According to Vogue, orange/coral lipstick is the hottest lip color trend!
“For women whose skin tone falls somewhere between warm and cool, that’s where a coral comes in,” says Dubroff of versatile pink-tinged versions of mango and papaya.
Listen closely and you could almost hear the collective intake of breath as designer Raf Simons’s neon-orange column skirt for Jil Sander came floating down the runway for spring. With its palette-cleansing power, the buoyant shade seemed an instant antidote to fashion’s dwindling love affair with all things short, dark, and moody. As it turns out, it’s every bit as compelling on the lips, where it radiates a similarly addictive blend of couture elegance and unabashed optimism. “Orange is bright, it’s beautiful, it’s a little bit extreme. It’s a great alternative to your classic red lip,” says makeup artist Fulvia Farolfi of the new summer staple, which looks as fresh with a Missoni bikini as it does with a crisp white Alexander Wang sundress.
Arriving in a range of juicy shades—tangerine, coral, papaya, cantaloupe—and textures this season, it’s also far more wearable than you might expect. “Orange is a punchy pop of color, but if you’re nervous about going for full pigment, you can always try a sheer stain or a mellowed-out gloss first,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who pairs the vivid shade with a soft flush of peach on the cheek and a well-groomed brow.
With poolside parties and July Fourth cookouts offering up the perfect testing ground, Vogue has sifted through the season’s best colors by skin tone in time for the holiday weekend. Prepare to smolder (tastefully, of course).