9 Ways to Incorporate Marsala into Your Beauty Routine

As they do every year, Pantone Universal decided which color would rule the world for 2015. They decided upon Marsala—a cool mix of brown, red, and orange, creating a kind of brick color reminiscent of everyone’s overlined lips in the 90s. Though I was skeptical back in December when I heard the announcement (“You want me to wear red on my eyes?”), I have learned to not only love the shade, but actually embrace it in my own beauty routine. Here are some of the best products on the market to add a bit of Marsala into your own beauty routine just in time for autumn!


1. Stila Eye shadow in Twig ($18)


I’ve loved Stila eye shadows since the first time I tried one on—these little guys are pigmented, totally blendable, and stay on all day. Twig is the perfect marsala color: that perfect marriage between brown, red, and orange, with a subtle shimmer. Plus, if you have blue eyes, this color will make them pop like you would not believe!


2. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Fuller Fig ($17)


This lip color is perfect for the swipe-and-go—you don’t really have time to slave over getting lines perfectly right but still want a little color. These Chubby Sticks are moisturizing and sheer but give the lips a wash of a lovely Marsala color that goes with anything! 


3. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama ($26)


Trust me when I say that these lip pencils do not come off. Seriously. You will be left with the same vibrant color at the end of the day as at the beginning. This Bahama color lands on the pink end of the Marsala spectrum, but the brown undertones are perfect for a matte fall lip.


4. Essie Nail Polish in Bordeaux ($8.50)


What can be said of Essie nail polishes that hasn’t already been said? They are long-lasting, easy going on, and their color selection is insane. Bordeaux is a perfect color for autumn and toes the line between red and neutral, making it perfect for every setting!


5. Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore ($8.49) 


There is no reason to put your highlighting blushes away just because the weather is getting cooler! This baked blush goes on lightly, so it’s easily buildable, and gives a lovely gold highlight to those cheekbones. This is a perfectly subtle way to bring Marsala into your makeup routine.


6. Sephora+Pantone Universe Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner ($18)


Sephora teamed up with the color-makers themselves to create a small line of Marsala-colored products. This liquid liner is not for the faint of heart, but adds an intriguing pop to your eyes. Not to mention it comes in the most gorgeous packaging!


7. Sephora+Pantone Universe Bold Marsala Mascara Brow Highlighter ($20)


I must say, I am a bit skeptical of using this product as a brow color, but it is perfect as a mascara! Though the colored mascara trend is by no means mainstream, it has been gaining popularity in the beauty community with shades like blue and green topping off more daring eye looks. This Marsala mascara is certainly tamer, but is still perfect for adding interest to a neutral eye. Still not convinced? Try wearing it just on the lower lashes for a super subtle look.


8. Clinique Quickliner for Intense Eyes in Black Cherry ($16.50)


If the liquid liner is a bit too bold for your liking, I suggest this Clinique Black Cherry liner. It goes on super smooth and is extremely easy to blend. Use this on your top or bottom lashed to bring in just a hint of color.


9. Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Adventurous ($5.97)


I love this quad of colors! The bottom left shade is the perfect shade of Marsala to use all over the lid. Pop a bit of the matte brown shad in the crease, swipe the lightest shade on the brow bone and tear duct area, and use the top right shade for some definition on the lower lash line. This palette is perfect for the Marsala (or makeup) novice—it’s super inexpensive and does all of the color pairing for you!


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