In my next instalment of celebrating colours that help you get your glow back, the hue of burnt summer sunsets – radiant ORANGE – takes centre stage.
The orange girl is a charmer and the life of the party. She has the perfect retort and timing, cutting cavalier company to size while simultaneously making best friends with the hostess. She always says the right thing, whether it’s to give advice or get out of trouble – since orange rules the gut, she has good instincts.
Naturally, this salmon-sizzling woman is an exhibitionist. She’s the first one to dance at a party, chat up a stranger or jump on a plane at a moment’s notice (wearing last night’s couture). She’s the one throwing her head back and laughing at a stuffy dinner or walking barefoot through a country wedding. The ultimate sensualist, she loves the wind in her hair and a handsome lover in her bed. You’ll never forget her lust for life, food, music and pleasure. Just don’t get too attached – she’ll destroy you if you swamp her independence.
But even a goddess like this needs to be careful. Too much orange can majorly stimulate your appetite – in areas that spell danger. While it’s a shade that’s usually hot, healthy and vibrant, too much of it can make you seem abrasive, vulgar and crass. So my advice is just a touch, my doll.
While the ultimate orange girl is a people magnet, how do you know if you haven’t been blessed with an apricot aura? Well honey, your serious face would make Grumpy Cat look cheery. If you’ve been a ‘glass-half-empty’ kinda gal and are winning in the Complain Olympics, then colours that remind you of coral are your friends! Wear more orange to connect with your succulence for life. Because this hue has such an uplifting effect, it’s also good to wear during difficult times for a mood lift.
Read on for my edit of cantaloupe – inspired products for women who want to live to the full. Plus, it will make your tan totally pop and give you a just-holidayed glow well into the autumn months.
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Oranges in bright peach tones warm up your skin the way a bronzer would – while adding a serene and happy lift to your complexion. The key to applying bright shades of blush is to keep the colour concentrated toward the outer part of your cheeks, giving you a wide-eyed, sculpted look. If you’re fair-skinned, this is a nice way to make your skin look healthier without wearing bronzer (which can look like dirt on lighter skins). Orange blush is also great when paired with a bronzer. It’s a great insider tip – try it…
Cheat your way to endless summer radiance (even as temperatures drop) with Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Es Vedra. It’s a delightful fix of luminous colour in a carry-anywhere stick. Apply to your lips and cheeks for a burst of dewy magic using either a brush or your fingers. And with 5 shades to choose from, it’s great on ALL skin tones. A foolproof product for even the most makeup-challenged babes, the creamy, blendable texture makes for a smooth introduction to brighter hues.
The key to radiant tangerine lips is simple – you don’t want anything too brick orange or too blue. Keep it warm with pink undertones like this bright colour which can suit any skin tone or hair shade. Like most liquid-to-matt lipstick, this beauty is best applied with the supplied lip brush or your finger to get a more stain-like affect. Wanting that Summer feeling to last? Orange is great for enhancing a tan or counteracting blue undertones in paler skin tones.Tip; Use a balm to re-emulsify the lip colour before reapplying. This will help avoid over-building of product, flakiness and dehydrated lips. Best of all, it’s 100% vegan and cruelty free. As a new dad to a puppy, that’s a winner.
Here is how I would work this fabulous lipstick for a more modern look: tint the lips with foundation to cancel out existing colour. Then, apply the shade directly from the stick – but just on the centre of your pout. Finish by pressing the lips together and blending out any hard lines with your finger tip. So fresh! It has a subtle luminous formula that locks in moisture while providing a burst of translucent gradual colour. Use on its own or layer over a nude pencil for longer lasting, more intensive gloss.
Go for (sunburnt) gold – I love these colours as they’re so easy to paint with. The first layer goes on super sheer so you can get to those hard-to-reach edges, while the second coat maximises colour without clumping. Enjoy as a delicious pop of colour – even when you’re at home with a more classic aesthetic. Nothing rhymes with orange – that’s just how cool it is.