MAY 30, 2019

Four Ways to Wear a Fiery Red-Orange this Summer


With everyone getting on board with pastel pretty, how and where does that leave you, a beauty lover only into bold colors? Fret not, because if there’s one thing beauty is all about, it’s individuality. Jump aboard that wash-of-color train by picking a great summer hue: a bright, just-the-right-amount-of-orangey red. In proper terms, it’s a good solid scarlet. It’s punchy, it’s summery, it’s literally hot. It gives you that boost of warmth in your complexion the way tawny shades do, but, you know, without making your teeth appear yellow. And the good news is, there’s more than one way to wear it aside from on the lips! We scoured new beauty destination freyja in Glorietta 2 for four ways to wear red-orange that’s sure to trigger a bit of scarlet envy.

A Fiery Glare: MAKEUP FOR EVER Radiant Primer in Yellow, P2450, Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lip in Flamethrower, P1300, Sigma Beauty Winged Liner Brush, P880 at freyja.

Yes, red on the eyes can be done without you looking like a little bunny. When you choose the right shade and with the right prep, it can be done right and it can give a little depth to the eye, but with a fun color. Rumor has it that Old Hollywood actresses, in the time of greasepaint and black-and-white film that had yet to portray color as accurately as now, they would use red lipstick in their waterline as it translated to depth on the screen. Make like vintage beauty and take your red-orange liquid lippie like Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lip in Flamethrower to your eyes with an angled liner brush like Sigma’s Winged Liner Brush. Make sure you prep with a yellow-based primer like MAKEUP FOR EVER’s Radiant Primer in Yellow – it gives good contrast.

High Shine: TheBalm Read my Lips Lip Gloss in Wow!, P690 at freyja

Too lazy for a full beat face? Let the lips do some shining. Unlike their matte sisters, a shiny lip lends a bit of casual power to a look; the pigment packs a punch while the shine removes the stiffness of a solid velvet lip. TheBalm’s Read my Lips Lip Gloss in Wow! Is actually the perfect orangey red color, and the texture lets you build it up from a positively sticky tint to a lacquer-like full finish.

Go Bold: Gesgep Cream Cheek in Innocent, P1660 at freyja

Easy, low maintenance, and extremely flattering, a perfectly blended bright red orange tint is diffused heat that makes an impact. Take a cream blush like Gesgep’s or Peripera’s and apply it first on the ring fingers. Rub together a bit to diffuse, then start tapping onto the apples of the cheeks. Apply as high as aesthetically possible, then dab the remaining pigment on the fingers onto the bridge of the nose for that cute sunburnt look. Blend as much as you need to.

Let Your Hands do the Talking: Nailmatic Pure Color Nail Lacquer, P750 atfreyja

Nail color is a huge summer thing, especially with our toes and digits exposed. Let your nails do the statement making with French vegan nail brand Nailmatic’s choice of reds in their Pure Color Nail Lacquer collection — from the poppy red Georgia to a coral-tinged red like Ella, there’s a scarlet for every mood.

Pro Tip: Feeling inspired? All you need is a bit of masking tape and scissors to get your nail craft on. Take the skinniest size masking tape and cut thin, uniform slivers and stick across the nail, in whatever pattern you prefer. Make sure the tape is secure by rubbing out air bubbles. Once you’ve prepped all your digits, paint away! Remove after the final color coat, and finish with a clear top coat.

Peripera Colorfit Tint Water Gel in #6 Carrotpress, P380