Orange Lip Looks Part 2 – Subdued Sunset

I actually had a pretty hard time naming the look i’m going to feature today. It could be labeled as “bright” or “pastel” depending on the intensity you go with. Don’t worry – I’m not wimping out and going peach on the lips, today’s Orange Lip Look features a full powered layer MAC’s Korean Candy with (the arguably pink but reportedly “orange-ish) Vegas Volt. I finally decided on subdued sunset because that’s exactly what inspired this look.


Bucket, my boyfriend, has a thing for sunsets. Every so often he’ll send me especially pretty ones. He didn’t take this photo (if you know who did, please let me know and I will credit them!) but it was lovely enough for him to share. Most orange/pink sunsets are REALLY intense…but that isn’t the kind of sunset that crossed my mind when I began to think of Orange Lip Looks.

Now, on the runway we’ve mostly seen orange lips with very plain faces. I can’t really think of a show that has paired orange lips with any particularly intense makeup on other parts of the face. But it’s my opinion that in order for orange makeup to be wearable…it can’t make TOO much of a statement. So in this look I pair a pastelly, sunset inspired eye with a peach cheek and a pink/orange lip. I think it all balances it out nicely and I hope you enjoy!


For this look I used the Sleek Oh So Special Palette (to be reviewed!)  and BH Cosmetic’s 3rd edition 120 Color Palette (reviewed here.)

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

  1. I created a base with “Pamper” from Sleek’s Oh So Special palette. I swept it throughout my lid up into my crease. As you can see, it comes up a little pale and blue on me. You could alternately use any very pale apricot OR a dusky lavender color.
  2. I then used “Ribbon” (also from Sleek’s OSS) on the outer corner of my lid. I made sure to blend the color upwards and a little bit towards the center of my lid.
  3. I used a color from the top palette of BH’s 3rd Edition 120 Palette. It is located on the fourth column from the left, and is the next to last shade. It’s an orange-toned hot pink. This color was blended into and above my crease as an accent.
  4. To finish off the eyeshadow, I dusted “Organza” (again from Sleek’s OSS) all over the lid for a warm, coppery effect.
  5. I “tightlined” my upper and lower lash lines. You can go to youtube for several great tightlining tutorials, it’s essentially lining the inner portion of your eyelid to make your lashline appear thicker. I did this with a black Wet n Wild pencil liner, but it can be done with any black or dark brown eyeliner.
  6. Curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Unless you’ve miraculously avoided the fallout from the eyeshadow, the mascara is not optional. Otherwise your lashes may end up looking pale peach!


  1. I prefer a dewy finish for this look, but you can go matte or somewhere in between if you like! I’ll do my own foundation tutorial at some point but for now do it however you prefer! Like the last Orange Lip Look, I suggest you save your foundation for AFTER your eyes – just in case you have to wipe your eyes and start over.


  1. Apply a peachy pink color to the apples of your cheeks, blending well and into your hairline.
  2. Avoid harsh lines, we’re going for a soft, subdued look.
  3. Lighter skinned ladies should user a lighter apricot rather than the pink peach i’ve used while darker skinned gals should kick it up a notch with something more orange!
  4. Just in case you’re curious, I used my lovely standby: MAC’s Peaches.



  1. No liner here! Again, we’re going for something really soft and gentle.
  2. I first applied MAC’s Vegas Volt. It’s a corally pink with many dupes!
  3. I then applied MAC’s Korean Candy. It’s a pure, glossy orange. If you don’t have this I suggest layering your corally pink with an orange lipstick and THEN topping off with an orange or pink gloss. Otherwise, you won’t get enough orange and this IS an Orange Lip Look after all!


The Finished Look:

It’s not too overwhelming now is it? I really like how wearable this look made the orange lip feel. I didn’t get nearly as many stares directed at (only) my lips!

And just for fun, an OOTD:

Gibson Knit Riding Jacket (boyfriend blazer!)  from Nordstrom – $98 USD

Orange, Lace Vest  from Fashion Exit – $19.99 USD

Black Stretch Camisole from Unknown -  $5 USD

Indigo, Whiskered Stretch Skinny Jean from C’est Toi – $34.55 USD

Dexter “Auburn” Pump from Payless – $…probably really cheap? (No longer available)


That’s all for today’s OLL. I hope you enjoyed it and can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

<3 EA

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13 Responses to Orange Lip Looks Part 2 – Subdued Sunset

  1. I love this peachy look on you!! You look so pretty in peaches and oranges! Really lovely!
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  2. Larie says:

    This is so pretty! I love that lip combo – it’s so cheery! Perhaps I should have picked up Korean Candy…oh well :P
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  3. You look so lovely Ava~ Your cheeks are glowing so beautifully and I Iove the top you chose. The sunset is so cool! It has an amazing atmosphere!
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  4. I love your outfit! The orange lip is gorgeous on you, and that sunset is beautiful! :)
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  5. Stacey says:

    Great look! You look really good with peachy/orange shades! Love the outfit too!
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  6. Nancy says:

    Vegas Volt is so pretty! Love the outfit as well ;)
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  7. I LOVE the way you color matched your look and lips to the inspiration photo so well. So simple but so effective. I’m obsessed with orange/peach lips so I’m obsessed with this!!
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  8. Sara Hassan says:

    You are such a cutie! ^^ loveee your top. Goes so well with the look <3
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  9. that lippie is so pretty on you!
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  10. Vijaya says:

    Vegas Volt, as always, is beautiful on you!
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  11. Pretty girl! Orange lips suit you a lot! xoxo
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  12. Om nom~. The pumps and blazer belong together.

    And I’m suupperr impressed you’ve made a wearable look with orange lips. o: <33

  13. You look beautiful! And I LOVE those heels! Hot!
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