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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:37

Starstruck with Orange Lipsticks

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Move over, red lipsticks.
It’s time for orange to shine!
Tracy Chua unearths the Top 8
Orange Lippies perfect for Asian skin.

Before the Korean drama “My Love from the Star” became a regional hit, fashion capitals all over the world sent their models strutting down runways with orange lipsticks, predicting the surprising rise of this shade.

After “My Love from the Star” became a phenomenon in South Korea and other Asian countries, orange lipsticks start selling out in beauty counters worldwide. The sudden popularity of this difficult shade puzzles beauty brand owners not in the know. Why are Asians, usually known for our subtleness, buying out this bold shade?


Cheon Song Yi Laneige My Love from the Star

No single Asian actress, in recent years, has carried off this perplexing shade better than Jun Ji Hyun, who played the heroine, Cheon Song Yi, in the famous K-drama also named as “You Who Came from The Stars”. Many have since taken her cue and plunged into the mysterious attraction of this electrifying shade.

It’s a tricky color, no doubt. Here are some

TIPS TO PERFECT YOUR ORANGE POUT:

1. Flawless Cover - Orange lipsticks tend to accentuate skin redness and blemishes. Use a medium coverage foundation and dab on concealer if your skin still appears patchy.

Yoon Eun Hye MAC lipsticks

2. Keep It Simple - Orange clashes easily with other colors, so keep the rest of your makeup simple. Your best bet is to use black - black eyeliner, highlighter on your brow bone, kohl pencil and coats of black mascara should do the trick. And yes, you can still do your cat’s eyes, but stay off the smoky eye look. If you must, a light dust of gold, copper or brown eyeshadow shades on your lids, and bronzing powder on your cheeks.

3. Definition & Precision - Line your lips with a lip pencil. Like red lipsticks, orange lippies will tend to “bleed” and make your lips look out of shape. Be precise when applying the shade. Unless you have really steady hands, use a lip brush and never go wrong.

4. Suit It Up - Finally, fill your lips with the shade of orange that is just right for you. Fairer skins can opt for oranges that are neon or coral. Olive skins can opt for orange lipsticks with more blue in them. Dark skins are truly blessed in this department. You can go all out for any shades of orange, ranging from neon to true orange.

In terms of texture, cream, satin and matte orange lipsticks wear best on most skin tones. Glossy lipsticks can be easily transformed with blotting and a light dust of translucent loose powder. This makes your lipstick last longer as well!

 

FIND YOUR PERFECT SHADE OF ORANGE

Contrary to beliefs that orange can make our skin look sallow, the ideal shade of orange can actually brighten up our skin. The task, then, is to find that orange lipstick that is perfect for you. We suggest trying these 8 carefully curated orange lipsticks:

Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick YR25 Neon Orange

1. Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick YR25 Neon Orange (S$34)

The Lipstick.

This is the orange lipstick that Jun Ji Hyun used in “My Love from the Star” (pictured above wearing Laneige Neon Orange), and it has since been sold out all over the world. Containing 35% serum, this hydrating lipstick glides on like a dream! Its intense color means 1 application is all it takes. We love the soft texture and how comfortable it feels on our lips.

2. Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato: Lip and Cheek Color AT03 Fantasy Orange (S$38)

Its creamy gelato-like formula showcases orange in all its brilliance. A particular shade of orange that’s hard to come by, the tint’s dual purpose means you can apply it on your lips for a dewy stained pout, or on your cheeks for that sunny flush.

3. Shiseido Perfect Rouge OR418 Day Lily (S$43)

Smooth it on! This lipstick packs hyaluronic acid to lock moisture in, making your lips oh-so-kissable. Its creamy texture soothes out the crinkles of your lips and only lustrous color stands out.

Orange Lipsticks

4. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Red Square (S$37)

No one can resist the convenience of a lipstick in a pencil. The smooth pencil tip glides on easily and delivers intense color with a matte finish. Its creamy texture is truly amazing for a lipstick that’s in a pencil. Enriched with Vitamin E, emollients and silicones, its non-drying formula lasts for hours.

5. MAC Lipstick Tangerine Dream or Morange (S$34)

MAC has always been known for their striking colors and the myriad of choices avail to beauty junkies. With Korean actress Yoon Eun Hye (pictured above wearing MAC Tangerine Dream & inset in Morange) being their face for 2013 Spring Colours, it’s easy for Asians to envision themselves carrying off these shades.

Orange Lipsticks

6. Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick 3J01 Soaked (S$34)

Calling on their years of experience in film and theatre, you can trust Illamasqua to come up with makeup covering a wide palette of colors. This orange lipstick dresses lips in dramatic color with glamorous gloss finish that can only be described as “wow”.

7. RMK Irresistible Lips B Sheer Orange #12 (S$45)

If bright orange is a tad too much for you, you can try this on your lips for a translucent orange tint. It’s easy to wear for those with fair skin tones - moisturizing and a light orange with glimmering finish.

8. Chanel Lipstick Rouge Allure 96 Excentrique (S$46)

This intense long-wear lip color from Chanel leaves your pout lustrously comfortable with a satin finish. A thin coat goes a long way here as it boasts a high concentration of color pigments.

 

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