Amend the Trend: Wearing Orange

By Voxy  

This is the first (but hopefully not the last) of a periodic series of posts on taking certain hot trends in vogue at the moment and turning them into reasonable looks for real people. (OK, mostly reasonable. I make no promises.)

The looks we see on fashion runways or in advertisements are usually not at all practical for the average person — but fashion and cosmetics blogs and news sites are quick to use them to predict what will be hot (or not) in upcoming seasons. I always roll my eyes when people talk about trends for a given season and then the list of what they come up with includes every possible kind of look. For example, here’s the list of Sephora’s spring trends:

• Bold Cheeks
• Romantic Neutrals
• Orange Lips
• Elegant Pastels
• Vivid Brights
• Luminous Golds

Oh… neutrals, pastels, and brights, all trending. Well, you sort of can’t go wrong, I guess.

That being said, there are sometimes one or two signature looks of the moment that are fun to play around with. Orange is a hot color this year, and while the neon and fiery orange shades are not practical for most of us who are not actually on the runway at that moment, there are ways of incorporating this color into your look. I have an orange lippie winging its way to me right now, but for the moment I present this alternate way of using orange:

The Orange Eye

“What?” you are saying. “Stop right there. That is a terrible idea! Orange would look awful on the eye!”

Surprisingly, it doesn’t.


As with all things orange, it’s really a matter of finding a shade that flatters you — and I insist that there is a shade of orange for everyone. We all know I’m pink, so if there’s a shade of orange for me, then the rest of you lot ought to be fine. ;) The main orange color here is Inglot eyeshadow shade #10 (they don’t have names, sorry). I will be reviewing these shadows soon, but wanted to post this look since it was so surprisingly successful. It was quite striking, if I do say so myself: definitely orange, but somehow believable. I did not look like a reject from Cirque du Soleil.

Other products used here:
• TFSI (or eyeshadow primer of your choice)
• LORAC Little Black Palette: lightest (light gold) shade used in inner eye; darkest (chocolate brown) shade used in crease.
• Urban Decay 24/7 liners in Baked (bronze) and Bourbon (warm dark brown)
• Clinique High Impact Mascara
• Tarte emphasEYES brow pencil in Medium Brown

What could I pair this look with?

I’m not a fan of mixing pinks and oranges, usually, so I would go for a peachy blush and a lip color that was sheer and light, also in the peach/gold/nude area. This is a strong eye, so I would choose more subtle tones for the rest of the face. If you have *exactly* the right sheer red lippie, you could conceivably go with that, but the eyes and the lips should not be vying for attention. It makes both of them look clownish. What you choose for cheeks and lips should contribute to the look, not sabotage it.

What do you think? Successful? Not successful? Would you wear it?

Photo (which is making me long for cool, wet orange slices — and yes, that is a gorgeous blue, isn’t it? — and yes, I do hope to have a future Amend the Trend post on wearing that color. How did you know?):
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  1. avatar AmmieM
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    I look terrible in orange so I’m encouraged to know how to ‘amend this trend’. Thank you.


  2. avatar Inthelab
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You look great in that gold shade. I look better in soft peaches (and have maybe 5 palettes to prove it). I will keep a look out for the right shade of peach-coral gloss and lippie.


  3. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, I love it, Voxy! I take back what I said about orange not working on anyone. That’s a really good look for you.


  4. avatar froggie
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Your eyebrows look amazing. Do you just pluck or have them done professionally?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I just pluck. I had them waxed once — only once, ever! — and they never really grew back in all the way. They are also, for some reason, lighter than the hair on my head. Like, by a LOT. So if I don’t shape them and fill in spots with a pencil or other brow product, my face looks really out of proportion.


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