The fashionistas who have for long been sporting scarlet red lips and dewy pink eye shadows were in for a surprise, when tangy orange emerged as the hottest make-up hue for the season. At the cosmetic brand — Make-up Forever training in Paris — sun-kissed orange was declared as the make-up colour to watch out for 2011.
At the ongoing Hong Kong fashion week, models at designer Doil’s show sported orange lips and made a pretty picture. Versace too, showed models wearing a nasty orange on their pouts, announcing it as the colour of the season. At Prada and Marc Jacobs show at the Paris fashion week, orange surfaced as the favoured hue. Closer home, designer Shilpa Chavan showcased models with tangerine rouge parading on the ramp. So, as orange becomes the hottest make-up trend the world over, we ask experts in the city how to wear this bold colour.
“The shift from red and pink to orange has begun. Make-up brands are coming out with an orange palette to suit every skintone,” says beauty expert Neha Khanna. But it is a tricky colour and has to be used cleverly on dusky complexions.
“A lot of people are wary of the colour as it’s too zany. But it is the perfect colour as blushers for 80% of the Indian skintone since we have that undertone of a yellow pigment,” says make-up expert Cory Walia.
Tread with tact
While it can give your lips the most desirable glossy pout, a wrong tint can make you look very trashy. “Orange in its various shades add glamour. The best thing about this shade is it can be used with your casual outfits. It also is the perfect colour to go with your evening wear. Stick to pastel shades this season, but avoid the gloss and glitter,” suggests Samantha Kochhar, celebrity make-up artist and expert. So bring on some sunshine to your make-up palette this spring.
How to tackle the tangy hue
Replace your black eyeliner with an orange one this season, and top it up with loads of mascara to tone down the colour and add more drama.
People with a dusky skintone look great in this colour. Wearing orange lipstick will make your teeth look whiter. Those with a fair complexion should go for a subtle orange shade.
Either your eyes, blush or lips should have a tone of orange but don’t mix al three together. The soft orange, a peachy orange, can be used with shades of gold and brown on the eyes or simply as a blush on the cheeks, if you are wary of the bold orange,” says make-up expert Vidya Tikari.
Team it right
A bold orange tint in make-up looks best when teamed up with dresses in neutral shades, such as beige, brown, gold, white and denim. Red and blue do not gel well with orange. And only if you are wearing a juicy orange lipstick, you can wear your clothes with a hint of the orange tone.
For your eyes, merge orange with brown or gold for a day look. But when using an orange eye shadow with other bright colours, such as magenta or green, make sure there are no visible lines and the colours are blended in properly.