Thursday, May 29, 2014

Is Orange The New Red?

The red lip has shown it's iconic face on Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Currently, stars like Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, and Dita Von Teese have turned it into their signature look. A red lip has always been a bold statement that symbolizes power, femininity, and sensuality. This lipstick shade is considered a staple item to have in your makeup case and can solve your every makeup woe. A shade of red exists for every skin tone and articles about the perfect red lip permeate the fashion magazines and online beauty websites. Clearly, we're all nothing short of obsessed with this lip colour.

This spring, it was announced that orange is the new trendy lip colour to experiment with. On the runways of DKNY, Prabal Gurung, and DSquared2, models sported an orange lip. Apparently, they all had the same spurt of inspiration. This is no coincidence. In the springtime, beauty looks tend to deviate towards the brighter colours on the spectrum. While fall was all about the purple lip, spring takes us to a more playful place.

The colour orange reminds us of orange blossoms, oranges (evidently), and orange juice. Orange is generally a happy colour in contrast with the moodier purple and matches our current state of mind with its uplifting nature that mirrors the new season.

The real question is: will orange lips be replacing red?

Unlikely. As we all know, fashion is divided between seasonal trends and timeless looks. While red falls under the timeless category, orange remains a spring trend that will quickly go out of style come fall. As a fashion rebel, I encourage you to try an orange lip in the fall if you feel like it. There's nothing like making a statement by countering trends.

I recently purchased my very own orangey lipstick, the classic Lady Danger by M.A.C, and I encourage you to try purchasing this shade of lipstick for the spring instead of your classic red. Now, don't be mistaken. I am not telling you to abandon red, but merely to try something brighter this season. Lady Danger is an orangey red, so if you aren't yet ready for neon orange, this is your best bet. If you prefer a bolder statement, Lancome's Rouge in Love Lipstick in Madame Tulip is an amazing choice. For a cheaper drugstore orange, try Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange for a mere 8$.

Are you ready to go orange this season? I know I am.



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