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Bright light, bold lips, that’s how we like to approach our summer makeup routine. When the sun is shining we figure our lips should too and there’s nothing like the color orange against brown skin. The combination practically screams bronze beauty and the great thing is there’s such a range of orange lip shades that the color truly looks good on anyone.

Now we know some women are still intimidated by the hue, but we’re here to show you there’s no reason to be. With the right prep, the right application, and the right shade you’ll be rocking an orange lip in no time and it just might become your summer go-to.


  • Lip primer should really be a part of your routine no matter what lip shade you’re wearing, but you especially don’t won’t chapped, cracked lips showing through with a bright lip color that’s already drawing attention to your mouth. Plus, primers help color come on more bold — which is what we’re going for here — and stay put, because there’s nothing worse than smeared lipstick on the chin or teeth.
  • Sephora Beauty Amplifier Lip Primer is a great balm that helps smooth and moisturize lips. Or you can opt for a lipstick with primer already built in, like Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop.


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  • A lot of women view lip liner as optional, but when you’re rocking a bright color it’s actually a necessity in order to define lips and keep you from looking washed out. The key with liner is to go a bit darker than your lip shade, so with orange you should go for a light to medium brown liner — think Chestnut from MAC.
  • Feather the pencil on lightly as you outline your natural lip shape, being sure not to apply the liner too strongly. As you can see with Justine Skye’s lip, she has just a hint of brown liner on the perimeter of her orange lip for depth, but it’s nothing like the ’90-esque strong liner people used to rock.


  • With preparation complete, the only thing left to do is pick your shade. Below are five options that are bold and warm so they perfectly complement brown skin, from light to medium and dark tones.
  • Once you apply your choice shade, be sure buff your lip liner, either using your lips or a lip brush, for a smooth, blended finish. And then you’re good to go.

MAYBELLINE Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor (Electric Orange)

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (Crash)

Fenty Mattemoiselle (Saw-C)

e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick (Orange Dream)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick (Matte Orchid)

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