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Cynthia Rose, a New York City fashion designer, has a feminine ‘elegance with an edge’ aesthetic and it’s apparent in all of her one-of-a-kind creations. She is known for her quest to obtain the finest textiles and gemstones with travels to flea markets in London and Paris, and secret archives in Greenport, New York. Above all else, she has a true passion for being a redhead. “Let me tell you something,” Cynthia told our our co-founder, Stephanie Vendetti, “I love being a redhead! It’s all that matters.”

Rose has no sign of aging and showcases true beauty inside and out; we spoke with her about her start in fashion and some of her favorite ‘redhead friendly’ beauty products:

H2BAR: You love being a redhead so much! Was that always the case? 

CR: I was born strawberry blonde and lived my life a blonde until my son was born. That’s when I decided to fully embrace my natural red hair. Over the years, I’ve learned the best advice I can give other redheads is to fall in love with your colorist!

H2BAR: All the colors in your collections are perfect for redheads, which we like to call ‘redhead friendly!’ Is this on purpose?

CR: Being a redhead makes me feel unique and that translates into my collections. I design what I love and use colors that really highlight MY favorite tones to wear. My Spring 2015 collection is filled with different shades of bright bold colors like Jade, Marigold and Sienna.

H2BAR: What is your favorite color to complement your hair?

CR: Green, without a doubt.

H2BAR: What is the one item every redhead should have in her closet?

CR: A black leather jacket. It’s a lifetime investment every fiery woman should have. Definitely a must-have splurge.

H2BAR: Your hair is so fabulous. What do you do to keep it so healthy?

CR: Thank you! I keep it healthy with a deep conditioning treatment every month. I love Philip Kingsley ‘Elasticizer’ because it’s like a facial for your hair. I also love Frederic Fekkai and Oribe brands.NARS_how_to_be_a_redhead_red_lipstick_Cynthia_rose_makeup_for_redheads

H2BAR: What is one beauty tip you’d like to share with our redhead beauties?

CR: Always wear mascara.

H2BAR: We love mascara too! Do you have a favorite makeup brand?

CR: I love By Terry. I also adore Charlotte Tilbury‘s line and she’s a redhead too.

H2BAR: How about lips? Redheads are usually hesitate to rock a bold lip. 

CR: I love a great lip color. NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Barbara’ is my favorite.

Catch more of her line here and just like Cynthia, Rock it like a Redhead!