Orange Lip Looks Part 1 – The Retro


It may be a little late to jump onto the how-to-wear-orange-lipstick bandwagon. But I’ve decided to do so anyway!

Orange lips are (thankfully!) still on Fall trend. I love watching this look walk down the runway and the streets. It’s quirky, stylish and truly wearable. There’s a shade of orange out there for everyone! Here’s a few that I own…

Cool Swatches: Left To Right (MAC Lady Danger, Sula Awake 'Till Sunrise, Revlon Siren, MAC Korean Candy, MAC Morange, MAC Sheer Mandarin)

Warm Swatches: Left To Right (MAC Lady Danger, Sula Awake 'Till Sunrise, Revlon Siren, MAC Korean Candy, MAC Morange, MAC Sheer Mandarin)

I’ve definitely tried to pick up a variety of shades, as you can see. Ranging from the orange-based reds all the way down to the yellow toned.

The orange based reds like Lady Danger and Awake till Sunrise are easily the most wearable, providing an alternative to blue-reds. Out and out oranges like Siren, Korean Candy and Morange take a little more care – it all depends on how bold you want to go. Sheer Mandarin, i’ve discovered, can be used to add a touch of orange to any shade as well as to gently tint un-pigmented lips.

But now that you’re familiar with an orange lip…what do you do with the rest of your face?!

I’ll be doing a series of looks with orange lips, so you can get some ideas of how to wear it yourself! I’m not a guru, or a MUA so my makeup definitely isn’t perfect. Still, I hope that this series will inspire you to explore the orange lip look! My first look for this series? The Retro!

The Retro:

What?! I hear you exclaim. How can you go retro with orange lipsticks? Well gosh golly gee dear readers, I hope you didn’t think orange lips were a new phenomena. Behold the exceedingly lovely Rita Hayworth. Feel free to click the images for a better look! For a modern inspiration think Christina Hendricks or Evan Rachel Wood as Veda in Mildred Pierce.


Whenever I’m doing an eye look that will require frequent touch ups, I do my eye makeup first. We’re keeping it pretty basic here but if you have trouble winging your liner like I do I suggest you follow that same order and save your concealer/foundation for after your eyes are done.

Start off by using a black or dark brown shadow (or eyebrow powder) to darken your brows. If you have a natural arch? Emphasize it! if you don’t, then extend the end of your brow just a little to create the illusion of an arch.

For this look i’m using NYX’s Nude on Nude Palette, reviewed here.

Step By Step Guide (See Below for Instructions)

(Optional) Use your favorite eyeshadow primer all over your lid and into your crease.

  1. Sweep a neutral vanilla shadow over your entire lid. It should be no more than 2 shades lighter than your natural skintone.
  2. Warm up the vanilla shade by applying a warm bronze or golden shadow to the center of your lid and blending.
  3. Old movie stars made good use of crease colors to give their eyes depth on the silver screen, we’re going to do the same by blending a tan (for lighter skintones) or dark brown (for tanner folk) into our crease using a blending brush.
  4. Again, we’re going to warm up our eyes by adding a medium brown with golden shimmer to our crease, blending down towards the center and outer corner of your lid.
  5. Using a black liquid or gel liner and a fine brush, create a moderately sized line along your upper lash line. To get a clean line, tilt your head slightly up when you’re looking into the mirror so that your eyelid is nice and flat. I don’t suggest pulling or tugging on your eyes to stretch out the skin – the results never look the same once the skin is let go.
  6. We’re going to wing our eyeliner now! If you’re like me and have hooded eyes, extend your eyeliner a little past the end of your natural upper-lash line and flick the liner up. This is to avoid your hood creasing your wing. Then go over the flick a few times in both an up and down direction until it’s as thick as you want. If your eyes aren’t hooded, then simply extend the line upwards from the natural end of your lash line.

(Optional) Finish up with your favorite mascara, paying close attention to the lashes on your outer edge for a super retro touch. If you have time, you can even add some false lashes for more oomph!


The stars old the retro era had glowing skin, mostly thanks to a glamour filter on their director’s camera. You can choose to go dewy or matte with this look but the key is to create as flawless a surface as possible. So don’t skip out on the concealer and use your favorite medium to full coverage foundation.


Retro beauties had to contour contour contour in order to make up for the colorless shooting of the day. You don’t need to go so harshly, but do make sure to add a bit of dimension to your face.

I achieve this by applying a soft peach blush to the hollows of my cheeks and blending in an upwards diagonal direction into my hairline. To find the hollows of your cheek, suck them in and find the deepest spot.

We’re not going for the harsh 80′s line, so make sure to also put a little pop of color onto the apples of your cheek for softness.



What kind of an orange lip look would this be without an orange lip? I used a combination of MAC’s Lady Danger and Revlon’s Siren. You can line your lip using a similar shade of red to prevent bleeding – but i’m usually way too lazy to do this!

The Finished Look:

I hope you enjoyed my first installation of Orange Lip Looks. Please feel free to leave questions and comments. I’m just a beginner, but maybe we can learn together?

<3 EA

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14 Responses to Orange Lip Looks Part 1 – The Retro

  1. wow Ava… you look stunning!! I love that look on you! The eye makeup makes the whole look Asian!! It is truly gorgeous! I enjoy this kind of posts (*・∀・)/♡\(・∀・*) keep it up!
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  2. :O I love this post so much!!! I love Rita!! You look sooo beautiful! I especially love your glowy cheeks!! <3
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  3. Orange suits you really well :) . I’m really glad orange had made its way over to Fall as well because I absolutely LOVE orange lips!
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  4. Mercedes says:

    I just started wearing corals, I’m also a bit late on the bandwagon! You look gorgeous!!

  5. Stacey says:

    I love how you combined lady danger and siren here…the colour is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see your other orange lip looks!
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  6. Larie says:

    Beautiful! Orange is definitely your color :D I don’t actually think I have an orange lippie…I have Vegas Volt, which does pull pretty orange on me, but I feel that’s better left to spring and summer. I guess I need something like Morange! This sounds like a fun series :)
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  7. You look GORGEOUS girl!! Orange is really lovely on you!
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  8. Vijaya says:

    That wing looks so perfect!
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  9. Revlon Siren looks lovely!

    I love the orange lip & it looks gorg on you!
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  10. You looks simply smashing with hot orange lippy! I lurve orange lips! Those are some awesome swatches xoxo
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  11. Nancy says:

    Aww you look so gorgeous!
    I adore orange lips, and I am also glad that they are still trendy for fall/winter.
    I think my favorite at the moment is MAC Korean Candy or Revlon’s Siren.
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  12. Maryam says:

    you are so pretty!!! love the orange lippie :) ) my favorite swatch would have to be mac sheer mandarin, it is just heavenly!!!
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  13. Well, let me tell you, you’re pretty darn good for a beginner :) This is very pretty!
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