Orange can be a tricky color to work with because it is so bold. If you plan to wear an orange dress, be careful with your makeup colors. You don’t want to use colors that will clash with the dress, making you look like a clown. Instead, use the color wheel to find colors that will not only coordinate with the orange but also bring it out, creating a beautiful, blended color scheme for your face and attire.

Things You'll Need


Apply Your Face Makeup

Prepare your skin for makeup by washing it and applying a light moisturizer. If desired, apply a primer to the face to smooth any scars and imperfections.

Choose a foundation in a shade that blends in with your natural skin tone. Use a foundation brush or professional makeup sponge to apply it to the skin, creating an airbrushed look.

Apply concealer under the eyes and to any imperfections. You can also use your concealer to highlight the face. Apply it down the bridge of the nose, the middle of the forehead and chin, on either side of the nostrils and at the top of the cheekbones. Blend in the concealer.

Contour the face if desired. Use a foundation or concealer in a shade darker than your natural skin tone. Apply it down either side of the nose, under the cheekbones and under the chin.

Cover the face in a loose powder.


Choose Your Colors

Use the color wheel to choose colors that will coordinate with the orange of your dress.

For a dramatic effect, use blue, which is opposite orange on the color wheel. Orange and blue are complementary colors. If you want your eyes to look dramatic, use blue eyeshadow. It will make them stand out yet still coordinate with your orange dress.

Choose colors in lighter and/or darker shades of the orange in your dress to create a monochromatic color scheme. Be careful with this one because you don’t want to appear covered in orange. If this is your choice, simply choose an eyeshadow in a light, coordinating orange shade or a lipstick or blush with orange undertones.

Use a triadic color scheme. These are the colors that create a triangle on the color wheel. The two colors that create a triangle with orange are green and purple. According to the Malene Newman website, “the triadic scheme is not as contrasting as the complementary scheme, but it looks more balanced and harmonious.” If this is your choice, use green and purple on the eyes and a lipstick or blush that has purple undertones.


Apply Your Eyeshadow, Lipstick and Blush

Fill in your brows with a brow pencil or powder to define the eye area and add structure to your face.

Apply your eyeshadow in the colors you have chosen. If you use blue, apply it on the lids only. If you use orange, apply this also on the lids, graduating from a white-orange at the inner corners and increasing to a bolder orange at the outer corners. You can also use a combination of orange and purple, with an orange placed on two-thirds of the lid and a dark purple on the outer third. Purple and green is another choice, or use purple, green and orange on the lids, blending them in to one another.

Line the eyes. If desired, you can use neutral colors on the eyes and simply line them in a color that coordinates with orange, such as blue, purple, green or orange. Apply two coats of black mascara.

Apply your lipstick. Choose a shade with purple or orange undertones. You could also wear a light gloss tinted with purple or orange.

Apply blush lightly to the apples of your cheeks and blend it in. Look in the mirror and blend in all makeup colors well.