One of my favorite things about being a ginger is how the color of my hair makes the color of everything I wear pop; clothes, my skin, makeup, you name it.
I’m always experimenting with new colors when it comes to cosmetics because I think there’s untapped potential as far as what a person with my coloring can pull off. It’s sort of an unspoken rule amongst those with red hair, be it fire-engine red or cherry-red, that you’re not supposed to wear orange or red lip color because it’s too bold, loud, and obnoxious.
I have always felt the number one rule of makeup is that there are no rules to abide by, so I set out to break the biggest rule for gingers by purchasing the loudest, most intense red lip product I could find: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella.
Regardless of hair color, Majella is not for the faint of heart.
It is a deep, wine red that looks somewhat muted on the packaging, but once applied, is the brightest, boldest shade of red one could wish for.
If you are one who prefers to stick with light neutrals and simplistic nudes and peaches, approach Majella with caution because this is by very definition a statement color.
NARS is known for their barrier-breaking reds, and, given the fact that I have their satin lip pencils in about 3 colors at this point, it was a no-brainer for me to pick this guy up for $25 off the NARS website.
I consider myself to be a genetic guinea pig as far as my coloring goes – not only do I have very vibrant coppery-orange hair, I also have true green (not hazel) eyes, and very fair skin.
Even peaches and frosty pinks look vibrant on me.
Because my skin is cool with pink undertones and blue veins, I chose Majella, which is a blue-based red, over Golshan, which is an equally loud red with the exception of being an orange-based red (this is the one you choose if your skin is warm with yellow undertones and green veins).
That means that if the “redheads shouldn’t wear red” rule applies to anyone, it applies to me. Regardless, I ventured where few gingers have ventured before and gave Majella a shot.
This lip pencil is highly pigmented – one swipe on each lip and you have a traffic-stopping red hue.
You could use more than one swipe to build it up, but this pencil is so vibrant I find doing so to be completely unnecessary.
Majella is bold enough on its own and requires no extra effort to make it noticeable.
Typical of all NARS lip pencils, the finite tip allows for a complete lining of the lips, while the roundness of the pencil itself allows for quick shading and the ability to enhance the fullness of the lips without too much legwork.
Obviously a statement red isn’t appropriate for all occasions, or even all hairstyles, so I experimented with the color using various looks (I used Majella with a natural complexion, an updo, a full-face, and casual style, in that order).
I think where most people get confused when it comes to picking out red lipstick is the stage in which you have to determine if you are a blue-based or orange-based red.
I am without question a blue-based red, and I found that Majella blended pretty much seamlessly in with every look I tried, and it lasted for the entire 12 hours that I wore it without fading or smudging.
Now that I’ve broken this “golden rule” for us fiery-haired girls, I highly suggest that you go and pick up a show-stopping red lip color; it gives not only an empowering self-image but also opens the door for more experimentation with color!