Unless you’ve been travelling to the moon, Mars, Jupiter and the likes for the past month or so, you’re familiar with the world’s obsession for Lupita Nyong’o and her ORANGE LIP makeup. Or her anything actually. This girl could make the worst thing look cool.
Or I wonder, is it our obsession with celebrities that feeds this drive to adore someone to the point of deciding everything they do is trend worthy and emulate it till we drop? Cause you know, the orange lip trend was predicted, hell it emerged on the catwalk last season for Spring/Summer 2014, at most designers. The fashion gurus slash artists from Rag & Bone, Pragbal Gurung, DKNY, Dsquared, or John Galiano sent models down the runway in light pink pastel sugar-high-unsaturated colors – true – but it certainly wasn’t a washed out calm mood, as the bright neon orange lip look popped up on almost any face at almost any show. So there you have it. I guess we’re living the times of celebrity endorsements and the fear us mortals have with trying out a new look unless some rich kid has already got the praise for it.
”It’s not about being sweet. There’s a lot of pastels in the collection, so I wanted the lip to really pop.” says makeup artist Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone show.
Be as it may, the outcome is this: 2014 Spring may be all about pastel clothes, but makeup wise – give it up for the tangerine lip trend! It’s the hot season when we all love to look fresh alive and have fun with colors and looks, so this is just about the greatest makeup trend out there. Would have been a pity to let this summer go to pale waste. From neon shades to just a tinted lip color, orange lipstick can do wonders to our faces as well as (or especially) to our mood. And it goes with any skin tone from the fairest to the darkest. If you put your inner makeup artist to work you may just be able to nail quite a few looks: bare face & orange lips; sun kissed skin and orange lips; bold eyebrows and tangerine lips; eyeliner & orange lips; retro looks, glam looks, 80s style makeup. The sky’s the limit! It’s got that warm disco meets cheeky girl vibe to it, and I think it’s got a massive potential to spice up any plain look. Just picture an all black outfit made up of simple black skinny jeans, an old T-shirt or tank top and some plain old sneakers or flat sandals. Simple borderline boring. Now picture all this with bright orange lips. Exactly my point.
More looks… It’s not as harsh as dark lips, not as pretentiously sexy as red lips. It’s fun. Warm. Trendy with a hint of pop-culture and retro. Never cared too much for this lip color, as it was so throwback kitsch 80s, but you what? If it’s good enough for Lupita, it’s good enough for me.