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Stina wearing some intense orange attitude.

Stina Scott, @fatshionpeepshow, . Photo by Stina Scott, used with permission.

It may not be “Marsala,” Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015, but orange and I are long time buddies. Whether worn directly out of the tube as a neon orange, a sunset coral, a juicy sheer tangerine, the smoldering ember of red orange, or a trusty terra cotta – this season, orange has been the color that I have turned to even more frequently than my previously ride-or-die red. Orange is the femme that has the funny jokes, the one that has the chutzpah to get what (and who) she wants.

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It’s rare that we actually think about the psychological impact that a color has. Some people just like the color blue and do not think about the calming effects. Others are drawn to the invigorating red and do not think about how it has the potential to pump those around them up and help get what they want. Orange is like that, too! Orange is seen as an enviable yet unattainable goal, passionate, energetic, warm and fun. Women respect other women who wear the color orange because they feel as though they cannot wear it themselves. Those same women are more likely to listen a bit more closely to the statements coming from your orange pout.

Think about it… when you bite into an orange and it perks your senses up. Be the visual equivalent of that vitamin C boost by injecting some juicy color into your makeup routine!

IMG_3508Darshana Pathak in A Go Go by Kat von D for Sephora11259016_10153105978394900_1850615865_n There is an orange for every complexion. I love putting on Kat von D’s “A-Go-Go” against my pale skin and seeing how it makes my blue eyes POP against the complimentary hue on my lips. It looks equally gorgeous on olive complected blogger, Darshana Patak, and downright amazing on my darker complected buddy Jasmine.

Photo courtesy (L-R) Laurel Dickman , Darshana Patak ,  Jasmine Reynolds. 
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Photo courtesy (L-R) Emerald Shaw, Jazzy Baptiste , Katana Fatale

MAC is one of my favorite brands, albeit a bit problematic. They seem to really have it together when it comes to their orange shades, which makes them so hard to quit. “So Chaud” by MAC is probably the easiest lipstick for die-hard red advocates to switch it up, shown here across three complexions, as well. It is a beautiful matte orange-red that fades into a beautiful deep coral. It has the finish that cult favorite “Ruby Woo” has but the punch of orange. It remains familiar while being a step outside the ordinary for fans of a strong, red pout. “Lady Danger”is a vibrant orangey-tomato red with a matte texture. If “So Chaud” is still too far of a stretch, “Lady Danger” is the perfect warm red that hints at orange.
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Photo courtesy Jenny Lee Powers , Jessie Mae,  Adjoa and Chandra Dee 

Orange is the girl in the song “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill. In that tube, there’s a revolution. Again, MAC comes through with a kickass orange. “Vegas Volt” is a vibrant coral-meets-neon-watermelon. It is so vivid that I had to feature it, but I feel like coral is a whole different story. This is straddles the division between the two and it is so damn sexy. I especially love this color on olive skin tones, but like with everything else, there is a shade for everyone. You can tame it by lining with a coral lipliner or add another level of ombre intrigue by blending an orange lip liner with it. “Anna Nicole” by Jeffree Star, is now my patron saint of both big blonde hair and long-wear orange lips. Urban Decay’s “Punch Drunk” packs a blow by being both super pigmented and having a high gloss finish. It is makeup artist Danelle French’s favorite orange. You can still keep the feeling of orange while using a sheer tint of it like Makeup Forever’s Plexigloss in Orange Coral.

@stinabored wearing a blend of Maybelline's Daringly Nude with Wet n Wild's Art In The Street eyeshadow #391A Orange11421600_10207170373404829_1737985879_n(1)Orcus Eris in Electric Orange 880 by Maybelline

 Photo Courtesy Frances Houseman , Danelle French , Rebekah Krispi , and Orcus Eris 

It is important to remember that you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it. For example, Maybelline produces the great “Electric Orange #880” and Wet N Wild produced a MegaLast coral shade called “Purty Persimmon.” Wearing this great summer hue can cost you under $5! If you’re still timid, start small and work your way up.


Vivi Ennui in a specially formulated mix of her own product line, Mon Ennui Cosmetics. Photo by Vivi Ennui, used with permission.

Don’t be shy! Try something new and attention getting like orange. Never be afraid to make a statement – you never know who might notice!

Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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