I know what you’re thinking. Me, wear orange makeup… Has she completely lost her mind?  But hear me out. Colour can be scary. I get it. I find it hard to deviate from my deep nude lip and neutral eye shadow combo, too, BUT when the weather warms up, and the mood is right, a little bit of brightness can completely lift your face, and your mood.

The new generation of lip and cheek textures are sheer and buildable, so you’re not going to look like a clown. They provide just a wash of colour that, when paired with a generous brush of bronzer (Nars, I’m talking to you), give you a gorgeous, burnished Just-Back-From-The-Beach glow that is way more modern and fun than your standard makeup fare. Here are three easy ways to wear it, that won’t make you feel in any way freaky.

  1. A very chic lipstick

With their magnetic click-top lids and sleek colour-blocked packaging, Hermès lipstick is unashamedly luxe. It even comes packaged in a little canvas bag and the trademark orange box with brown ribbon.  What could be more Hermès, then, than the Hermès Orange Lipstick in Orange Boîte? Yes it’s bold, but you can also sheer it down with a wash of gloss. The more I wear it, the more I love it and it looks so good with a bit of self tan/bronzer (this limited edition Nars Paradise Found one is pretty spectacular). At $94, it is an investment, so a budget friendly option is L’Oréal Colour Riche Made For Me in Orange Fever.

  1. Just a wash of lip oil

The truly colour-shy can dip their toe in the trend with a bright lip oil such as Dior Lip Glow Oil in Coral. Blended with cherry oil, it’s so hydrating for the lips and subtly adapts to each wearer’s lip colour for a ‘your-lips-but-better’ hue. It’s also a joy to use. Like a lip balm and oil hybrid, it glides on like a dream but stays on like a champ. It’s definitely summer’s take on lip balm and a more modern formulation to old school lip gloss.  Another affordable option is Revlon Kiss Glow Lip Oil in M.V.Peach.

  1. Tangerine Cheek Stain

Again – this one’s a lot less scary than it looks in the pot. Being a stain, Lilah B Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b daring is buildable. Just dot it on the apples of the cheeks with your fingers and blend, baby, blend. Again, I love it teamed with a beautiful warm base and dash of bronzer, but it’s also really pretty on creamy skintones. You can also use a dab of it on your lips as a two-in-one and it unifies the face beautifully. A well-priced dupe of this one is Luma Just A Touch Lip & Cheek Tint in Signorita.

Story by Sigourney Cantelo; Photography Alice Mahran

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