Tips for Strobing: An Excellent Makeup Trend for Redheads

If you’ve been perusing around the beauty world of Instagram or YouTube you’ve likely come across a new makeup technique called strobing.

Strobing is essentially the use of highlighter to make your face seem more illuminated and fresh. Opposite of contouring, strobing does not sculpt out the face using dark colors. Instead, it brings attention to the places where light would naturally highlight the face.

What is exceptional about this technique is that it genuinely complements pale skin. There are two tricks to achieving a great strobing look without appearing overly greasy. Here they are:

1. Apply a natural blending base on the entire face to build on.

You can try ‘redhead friendly’ foundations like Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation or Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer.

READ: The Best Highlighters for Your Redhead Skin Tone 

2. Apply a highlighter to the high points of your face.

These areas include your cheekbones, middle of the forehead, down the nose, and on the cupid’s bow. Some ‘redhead friendly’ highlighters are Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Tip: Start small and apply lightly to ensure that you don’t end up with too much product. If you have applied too much, you can always round out your look with a matte powder.

WATCH: How to Properly Apply Bronzer (Contour + Highlight)

Have you tried strobing before?

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Fall Beauty Prep for Redheads

There’s no denying it. Cooler nights, falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes all mean one thing –– fall is here! But don’t despair! It might be time to trade your bikinis and flip-flops for sweaters and boots, but it’s also the perfect time to refresh your redhead beauty routine. What works on hot, humid days isn’t going to cut it once the temperature drops.

Keep scrolling to learn about all the products you need to transition your hair, body and skin from summer to fall! All products have been featured in either the September deluxe H2BAR Box or the monthly October H2BAR Box!


We know you take impeccable care of your gorgeous red mane year-round, but even the most diligent of us find that come the end of summer, our lovely locks are drab and in need of a boost. The best thing you could do to restore life and vibrancy is to get a cut. It doesn’t have to be drastic – even the smallest trim will remove coarse, sun-damaged ends and polish your look. Switching to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner also helps and using a hair mask twice a week will return suppleness.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Seed Phytonutrients Daily Hair Cleanser Shampoo and ABBA Complete All-in-One Leave-in Spray


Falling temperatures and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin, causing dryness and flaking. Switch out your light summertime moisturizer with products that combat these problems without the heaviness of a winter cream.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Hydra Botanica ROSEHIP ALOE OLIVE SQUALANE FACE CREAM Nourishing Plant-Based Moisturizer and Gelmersea Orchid Serum Toner


A plethora of problems can accompany the changing seasons – dull, scaly skin, fading tans (both real and faux), breakouts. Get your bod back in tip-top shape by using a gritty scrub twice a week and diligently moisturizing with a creamy lotion.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Hempz Triple Moisture Herbal Whipped Body Creme, J’enessence Restore & Refresh Natural Body Wash and Belli Skincare Exfoliating Body Polish


One of the first places to show the effects of colder weather is your hands. Keep cracked, scaly digits at bay by using an intensive hand cream every night before going to bed. Be sure to use extra on the cuticles to keep them supple.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: YASOU Skin Care Natural Hydrating Body Cream (works as a wonderful hand lotion!)


Because chapped lips are never in style! Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to keep yours soft and smooth. Top it off with a Marsala-inspired lip shade.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendations: Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Pink Grapefruit & NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Jane’

And as always, remember to Rock It Like a Redhead!

15 (More) Songs About Redheads

By: Brenna Gray

Clearly redheads can rock beauty, confidence and fashion BUT who knew that we could rock the charts when it comes to music? My last post 12 Songs About Redheads featured my personal favorite musical lyrics about redheads. The post gained so many likes, comments and shares on social media that I figured I would do a fun follow up to it, or should I say encore?

I asked you to leave comments telling me if you knew more songs about redheads and many of you replied with amazing tunes that I had never heard of or had forgotten about. Thank you! Without further adieu, here are some more ‘Redhead Friendly’ songs for all you crimson haired beauties to rock out to:

1. “Little Redhead” by Paddyboy (feat. Michael Hanson)

2. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn

“You should know I love ya, you should know I love ya, you should know I love ya little redhead.”

3. “Prejudice” by Tim Minchin

The bartender asks me says son what’ll it be, I want a shot at that redhead yonder lookin’ at me”

4. “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til The Sun Comes Up)” by Garth Brooks

“Only a ginger can all another ginger, ginger”

5. “Green Eyes, Red Hair” by Gaelic Storm

“Pick him up at seven and they’re headin’ to the rodeo, Momma’s on the front porch screamin’ out her warning, Girls you better get your red head back in bed before the morning”

6. “Good Time” by Counting Crows

“Green eyes, red hair, long legs, Devil inside her, Green eyes, red hair, long legs, She’s got the devil inside her. She’s a glass house, she’s and ivory tower, She’s a tin roof, she’s a summer shower.”

7. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls

“I really really love the red haired girls, I’m just another boy from Texas, C’mon and take a spin, hey, I gotta brand new set of wings, Man I sure do love them red haired girls.”

8. “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young

“I walked along the avenue, I never thought I’d meet a girl like you, meet a girl like you, With auburn hair and tawny eyes, the kind of eyes that hypnotize me through.”

9.”Honey Jar” by The Wood Brothers

“I wanna live with a cinnamon girl, I could be happy the rest of my life, With a cinnamon girl.”

10. “Keeping the Faith” by Billy Joel

“Yeah white skin freckles big heart candy green eyes, I bet you wish you had your red-headed woman back sometime.”

11. “Red Hair” by Shawn Desman

“I thought I was the Duke of Earl When I made it with a red-haired girl.”

12. “Redhead Girl” by Air

“My girl walked in today, but there was something strange. I still recognized her face but something else had changed (oohooh). She had bright red hair, I just stopped and stared. Walked by me like she didn’t care, that hair was always there.”

13. “Red Headed Woman” by Wade Bowen

“When the redhead girl goes by, The course of time stands still, When the redhead girl goes by, Goes by. Goes by.”

14.”Samson” by Regina Spektor

“She’s a red headed woman with a cigarette and evil in her eyes, She’s a red headed woman with a cigarette that’s her clever disguise.”

15. “I Want the Redhead!” by Dulahan

“A red haired girl could rule my world, fair skin, freckles and those lovely Irish curls
Mix in a little bit of that sassy attitude, there’s only one thing I conclude
I want the Red Head, I want the Red Head, don’t let me live my life never having seen
I want the Red Head, I want the Red Head
I want the same thing that every young Irishman dreams
I can’t complain with blue eyes and blond hair, they say California has more than their share
But life’s rushing past and I’m falling behind, there’s something I’ve got to find.”

READ: 12 Songs About Redheads 

Which is your favorite? Do you have more to share with me?

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When it comes to skincare, redheads know how difficult it can be to find a product that doesn’t make them break out or cause flare ups. We’ve come to love the ATZEN Paris skincare line. It is different than other natural products because it blends the best of scientific skin care with natural skin care and infuses it with a French flair by combining organic plants and vitamins.

ATZEN products have no parabens and no petrochemicals. It only uses the very best ingredients for the skin. The products are the culmination of decades of research, field experiences, and customer feedback

You will notice the products will transform skin conditions to bring balance, health and radiance to the face and body while slowing the aging process, controlling acne conditions, and repairing sun damaged skin. All products are user friendly, gender neutral, most have no fragrance, and take just minutes to use morning and night.

Discover the ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved products more in depth below:

Purify Toner Calm & Clear: Transforms skin & enhances moisturizers’ & serums’ ability to correct acneic, sensitive & toxic conditions. It tightens pores, calms redness and is designed for sensitive skin.

Purify Moisturizing Gel Calm & Clear: Your answer to the complex needs of oily or acneic skin. Keeps skin fresh for 16+ hours, free of shine & sensitivity, while correcting the causes of skin’s imbalance.

Purify Breakout Remedy Calm & Clear: Get rid of your pimples virtually overnight, without skin discoloration, redness or scars. It clears and tightens pores and is made  for those with sensitive skin.


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Celebrities Everywhere Are Turning Into Mermaids

Has anyone else noticed that celebrities are posting photos left & right in mermaid costumes? There is definitely a fascination with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and we aren’t complaining! It’s wonderful to see redheads in the spotlight.

1. North West and Penelope Disick dressed up as and played with mermaids while on vacation in St. Barts in August 2015. 


2. Britney Spears loved living the “mermaid life” with her sons by the pool this summer.


But, let’s take a look through history to confirm that celebrities really want to be redheads — *cough cough* — we mean, mermaids.

3. Vanessa Hudgens posed to support, an ocean conservation initiative, in 2013.


READ: How To Get The Perfect Mermaid Waves 

4. Anna Kendrick sang Kesha and Britney while spoofing The Little Mermaid on SNL


5. Reese Witherspoon, then 25, appeared with Will Ferrell in a Little Mermaid sketch on SNL in 2001.


6. On the Disney-themed episode of Dancing With the Stars, Candace Cameron Bure danced with Mark Ballas to “Under the Sea.” 


7. Meredith Vieira did her best Ariel on set for The Today Show in 2006.


8. Bella Thorne — who already has perfect mermaid hair — posed in a behind-the-scenes photo for in 2013. 


READ: Tap Into Your Inner Mermaid  

What are your thoughts on this mermaid love? Comment below.

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Sheris loves being a redhead because she loves being asked by new people if her hair is natural! “Of course it is,” is her response every single time.

How Redheads Should Shop Cruelty-Free

By: Jessie Gable

There’s some pretty exciting news in my house these days. We’re in the process of getting a foster beagle that has been released from a test lab near my house. I’ve been on the Beagle Freedom Project foster wait list for a year but they haven’t had any rescues in my area. Since I found this group, I have learned how terrible animals have been (and still are) treated in testing facilities. I’ve been trying my best to only use cruelty-free products.

If you’re a redhead, you might be thinking, “I already have difficulty finding products for my skin and hair, now I have to dig deeper to find ones that are cruelty-free?!”

It’s really not as hard as it sounds. This is how to start:

1. KNOW YOUR SYMBOLS: On the back of the bottle, you can find symbols (like the recycling one we all know). I always look for the Leaping Bunny mark. This organization makes sure all products with its stamp undergo strict verification that there is no testing on animals. The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) logo is another one to look for. This organization works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns to end animal cruelty.

Leaping Bunny Approved Logo


2. WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: This is where it can get tricky. When you simply see, “Not Tested On Animals” or a simple “Cruelty Free” stamp, this isn’t a stamp of approval. So you just have to trust–or not trust–that they’re doing what they say.

3. DOWNLOAD THE CRUELTY-FREE APP: It’s free on iTunes and you can scan the barcode on a product before you buy it to verify it’s cruelty-free.

Since my cruelty-free quest, I’ve found many ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved beauty brands that I love! Here is my ultimate list and some of my favorite products:

READ: The Best 8 Cruelty-Free Brands for Redheads 


HARD CANDY: Their $6 Glamoflauge concealer will cover anything. It also comes with this little tattoo-covering pencil that works great for bumps. Dab a few dots in the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop.

URBAN DECAY: I’ve said about this before, but their De-Slick Mattifying Powder is the best. Because it’s made from rice powder, it’s lightweight, super-absorbent and banishes shine.

WET ‘N WILD: This is the only polish that stays on me. TheirMegaLast lipstick is also really good. It’s like therapy, really. Having a bad day? Go get $10 worth of Wet’n Wild stuff and you’ll feel better.

NARS: I love their Orgasm blush. You can order it online if you’re too embarrassed to go in the store and ask for it, like I do!

ELF: Another discount brand you can get for under $10. I highly recommend their makeup setting spray and the eye primer.

READ: 5 Top Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands for Redheads 


ACURE ORGANICS: This brand has a wonderful ‘redhead friendly’ skin and hair care line. Their Mega Moisture line is great for those with dry, damaged hair.

RAHUA: A great cruelty-free, clean brand. Try their Leave-In Treatment and Classic Shampoo.

SHEA MOISTURE:  I’ve been using their Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Conditioner for about a month and my hair is noticeably stronger.

Which brands are your favorite? Comment below.

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5 Items Every Redhead Needs In Her Closet This Fall

By: Denise Erpenbach 

Autumn is fast approaching and with it comes the fall fashion trends that are perfect for redheads. There is just something about the changing leaves that makes our fiery locks shine even more!

Everyone knows fall is the season of boots, tunic tops, and beautiful scarves, but I wanted to mix it up and try something different. Besides, we redheads, we can wear anything.

With that in mind, here are my top 5 items for redheads this fall: 

1. MOTO BOOTS: Nothing says fall quite like a new pair of boots. If you are looking for a change from the everyday knee-high, black boot, these make more of a statement. If you’re comfortable with a bit of edge, these boots will keep your feet happy and make your legs look great. Shop here.

2. VICTORIAN BLOUSES: Redheads look fabulous in all colors, but mulberry is one of my favorites. This turtleneck blouse will really will make red hair sing. Shop here.

3. GRAY DRESS: Gray is such an under used color on redheads. With most of us being cool toned, gray suits our porcelain skin perfectly. It can easily be dressed up or dressed down. You can pair it with boots and a leather jacket, or a colorful scarf and statement earrings. Shop here.

4. FRINGE SKIRT: I’ll be the first to admit, the fringe trend has never really been my favorite. I think it can either look very chic or completely unflattering depending on the shape of the garment. This asymmetrical skirt is a good compromise. Not too long or short, and flows nicely when you walk.  In addition this wine color will look fabulous next to pale skin. Shop here.

5. CAPE SILHOUETTE JACKET: Hear me out on this one. When I saw this on the runway in February I thought, “Who wants to look like Count Dracula walking down the street?” The answer is me! These can be such an excellent statement for a nice dinner out on the town. You don’t have to wear it all night long, just something to keep you warm and elegant looking until you arrive. This jacket from Zara is an excellent choice for the fall/winter season. Shop here.

READ: The Top Fall Fashion Items for Redheads 

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Extraordinary Portraits Erase Stereotype That Redheads Are Always White

Redheads come in all shapes, sizes and not all have the stereotypical fair skin.

READ: 9 Natural Redheads From Different Ethnical Backgrounds 

It is true that there is a redhead in every ethnicity and continent in the world. This is what resulted in London-based photographer Michelle Marshall’s quest to capture as many Afro Caribbean redheads as possible as part of her project, MC1R.

As documented by the news outlet, Mic, Marshall commented saying, “To make sense of what’s around us we put people in boxes – it’s a natural reflex and is not intended in a malicious way. I’m hoping that with these pictures that reflex changes a bit.”

The project is named MC1R because (as we all know) it is the gene responsible for red hair.

Take a look at Marshall’s beautiful photos below:

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Photo source: Michelle Marshall


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8 Beauty Products Every Redhead Should Bring on Vacation

By: Annjo Terrill

As a teacher with a couple months of summer vacation every year, I have the good fortune of getting to travel quite a bit. This summer, I visited the island of Cyprus, where my red hair definitely stood out among all the dark Greek curls. My frequent travels have earned me more than just stamps in my passport though; I’ve also learned plenty of beauty tips for redheads on the go. The list of summer destination possibilities is endless, but let’s simplify it to 3 popular vacation varieties, and talk about what redheads should know before hitting the road.

The Beach Vacation: What do redheads need to have fun in the sun? No surprises here:

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1. SUNSCREEN – I know we talk about it all the time, but that’s how important it is! By now, you know the brand that works best for you. But, I would like to suggest, if you want a little tint with your facial sunscreen, to try a BB Cream. It’s foundation/sunscreen/moisturizer all in one.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: Boscia BB Cream with SPF 27 for sensitive skin. This one-step product creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. The shade is light enough for redheads and the ingredients are designed for sensitive skin. It is a great option for vacation.

2. BIG FLOPPY HAT – Choose your favorite. Target has a nice, inexpensive variety. On this trip, I brought their floppy brim hat.

3. LIP BALM WITH SUNSCREEN – Lips can get extremely sunburnt too! Keep them protected all day.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: All Terrain Lip Armor Lip Protection & Healing Balm, Peppermint, SPF 28. This lip balm has sunscreen in it, and a soothing peppermint tingle. You’ll love it on the beach this summer.

The Big City Vacation:  First of all, don’t think that just because you’re avoiding the beach that you won’t get sunburned in the city, because the sun is shining there too, and you may be doing a lot of walking outside, so the beach tips still apply.

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1.  2-IN-1 LIPSTICK – Choose a product that adds a little color and moisture for the ultimate kick!

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Tangerine/Lingonberry. In a single tube, you have a subtle berry shade for a relaxing day in the park and a flashy red for a night on the town.

2. WATERPROOF MASCARA –  There’s no need for heavy makeup in the city, especially European cities. European women usually keep their faces simple. Lips and mascara are enough. But it’s hot, so waterproof is best.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Volumizing Mascara in Black Brown.

3. FOOT CREME – I’m always surprised by how much walking I do on trips to the city, and if you want to look stylish, you may not always wear the most comfortable shoes. I love using this foot cream before bed, because it combines healing coconut oil with refreshing peppermint and rosemary. It’s a great way to end a long day of walking in the city.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme 

The Backpacking Vacation: This trip is all about packing light, so how can we condense our must-haves into a single backpack?

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1. TRAVEL-SIZE LAUNDRY DETERGENT: Believe me, washing your clothes in the sink of a hostel every once in a while is a much better idea than weighing your backpack down with too many clothes. Tide’s Travel Sink Packets will do the trick.

2. INVEST IN A DRY SHAMPOO: Whatever your normal hair washing schedule is like, cut it in half. So, if you wash your hair every day, wash only every other day on this trip. This will save you some weight in your backpack, and we all know it’s better for our hair anyway. Bring along your favorite dry shampoo to keep your hair looking clean — it will help you through those days when you’re dying to wash your red locks.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation: Blo Pro Dry Shampoo 

3. FACE WIPES: If you forget everything else, don’t forget these! You may not always have a place to wash your face, or hands, or feet while on the go, so face wipes can give you a bit of refreshment when you need it.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Recommendation:  Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. They call themselves the “sensitive skin experts,” and I can attest that they are ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved.

A general rule of thumb: if you’re like me, and need a curling or flat iron at times to tame your do, make sure you buy an electronic converter if you’re leaving the country.

Happy Travels! ¡Vaya Con Dios! Bon Voyage!

And as always, whether overseas or in your hometown, Rock it Like a Redhead!

Featured Photo Credit, Lori Andrews 

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