The Right Orange Lipsticks for Your Skin Tone

June 01, 2020
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal

We love a red lip year round but the warm weather makes us want to give our classic shade a rest and experiment with bright colors like orange (and pinks!) instead. 

Although orange lipstick is a bold choice, it’s a versatile color and there are shades that flatter every skin tone. “When it comes to orange lipsticks, there are so many options — from bright to 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, find a cheat sheet to the best orange lipsticks for your skin tone.

Our Favorite Orange Lipsticks for Light Skin Tones

Warm up a fair complexion with a bright orange shade. The Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lipstick in Rouge Flamboyant is a bold, matte orange shade that's sure to turn heads. 

For a look that screams summer, choose a vibrant coral. We like the YSL Beauty Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick in Coral Symbol, a creamy, non-drying matte that brings the heat.


Our Favorite Orange Lipsticks for Medium Skin Tones

As Jaikaran said, red-orange shades complement warm skin tones beautifully. We love the NYX Filler Instincts Plumping Lipstick in Besos, which not only gives lips a gorgeous, hydrating wash of color, but gives them a fuller appearance, too.

You can also pull off a spicy, orange-toned neutral. The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Globetrotter is perfect for an everyday look.


Our Favorite Orange Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones

A red-orange also works for dark skin tones and IT Cosmetics Pillow Lips Lipstick in Fanciful is our newest hydrating yet long-wearing obsession.

For a vibrant look that pops against a deep complexion, choose an electric orange. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tilt is a rich coral shade with a creamy finish. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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