Wearable Orange Lips for Spring

It was one of those days, where everything bothered me. Work was wild, I was upset over an idiotic blog comment (seriously, if you gain pleasure from being rude to others, you have problems), and my sinuses were misbehaving. But one of my favorite tricks instantly cheered me up: bright, orange lips. Try it! For a brief moment I forgot the 320 unanswered emails, the baby spit up on my shirt, the mean internet girls, and the fact that I was once again playing dollhouse for the 3894th time that day. Orange has been my go-to lip this spring (and it's great for summer too). And it's completely wearable--if you think red is intimidating, try orange. Here are some of my budget-friendly (all drugstore!) options, so if you didn't think you could wear orange, think again.

Easiest to Apply: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous

  • I mean, does it get easier than a lip crayon? You don't even need a mirror--just a quick swipe and you're set. Plus, it lasts a while, and has a mint scent. This looks great on lighter skin tones, but I am light-medium and love it.
    • Elle Also Likes: Try the matte version in Audacious. Also, on some skin tones, Romantic looks orange, so give that a try. Also, the Rio Rush collection features a lipstick in Carnival Spirit that I love!
    • BONUS: Read my post on Best/Worst Lip Crayons.

Best Value: Jordana Matte Lipstick in Tangerine Tango

  • It's $1.49 y'all! While I got mine at Kmart, get it online here. This is what I'm wearing in the top photo.
  • It's an orange-red, and VERY pigmented. Lasts all day without being drying.

 Easiest to Wear: Revlon Lipgloss in Killer Watt

  • This is definitely more of a bright coral, so for those of you who don't want to wear orange, or still find it intimidating, this shade is so wearable. I like adding it on top of lipsticks.
    • Elle Also Likes: Revlon lipglosses in Coral Reef, Kiss Me Coral, Revlon Lip Butters in Tutti Frutti.

Orange Shimmer: Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss in Mai-Tai

  • This is an orange bronze shimmer that looks great on darker skin tones, and is a new favorite. Makes a great gloss for night, or on top of a lipstick.
    • Elle Also Likes: Coral Crush

Gorgeous Coral: Revlon Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral

  • A beautiful, classic coral lipstick.
    • Elle Also Likes: Revlon Moondrops (old school!) in Orange Flip, Kate Moss for Rimmel  lipstick in 12, and the lipgloss version with the same name!

What lipsticks have you been loving lately?


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