Back when we were kids, my cousins and I spent a good deal of each summer vacationing at our grandma’s place. I don’t really remember how we spent our time (stealing mangoes, yes), but one thing I do remember clearly is the ice cream man.
Well, it wasn’t actually ice cream… More like frozen sticks of bright orange juice that prompted animated discussions about whose tongue was the most stained.
Sigh… Good times.
Anyhow, that’s what I thought of when I saw Pantone’s Color of the Year, a bright reddish orange quite aptly named Tangerine Tango.
While I can see a bright tangerine pump making all the difference between drab and chic, I’ve always found it difficult to embrace bright orange makeup. Then, this year, it starts up popping up everywhere! — most notably perhaps in the much hyped Sephora + Pantone Tangerine Tango Collection.
Truth be told, I’m a little shy about venturing beyond beiges and browns, and it took me a while to build up the courage to try the colour. When I did, though, I caved and bought the set.
If you’re wondering how you can add a splash of tangerine to your look while staying firmly on the safer side of the colour spectrum, here are some options:
Sephora + Pantone eyeshadow quad and Tangerine Tango Twist eyeliner
The easiest way I’ve found to add the colour to my eyes is by using a tangerine eyeliner close to my lash line, which I usually smudge with some brown eyeshadow.
The Sephora palette comes with a tangerine eyeliner and an eye shadow quad, which is probably enough tangerine to last someone a lifetime!
If you’re looking for a drugstore option instead, try Maybelline Colour Tattoo eye shadow in Fierce & Tangy, or for a colour bound to outlast the current tangerine trend, try orangey copper MAC Coppering.
MAC Coppering and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow Fierce and Tangy
Now that’s cheeky
Wearing Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral
NARS Exhibit A is perhaps the perfect pick for this colour, and I think it looks especially awesome on darker skin tones. I don’t own it, though, because it’s just not the colour for my redness-prone skin. For something a little less intimidating, I would opt for a blush that has hints of pink in it — something closer to the natural colour of blushing cheeks. A hint of pink tones should make it more wearable.
If you’re wary of going overboard, use a light hand and/or a stippling brush.
Sephora + Pantone Duo Blush and Prisma Chrome blush (the one in the top right corner), Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral, and Chanel In Love (the lone black in the pic)
My favorite is Chanel’s In Love, but for something that’s lighter on the wallet, try Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in Candy Coral. It doesn’t go on too dark, and the colour can be built up with layering. Perfect if you want a more controlled application.
Looking for more of a multitasker instead? Try Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint. I think it works great as a lip stain, too.
Sephora Cream Lipstick and Chanel Gloss Freeze
I have only one of these, the Sephora Tangerine Tango lipstick. It was scary orange in the tube and not something I envisioned myself picking up in a million year, but online shopping at odd hours does strange things to my brain, and it somehow landed in my shopping basket.
I’m still not completely confident about stepping out in it, but here are a couple of things that help me when it comes to orange lips:
- Keep the rest of the face simple when the colour is quite bright on its own.
- Apply with a lip brush on smooth, scrubbed lips.
- Blot lightly with a tissue, and top off with either a brownish lipgloss if you want a glossy look, or slightly feather it with a nude lipliner for a matte look (tones down the glare a lot).
MAC Crosswires and Evolution Revolution
Tangerine tips and toes
Now, these don’t need any instructions. Summer is the perfect time to sport a fun nail colour, and from bright tangerines to creamy corals, the orange family has you covered. Here are a few of my favorites:
From left to right: Chanel Le Vernis June, Revlon Longwear Nail Enamel Sorbet, Wet n’ Wild Megalast Club Havana, Essie Meet Me at Sunset
While I’m not one to follow all the trends, sometimes just trying out a new colour goes a long way toward brightening my mood.
You don’t have to try to track down the exact shades. Instead, try to find variations that you think work best for your skin tone. Just be careful about wearing all of them at the same time, unless that’s what you’re going for (the Oompa-Loompa look!).