• Thu, Jan 16 - 2:00 pm ET

I Tried Orange, Blue and Green Lipstick And It Was Surprisingly Tame

As a general rule, I am more of a classic-style type girl rather than a slave to the trends. Think less Lady Gaga, more Kate Middleton (without the perfect hair and royal title, of course). But every once in a while a trend will come along that I will find fascinating. The whole “weird, bold lip color” trend isn’t really one of them. But I’m going to try it out anyway.

I started out with a more typical color – pink. Just done in a bold way. This was definitely more of hot pink, and not something I would typically wear to the office. Or a club. Or the moon. But I digress…Apparently this is what ALL the cool kids are wearing, and dammit, I can be cool too…

If by cool kids you mean preppy girls from the 1980s. This lipstick not only looked like something my mom wore in the 80s, but SMELLED like it too. Not a fan.

Next up, I decided to go a little more bold. As in orange. I have to say, I was a bit more optimistic about this choice, as for some reason orange is a good color on me – something about black hair and skin so translucent it’s illegal to go to the beach for fears of blinding people works with pumpkin colored shiz. And this lipstick did not disappoint…

Again, this is not exactly office wear, but I would totally wear this out to a club or bar on the weekend, or even to the movies. Despite the name (Electric Orange) this shade was surprisingly mellow. Bold? Yes, but not too bold.

Next up, purple! Now, purple is my favorite color. If I didn’t have another person whose taste I had to take into consideration in my home, I would totally plaster every surface of my house in shades of lilac and violet. So why not my lips? If I can run around with bright red lips all the time, why not purple?

My favorite part of this choice was the texture. It was creamy and just the right amount of coverage so I didn’t feel like I was slathering on a ton of it to get the right saturation. While I wouldn’t wear this to my kid’s PTA meeting, I would totally wear this to the grocery store or the bank.

Next I decided to channel my inner alien and slap on some green lipstick. Obviously I wasn’t expecting this to be something my grandma would wear to church on Sunday, but the results were even crazier than I expected…

I look like I just made out with ET. There is only one day of the year when this lipstick would be appropriate – St. Patrick’s Day. And only then because you’ll be too drunk to care how ridiculous you look.

Last, but definitely not least, I tried blue. This lipstick turned out to be the boldest and brightest of the bunch, and I can’t see myself wearing it anywhere outside of the raves I used to go to in my early twenties. That being said, it was an interesting look…

This was probably my favorite lipstick here when it comes to texture and smoothness. It went on surprisingly sheer (which a  lot of these did, actually) and needed a few layers, but it never felt sticky or bulky on my lips. In a less out-there color I could see this being a staple in my makeup routine.

Tips for wearing the bold tip trend:

As I mentioned before, almost all of these go on very sheer (with the exception of the Maybelline Vivids, which are quite a bit thicker) and could potentially be layered with more traditional shades for different looks. To get a truly bold look I suggest wearing a lip primer or concealer underneath, which is what I did here.

Also, unlike red, plum or pink colors, these typically won’t do your teeth any favors, so you might wanna break out the whitening creams or whatever, a few days beforehand. And if you get these shades anywhere else on your face, it WILL show. My husband kept finding weird little bits of green and blue on my cheek, forehead, etc. (I am a messy broad, what can I say?).

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  • diane kaston

    i love the orange and the violet/purple! and i love your posts on beauty experiments, keep it up :)

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Thank you! They are super fun to do, also!

    • Romylove

      I agree. The orange is nice, but I think the purple looks best.

  • Amanda Lee

    The orange looks amazing on you! I don’t know what to say about the green… I just can’t imagine it would be flattering on anyone.

    • Samantha Escobar

      That’s how I feel about green hair. It was the only color I never did because I knew it would look awful. :(

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I bought that particular one about a year ago for a St. Patrick’s Day event, and even then I wasn’t a fan since it never gave me the coverage I wanted. I think if it had the same texture at the blue one, or especially the purple and orange, I might have liked it better.

  • Joanna Rafael

    You’re so fuckin cute, dude. You pull off alien colored lips very well.

  • Samantha Escobar

    Girl. You look SO COOL.

  • Kay_Sue

    I feel you on purple, period, and I also love that shade…hmmmm…

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Right? We need to make this a serious trend so it will be totally acceptable to wear this everywhere.

    • Kay_Sue

      We should. We can call it People for Purple.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      YES! I’ll make the buttons and t-shirts

    • KathleenCat

      Serious question: Are you saying it’s not acceptable to wear this color in your office or social circle? Like, not just people look at you funny, but actually unacceptable?

      I mean, that’s sad if true.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Oh, no! I was definitely being hyperbolic! My friends would most definitely be not only okay with this, but supportive and cool (I actually got the idea from a friend of mine who wears blue lipstick sometimes). And I actually work from home now, but my last “office” is technically still my office if and when I go to one, aka the Gloss/Mommyish parent company office, and as you know, these ladies are stylish and open to everything.

      That would be so sad if it was true, I totally agree!

    • KathleenCat

      I have issues with knowing when to take things literally or not… so, thanks!
      I mean, I thought on one hand, surely they can wear what they like, but then that other part goes, “Yes, but she said…”

  • Charmless

    You’re pulling off that pink better than you think you are. Try one of the Maybelline Vivid pinks (the something something Rose one is beautiful). You’ll probably like it, since you liked their other two. I think I have that entire line.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Thank you! I am totally planning on buying the rest of the line. I got those two a couple of weeks ago on sale, and I wish I had picked up the other options my local Rite Aid had.

  • Julia Sonenshein

    Fuck you for looking so cute in those weirdo colors. That orange is insanely hot.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      My husband said I looked like a have, um…oral lovings with a slime monster when he saw the green one.

  • KathleenCat

    I don’t know how to tell you this, but I wore ALL of those colors in the 1980s. And if you exclude the blue and green, I wore all of them to school. Catholic school.
    I also wore black nail polish to school.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I actually wore a lot of these colors in high school too (not blue or green though) and I also went to Catholic school. No nail polish though, they were weirdly strict about that, but NOT about black, purple or the oh-so-popular brown lipstick of the 90s.

    • KathleenCat

      No nail polish! Well, that’s scary to me.
      Did the kids at least try to sneak sheer shades?

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Oh, totally. I know I did, at least until I got caught by this one particular teacher that I still swear had it out for me, and was given detention. The one and only time I ever had detention, and it was over nail polish.

  • Holly

    I’m 33. I’ve had some really bad times over the last few years including life or death moments, fear for my child’s safety, depression, wondering if we’re going to have a place to live next month, etc. Real get-you-down-to-your-bottomest-bottom kind of bad. One of the best things I’ve given myself out of those bad times is that I don’t give a fuck about what’s acceptable anymore. Well, I give…less of a fuck. Sometimes I find myself worrying a little too much about what people might think. But then I think about what I would have thought had some of the scary moments been scarier. Would I have thought, “I’m glad I didn’t wear puprle lipstick!” or would I have wished I would have just worn whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted if it made me happy to look at it? Fuck you, boring makeup. I went and bought the brightest purple lipstick I could find this week and it makes me ridiculously happy every time I wear it. I’m currently trying to decide what color of hair I think will make me happiest. And I don’t go to clubs, bars, or any other place that might seem better suited for some of these fun colors. I don’t dress trendy or alternative (is that still relevant?) or live in an area where a lot of people do. I live in a town of about 1000 people in the middle of nowhere and I most certainly will be rocking some orange lipstick on church on Sunday. Maybe even green. If I looked as cute in it as you do, I’d definitely wear the hell out of those colors. I’m fat and unstylish and boring but I’m probably going to go ahead and wear it anyhow. The blue is not unflattering on you. If you look at it as just a color, like you would a shirt, it looks great. It’s just that you’re not used to having it on your lips. So, this came out as kind of rant-y, but it shouldn’t be. I just want everyone to wear whatever color makes them happy. :) You should check out limecrime makeup. They have some beautiful lipsticks. I’ve never bought any because they’re a bit out of my budget ( a lot of bits out of my budget, actually) but they’re beautiful and they have the best packaging. Yay colors!

    • April Dawn Bell

      Reminds me of when I dyed my hair green after I had my heart attack. It’s back to red now but I need to start being more daring in other aspects of my life. I did just buy some gold lipstick because of this article and I love it!

  • Lindsey Conklin

    who looks good in blue lipstick?! YOU DO!?! seriously! that’s amazing!!

  • Phedre

    The first three look awesome! I think you should totally try the orange color for work.. it looks very “put together” lol