Bold Orange Lip, what’s your shade?

My orange shade, MAC's BOOYAH! is a pro longwer lip cream
My orange shade, MAC’s BOOYAH! is a pro longwer lip cream

Orange Lippies

Today is kicks off Women’s month. It’s a month we take to appreciate and celebrate the strong, fearless, women of Mzansi. I can think of no better way to kick off the month with one of Spring’s hottest trends, the statement orange lip.

Yes, I know, orange is bright and this can be daunting for women who are afraid of wearing bold colours, but believe me

They key is to choose an orange shade that flatters your skin tone. Get that right and you’re sure to bloom, get it wrong and you could look like a throwback from the 1980s.

True orange shades look flattering women with cool under tones and those with caramel or darker skin while red-orange looks good on most skin tones.

If you have a neutral undertone (not extremely yellow or pink), you’re a lucky belle, any shade will suit you.

If you have a very red or very pink undertones – avoid yellow-toned orange lip shades as the colour will  jar against your skin and appear artificial, sickly and odd. This is because it clashes harshly with your under tone, like the polar opposite of your skin tone.

you have yellow or olive toned skin, hot tomato shades will make your skin glow.

Once you have the colour sorted, out choose the finish you want. Glossy? Sheer? Matte?

I always wear a matte lip with bold and bright shades because with these colours, feathering and fading are more noticeable, so I skip glossy formulas that can slip and slide off your lips. My go to shade is MAC Pro long wear lip cream in Booyah!, which tends to stay put and has amazing colour pay-off.

That said most MAC lipsticks are clay-based so they tend to wear well regardless of finish. Lip liner is a must when wearing an orange lip. Make sure to define your lips and fill them in with a colour that matches your lipstick.

MAC’s cult classic Morange and So Chaud  suit all skin tones.


This is my go to orange shade. Mac Booyah!
This is my go to orange shade. Mac Booyah!

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