Move over, neutrals: 5 ways to wear orange makeup on your eyes, lips and cheeks this fall

beauty panel orange makeup Colleen Conroy
beauty panel orange makeup Colleen Conroy

Plums, berries, burgundies: have a seat. There’s a brighter colour in beauty town this season. Everyone, meet your new go-to: orange.

When it comes to fall beauty, many of us mindlessly reach for deeper shades to reflect our moods and the weather outside. But thanks to the endless inspiration on the Fall 2015 runways (see: Peter Pilotto, Giorgio Armani and DSquared2), orange is the colour du jour – the shining beacon amongst the greys, blacks and dark hues. Because let’s face it, nothing brightens a gloomy wintry day like a pop of citrus.

Tackling such a statement shade for everyday can feel a little daunting for many, but fear not. We tapped our Beauty Panel to share tips and tricks on how to wear the runway-favoured trend on our eyes, lips and cheeks, so you can rock it with ease and confidence all season long.

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Megan Joy
Toronto | Megan Joy

Orange makeup has been a popular trend in 2015 and with good reason. Orange lipstick is a great alternative to a bold red lip but still makes a statement. I currently love the matte orange lipstick from Colourpop in the shade Chi Chi. It offers a high impact orange hue without making you look like you ate one too many Cheezies. I should also mention that it smells like chocolate. Yes you heard that correctly, Colourpop lipsticks have a signature cocoa sent that will make you want to apply this every day!

Products used: Colourpop Lipstick in “Chi Chi.”

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Samantha Johnston
Toronto | btwsam

I’m going to be totally honest with you, I don’t really stick to trends. Back in fashion school we were taught the ins and outs of trend forecasting, but what I think works in the long run is being true to your own style. That being said, you can always incorporate trends into your personal aesthetic with things you already own, or are comfortable with, AND look on trend if you feel like it.

This season the beauty world is all about orange. Whether it be on your lids, cheeks or lips. Being the lipstick fiend I am, I already have a few orange pigments on hand. IMO, the easiest way to incorporate orange into your daily look (without looking like you’re REALLY excited for Halloween) is on your lips in lieu of a standard red. Go a little easy on the eye makeup when rocking orange lips, and stick to a bronzer/highlighter duo instead of blush to keep it polished.

I’m a huge fan of M.A.C Morange (and M.A.C lipsticks in general). It’s a vibrant orange with a bit of a sheen to it, but definitely isn’t sheer (I mean, duh, it’s from the Amplified line). I’m pretty ride or die for M.A.C lipsticks — the longevity and intense pigment M.A.C offers can’t be beat, especially for the price. Morange is a go to for any lipstick lover. I haven’t seen this hue look bad on a single person. Just make sure you exfoliate your lips a LOT before applying!

Products used: Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19 in “BD20,” Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in “4,” Make Up For Ever HD Powder, Nars Contour Palette in “Paloma,” M.A.C Lipstick in “Morange.”

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Richa Dwivedi
Burlington |

I love wearing orange makeup. My favourite way to rock the colour is by incorporating it in my regular makeup but with a little twist.

My favourite shade of orange blush is Taj Mahal by Nars. I lightly sweep it over my cheeks. You have to be very light handed with this blush since it’s a very pigmented. Then, I use the same blush with a crease brush and sweep slightly above my crease to incorporate the beautiful orange shade into my eye makeup. That’s it!

It’s the simplest and the easiest way to rock orange colour in your makeup look.

Products used: Nars Blush in “Taj Mahal.”

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Kira Paran
Edmonton | Northern Style Exposure

For a long time bold colours on my lips was way out of my comfort zone, let alone a lipstick. I don’t know if it was the fear of how noticeable the lipstick was or that I might transfer it to my teeth or clothing. All I know is I was a lipstick virgin till age 28. But since then, I can’t stop wearing it! Oh how the times have changed, I started with nudes or light pinks, rapidly moving on to my favourites reds and a good orange. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited when orange lips starting trending for fall, not only will I get to wear one of my favourites all season, I will also be able to stock up on the colour at the cosmetic counter.

I’m all about lip prep when it comes to wearing lipstick. My lips are easily dry by nature, without a good resurfacing my lipstick can look really flaky. I start by exfoliating my lips with a great scrub by Sara Happ. I work it into my lips in a circular motion until I feel I have removed most of the dry skin. Next I personally like to remove it with just a little water, then pat it with a bamboo cloth to dry. This way my lips still have some of the amazing moisturizing oils still on them. I find if you remove the scrub thoroughly with a tissue you miss out on the moisture from the scrub. Next I add a bit of moisture to my lips, I like a dab of a coco butter based lip balm. Then I apply two coats of my favourite orange lipstick, for this look I used a Revlon favourite. Finally, I like to run my finger in and out of my mouth like a narrow popsicle. This way I ensure I won’t get any lipstick on my teeth!

Products used: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in “Creme Brûlée,” Henne Organic Lip Balm, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Carnival Spirit,” Vapour Soft Focus Foundation, TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer, Lovely:Me:Ex Design My Brows, Tatcha Cleansing Oil, Odacité Beautiful Day Moisturizer.

beauty panel orange makeup Colleen Conroy

Colleen Conroy
Vancouver | Blush Rouge

Orange can be a surprisingly versatile colour when it comes to makeup. There is something angelic about the soft pastel version of the hue, and on the other hand the bright bold version comes off with such strength and power. Both of these play out so wonderfully through the spring and summer months, but come the colder time of year that fall and winter hold, orange makeup really packs an unexpected punch to your beauty routine.

Here I swept a soft pastel orange shadow through the crease of my lids, as well as blending it underneath my eyes. Anyone with blue or green peepers will notice the orange tone will compliment their eyes and make them shine. For this look I also incorporated a peach blush. Skipping on any bronzer I stayed with just the blush to create a more ethereal feel, nothing too overdone. I went with a little more of a bang on the lips, with a beautiful bright orange lipstick. I do adore a soft peach tone for the lips, but this time my love for bold and bright won out (which it usually does). Get yourself in the mood for autumn by using one (or all!) of these options for a nice transition into the new season.

Products used: M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer in “NC20,” M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in “Medium,” M.A.C Powder Blush in “Springsheen,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipdown Pomade in “Blonde,” M.A.C Eyeshadow in “Rule,” L’Oréal Beauty Tubes Mascara in “Blackest Black,” M.A.C Lipstick in “Morange.”