Must-Do Mondays: Surprising Ways to Wear Orange Eye Shadow Every Day

Carrot-colored hues for a fresh face

By Taylor Stephan Aug 24, 2015 9:55 PMTags
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Orange is the new black.

OK, we wouldn't necessarily go that far, but it's nice to see celebs like Cara Delevingne and Solange Knowles mixing the hard-to-pull-off burnt shade into their red-carpet repertoire. We've pretty much completely dodged the carrot-like hue up until now, but we don't blame you if you're still not quite as ready as the celebs to rotate the shade into your daily shadow routine.

To take advantage of the color that tends to remain untouched in makeup palettes everywhere, we've tested out three toned-down (and very practical) alternative ways that you can use your orange shadow for an everyday fresh face.

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As a sun-kissed glow. Especially as we head into fall, you may find your summer tan ever so slightly fading away. To imitate a lasting glow, simply crush a pinch of orange shadow and combine with a few spritzes of face mist. Once blended, lightly tap the mixture onto clean skin, focusing on the apples of the cheeks. Layer foundation and other makeup on top as usual for an instant tinge of warmth that peeks through, said celeb makeup artist Suzie Kim

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As a coral lip tint. Coral will always be synonymous with warmer months, but regardless of the temperature outside, a red-orange lip is a commendable staple shade. To handcraft your own glossy version (which happens to be very on-trend for fall), the makeup pro recommended mixing a dusting of orange powder with any clear gloss that you have handy. Orange layered on your red lip reads as coral, with intensity levels varying depending on the amount of orange you add in. 

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As an under-eye brightener. Quick lesson in color theory: According to the color wheel, orange cancels out blue. If you're lacking in the sleep department, immediately kill under-eye bags with a dose of orange. For those days when you need a boost, take your go-to concealer and mix with a trace orange powder, suggested the beauty expert. This trick works too if you use yellow shadow in the place of orange to cancel out purple.