Orange lipstick may seem a bit intimidating, but the warm hue actually makes a great lip color, no matter your skin tone or the season. There are quite a few ways to wear it, like a super-bright pumpkin shade that makes an entrance or a more muted, rusty hue that reminds you of autumn leaves.
New York City-based makeup artist Tommy agrees. “I love orange lipstick,” he tells Allure. “It’s a power color that adds vibrancy to every complexion and mood any time of year.”
Luckily, choosing the best shade for you doesn’t have to involve a lot of trial and error. In fact, Tommy has an easy tip for picking the best one for you: Look at the yellow (or lack of) in your undertone. “The more golden our skin, the more yellow our lipstick; the less yellow in our skin, the less yellow our lipstick,” he explains.
If you want a more vibrant hue, he recommends doing the opposite — like a less yellow lipstick on golden skin — so that it can contrast with your undertones.
To make it even easier, we compiled some of the best orange lipsticks on the market that you can add to your makeup bag right now.
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