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How To Pick The Perfect Shade of Orange Lipstick For Your Skintone

  • How To Pick The Perfect Shade of Orange Lipstick For Your Skintone
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  • Jessica Chastain
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    Fair skin can have fun with this trend: any orange-based lip color will flatter pale skin, especially this coral hue.

  • Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick
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    Makeup artist Mai Quynh used YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick ($35) in 36 Corail Legende on Chastain.

  • Emmy Rossum
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    If you have porcelain skin, like Rossum, go for a shade that has with equal parts red and blue, like this true orange.

  • Lipstick
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    Rossum wears M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($16) in Lady Danger.

  • Mandy Moore
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    Want to ease into the trend? A red-based orange flatters warm skintones, like Moore’s, and is much softer.

  • Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
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    Mandy Moore wears Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28) in Riviera.

  • Chloe Sevigny
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    Photo: Jonathan Leibson/Wireimage

    A true orange shade looks good on almost any skintone. Need proof? Sevigny is wearing the same exact shade as Rossum. 

  • Chloe Sevigny Orange Lipstick
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    Sevigny’s go-to orange-y lip color is M.A.C.’s Lipstick ($16) in Lady Danger.

  • Ahna O'Reilly
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    Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

    Play up the warmth of your skin with an equally warm hue, like Ahna O’Reilly did, above.

  • Rouge Pur Couture
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    O’Reilly wears YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture ($35) in 13 Le Orange.

  • Leeee Sobieski
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    Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Dior

    Sandy undertones benefit from a true orange, like Sobieski, above.

  • Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick
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    Sobieski wears Dior’s Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick ($34) in 543 Rendez-Vous.

  • Jessica Alba
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    Photo: Jason Meritt/Getty Images

    Alba’s makeup artist, Fiona Stiles, used a warm orange hue on the actress—and suggests pairing it with bronzy neutrals.  She dusted Nars’ Pressed Powder ($35) in Heat on the actress’ cheeks and eyelids, then dabbed Benefit’s Sun Beam ($26) on the bridge of Alba’s nose, eyelids, and cheekbones.

  • Lip Maestro
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    Alba’s lip color came courtesy of Armani Lip Maestro ($33) in Tibetan Orange—and Stiles!

  • Camilla Belle
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    Have olive skin like Belle? Choose cooler, blue-based shades.

  • Lipstick
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    Belle wears Illamasqua’s Lipstick ($24) in Flare.

  • Hannah Simone
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    Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

    The brighter the better on bronzed skin!

  • Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color
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    Makeup artist Denika Bedrossian gave Simone a vibrant orange pout with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On LipPencil ($20) and Revolution Lipstick ($22) in the color Bang.

  • Hannah Bronfman
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    Photo: Neil Rasmus/

    Red-based hues flatter darker skin, like Bronfman. 

  • Hannah Bronfman Orange Lipstick
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    The Beautified founder wears YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture ($35) in 13 Le Orange. (The same warm color as O’Reilly!)

  • Lupita Nyong'o
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    Photo: Ganitz/Wireimage

    Lupita Nyong’o’s makeup artist, Nick Barose, recommends choosing something “warm and bold” if you share the actress’ skintone. And, like Stiles, he also suggest pairing orange with bronzy hues.  Barose used Sisley Ombre Glow Eyeshadow ($52) in Amber on Nyong’o, above.

  • Lupita Nyong'o Orange Lipstick
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    Barose used Tom Ford’s Lip Color ($49) in Wild Ginger for Nyong’o’s pout.

In case you haven’t heard, spring is the season of the orange lip. From light tangerine to bright blood orange, the S/S 14 runways—including Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, DKNY, and more—were packed with citrus hues. But how do you know which shade to choose, and what do you wear with it? Don’t worry, we’ve done all the work for you.

We tracked down the exact orange lip colors on 11 celebs to help you pick a hue, plus expert tips for pulling off the shade from the makeup artists behind Jessica Alba and Lupta Nyong'o’s bright pouts.

Once you pick a color, cruise over to our sister site, WhoWhatWear, for the best outfits to pair with your perfect shade! Orange you glad you clicked through to find the shade that’s right for you?

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