CBB Guest Post: How Fair, Cool-Toned Beauties Can Wear Orange this Summer

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hey, everybody! It’s great to meet you. I’m Amy of EyeshadowAddict.com, and today I’m writing a guest post for Stephanie from the other side of the country. Cool, right? (Thanks, Stephanie!)

Raise your hand if you always shop the lightest end of the foundation range. (I’m raising a hand.) Raise your hand if it feels impossible to find a foundation that doesn't make you look like an Oompa-Loompa. (I’m raising my other hand.) I feel you, sisters! Such is the plight of us fair, cool-toned lasses. We look awesome in berry lipstick and black dresses. And we look AWFUL in in the gorgeous, screaming orange that’s going to be so big this summer.

My lovelies, fear not: I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to turn away from the trend! You just need to be a little creative. Maybe you can’t rock Rude by Illamasqua or Morange by MAC. (Sigh.) But you CAN work some orange into your look. Here’s how.

  • Blend it into the crease of your eye.

There’s typically one place on my face I can really pull off warm colour: the eyes. Give it a try. Select some orange shadow—maybe toward the pink end of the spectrum if you’re feeling nervous—and blend it into your crease or upper crease with a MAC 217 or something similar. I bet you’ll like what you see! It’s a little edgy, but still totally wearable.

  • Tone it down to a coral and add it to your cheeks.

Most of us can’t wear screaming orange, but a classy coral with the right amount of pink can work! And my lovelies, it TOTALLY counts as orange, and it will TOTALLY make you look fabulous.

  • Sheer it out on your lips.

Sheer out any scary colour and you’ll be amazed at what you can pull off. Want to rock the orange this summer? Pull out a sparkly gloss in a peach or coral.

What’s the verdict? Does it work?

I used MAC Mulch on the lid, NARS Panic Dual-Intensity Blush (the orange shade) in the crease, MAC All that Glitters in the upper crease, and Urban Decay Strange on the brow bone.

Key products from this post:

Clockwise from the gloss: CHANEL Levres Scintillantes Gossimer for Lips in Amour 166, NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic (I used only the orange shade), and the Pink Lemonade Blush Palette (I used only the coral shade on the bottom, Icing Sugar).


Um, CHANEL. Because CHANEL. Need I say more? (Okay, okay. You can read my review if you want.)

NARS Panic

If you haven’t tried the new Dual-Intensity Blushes from NARS, run to Sephora to try them today! I thought NARS Panic was scary at first, but mixing the two colours together produces a beautiful, healthy flush that lasts all day. Love it. Worth the $52, and worth destroying the lovely embossed pattern. Oh, and they DO work wet—just apply them like you would a pigmented cream blush: Dab and blend on the back of your hand, THEN apply to the apples of your cheeks. The effect is more like water colour and less like a cream eyeshadow. Promise.

Sleek Pink Lemonade

I scored this beauty a couple of months ago during an international beauty swap with the lovely Hannah of hannerking, who lives in Sheffield, England (more on that cool experience another day). Ladies, if you head to the U.K. or another place that sells Sleek (the U.S. I think!), stock up! This blush palette is around $15 U.S., and the quality is on par with NARS. I kid you not.

Lovelies who have shied away from orange in the past, what do you think? Will you be venturing into orange territory this summer? If you do, visit me over at EyeshadowAddict.com or @VanESAddict and share a photo of what you come up with. I’d love to see!

Happy blending,

Thanks so much Amy for the wonderful post and look! These are definitely useful tips and now I want all these products! Orange seems a bit less scary now. ;) -Stephanie

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