Last week, when Kate Bosworth strode the L.A. streets in tomboy summer staples (a white T-shirt and overalls) and a glossy orange pout, it proved the three’s-a-trend theory and announced the arrival of peach season. Bosworth joins two similar, especially fresh looks recently cemented in my brain (Solange Knowles DJing a Jimmy Choo party in a tangerine suit and matching eyeliner and blush, and Gigi Hadid sporting a particular shade of sunset on her eyes, cheekbones, and dress at an Ovarian Cancer fundraiser). It seems no matter how bold or subdued the execution, shades lifted from the stone fruit never look overwrought.
“Orange makeup adds instant life and youth,” reasons Suzy Gerstein, makeup artist to the perennially perfectly flushed Tory Burch, St. Vincent, and Leighton Meester.According to Gerstein, even a full face of coral or tangerine can be subtle on any skin tone, for which she favors a mid-tone blush such as Kjaer Weis Sun Touched Cream Blush across the entire cheek, finished with a sheer dusting of the product on the eyelids, and a matte pressing into the lips.
For a playful statement, try pairing a peach-red mouth (not unlike Bosworth’s) with an otherwise fresh face. Gerstein reaches for TopShop RioRio lipstick for a saturated effect, applying the formula to the lips with her fingers, and the remaining pigment onto the cheeks for a natural, tied-together moment. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen offers a sheer, buildable, dewy finish on both lips and skin. Any way you apply, it adds up to one single product for a day or night of effortless glow. How’s that for living easy?