Bright: For a striking look, a vivid, true orange can make a statement.
– Subtle and Natural: If you prefer a more natural look, a muted or burnt orange might be more flattering.

4. Experiment with Different Finishes:
– Matte: Provides a modern, long-lasting look but can be drying.
– Glossy: Gives a fresh, youthful appearance but might need frequent touch-ups.
– Satin: Offers a balance of shine and staying power.

5. Test Before You Buy:
– Always test lipsticks on your lips rather than your hand, as the skin tone can differ.
– Check the color in natural light to see how it truly looks.

6. Balance Your Makeup:
– Keep the rest of your makeup neutral if you’re wearing a bold orange lipstick to avoid overpowering your look.

By considering these factors, you can find an orange lipstick that enhances your features and complements your red hair beautifully.

Pairing orange lips with other makeup

Orange lipstick is actually so much more wearable than it sounds. For many redheads, certain shades of orange can act as a neutral. Pair your orange lipstick with a warm, bronzed look, a monochromatic sunset look, or even just a neutral brown/beige look. The more brown or pink you opt for in your shade of orange, the more versatile it will be. So next time you’re doing you makeup, try some orange, you might be surprised.

Find different orange formulas 

Aside from orange lipsticks, we also love an orange gloss or stain. The orange is more subtle in these products but still brings some warmth to the face. This can be exceptionally complimentary for those redheads with fair skin and freckles. 

Lip gloss and lip stain are both popular lip products, but they serve different purposes and have distinct characteristics:

Lip Gloss
1. Finish: Lip gloss typically provides a shiny, glossy finish that can range from sheer to highly pigmented.
2. Texture: It has a smooth, often sticky texture that gives lips a plump, hydrated look.
3. Longevity: Lip gloss tends to have shorter wear time and needs frequent reapplication throughout the day.
4. Moisture: It often contains moisturizing ingredients, making it ideal for those with dry lips.
5. Coverage: Can vary from translucent to full coverage, depending on the product.
6. Effect: Adds a youthful, fresh appearance to the lips and can be worn alone or over lipstick for added shine.

Lip Stain
1. Finish: Lip stains offer a more natural, matte, or semi-matte finish.
2. Texture: They have a lightweight, liquid, or gel-like texture that feels almost imperceptible once dried.
3. Longevity: Lip stains are long-lasting, often staying put for hours without the need for reapplication, even through eating and drinking.
4. Moisture: They can be drying, as they lack the moisturizing ingredients found in glosses and are designed to set on the lips.
5. Coverage: Usually provides sheer to medium coverage, allowing the natural texture of the lips to show through.
6. Effect: Gives a subtle, natural look that can range from a just-bitten effect to a more intense color, depending on the application.

Choosing Between Lip Gloss and Lip Stain
– For a quick, hydrating shine: Choose lip gloss.
– For long-lasting color with minimal maintenance: Opt for a lip stain.

Each product serves a different aesthetic and functional purpose, so your choice will depend on the look you’re going for and your personal lip care needs.

10 orange lip colors for r redheads to try

  1. wet n wild Mega Last High-Shine Lipstick Lip Color in ‘Tanger-ring the Alarm’
  2. REFY Lip Blush in ‘Amber’
  3. Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in ‘Electric Orange’ 
  4. NYX Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Gettin Caliente’
  5. Valentino Liquirosso 2-in-1 Soft Matte Liquid Lipstick & Blush in ‘See You Later’
  6. REVLON Lipstick, Super Lustrous Lipstick in ‘Abstract Orange’
  7. MAKI YIKA Lipstick in ‘Coral Nude’ 
  8. MERIT Signature Lip Lightweight Matte Lipstick in ‘Antibes’
  9. Milani Color Statement Lipstick in ‘Sweet Nectar’
  10. Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Lip Jelly Non-Sticky Gloss in ‘Fire’

Looking for the perfect redhead lipstick? Check these out!

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