Saturday, 7 July 2012

How to wear bright coral and orange lipsticks

So this is the little sister post of my favorite bright coral and orange lipstick one. Wearing bright lipstick can be daunting, particularly vibrant orange shades. The key is to keep the rest of your face muted. The other issue for me with wearing bright lipsticks is that I have big red splodges all over my face from some recent, horrendous breakouts. You don't want your lipstick competing for bright coloured attention with those.

So for me, rule #1 is to start with a flawless base, a good medium-full coverage foundation and some heavy duty concealing to get rid of the redness.

Secondly, neutral eyes. During the day, I  quite like nude with bright lips, so for me that's a little bit of brown or black pencil in the outer corners of my eyes and some mascara. For night time I might get jiggy with some neutral eyeshadows of the bronze or peach persuasion and/or a basic black winged eyeliner.

Lastly, I go for vibrant blushes but use them lightly. On me, blue based or baby pinks look awful with orangey lips - I don't know if this is across the board, or just me, but it's just so bad. My two favorites are Stila Convertible Color in Petunia and Benefit Coralista. Petunia is a vibrant bright pink, almost coral shade. As it's a cream blush that doesn't really dry down so to mute it I like to apply it before a light dusting of MAC MSF Natural, that also helps to set it. Coralista just works. Gorgeous coral blush that I can apply lightly for a coral glow. The other thing that works well is just using bronzer and skipping the blush.

L-R: Stila Convertible Color in Petunia, Benefit Coralista

Daytime, bright coral look

Rimmel Match Perfection Cream Gel Foundation in Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer in Fair
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch in Ivory
Collection 2000 concealer in 1 (Light)
MAC MSF Natural in Medium
Stila Convertible Color in Petunia
MAC Prolongwear Bronzer in Nude on Board
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
SHE Mascara in Rich Black
Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in #10 Blond Clair
Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral

And lastly, if in doubt as to how to match it with your outfit, wear black. 

I really need to get me some Bobbi Brown Corrector - look at those bad boys! My dark circles are bigger than my eyeballs....

How do you like to wear bright lipstick? And what's your favorite one? I'm always on the look out for more vibrant colours!


  1. i LOVE revlon coralberry cause it's essentially a dupe for mac vegas volt :) bright coral lipsticks really give you a brighter complexion! so pretty

  2. I love love love coralista from Benefit!
    And Hoola bronzer of course.
    I have a £30 LUSH giveaway right now that I'd love for you to enter :-)


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