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Hot Orange

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Published on 10th December 2007

A few years back orange was pretty much the most underused colour going next to yellow. Why was this? Maybe it was because the typical orange colours on the market looked too natural, or that it’s hard to match with clothing? Maybe it was concern that it wouldn’t look right with various skin tones?

Whatever the reason for its unpopularity then, orange is definitely on the up and it’s much deserved.
With colours like Special Effects’ Napalm Orange (a very bright red orange) and Hi-Octane (a super neon orange), both of which glow under black light, or the more natural shades and all in between why wouldn’t you choose orange?

Orange is a great choice whether you want something eye-poppingly bright or something just this side of natural. For example, let’s say your boss won’t let you have an unnatural hair colour. There are loads of box dyes in various shades of red on the market at the moment but as we know they tend to fade just like a veggie based dye and their objection is to look natural. But you want something a little more interesting.

There are such a range of orange shades you can get away with in the workplace (or school). Go for rich copper shades, honey blondes in a combination of colours and apply the dye in bold chunks or slices for an unnatural look in “natural colours”. If you think you can push it just a little bit further Tiger Lily by Manic Panic has an interesting natural/unnatural look to it, or how about Directions Apricot or Coral Red?

If you’re not concerned with looking natural, orange is a great colour to have fun with. Go for something really bold and choose Napalm or Hi-Octane to make a statement with orange. Mix your own if you’re feeling adventurous. Try combining Directions Fluorescent Glow with a bright red like Pillarbox or Bright as F@#! Yellow and Nuclear Red.

Unlike some warm colours, orange can look great with pale skin. Most shades of orange look good with dark skin and if your skin is olive-toned go for deep burnt orange colours to compliment your colouring best.

If you’re still worried orange won’t go with your skin colour add some chunks of another colour. Go high-contrast with purple or add shades of red or yellow to tone it down. Orange can even look great with shades of pink as seen in Adam’s Adventures 18.

So is orange for you? It’s a matter of taste but whatever your colouring there’s a shade to suit you.
Orange is definitely on the up!

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Unlike some warm colours, orange can look great with pale skin. Most shades of orange look good with dark skin and if your skin is olive-toned go for deep burnt orange colours to compliment your colouring best.