This spring, the beauty world has found favor with the coral lip. I confess to drooling over a few photos on Pinterest featuring models sporting subtle eye makeup and bright orange lips—but I was skeptical that I could pull it off myself. My go-to lip colors lean towards dusty rose and “wine-stained” hues—and if the stars are aligned, I can rock a classic red lip. Nevertheless, I decided to take the risk!
A note on the lipstick I choose: I would like to tell you that I carefully selected a particular tangerine lipstick based on how that shade flattered my warm-ish complexion or complemented my eyes. (I do like talking about color temperature and makeup). My decision process went a little differently, however.
1. I wanted a lipstick that was mostly natural (no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil, etc.)—easy enough these days.
2. I wanted this “green” lipstick to be 100% vegan-friendly, meaning no animal testing and no animal ingredients (including beeswax). Because I was searching for some shade of coral/orange on top of these other requirements, my options were a bit limited.
I was pretty happy to find Josie Maran’s Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in “Coral Delight.” The lipstick is coated in a thick, clear balm that serves to leave lips hydrated. I like the idea—and the lipstick is less-drying than probably any of its conventional counterparts—but the “shawl” of balm makes applying the color evenly a bit challenging. I used a lipstick brush, but still had a bit of trouble getting a precise lipline. (I should also note that I didn’t use a lipliner, which may or may not have something to do with this outcome). I came to think of this lipstick as more of a richly pigmented, glossy balm—lovely for medium coverage and casual wear.
To wear: For me, orange lipstick conjures wearing pastel dresses, sitting on a café a patio on a sunny afternoon, or taking a relaxed stroll down the boardwalk. With that mindset, I wanted to keep the rest of my makeup easygoing. I also wanted to make sure it didn’t clash with my orange lips (which meant avoiding anything too pink).
On my face: I applied an even layer of mineral powder over my entire face then gave my cheeks a little pop with blush in a dusty peach hue. For my eyes, I kept things simple and swiped on a skin-toned eyeshadow and lined my upper lashes with a thin, black liquid line. I softly lined by bottom lash line with a matte, black pencil. I followed with two coats of mascara.
On my lips: I don’t have a lip liner that doesn’t clash with my orange lipstick, so I did my best with a stiff lip brush following these guidelines.
Do you think you’ll try an orange lip this spring?
What are your favorite bee-free lippies?
Photos: Mary Hood