The name “Hussy” could refer to the sexy and sultry way you feel when you’re wearing such bold red lips and nails, but the origin of this collection’s name is far milder. It actually refers to Jon Hussey, the owner of a car that the Merle Norman’s nephew (JB. Nethercutt) wanted to purchase. When he couldn’t make a deal for that car, Merle’s nephew found one in an abandoned lot where he and his son restored it. They named the coveted car “Hussy” after its owner John Hussey.
Now, in celebration of Merle Norman’s 80th anniversary they have released the Hussy Collection, designed by LA based makeup artist Patrick Tumey. It is the perfect shade of red that I know we all have been searching for. The rich deep red shade dazzles, and yet while it is bright and bold, it seems to flatter every skin tone. As a redhead, it is often very difficult to find a true red that flatters and isn’t too orange or too blue, but Hussy is a cherry, that somehow, almost magically, works. For those afraid to deal with a red lip, Hussy will release your inhibitions and let you be beautiful and trendy!In partnershop with Merele Norman, there is also a Hussy OPI Nail Polish that is cherry red and dazzling with shimmer.
A Lippie for Everyone
Another wonderful thing about Hussy is that there is a lip formula for everyone. Inf fact, there are seven Hussy products. As a Creamy Lip Color($15), Hussy is sexy and siren-eque (and long wearing), but as Norman’s Age Defying Lip Color($15) it is moist and nurturing, as well as providing a truly gorgeous lip color, just glossy enough to “youth-enize” your lips. There is a lighter weight option, a Lip Glaze($15) but it didn’t capture my love, because the color was the same, gorgeous cherry, but the product felt a bit drying (longwear lipsticks tend to have this issue). . However, I did like the angled top that made appliction more precise.
It is a good option for those trying out a bold lip for the first time because it is not as intense (although you get plenty of color). I adore shine and a high gloss finish and therefore found the brush-tipped Lip Polish($15) to be my favorite. It gives you the glossiest, boldest, sexiest lip imaginable, and although the gloss is a bit sticky, it also sticks around (essential when you’re wearing a bold color that you don”t want to “travel” past the lipline). You can also blot this down to a more subtle, lip stain. Combining color and pencil there is the Lip Pencil Plus($14) that is great for travel –chunky red liner on one side, creamy bold red lipstick in pencil for on the other. Easy and precise application in a moistly matte formula. And of course, there is a great lip liner: Age Defying Lip Liner($14). Bold colors do tend to “migrate” where you don’t want them, so be sure to exfoliate your lips very well before applying any deep lipstick, swipe on a bit of balm, the the color.
Keep it Subtle:
Although the rest of your face makeup should be sutble, to showcase those gorgeous red lips, no one said your nails have to be bare! Merle Norman has teamed up with OPI to offer an exclusive nail polish($9) in Hussy. This “Hussy” is full of red shimmer, and is the perfect holiday red. Like the lip option, s the nail polish is lovely and luxe. Red nails will never be out of season or style.
Merle Norman was established in Los Angeles in 1931. Celebrate with Hussy! The Hussy line is available at Merle Norman Studios throughout New York and online at : http://www.merlenorman.com