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Beauty Tips

Misadventures with Henna & An Unintended New Year's Resolution

The phrase 'A New Year, A New You' took on literal meaning for me this 2018. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been an avid user and fan of henna for a few years now. I have always used Henna Maiden's All Natural Red shade, meaning it is pure Lawsonia inermis. However, for a fresh start, I thought I’d try their Copper shade. This is a blend of henna, red clay, neem, etc. Now due to my general impatience and impulsiveness, I didn’t bother with a strand test. I foolishly thought that since the regular henna had always worked for me this would as well. 

For the next two hours I sat looking like the swamp thing and day dreaming of my soon to be reddish coppery locks glistening in the sunlight. Instead I soon found myself standing in front of the mirror, hair drenched, in horror. It looked black or purple, I wasn’t sure but it was definitely not copper. It couldn’t have been more opposite than what I intended. Then I did what I should have done in the beginning, read the instructions. The copper shade was a bit more tricky since it was a blend. Depending on your natural hair color, it could go more of the henna red shade or it could go the darker route. Mine clearly did the latter. There’s really no going back after you’ve henna’d your hair. Especially when it is a darker shade since you cannot lighten your hair with henna. Hence the importance of a strand test. I have definitely learned my lesson. 

It has been a couple of weeks since my misadventures with henna and I have come to terms with my dark auburn hair. What truly upset me the most about the unintended shade was the makeup implications. In my previous posts, I have discussed how the no-makeup-look has been my favorite this year. I’ve loved wearing the Genuine Ginger mascara, which gives my lashes a natural boost, along with a light gloss. It’s beautifully low maintenance. However, with dark auburn hair, I had to find a new makeup routine to match. Which, once I stopped feeling sorry for myself, was actually kind of exciting.

My current go-to routine is the True Brown Gingerlash Mascara- all day every day- paired with the Brow Love Gel in blonde, the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer, a hint of the Ginger Crush Matte Blush, and, for the lips,…. Red Hot matte! I've always loved a good lipstick. When done right, you inevitably stand out in a crowd. And yet, I’ve always hesitated before putting on a red. Of course I wear one from time to time on special occasions. But never for just a regular night out. Now the new year compels me to ask: Why the hell not? What has been stopping me? And so, to list one of my 2018 resolutions: I will wear my Red Hot matte on a regular basis. Go bold or go home they say. Happy 2018!

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The Redhead's Guide to Lipstick

Having just launched a new line of lipsticks, creating a guide for redheads to follow when choosing a color was the first thing on our list. Next to foundation, I would say lipsticks are a close second in regards to difficulty for redheads. If you don’t agree, then lucky you. The source of difficulty comes from already having a permanent accessory: our fiery locks. So how do redheads choose a color that will flatter and not clash with their hair?

Well, I’m going to go against convention and say that a redhead can pretty much wear whatever lip color she wants, so long as she follows these two essential tips.


1. Find your color kryptonite! Let’s time travel back to my super awkward high school days when I had no idea what I was doing when it came to makeup. One of my earliest experiences with lipstick was with a friend who insisted that since I was a redhead I should wear corals- doesn’t sound crazy right? Except that she chose an orange coral, which, when matched with my already orange copper hair, looked awful. Corals actually look fantastic on me- so long as they are pink or apricot corals. Oranges are my kryptonite. The lesson in short: Don’t match lipstick to your hair color!

 

2. Be consistent in your color choices! Most lipstick guides emphasize matching your lipstick with your skin tone (i.e. if you are cool than wear blue reds and warm wear orange reds). However, I have found this to not be entirely true. Redheads can wear whatever lip color they choose (their kryptonite color aside) so long as the rest of their makeup matches the tone. Meaning if you choose to wear a blue based red lipstick, then choose a cool toned eye shadow to match and vice versa for a warm colored lipstick. Let’s use Julianne Moore (one of our favorite redheads) as an example. In the top left picture she is wearing a warm red lipstick and to match that tone, her eye shadow is combination of warm purple and browns. In the picture to the right picture she is wearing a blue based red lipstick with a cool brown shadow and bit of white liner.

Cool colors: pinks, plums, cool browns, navy or bright blues, blue greens, whites, grey

Warm colors: red violets, warm browns, golds, rose golds, mauve

 

Keeping these tips in mind, have fun with your makeup!