Jimmy Eat World once sang, “kiss me with your cherry lipstick” – the more adult version of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.” But what do you do when red just doesn’t get you smiling anymore? Answer: orange lipstick.
Orange lipstick gets a bad rap, because it can be so bright and zingy. But, I argue: isn’t that the fun part? Sure, red lipstick is the classic, the iconic, the Marilyn-Monroe-Taylor-Swift descriptor, but orange lipstick (especially blood-orange) can be just as classy… or just a whole lotta frickin’ fun, because why should you only wear lipstick to seem “classy?”
In honor of orange lipstick and its rad-AF aesthetic, I’ve put together a list of my 13 favorite options. Smile wide – you’ll look fabulous in these shades.
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Neon orange with a lacquer finish? Hourglass has you covered. The Confession lipstick – which is refillable, holla @ sustainability – has a satin finish that stays, so you don’t have to worry about smearing or cracking during the day. Paraben- and phthalate-free, plus vegan and cruelty-free, I Desire is a punch of pumpkin straight to the pucker.
Nope, NudeStix isn’t JUST nudes – they have fun colors, too, thank you very much. This lip color can also be worn on lids and cheeks, so if you’re looking for a fluorescent orange flush, this is the tint you want. It’s ridiculously soothing, combining aloe, chamomile, green tea, and rosewater extracts to give you color without irritation.
Rituel de Fille wasn’t f*cking around when they created their Enchanted Lip Sheer series, with colors that are cute and quiet when given a once-over, or vibrant and bold when applied heavily. Bloodroot was inspired by the pigment of the achiote tree, which is used by Indigenous peoples as a substitute for human blood in Mayan and Aztec ceremonies.
You’ll find talc in a lot of products. It’s not bad, but many people prefer their products without it. Runway Rogue heard those who hate it, so the classic lipstick is paraben-, gluten-, talc-, and sulfate-free. What will you find? Ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe vera to hydrate; white tea and green tea extracts for their anti-aging benefits; chamomile extract to soothe; and a whole lotta vitamin E.
Darker-skinned bbs, Mented sees you, hears you, and has created an entire line based on your beautiful complexions. Their Liquid Lipstick comes in Blood Orange, but it’s not bright – it’s more natural, and it’s super flattering, not ostentatious. The vitamin E in the sweet almond oil is a fantastic barrier against UV rays.
Hermes claims their lipstick has a “second skin effect” – that’s how comfortable the velvet formula is. While a splurge, the lipstick is deeply orange, giving you a fiery finish, and deeply hydrating. Part of this is due to the dose of protective vitamin E complemented by sesame seed oil, while squalane is ultra moisturizing on chapped lips.
Many lipsticks claim to be long-lasting, but this one? It’s actually long-lasting. The secret: apply the formula – one thin layer only! – then let it sit for one-to-two minutes prior to smacking, eating, kissing, etc. It’ll last hours upon hours, and it won’t feel uncomfortable thanks to moisturizing jojoba oil and protective vitamin E. Goodbye cracking!
Ms. Von D takes her lipstick colors very seriously, making sure they’re bright, long-lasting, and comfy to wear all day – which she achieves, thanks to her lightweight formula. The 100% vegan formula has creamy candelilla and carnauba waxes, nourishing shea butter, and a healthy dose of vitamin E to keep you safe.
This lipstick ain’t a ~DIME~ a dozen! (Yeah, that hurt to write, a little bit, but here we are.) Justin is the matte orange shade of DIME’s Liquid Lipstick, which is filled with ingredients like squalane for hydration and dimethicone to stop moisture from escaping. Our fav part of DIME’s product pages, though? You can see what every ingredient does and its safety on skin. We love transparency.
Would it be a complete list without Fluide? Nah, so here they are. Their Liquid Lipstick comes in Ginger, a neon shade that pops on every skin tone. If you’re looking to go big, Fluide is the brand to choose; not only do their shades stand out, but their liquid lipstick is never goopy or sticky or gluey. Graduate from Superneutrals to Ginger – it’s not that scary, promise.
Saint Cosmetics gets it right, gets it glossy, gets it good. Their Velvet Lip Cream feels like… well, velvet, sitting comfortably on and hydrating your lips with its long-lasting formula. How does one make a lipstick so ideal? With good ingredients, like castor oil to fight dry lips and vitamin-E-potent sunflower seed oil. And why not throw in some nourishing olive oil and candelilla and carnauba waxes as the cherry on top?
We love organic ingredients at QUILL! Color the World Lipsticks has perfected their lipsticks; “lipstick” is literally in the name, so you don’t really have the option to get it wrong, you know? And they don’t. Candelilla and carnauba waxes give you the glide, but it’s superhero ingredients like hydrating castor seed oil, fatty-acid-filled avocado oil, and free-radical-fighting honeysuckle that give this lipstick a high score.
Leave it to Gaga to create a lip crayon that is precise, pigmented, and just… pretty, overall. “Fire Me” is the name of this orange, which we’re kind of obsessed with, tbh. The crayon is full-coverage, so you won’t have to worry about your natural lip color peeking through, and the formula is vegan and cruelty-free.
Which orange lipsticks are your favorites? Any you recommend that we didn’t list? Tell us in the comments!