Blondes and brunettes can google search just about anything if they need an immediate beauty hack, but redheads (in most cases) will not get a straight answer. Most, if not all, hacks are thoroughly described in the “How to be a Redhead” book. Here are the top 20 beauty hacks every redhead should know* and the page number where you can find more redhead-information:
1. Redness: Do you suffer from redness from rosacea, dry or sensitive skin? Most redheads do. Try a refreshing cucumber mask to add moisture, while clearing some of the redness from the skin. Simply peel and puree a cucumber. Add in organic plain yogurt and leave on your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Head to page 137 of the “How to be a Redhead” book for more tips and recommendations.
2. Puffy Eyes: The skin around the eye area is the most fragile and thinnest skin in the body; and redheads are known to have the thinnest skin. This is also the reason why many redheads experience puffy eyes. Tea has many antioxidants that we ingest while drinking, but we can also get those antioxidants topically. While the antioxidants eliminate the inflamed skin, which is the redness we usually get when our eyes get puffy or tired, the caffeine found in tea can also reduce the appearance of blood vessels.
All you need are two teabags (make sure they’re not too hot. You don’t want to burn your eyes!) and leave them on your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. This can also be done with cotton pads soaked in tea too.
3. Under eye circles: Tea can help under eye circles too; as well as rose water, cucumber and milk. Soak the liquids in cotton balls and apply gently to the eye area.
Read more about dark circles + puffy eyes on page 144.
4. Veins: Vanish veins on the lids by priming them with a light dab of concealer. Always remember: a little concealer goes a very long way. Use of green concealer (opposite of red on the color wheel) is preferred.
Read more about concealer on page 179.
5. Lipstick smudging: Conquering a perfect lip can be challenging, especially when using a bright pink or red with fair skin. To help clean up any mistakes, take your concealer and your concealer brush to give an overall polished look.
Read more about the best lipsticks for redheads on page 240.
6. Out of eyeliner: Use your mascara as an eyeliner! Use an eyeliner brush over your mascara brush to get some of the product on the brush. Apply to lid in your preferred stroke and style. Since this trick causes the mascara to be very close to the eye, make sure to choose a hypoallergenic mascara to keep the eye from irritating.
7. Annoying fly-a-ways: Spray hairspray onto the head of a toothbrush. Then, brush the hair to tame those hair frizzes. If you have a spoolie brush on hand, do the same trick to keep your brows in place.
Read more about combing brows on page 174.
8. Hair breakage + split ends: Sleeping on a satin pillowcase reduces split ends and hair breakage. It’s also great for hydrating the skin. And, use a microfiber towel (instead of a regular towel) when drying your hair.
9. Without curling iron but want a curl: Use your hair straightener! Achieving a great curl doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a small section of hair, twist and glide your hair straightener over it. Let the section sit for a few seconds before releasing.
Watch the tutorial below starting at minute 1:29 and read more about it on page 45.:
10. Wanting the perfect bun: Fake it with a bun maker.
11. Mascara on lids: Get mascara on your lids when applying? Grab a q-tip (wet it first), not a tissue!
12. Dirty hair: Dry shampoo to the rescue. This product never fails in making hair look clean and voluminous.
Read more about dry shampoo and our favorite products on page 39.
13. Cracked feet: Apply a foot care product of your choice to clean feet. Lock in the product with clean, 100% cotton socks. Extra virgin oil works great on feet (and nails) too.
14. Dull looking skin & not much product: It’s a rule to always wash your skin morning and night for at least 45-60 seconds. Wash with warm and rinse with cool. But, what happens when you don’t have product on hand? We don’t go anywhere without our DewPuff. DewPuff is made from fiber of an Asian root vegetable called ‘Konjac’, and water. It works to clean the skin without the use of products. It’s gentle and can be used day and night. It’s a must for redheads.
15. Cleansers dry out your skin: This may come as a surprise to many, but you can in fact wash your face with oils. And, it actually works. Castor oil and extra virgin olive oil are two great choices. Did you know the reason you actually get acne is because the skin wants more oil? It’s true. So, give it what it wants! Tip: After you wash the skin with oil, wash it (gently) once more with cold water using the DewPuff.
16. Dried cuticles: Coconut oil is a great option to cure those dry, cracked cuticles. Simply apply and let the oil soak into the cuticles.
17. Super dry skin: Coconut oil can also be used on the entire body and is one of the best moisturizers for redheads.
Read more about coconut oil on page 89.
18. Want to wear mascara but do not want to look harsh: Looking for a way to explore new colors around your eyes? Opt for black mascara on your top lashes, and brown mascara on your bottom. It’ll make your eyes pop but in a natural looking way.
Read more about mascara on page 203.
19. Nasty sunburn: Freeze aloe vera gel in ice cube trays. If you happen to get a sunburn, take a cube of aloe vera to rub on the area.
Read more about sunburns and how to prevent them on page 154.
20. Sunless tanner streaks: Mistakes can happen when applying sunless tanner. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply to the streaky area.
Read more about sunless tanner on page 158.
Rock it like a Redhead!
*It’s important to seek a dermatologists or doctors opinion if your skin situation is worsening or you have a prior issue.