ICYMI: The hottest makeup shade of the season is orange. Whereas the vibrant hue once took a backseat to more classic reds and muted pinks, it’s having its moment in the sun in 2022 thanks to recent TikToks showcasing the color. And we’re 100 percent with TikTok on this one. Orange can liven up any complexion in a fresh, unexpected way when you find the best iteration of the shade for you. Don’t worry, we’ll help you with that part ahead.
The Best Orange Lipsticks At A Glance:
When you are ready to rock a statement lip, try this one from Make Up For Ever. The vibrant orange lipstick does not play around with pigment or shine (and the tapered applicator makes it easy to stay within the lines).
Best for Dark Skin
Fact: Dark skin tones can wear brighter skin tones like no other. And this saturated pick from MAC is a cult classic thanks to its smooth application and full coverage, satin finish. The formula doesn’t bleed or feather outside the lip lines, nor does it leave you wanting for more in terms of color payoff.
If you’re looking to infuse a little luxury into your lipstick, it doesn’t get much posher than Hermés. With a sleek case designed by Pierre Hardy and packaged with a canvased pouch and that coveted orange box, you’ll delight in the whole presentation. Luckily, the lipstick itself is no slouch either. It goes on smoothly and stays put without drying out your pout.
Best for Fair Skin
If you like to keep things a bit softer on the lips, we’re currently obsessed with this satin peachy apricot from Hera, a K-beauty classic that’s newly available stateside (and a go-to for BLACKPINK’s Jennie, who is the brand’s ambassador).
At just under 10 dollars, you get plenty of bang for your buck in terms of pigment with this pick. The satin orange hue completely saturates your lips in just a few swipes and pops against your skin, which has an overall brightening effect.
Best for Medium Skin
Medium to olive skin has a lot of warmth to it naturally, but it can sometimes look sallow depending on the time of year. Which is precisely why a juicy mandarin orange lip color—like this one from Armani—will liven things up regardless of whether your summer tan has come in.
This creamy pick has a nice, whipped texture that feels cloudlike—which is to say impossibly light and airy—going on your lips and dries to a soft, matte finish.
When this iconic liquid lipstick hit shelves, it seriously changed the beauty game. This long-lasting lip product impressed everyone for its ability to glide over lips like a gloss and set to a true matte finish, made even more comfortable with natural lip conditioners like vitamin E and sunflower seed wax. Plus, this orange-red color looks great with all skin tones and undertones.
Best Tinted Lip Balm
Texture-wise, this is one of our top contenders. It feels buttery going on your lips and has a nice cushioning effect that keeps your lips plush and never parched—even after hours of wear. The color is very buildable; one swipe will get you that tinted balm effect and two or more will get you closer to a full coverage lipstick.
We appreciate this slightly sheer take on the fluorescent hue because it’s flattering without being so in your face. (The velvety formula makes it easy to get smooth, even coverage without a mirror.)
Best for Beginners
Corals, by their very nature, are more forgiving than most shades. While not everyone feels ready for a traffic cone orange or a fire engine red statement lip, a bright coral offers a beautiful blend of both.
Best Clean Pick
OK, so this is technically an orangey-red, but the eye-catching effect is just as good. Plus, the formula feels especially comfortable on your lips thanks to a trio of mango seed, shea and cocoa seed butters.
When applying a bold color, you want precision and color payoff. This chunky crayon gives you both in a creamy matte finish. Simply use the tip of the pencil to line your lips, then hold the flat edge of the pencil against your lips to fill in the remaining color.
Best Lip Oil
For something that just about anyone can wear at any time and to any occasion, we’d suggest this forgiving tinted lip oil from Merit Beauty. The moisturizing formula delivers a satisfying amount of pigment without any stickiness and just a hint of shine. (Note: You will need to reapply this throughout the day, but you won’t mind doing so because of how good it feels going on your lips.)
Best Lip Gloss
Described as a sheer orange by the brand, this juicy shade adds just the right amount of color (and shine) to your lips to make them pop without overpowering the rest of your face. And as our senior editor of branded content once raved, “It feels luscious on my lips and isn’t sticky in the slightest.”