Orange is the new Black

As we all know, Orange, and it’s various forms, is a hot colour for Spring and Summer. It always seems to make an appearance for this time of the year, but this year it’s brighter and sexier than before. It really is a great colour as it flatters all skintones and an orange lippie can do wonders for taking away the focus from tired-looking eyes. But it can be difficult to know how to wear it and what shades to wear to best suit you. Orange can be worn on the eyes, cheeks and lips, so you can just chose one area to concentrate on or totally go for it by using it on all three! Here is a breakdown of what suits the four main skin tones;



Fair Skin

Fair skin can often looked washed out, so you’re best off choosing oranges that have a more pinky/coral colour to them as this will add warmth and brightness. This will also make the skin instantly pop.

Products for Fair Skin

Products for Fair Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Finish Lip Colour in Calypso Shimmer
Cheeks – Nars Matte Multiple Stick in Exumas or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise
Eyes – MAC Rule eyeshadow


Medium Skin

The warm undertones in your skin work with pastels and will make your complexion look more even glowing.

Products for Medium Skin

Products for Medium Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lip Colour in Incandescente or Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Audacious
Cheeks – Shu Uemura Bouncy Blusher in Orange Quartz
Eyes – Make Up Forever Matte Eyeshadow in Orange Coral


Olive Skin

Olive Skin

Yellowy undertones really work with a serious punch of bright neon orange, or any colour neon for that matter. Although, with lip products, avoid them if you’re worried about your teeth (they can make stained teeth appear more yellow).

Products for Olive Skin

Products for Olive Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger or Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Malibu Punch
Cheeks – MAC Optimistic Orange Creme Blend
Eyes – Inglot Eyeshadow in 51


Dark Skin

Dark Skin

For those with dark skin, burnt oranges are the best match, a sort of red-orange hybrid. The zingy tinge will make your complexion look ultra fresh. The colour can be sheer or highly pigmented, both look fresh and modern.

Products for Dark Skin

Products for Dark Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:

Lips – Rouge Dior in Trafalgar or Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Maya
Cheeks – Sleek Makeup in Sunrise (it’s a great dupe for Nars Blush in Taj Mahal).
Eyes – Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Vapour, MAC Eye shadow in Orange or Make Up Forever Matte Eye Shadow in Tangerine

Hope this helps you take the steps to wearing this summer’s on trend colour.

Thanks for reading.


Autumn/Winter 13 Make up trends

As we head into Autumn, you can definitely feel the air changing….that calls for a revamp of our make up. Make up for Autumn/Winter 13 definitely brings with it a touch of glamour. Here’s what’s hot for Autumn/Winter 13…..


This trend is staying around, so if you haven’t started growing yours, now is the time. They don’t necessarily need to be bushy, just keep them well groomed. A great way to do this is by using a brow gel to set them in place.  MAC do a great clear gel which is a permanent fixture in my kit and you can also get a less expensive version from Rimmel or Maybelline. Using the brushes on these helps tame the brows and gets the hairs to grow upwards.

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If you think you need some extra definition on the brows, then you can do this with a powder or pencil product. For blondes I’d recommend using MAC;s eyeshadow in Omega or their eyebrow pencil in Fling. For brunettes, MAC’s Lingering pencil is great and they also have a huge variety of brown shades, so they’ll definitely be one to suit your brows. Definitely try to stick to the exact colour, or even one shade lighter than your natural brows. If you’re feeling a bit flash with your cash, try Anastasia Beverly Hills range of brow products which can be purchased at and they are currently offering free worldwide shipping for orders over £25.


Wine stained lips are definitely a big trend for the coming seasons and it’s all about being matte. So apply your lip colour/lip stain and then blot away any excess. You can even put a light covering of face powder over your lips. Colour wise, it’s the typical wine, berry and rich colours your would associate with this time of the year. I’m totally lusting after the Tom Ford range of lipsticks that are in the shops, actually, I tell a lie, it’s not just the lipsticks I’m lusting after, it’s the whole collection. Oh a girl can dream.

Tom Ford lipsticks

However, this year there are more options in terms of the texture of the product that you use, from Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, a lip stain, lipstick or a lip tar.

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We’re finally seeing a move from the “no make-up” dewy-skinned look that has dominated catwalk beauty for a long time to a shift towards groomed, velvety skin carefully prepped with foundation before being dusted with a liberal coat of powder to set it. Apparently make-up artists spent five times as long on the skin than the rest of the make-up at the fashion shows toachieve the perfect matte satin skin. For a high street option, I would opt for L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation, which will help you achieve a healthy glow without too much shine.


Eyeliner will always be on trend in some form or another. This season it’s in the form of thin, black, sometimes barely-there liner.  There is also a noticeable nod to the ’60s with extravagant feline flick.


Dark & Dramatic Eyes
The focus for this season’s dark eyes is on a smudged, sexy look, with extra details like glitter and metallics. Just remember to keep the lip bare.

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I hope this helps you find a look that suits you. Make up, like your wardrobe should change a few times a year to suit your skin colour and colours appropriate for the season. There are some absolutely amazing new collections for this season, so go on, treat yourself to something!

Sara. x