I love bright, glowing, orange makeup. There. I said it.
Not bronze (still love it), not copper (love it too) – orange.
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It’s an odd color to most, despite being in nearly every makeup brand’s online store. Some think it’s too bright, while others don’t think it’s flattering. Regardless, it’s sold everywhere, which means people are secretly buying it.
I’m telling you, if you need to hear it: be brave and wear the orange! I promise it’s not scary, and it’s actually beautiful on every skin tone. Don’t believe me? I’ve invested in each of the following, and I guarantee they’re worth it. And if they’re not, you’re free to send me an angry email if you disagree.
(But I promise, you’ll love it.)
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We love a mini palette, because you can take it anywhere you want – perfect for traveling. Contour, bronzer, and highlighter are all in shades of orange, so you can put together a face that glows all day. Mica helps give you a subtle shine, so when the light hits you, your face shines bright like a diamond. We also adore the diversity of models, so you can see what it looks like on every skin tone.
Ah, Jeanne, a butterscotch nude that sounds like it wouldn’t have orange… but actually paints your lips orange. We’ll take it! It’s gluten-, paraben-, and cruelty-free, as well as entirely vegan. Coloured Raine was founded by a Caribbean woman who wanted to create a brand meant for everyone – and you know how much we love inclusivity of all types.
Uh, yeah, there’s no hiding from bright orange eyeshadow. Kind of to be expected from ColourPop, their Mango palette consists of four shades: one soft orange metallic, and three mattes for a punch. It’s small but mighty, with pigments that last for hours thanks to a velvet-y formula that blends flawlessly.
The shade is called “Light Brown,” but reviewers say it matches their orange hair perfectly – and the color is orange, too. Nourishing, softening, and flexible ingredients include allantoin, beeswax, and carnauba wax, giving a sweet glide to the application. It will hold length and curl all day without hardening and breaking.
You honestly thought we’d choose a subtle orange liner, when Fluide makes a gorgeous, glittery, fun eyeliner? Psh, who do you think we are? But if you really don’t want glitter, you can blend it out, and it’ll transform into a matte-like finish. The Universal Liner is perfect for anyone – cough, any gender – looking for a bright color to draw the eyes up here.
Glitter is so bad for the environment, and that’s why we chose one from a brand that’s dedicated to being green. This orange glitter is biodegradable; instead of microplastics, it has rayon, glycerin, and iron and tin oxides, among other ingredients. The result: a fun, glittery look that will biodegrade in four weeks. It also comes in eco-friendly packaging to round it out!
It says it’s yellow-gold, but put on a thick dose, and you have yellow-gold-and-a-lot-of-orange. NOTO has amazing ingredients in its formulas, and you’ll find antioxidant-filled olive fruit and jojoba oils, softening shea butter and vitamins A-E, and more good stuff to create a buildable glow based on your needs.
This orange blush, aptly named Faded Clementine, has gold, pearlized pigments to add interest to a faded orange color. The formula is pressed and baked in Italy for 12 hours, resulting in a creamy, buildable, natural glow. It’s also a multi-functional makeup product, so you can create a monochromatic orange look by using it as eyeshadow.
Double Down is an organization dedicated to raising awareness regarding Domestic Violence, and with Black LGBTQ partners having a higher risk of abuse in intimate relationships, our missions combine. The lip gloss is tinted orange and super hydrating, courtesy of oils including castor seed, jojoba, and coconut, plus beeswax and carnauba wax.
You can use this even if you aren’t a redhead. You have three color options (though one is out of stock, but keep checking back!); we recommend Ginger if you’re looking for a bright orange that will make a statement. The wand uses microfibers, grasping each hair to fluff up and add volume, because you can get never have too much with orange.
Which orange makeup products are your favorites? Any particular orange items you recommend? Tell us below!