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Summer 2008 Catwalk Beauty Trend Orange Makeup MAC M'Orange Lipstick Beauty Tips From Vogue Makeup Artist Becca Harrison

Trend Alert: Going Orange

There's no getting away from the fact that orange is this season's hottest makeup shade. It's also the quickest, and quirkiest, way to inject some colour into your Summer beauty routine.

The orange trend all started with MAC's now cult lipstick, in Morange, (£11), Summer's most covetable shade. MAC's head of artistry told Grazia, that "Orange is the perfect antidote to the vampiness of last season, but still has enough to pack a punch."

I spoke with make-up artist Becca Harrison, who creates beautifully wearable versions of catwalk beauty trends, for Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent and Elle, amongst others.

She admits that, "The very thought of orange makeup can send even the most glamorous girl running in the opposite direction" but advises that with the right products "it can be a truly versatile colour with a variety of tones, to suit all shades of skin."

It's best to just wear one orange product, and team it with neutral beiges and tawny brown shades, or pale gold at the most.

To find out about Becca's top tips and expert beauty picks for working this summer's beauty phenomenon, just read more.

  • MAC does a gorgeous cream blush called Virgin Isle, (£12), which I find suits nearly all skin tones. It appears quite bright in the pot but can be used very lightly with your fingers, on the apples of the cheeks. This will create a healthy glow. Or try it layered over foundation, or powder, to achieve a brighter, more dramatic pop of colour.
  • Orange can also work really well as an eyeshadow - particularly with blue and brown eyes. Try a bright swipe of fluorescent eyeliner, such Barry M Kohl Pencil in Neon Orange, (£2.95). This, teamed with black mascara-ed lashes, creates a great punky, evening look.
  • Alternatively, subtly blend orange with softer browns and bronzes for a more gentle effect for the daytime. Once again, MAC have some wonderful shades including Orange, (£10), as well as some hot fluorescents, neutral buffs and peachy tones, (£14), in their Neo Sci Fi range.
  • Lip-wise - orange can look really stunning. From creamy corals to punchy brights, there is a shade for every skin tone and colouring. I like Lancome Coral Cruise, (£17). It's a lovely, soft tone perfect for redheads and blondes with fair complexions. While their Orange Drop looks gorgeous on olive and darker skin tones.
  • For a youthful pop of colour, go for Lancome's Juicy Tube, in Mangue, (£13.50). It's a pretty, light orange gloss which suits a fairer complexion. For the truly adventurous, MAC have a new lipstick called Electro, (£11). It's not for the faint hearted – but creates a powerful and sexy impact, that is impossible to ignore.


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