A few weeks ago, I decided that I definitely needed to start wearing makeup again. But there was a problem.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever even mentioned it.
You see, I’m a ginger. I know, I know. It’s so surprising. I’ve never even had the courage to tell my parents. But it’s a relief that I can finally bring it up.
Being a ginger means a lot of things: not getting to wear orange, buying sunscreen by the palette, having my parentage questioned, being touched without my permission, and having limited choices in makeup. Or so I thought.
As I perused the Internet for makeup suggestions for redheads, I came across article after article by non-gingers that, more often than not, had no actual redheads in them.1 I was beginning to lose hope when I came across this video featuring makeup artist Mary Greenwell. She was explaining how she did Jessica Chastain’s makeup. I figured that a professional makeup artist who has worked with a natural redhead might know get shit when it comes to makeup for redheads. In the video, she said redheads can wear any color.
After recovering from the massive fainting spell that caused, I began to wonder if that could possibly be true. So I got myself some lipstick2 and decided to try out her theory. And to save my fellow gingers3 from having to look at pictures of Emma Stone & Christina Hendricks, I decided to post about it.4
I don’t have any dark lipsticks, nor do I have any neon/vibrant color lipsticks. I want to buy some plums and darker shades, but, because I can’t otherwise see myself wearing them, I will only try vibrant ones if someone else foots the bill for them.
In all of these pictures, the only makeup I have on is the lipstick that I’m demonstrating.
First, we’ve got L’Oreal Collection Exclusive‘s shade of red for the lovely, and blonde, Blake Lively. I know, I know. I’ve complained about the makeup tips for redheads featuring non-redheads, so it might not make sense for me to try the shade of red created for a blonde, but I figured that I might as well check it out. Not the greatest reason for trying something out, but I regret nothing.
Now, we have NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa. I was confused about why the lip colors for NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream were names of world cities.5 Depending on the lighting, this can look anywhere from almost nude to hot pink. And still, I regret nothing, except maybe trying a red lipstick first because those are hard as fuck to get off of your lips.
Third up is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo. I was confused when I saw the name of this lip cream and it was San Paulo instead of São Paolo, but I guess geography isn’t everyone’s forte. But, hey, regrets are still few and far between for me.
Numero four is NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches ‘N Cream, which I liked a lot more than I thought that I would. Honestly, it was the easiest thing from NYX to apply. Don’t get me wrong, I liked everything from NYX. The brand has excellent quality, but it can be a little difficult to apply. The butter gloss didn’t seem to have that issue, though.
And at number five, also known as the best number ever, there’s L’Oreal Collection Exclusive‘s shade of red for Julianne Moore. Since she’s an actual ginger, I figured whatever looked good on her might look good on me. And, tada, I think I was right. It was a little orange-y, but not in a bad way.
The sixth shade is L’Oreal Colour Riche in Fresh as a Rose. I think this is one of the most subtle shades of lipstick that I’ve ever worn, but it still manages to be very pretty. I’ve always preferred wearing pink or rose lipsticks more than other shades, so I like that I have this very strong, subtle contender for when I’m having a subtly pink lip day.
But number seven, CoverGirl Colorlicious in Give Me Guava, is the most subtle overall. I don’t think it’s quite as pretty as Fresh as a Rose, but it definitely gets points for subtle. It kind of looks like my lips are just really wet, which might be attractive unless you start thinking about slobbering dogs, which I tend to think of because of all of those years where we had basset hounds.6
Honestly, I sort of expected this one to have more brown show up in it because it looks sort of brown in the container, but I’m glad that it didn’t.7
I liked number eight, CoverGirl Colorlicious in Whipped Berry, quite a bit more than Give Me Guava. The color just really pops and I’m almost willing to look past how wet it can look.8
And, finally, number nine: NYX Matte in Perfect Red. I think that I like it best of the red lipsticks, but that might be because it was the first lipstick that I got after this must-wear-makeup feeling started, so I’ve actually worn it the most of any of the others. It stays on for a long time, too, which is pretty fucking awesome.
Colors 1, 5, 6, and 9 are in lipstick form, while 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8 are in lip gloss or lip cream form.
And this post was a little more work than I thought it would be, but it was still fun.
OMG. Emma Stone, Christina Hendricks are NOT redheads. A bottle of dye does not a ginger make. Stop saying they’re redheads. ↩
By got myself, I mean that I bought them and the comments listed below are not influenced by any company, spokesperson, etc. They are my opinions and words. ↩
Because I’m nice, not because I’m a shill. ↩
You’re welcome. ↩
Or attempts at the names of world cities. ↩
There is nothing wrong with dog slobber lips if they’re on a dog. ↩
Even if it gives me slobbery lips. ↩
It was only the CoverGirl that had the sloppy slobber look, so I think it’s just something about the way that they make their lip glosses. ↩