After developing a huge crush on Mac's Costa Chic last year, I've really expanded my orange collection.
Sticking with the lips, I'm still loving Costa Chic but I've also been loving the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in 'Tangerine Sonate' and Barry M Lip Paint in shade 54.
The L'Oreal offering is really highly pigmented and bright, so you have to be feeling quite sassy to wear this one. It looks so good though and is perfect for nights out, or to take on holiday to rock with a golden tan. The formula is really creamy and moisturising on the lips, and the doe foot applicator makes it really easy to apply... this actually started my obsession with liquid lipsticks, they'e lthe ideal inbetween for those who don't get on with lip glosses but are looking for something a bit more dramatic or luxurious.
I'm sure most of you have given Barry M Lip Paints a try in the past, and I had actually tarnished the idea of these for myself after a few disaster colour choices back in the early days of blogging (121 and 154 anyone?!) but after trying a few of the good shades (this orange and a bright red in particluar) I've come to realise that some of the Lip Paints have a completely different formula to those drying ones we used to love. In the bullet this shade does look a little scary, but when applied right (I like to blot it down slightly, or apply with a lip balm underneath) it looks beautiful, especially with a contoured or bronzed complexion and simple eye makeup, for such a bargain price, this is definitely the budget orange lip to try!
If you're not quite brave enough for orange lips, cheeks are the way to go. I recently used up the last of my all time favourite orange/coral blush; Benefit Coralista, but as I'm trying to save and not be so flash with the cash, I'm replacing it with two other beauties, both of the cream variety.
Benefit Majorette is one I've been using lots wether applied alone or with a powder blush ontop, it's a lovely matte orange shade which surprisingly to me at first, really suits my pale skin. It applies as a cream, and blends into a subtle powder-esque blush which can be layered up for a more intense flash of colour.
The other is Illamasqua 'Rude' Cream Blush, a much glossier option, which again can be built up to give a really bright colour payoff on the skin. This is my favourite for night time, I like to wear it with a tan, or really bronzed skin, a simple smokey eye, nude lip and lashings of this on the cheeks, it gives such a fresh, glowy finish and the colour is just stunning.
And finally if you're not so into the orange makeup, you can still join in the fun with orange nails... I've been known to rock a neon in my time, but my favourites at the moment are from No7 and Angelica.
The No7 polish is a bright coral/red toned orange, which is gorgeous for Summer on the fingers or the toes and I have to mention that the formula on this polish (and any No7 shade I have tried) is one of the best, it lasts ages without chipping and the colour payoff is always perfect with two coats at most.
Angelica's orange polish is called 'Apricot' and is the perfect brightly toned pastel peach shade, which is really on trend right now. This is a really affordable brand, you can usually pick up a huge variety of colours in Primark stores and for the price, the quality of the polish itself really does tick all the boxes.
Are you into the orange makeup trend this season?
Let me know if there are any products I need to try next!