Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

We’re not here to steer you in one direction in terms of your makeup choices — wear red lipstick, black lipstick, clear lip gloss or whatever shade your heart desires. But as editors who are on top of what’s trending, there’s one lipstick trend we keep seeing over and over again on the Instagram feeds of beauty editors and makeup artists alike. Enter, orange lipstick, because what better way is there to welcome warmer weather than with a hint of sunshine on your lips?

“When it comes to orange lipsticks, there are so many options — from bright and bold to soft and subdued,” explains makeup artist and beauty influencer Jaleesa Jaikaran. “For warm skin, red-based oranges work really well and on fairer skin tones, both bright and coral hues complement the skin beautifully.” Ahead, discover an in-depth look at the best orange lipstick for your skin tone — and which one(s) you should make your own this season.

Deep Skin Tones

We’re huge fans of bold lip colors, and deep skintones can pull off a wide range of orange hues. From bright tangerines to moody, burnt orange shades, you have room to play with a wide variety of colors in the orange family. We recommend blood orange and red-orange hues for wearable, everyday shades.

Shades You’ll Love

Lancôme Matte Shaker in Or-angel

We have a soft spot for cushion applicators (they’re perfect for getting that effortless look), and the Lancôme Matte Shaker does not disappoint. Try Or-angel, a reddish-orange shade that looks effortlessly chic.


Ofra Cosmetics Surfer’s Paradise

This bright orange shade is a bright, poppy hue that needs no introduction. This lippie is sure to turn heads and makes a bold statement.


Olive Skin Tones

Your naturally tanned skin tone works best with vibrant or deep shades of orange. A pop of electric orange complements the olive tones in your complexion and a deep, orange hue looks amazing, too — so don’t be afraid to try both.

Shades You’ll Love

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange

For serious vibrance, this drugstore-priced lipstick needs to be on your radar. Keep in mind that you can virtually try on this lipstick shade via Maybelline’s unique live camera feature on-site.


Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Saffron Fire

This matte coral orange is a cross between your favorite red lipstick and the bright orange you haven’t dared to try. While the exact shade will look different on your unique skin tone, expect a shade you’ll reach for time and time again.


Fair Skin Tones

True orange or tangerine shades complement your fair skin — particularly shades that have peachy, coral undertones. And if you’re feeling extra daring, go for a matte finish! Bold lips stand out and will take any simple makeup look to the next level. So don’t be afraid to pick up a bold orange shade the next time you’re strolling through your local Ulta.

Shades You’ll Love

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Crash

When it comes to bullet lipsticks, Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks take the crown. They’re powerful (one swipe usually does the trick) and wear well throughout the day. For a warm, orange hue try Crash — a matte shade that will brighten up any makeup look.


Glossier High Shine Lacquer in Casino

This makeup artist-approved lippie will give your lips serious shine. Glide it on for a subtle look by clicking on the applicator just once and click two or three times for a fuller, more pigmented look.


All Skin Tones

If you’re still unsure of this summery shade, a sheer finish like YSL Volupté Tint-In-Balm in Catch Me Orange or Maybelline New York Shine Compulsion Lipstick in Arousing Orange. It’s the perfect way to transition into full-on orange — when you’re ready, of course.


Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Makeup: Anne Kohlhagen, Hair: Johnny Rackleff Model: Gia Charles

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