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Updated: April 9, 2020

When it comes to foundation for redheads, it can be hard to find the right match. First and foremost, not many companies have shades for very fair skin. Sometimes, the lightest color is “ivory” and even then it’s too dark. And unfortunately, many products are packed full of chemicals which can lead to major breakouts, irritations and redness.



We’ve chosen our top timeless foundations for each base category. These products passed the ‘Redhead Friendly’ approval process with flying colors. All are available in an array of shades for redheads, too. Take a look below:

'Redhead Friendly' Beauty Products

1. Cushion Foundation

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $8

An innovative sponge drenched in liquid foundation. Tap a little for a fresh natural glow, tap on more to build a new level of luminous coverage. The application itself is effortless. It is completely buildable and if you’re like most redheads and suffer from sensitive skin, you’ll love the way it makes your skin breathe. The lightest shade is N1 Soft Ivory.

 

2. Liquid Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation, $5

For a natural-looking medium coverage liquid foundation makeup, look no further. This cult-favorite drugstore foundation comes in 40 shades (starting with 102 – Fair Porcelain) and is best for normal to oily skin.



3. Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Powder, $8

A powder that provides versatile coverage: you can blot shine, blend for a natural finish, or build for more coverage. True Match Powder’s formula contains a hint of pearl pigments that enhance your skin’s tone. Blendable, non-cakey and non-drying. The lightest shade is C1 Alabaster.

4. Mineral Foundation

tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, $36

One of our all-time favorite products. First and foremost, the packaging allows for zero spills and it is a weightless powder foundation. There are over seven light-medium shades and unlike other mineral makeup, it does not accentuate deep lines — instead, it hides them. It won’t make you break out or irritate your redhead skin which is always a huge bonus.

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5. Tinted Moisturizer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30, $21

This refreshingly lightweight formula provides a no-makeup look and feel, yet covers imperfections with a natural, hydrating touch. It is made with clean, protective (SPF 30) and hydrating coverage. Opal 01 is the lightest shade.

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See more product recommendations in the “How to be a Redhead” book!

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