Bold lipstick isn’t a big story these days, but orange lipstick still has the power to shock. We’ve talked about it before on this blog, when shades of carrot, coral, and melon turned up at the Fall 2009 shows, and again recently, when designers like Victoria Bartlett, Ohne Titel’s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill, and Marc Jacobs issued a mandarin mandate at their Spring 2011 shows. But it’s a tricky shade to wear. You need to match the hue to your specific complexion. (Trust us, we recently learned the hard way that neon orange does not mix well with olive undertones.) Model Petra Nemcova, for her part, went with a true, super-saturated pumpkin shade at last night’s Sixth Annual Focus for Change Benefit in New York. It was plenty striking, but also slightly overpowering, paired with her creamy ivory skin and dark cobalt dress. If you want to conduct your own experiment, we recommend investing in Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren, which its global artistic director, Gucci Westman, whipped out backstage at Ohne Titel, or Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Day Lily, makeup artist Dick Page’s go-to color at Marc by Marc Jacobs. As for our own personal tangerine dreams, they were realized last month when we discovered MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good to Go. It’s a lovely, vibrant alternative to plain old red that happens to be surprisingly versatile.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Marc by Marc Jacobs; Gary Gershoff /WireImage; Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com at Ohne Titel; Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics