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Friday, November 18, 2011

Do or don't: Orange-red lipstick

We got the J. Crew holiday catalog in the mail last night, and I was struck (once again) by how the models' orange-red lipstick is so adorable. I'm not sure I could pull it off with my pale skin tone, but a Glamour editor found a similar lipstick--Heatwave--that she swears looks good on everyone. (Here's photographic proof!) Would you try it?

P.S. Another similar color is Hot Coral.

134 comments:

Kate Lewis said...

i love it! i've tried it, but i find myself going back to my tried and true neutrals.

Monica said...

Check out this hilarious blog post on MODG re: the Jcrew lipstick color.

http://www.modgblog.com/2011/10/26/i-waited-4-months-to-be-the-poopy-king-and-now-its-real/

131 Thompson said...

That picture. Love.

x Elizabeth / In BEtween Seams

Ana Magdalena said...

do, even though it looks great on some people only.

Julia said...

I have recently started to embrace lipstick.. and colors like this still scare me! But it looks good on this girl. Maybe I will have to investigate this one!

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness, that girl looks so adorable! I think, I would give it a go for sure:) Happy Friday. xo

Alyssa said...

I wouldn't, but I also loved the look. Did you see those fair isle leggings? Love.

aubry. said...

i love to wow my verrrry conservative engineer co-workers (i do PR work for an engineering firm, so needless to say i'm the one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other) with mac's morange. oh, baby, it's BRIGHT.

they get a kick out of me, i know they do!

Jackie {yorkavenue} said...

It actually does look good on all those girls in the Glamour offices-maybe it is universally flattering!

Lynsey Phelps - VerreEncore said...

and those freckles are a-feakin-dorable :)

Stephanie said...

ABSOLUTELY DO.
I love my orange lipstick and wear it regularly! I was nervous about it looking gross with my skin too at first, but now I'm hooked! It's chic and bold, but whimsically so. You know what I mean?

rebecca s. said...

really pretty color! i would love to try it out. too bad i don't have cute freckles like the model though...

Joanna Goddard said...

i know, her freckles are adorable!

Sal said...

definitely! it fact i might try get one tomorrow. getting a tad bored with red and fuschia!

Victoria said...

I'd love to try it out. My fave nail colour is very orangey. Just need to be brave enough for the lips now.

YoUngLiNgToN said...

Nice and pretty like the beginning of Kate Moss....

http://www.younglington.blogspot.com

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Orange red is fantastic! I think it looks so fresh, and can be oddly natural for the right coloring. (Like here, the model has great freckles and rosy cheeks.)

Quindome said...

I won't front that I also thought the same thing, but then I bought the Poppy King for J. Crew reddish orange color and LOVE it. It isn't as deep, but it is a similar hue and it is so pretty. I say go for it!

nicole said...

i swear by orange! specifically heat wave by nars, makes your teeth look super white, and your face super bright!

Caroline Royce said...

I believe that color would look good on the palest of skin tones.

anglopologie said...

I'm a pasty Brit and can confirm that this lipstick is awesome. Bought it after it was used in the J Crew catalogue last year! I'd say go for it!

Rebecca Jane said...

Have to say - I really like the look of this colour.

Vicky said...

It a MUST-DO! I bought Chili by MAC. Its amazing. Best orange-red out there. 3 of my girlfriends bought it looks great on all of us.

Jo said...

Yes I would try it...just saved it on my Amazon wish list from your link, in fact. :)
Now, if only I had the model's glorious freckles! Adorable!!

Heidi said...

Just found the most perfect shade: Stiletto by Kat Von D. You can apply it lightly after chapstick for a barely there effect or layer it on thick for a bold pop. So fun and feminine all at the same time.

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Rachel Johnson said...

I love it!

Kristin H said...

Pretty especially with those gorgeous freckles!

KatieMaye said...

i love this shade! Personally i'm not sure of how well i pull it off but i wear it anyway, haha! I got a great color from revlon, its not fire and ice, its a little more orange but i love it.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

it's a 'do' in my book.

but i'm a lipstick fanatic so almost every color is a 'do' in my book.

Alice said...

Yeah. No. Sorry. Not loving it. At all.

donnieleesuits said...

Do!! It would look great with your skintone! I love my Poppy lipstick from Laura Mercier. It's a great orangey/red with a bit of gloss! It does look more red on me but I love it.

Hillary said...

do it! i don't believe in colors looking bad with skin tones. you could start with an orange gloss to try a softer shade.
i love orange and coral lipstick.

Girlie Blogger said...

I love this look. But unfortunately, orange isn't the best shade on yellow skin :O(

http://www.thegirlieblog.com

Anonymous said...

i actually like the orange tint better than pink for myself. I would love to try this.

fleur_delicious said...

I actually did try it, but it didn't look like anything special on me - just a ho-hum coral, totally boring. I was so sad! Oh well, my husband picked out a shade that I thought looked totally naff (NARS' "fire down below)that turned out to be the perfect burgundy. I really want to believe there is an orange-red out there that looks this great on everyone (or, honestly, just one that will look this good on me would make me happy!), but so far I haven't found it...

Megan Joy said...

I swear by Revlon lipstick. It's affordable and just as good (if not better) than my MAC lipsticks. I have two coral shades and love them. And I'm pale pale pale! Soo recommend fun lips. It makes you feel sexier.

elizabeth said...

I have poppy king and love it! The Glamour tip on how to apply this color is genius. It makes a huge difference on how it looks! Try it

Toñi Buendia said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG I LIKE THE COLOR OF THE LIPS!!KISSES FROM SPAIN

Anonymous said...

hmm, what about brown girls, tan girls, etc.? i think that photo is hardly proof of this color being universally flattering.

definitely pretty on the model though!

Mrs. Parker said...

I second Vicky's vote for Mac's Chili. It's an amazing red/orange that adds a real 40s glamour to your look.

Sunshine said...

I love it!

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

well i like to wear Nars Schiap (that hot/neon pink) to work (at a museum) so i would totally give it a go! if anybody is nervous about the full-on lipstick, i have one of these tinted balms (hydratint, in crimson) from laura mercier, it's an orangy-red but more sheer. and it actually moisturizes well (unlike most "fancy" balms, which i buy for the cute packaging/pretty colors, and don't work-for me-).

Jessie said...

I think this color is flattering on anyone with fair'ish skin. It looks so glamorous! JCrew was also carrying a red-orange color they claimed was striking on anyone (I think it was NARS?) but I'm not sure if they carry it any longer.

Whitney or Kevin said...

I know one of the colors they use is red squared. Jenny Lyons said in an interview. I use it as a lip pencil and love it!

Kiley said...

Do! I have that translucent fair skin and the orange shade that I love is Revlon Coral Crush. If you apply it with a lip brush it's not quite so harsh.

Nomadic D. said...

Yes! Even before I read thoe whole post I was going to suggest Heat Wave. It is brilliant, and really so flattering on my paler-than-pale and less-than-perfect skin, I totally believe that it would work on tons of different faces. You've got to try it. Seriously, I'm addicted, I can't rave enough about Heat Wave.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Aya said...

DO DO DO!
(especially her. How cute are her freckles!?)

Briana said...

ABSOLUTE YES! Love it.

I have auburn hair and freckles and I rock the orangey-reds!!

jessica quadra PHOTOGRAPHY said...

i wear nars's Heat Wave, which is the color they used for the catalog (according to happenstance's blog) :)

jenny redford said...

Do! I love it!

cianne said...

I agree with Megan Joy. I have an affinity for the old school green tube Revlon lipsticks. My absolute favorite is Orange Flip. It is perfection (and i am very fair skinned). Do try it and report back! :)

Quinn said...

Oooh la laaa! I can't wait to try Heat Wave! Another orangey red that I recently discovered was Sephora's It Girl lipstick shade. It wears beautifully and is a great orangey red.

The Blossom Shed said...

I'm also pretty positive it's Nars Heatwave, that's what I've read, and I LOVE IT. It's the only red shade I can wear - I too have very Anglo skin, thin and pale, but with yellowish undertones, so most reds look ghastly on me, but this - gorgeous! Well I think so at least:)

The Blossom Shed Beauty Blog

Tragic Sandwich said...

I tend to avoid bright lipsticks, but I think that orange makes a wonderful layer to be toned down. When I got married, I wore orange liner and lipstick as a base, followed by neutral lipstick and gloss over it. It wound up looking like a warm peachy coral, which is perfect for my coloring whether or not it's in fashion.

kloc! said...

Looks WONDERFUL on that exact skin time and hair color, but everyone else will look a bit goofy.

Unknown said...

Are you kidding me?! You would look amazing in orange-red lipstick!

Molliee said...

this girl is adorable with all her freckles! I say yes to this color lip!

Caitlin said...

I love this color!! I currently have a few different variations of this color! Very cute!

xo
Caitlin
http://hauteeyes.com

Anonymous said...

i usually wear tomato red lipstick in the fall when my tan has faded. my all time favorite is vincent longo lipstain in americano.

Angie H said...

Oh I love the colour!! Although I'm pretty pale too, so not too sure if it would suit. Lovin' the bold lip look though! I recently jumped on the red lipstick wagon, blogged about it here:

http://aisforlove.blogspot.com/2011/10/ooh-la-la.html

Love your blog Jo!

Angie
http://aisforlove.blogspot.com

Tina Z said...

I read about that color before, I think that's what J. Crew used or currently used in their shoots.

Tammie Lee said...

this model is quite a beauty and looks fab in it!

Danni said...

So funny how the idea of a "universally-flattering" lipcolor is so relative! To someone with fair skin, the Glamour photo shows a wide array of skintones, but for those of us who are much darker, all the girls look pretty much the same! I LOVE your blog; this is not a critique; just saying. :-)

Jhan said...

That's a pretty lip color. I've been seeing that model above (Cintia Dicker) quite often this Fall. She's in the Aerie and American Eagle ads. I'm pretty sure she makes anything look good.

Joanna Goddard said...

monica, that is HILARIOUS! and jhan, i agree, that model is g-orrrrr-geous.

Joanna Goddard said...

danni, that's a really good point, i figured it was at least a pretty good sampling of girls, but you're right, *definitely* not nearly universal. thank you!!

Nagehan said...

I got my J.Crew catalog, too! I don't think it's 'orange' It's more in between red and orange. I tried to recreate the look with Revlon's 'I love That Red' lipstick :)

http://confessionsofaturkishgirl.blogspot.com/

Happenstance said...

I do and I love it! I have Nars Heat Wave. Discovered it from the last J.Crew catalog actually. Have a great weekend:)

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Effy said...

I look good in orangey-red colours, so I count myself lucky. Pumpkin-y colours, too! That lipstick is gorgeous.

vanillasugarblog said...

you know you have to give Josie Maran lip stains a try. I am very reluctant about trying anything lip stain because of them always being too dark. Well not that josie maran ones, they were very gentle and light. Found them at Sephora

the greenhorn knitter said...

Only one of the biggest do's ever! It looks amazing on virtually anyone!

JennySue said...

Heatwave by Nars is totally do-able. I love the idea of this color, MAC Morange is also a good option. It's an out of the box option to regular old red! Happy Holiday color for sure!

Lia said...

I always think that red or orange lipsticks make my lips look too big. I kind of like to give more emphasis on my eyes area and just some light gloss on my lips.

Lisa said...

I absolutely love Heatwave, but I don't wear bold lipstick regularly because I'm constantly having to reapply!

Mary said...

This is such a DO! Many shades for many skin tones! Heat Wave is gorgeous! I think I may need to have it...

Ann-Michelle said...

I have the Nars lipstick, and I love it. It is more matte and vibrant than what is in the Jcrew shoot, thought. I think Channel Rebelle is the perfect match for the Jcrew look -- sheer, orange/red with a little coral.

stellacharlie said...

This is so adorable. I've tried Mac's Morange before. It looks best on me when I have a little color on my cheeks.

charliestella.blogspot.com

QA Create said...

This is definitely a more daring color, but you should try it out! I think that this color will look great on tan or pale skin. The model in the image above has pretty pale skin and it looks great on her! I say go for it!

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Liz said...

Do! I currently really love this color.

Katie Ann said...

I'm a pale one too. I'm not sure I'm brave enough for this. I see a lot of elderly women come into the store I work at, and a ton of them have incredible fashion. Most of the time I'm simply in awe of their lipstick colors, even if they're not wearing a very extravagant outfit, their lipstick is always marvelous and perfect. I've seen this color on quite a few!

Eleni said...

Yes yes yes! Although, I'm not wearing a lipstick most of the times, a deep, orange one would certainly intrigue me to.

Adeline said...

j'adore!!! très chic, très frais!!!

Lauren Kent said...

that model has the most gorgeous skin/freckles!

Julia said...

Definitely, do!! I have the Nars Heatwave lipstick and I use it all the time. I have a very similar complexion as you, I'm a pale skinned light brunette, and I think it looks just great with a simple eye makeup. I get lots of compliments and it instantly puts me in a great mood. These kind of colors are great to brighten up a dark winter day.

Actually, Heatwave is the first lipstick that I think I will finish, and will have to buy another bar. Instead of languishing in a drawer with all my other red lipsticks, as they usually do.

nicolette said...

i think heatwave is the color they use in the j.crew catalogue. i recall last year there was a blurb about it in the holiday one. its my favorite bars color, i always go back to it, i think it looks especially nice on pale skinned ladies!

The Franglaise said...

I discovered J.Crew thanks to you and other American blogs but there are no shops in Paris. HOWEVER there's a shop opening in London next month so I'm looking fwrd going over there and discovering in flesh! xx

Darian said...

I love MAC's So Chaude. It's the perfect opaque red orange when you apply it straight from the tube or with a lip brush, but you can also dab it on lightly for a kiss of poppy color!

daily/weakly said...

I love HeatWave! Just wore it out on the town last night!

xxdaily.weakly
http://dailyweakly.blogspot.com/

Jenna E said...

definitely! I love it

Sara said...

I rarely wear lipstick, but I've been dying to try out some reds (like the one shown) for a few months now! I just don't really know how or where to start. Any tips?!

smashleighmm.com said...

I love that color. That picture makes me want freckles!

SiCrivellari said...

I think it's so pretty, and I've tried to wear it a couple of times, but I think I have a way too big mouth and very full lips, so it doesn't work for me. It looks like I only have a mouth in the face, that's all you can see... I'm sticking with lip color and maybe some pink...

Jackie B. said...

i think it's must do! one of these rare lipstick colors where there is a shade to suit every skin color! -JB.

http://madewithlovebyjackieb.blogspot.com/

Anne said...

I love it, I've tried it and... I looked like a clown. So sad...

Kate Wilson said...

Looks gorgeous on the model! I'd give it a spin! The only problem is, lip color tends to fade out or come off after about an hour on me. I can do glosses because they don't really cake up after reapplying, but I feel like lipstick does. This is so pretty, though!

Ella said...

to me the orange-red lipstick concept seems to always look great on the runway and in magazines, but it would definitely be a risk to try it out as an everyday look!

Sera said...

i'm really starting to love it! might need to try it out ...

Alaina Buzas said...

My friends and I spent over an hour last night gathered around the J.Crew catalog. Too many pretty things!

Priti said...

Did you HONESTLY delete my comment and then change the text from "British skin tone" to "pale skin tone" pursuant to that very comment?! Incredible.

Michelle Lee said...

Love it . Always wanted to try orange too I'd been afraid as well but I'm going to go for it now :)

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www.thecollective.nu said...

Thanks Jo! Have been on the hunt for an orangey red just like this one..might just take the plunge

Shea said...

I know that theres an orange lipstick made by j crew thats the same one they use in the catalogues. apparently its really sheer so you can have it as light or dark as you want :)

Mia Mia said...

i tried it at sephora today and even though i don't usually wear lipstick, it looked really fun and flattering. not something i'd wear to the office, but definitely fun for a night out. i went for it!

Elizabeth Buckler said...

I've been using this orangish color from ELF that was so insanely cheap, like a dollar and I to pit with a chanel Stellar lipstick. I loveeee it.

Stella said...

Very nice picture!

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Leeya Engel said...

I love my orange lipstick! It makes me feel sexy, feminine, and fun!

http://leeyaengel.blogspot.com/2010/09/crazy-orange-lipstick.html

nichole (eat & be pretty) said...

I would absolutely try this! I love getting adventurous with lipstick. It's such a simple way to completely freshen up a look

Kristen said...

oooo. i am going to try this. have wanted a coral shade for for-ever.

WITTY said...

I wear "Orange Flip" by Revlon ALL the time. It's perfect & inexpensive. I've tried orange/reds by NARS, Make Up Forever, & Dior but this cheapy Revlon is by far the best. Try it out!!!

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=36079&catid=183590&cmbProdBrandFilter=5008&aid=337953&aparam=revlon_moon_drops_crem&CAWELAID=224232025

Anonymous said...

Heatwave is amaaaazing! I recently started playing with lipstick and my NARS girl told me just to have some fun with this color. I put it on and couldn't believe how flattering it was, especially considering my teeth are not completely pearly white. Needless to say, I bought it immediately after.

Anonymous said...

what's a cheap alternative to the NAIL color they are showing in JCrew catalog? thanks!

Melanie said...

I am twenty, and have always been afraid of looking "too young" to wear lipstick. However, the orangey red j.crew goodness changed my mind. I got the Revlon and I've been wearing it all week! Endless compliments. It's wintery and matte and fun. I'm extremely pale with dark hair, which has always made lipstick hit or miss, but you should definitely try it :)

Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife said...

I say it's a do - love this look!

Anonymous said...

last year jcrew was my whole winter inspiration... I found "lady danger" at mac. the name kinda got me too!

Heather said...

This is a very pretty color, a definite do! And, isn't she so beautiful with all those freckles!

Pretty.Gritty.N.Y.C. said...

As a freckle face myself, I can say I love this look and have definitely adopted it in my daily look.

http://prettygrittynyc.blogspot.com/

Hogger and Co. said...

Of course it looks fab on her!

Julianna Morlet said...

DO! Definitely do!

boldaslove said...

I'm very very pale, and I love my Limecrime My Beautiful Rocket lipstick. It's very orange. My belief that lipstick only looks good if you believe you can pull it off. If you doubt it, then it won't look good. Give it a go :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Just bought the Revlon Hot Coral today after reading your post.... LOVE IT and am wearing it HERE.....

http://www.theblueridgegal.com/2011/11/lip-lovers-unite.html

Heldine said...

I tried orange make-up for a web series and it surprisingly looked great! I'm interested in adding it to my [small but slowly expanding] collection of make-up. :)

East Bay Burbs said...

I have been absolutely DYING for a perfect orangey-red lipstick. I may have to pick up the Nars Heatwave. I love their Pure Matte line, and I have pale pale pale skin.

Follow up post....dark burgundy? I love a bold lip, but exactly how goth am I going to flippin look in that?

Lori said...

Love how that colour looks! I myself have become big into red lipsticks in the past 6 months or so & have converted many friends who thought they couldn't pull it off! I have been toying with the idea of orange lipstick...perhaps I should be brave and give it a try! :)

xo
L

www.shopaholicsunite.com

Rae-Emily Smith said...

Looks lovely on the model. I've got pale skin too... will have to give it a go!

xx

Artemis South Lingerie

Jacquelyn said...

I love it! I definitely do not use it as an everyday look but love it with black and silky things and leopard print things!

Miss Mae said...

LOVE heatwave! I also love the Nars gloss 'wonder'- another great orangey coral!

LindseyWatts said...

J.Crew has the most amazing lipstick! it's by Poppy King and it looks good on everyone. I'm NOT lying. Also, the way it goes on your lips is amazing, the way it layers is so perfect for just a light, matte-ish color or you could put on more for a serious pop of color. Just try it, what's the worst that could happen? You end up loving it?

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Dresses said...

Well..its informative post. I tried it on myself and its worked great for me. Yes I love my orange lipstick. Its suiting on me.

Anonymous said...

I look stunning in Heatwave. It is my favorite lipstick. Not sure everyone would look great in this.
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