Newbie Makeup Guide for Redheads

Oh, to have had a fairy godmother who could have given tried-and-true, redhead makeup advice back when I was first learning how to use it! Unfortunately, no such “angel” ever materialized and my mom is an olive-skinned brunette. I was left to figure out what looked good with my coloring (and, more often than not, what didn’t). But after lots of experimentation, I realized that simpler is better when it comes to enhancing our ginger gorgeousness.

Here are five easy steps to a perfectly polished redhead look:

1. Foundation

Don’t even think of trying to cover up those freckles – embrace them! You probably don’t need to wear foundation on a daily basis, but if you want to even out your skin tone, go with a sheer formula that is the same shade as your skin. This will even out any redness while still letting your freckles shine through. Begin by dabbing it in the center of your face (your nose, forehead and chin) and blend out.

Favorite products: Chantecaille Future Skin FoundationBareMinerals Original Foundation & Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation


2. Blush

Because there’s nothing prettier than a healthy, happy glow! The key is to find a color that mimics your own natural flush (which for most of us is going to be a rosy pink or peach). Grab a large (but not too large) fluffy brush, tap the brush into the pot (this prevents picking up too much pigment. It’s so easy to use way more blush than you actually need), and gently sweep the color onto the apple of your cheek towards your temple.

Where is the apple of your cheek? Look in a mirror and smile. It’s the round, lifted part.

Start out using less than you think you’ll need and gradually build from there. This will keep you from overdoing it.

Favorite products: Bobbi Brown Blush ‘Sand Pink’ & NARS Blush ‘Deep Throat’


3. Mascara

The most important weapon in any redhead’s beauty arsenal! I never leave my house without it. It really does wonders for opening your eyes and “finishing” your look, even if that’s the only stitch of makeup you’re wearing. Some recommend that redheads use brown mascara, claiming that it will look less harsh, but I find that it doesn’t give my eyes enough pop and that it even enhances any redness in them. I’m all about black!

READ: Six Makeup 101 Tips for Redheads

The application is harder than you’d think for something so commonplace. Going from redhead blonde lashes to dark lashes means really having to take your time. Wiggle the wand as close to the base of your lashes as possible to coat every bit of it (a mascara with a spiky, not soft, wand will do this beautifully). Don’t forget your bottom lashes too, using the same technique only with a lighter touch so the coat isn’t as heavy.

Favorite products: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara & Too Faced Better Than Sex


4. Eyebrows

Another important but often overlooked part of the redhead’s beauty routine. Like our lashes, our redhead eyebrows tend to be so pale that they’re all but invisible, but a touch of color is all you’ll need to bring them out. And there are a ton of different options available – pencil, powder and gel formulas – so experiment to see which one you like best. To use pencil, just feather the color through the brow with light, short strokes and blend with your finger or a brow brush. For powder, dip a small, stiff-bristled brush into the color and use the same light, feathering strokes to deposit it onto the brows, and blend. With a gel, using the applicator provided, gently brush the color onto the brow.

Favorite products: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in ‘Caramel’ Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Taupe’ used with Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Brush

5. Natural Looking Lips

The finishing touch (and the easiest step)! The sky is really the limit with lipstick – from a tinted balm to a deep, matte red, it’s all about expressing yourself. I’ve found that it’s surprisingly hard to find a good, everyday neutral color for redheads though.

Favorite products: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugien’Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in ‘Rose Petal’L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive in ‘Julianne‘ (made specifically for redhead Julianne Moore), Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in ‘Mademoiselle’


And voila! A simple yet perfectly polished look, without all the guesswork.


Your Ginger Fairy Godmother 😉

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4 Things Only Redhead Siblings Understand

Four things only a redhead with a redhead sibling (who is not your twin) would understand:

1. You will never loose each other in a crowd.

As much as we may not like it, we always stick out in a crowd.

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2. The internal eye roll when you are asked one or both of the following questions (usually at the same time): Are you twins or which of your parents have red hair?

Of course you want to answer back the following (but you may choose not to): “No, we are not  twins and [enter parent here] is a redhead.”

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3. “Is your hair color natural?”

Respond sarcastically: “No, our parents have been dying our hair since we were babies.”

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4. When hair is clogging the tub in the bathroom, you can blame the other redhead in the family.

I always clean out my hair from the tub, it’s not my hair.”

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Do you have others to add?! Comment below.

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Rachel & Kendall

“My daughters, Rachel & Kendall, have always embraced the uniqueness of their lovely fair skin and beautiful hair,” says their mother, Lynn. “They are four years apart, but people constantly stop them and ask if they are twins!”

READ: 6 Things Every Mother Should Tell Their Redhead Daughter 

Redheads: The One Time NOT To Wear SPF

By: Jessie Harbin

I know, I know. Spare me the sermons. If you follow the redhead sunscreen rules all the time, good for you. For me, there are certain instances that are worth breaking a few guidelines–my wedding being one of them. Basically, makeup with SPF and professional photography do not mix. The ingredients in SPF are made to reflect light, and in doing so, reflect flash photography and give you the white face you’ve undoubtedly seen in so many wedding photos.

After a few hours of research, the photographer community seems divided on the issue. Some say it depends on the makeup while most agree that it is only “direct flash” that causes the white out.

So, how do you avoid it?

1. Check with your photographer. My wedding photographer said she only uses natural light and doesn’t use a flash.

2. Do a test run with your cell phone flash. A Practical Wedding writes that this is the best way to see how your makeup will be photographed.

3. No shimmer. I love glitter. I am a product of the Limited Too generation. However, makeup blogs all seem to agree that shimmer doesn’t photograph well. Remember all those photos with the white eye shadow from middle school?

The bottom line:

If you’re going to be outside all day, you’re good. Natural light will not cause flashback. If you’re going to be at an indoor wedding or reception at night, it might be best to consider a no-SPF makeup. Personally, I plan on doing a trial run and then using my camera to take photos with a flash to make sure it doesn’t make me look too pale.

READ: Before & After, A Redhead’s Trial Wedding Makeup Routine 

What do you think? Would you skip SPF for photos?

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Let’s Hear It For The (Redheaded) Boy

By: Adina Bernstein

While there is a mystique about female redheads, male redheads sometimes get the short shrift. Here is a short list of male redheaded performers who prove that they the redheaded mystique also applies to the male sex.

1. Damian Lewis

Best known for his role in Showtime’s Homeland and recently playing Henry VIII in the British TV show, Wolf Hall, Lewis’s body of work extends beyond the standard roles for a British actor. Married to Harry Potter alum Helen McCrory, Lewis proves that redheaded males can attract a partner as much as their brunette and blonde counterparts.


2. Ron Howard

Howard is the best example of a child star who has risen beyond the roles of his youth. While there are many who remember him as Opie in the Andy Griffith Show or Richie in Happy Days, others know him as a respected director and producer. Let’s not forget his beautiful daughter (and redhead inspiration), Bryce Dallas Howard.


3. Rupert Grint

To millions of Harry Potter fans, Grint will always be Ron Weasley. Ron, the child of a large family of redheads, was initially the sidekick but became a hero in his own right. More recently, Grint has stepped away from the world of Harry Potter to play more mature diverse roles on stage and screen.

READ: 21 Of the Hottest Redhead Men You’ve Ever Seen 


4. Danny Kaye

Kaye was part of the generation of pre World War II actors who got their start in the Borscht Belt. Over a period of 40 years, Kaye entertained audiences in a variety of roles. One of the roles that many classic film fans best remember him for is the Court Jester and the “brew is true” speech.


5. Seth Green

To the millions of fans that make up the Buffy The Vampire Slayer fandom, Seth Green is loved as Oz, Willow’s werewolf boyfriend. After Buffy ended it’s run in 2003, Green stepped away from the fantasy genre to work behind the scenes in animated films and television.


6. Prince Harry

Who wouldn’t want a prince? The son of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, Harry is fifth in line after the recent birth of his niece. While he had his youthful moments of indiscretion, Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps by using his position to help the less fortunate. While he may never wear the crown in his lifetime, he appears to maturing into a responsible and mature man that his mother would be proud of.


Who are you favorite male actors or celebrities? Comment below.

READ: Why Redhead Men Have It Tough

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Shaving Tips & Techniques: How Redheads Can Get The Best Shave

A few months back, we discussed if and why redheads could be allergic to nickel in razors. Do you have problems with bumps on your legs from shaving? Do the bumps resemble bug bites and begin to itch and sometimes hurt? Do the bumps spread to your underarms? If you stop shaving, do they go away?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you might be allergic to nickel in your razor. Or, you might not be shaving properly.

We talked more in depth with Venus Dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine. “Some redheads tend to have very sensitive skin that gets red and irritated easily. Irritation from shaving can be prevented by using high-quality tools and by using proper shaving techniques,” she says.

These are her top tips for how redheads should shave this summer:

1. Does the type of razor really matter? 

“I recommend the Venus Swirl Razor because it has five independently-mounted blades that individually adjust to your skin and a multidimensional movement that will give you a close shave in one stroke, so you don’t have to go over the same area again and again. Fewer strokes means less interaction with skin and less chance of irritation.”

2. How often should a redhead shave?

“This is up to their personal preference. It may also depend on how quickly your hair grows back. As long as you are using a high quality razor, there is no limit on how often you should shave. With the proper razor you can refresh your shave every time you shower, even if it’s twice a day.”

3. Does it make a difference if the razor is doubled?

“Absolutely. There is definitely a difference between a 5-bladed razor and a single-bladed razor – and this difference contributes to your overall shaving experience. Venus Swirl features Gillette’s most advanced blade technology with five, thin, spring-mounted blades that are spaced closely together for reduced and more uniform pressure, so there is less skin that bulges between each blade while shaving. This helps to minimize the chances of nicks and cuts. The 5- bladed Venus Swirl razor gives a closer shave than most 3-bladed or 2-bladed razors.”

4. Do you have a favorite DIY tip for shaving?

” I have two great tips. 1) To help prevent ingrown hairs on the bikini area, use an exfoliating toner twice daily. You can use the same toner you use on your face to clean the area. If you have ingrowns already, follow the toner with the same acne cream or liquid that you use on your face. 2) If you are getting a spray tan or using self-tanner, shave first to exfoliate and get a smoother surface and a more uniform color.”

5. What is the best way redheads should shave?

“Here are my key steps to avoid irritation:

1. Prep your skin and hydrate your hair with warm water before shaving. Hydrating your hair is important as it helps make hairs softer and easier to cut.

2. Next, use ample amounts of moisture rich-shave gel like the new Venus with a Touch of Olay shave gel. Some people forego shave gel, but it’s actually another important step in your shaving process as it allows your razor to glide more easily over your skin. Shave gel helps you track where you’ve shaved so you don’t need to go over the same area twice – another big source of irritation.

3. Always moisturize after shaving and make it a part of your daily routine. Ingrown hairs occur when dead or dry skin covers hair. Moisturizer is much more effective on properly exfoliated skin and shaving is actually a gentle form of exfoliation.”

READ: The Best All Natural Shaving Creams for Redheads 

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GIVEAWAY: Hosted by PCA SKIN. Instantly Perfect Your Redhead Skin

We’ve raved about PCA SKIN and why it’s “a must” for redheads, especially the sensitive skin line. It’s always recommended that those with sensitivities  — which can range from a combination of irritation, discomfort, bumps, redness, inflammation, eczema and rosacea  — choose a skin care line which caters to these issues.

The PCA SKIN products for sensitive skin does not contain fragrances, lanolin, formaldehyde, latex and menthol, which are common irritants, and refrains from the use of aggressive chemical and mechanical exfoliants which can also increase skin irritation.

Just when we thought the skin line could not be more targeted to redheads, and those with sensitive skin, they also urge their customers to invest in sunscreen. Generally, redheads have fair skin and are more sun sensitive than those without fair skin. PCA SKIN recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for Daily Use to protect the skin from UV rays. PCA SKIN’s sunscreens are:

  • Quick-absorbing with a light finish
  • Can be easily worn under makeup
  • Provides antioxidant protection and protects against UV rays

We’re thrilled PCA SKIN is giving away 3 ‘Redhead Friendly’ sensitive skin routine trios, which include: Creamy Cleanser, Anti-Redness Serum and Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45.

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4 Time-Saving Beauty Tips for Redheads

A few months ago, after a lot of introspection and research and analysis (a ridiculous amount, really, but hey, I like to be prepared!), I took the plunge and got a puppy. It had been years since there’d been any kind of dog in the house, let alone a tiny 8-week-old fur-baby. While I thought I was ready for what that would entail, I didn’t realize just how much of my morning routine would have to be shortened in order to take care of her before heading out for the day. I used to be the sort of person who would luxuriate over her creams and gels and powders, taking her time (and letting herself wake up). But now that there’s a bouncing ball of fuzzy energy wanting to play at 6AM, I have to hustle.

Here are some of the ‘redhead friendly’ approved shortcuts I’ve adopted to get me out the door ASAP while still looking fabulous and rockin’ it like a redhead.

1. Moisturizer & Sunscreen In-One:

Using a separate moisturizer and sunscreen? Who has time for that? But as we fair, freckled redheads all know, skipping either of these products just isn’t an option. So instead of doing individual layers, simply blend the two together or find a moisturizer with a hefty dose of SPF already in it.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Products: Combination of Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 and La Mer Oil Absorbing Lotion for summer and Ole Henricksen Truth Revealed Crème with SPF 15 for winter.

READ: 5 Best Tinted Sunscreens for Redheads 

Tip: If you want to get really crazy, try adding a dollop of your foundation to your moisturizer/SPF concoction, especially during warmer months when foundation on its own is too heavy. Presto, you’ve just made a tinted moisturizer suited just for you!



2. Don’t Mess With Concealer:

Put down the concealer! For everyday activities, it’s quicker to simply pat a tiny amount of foundation on blotchy spots for a flawless, smooth finish. And, it’s one less product to use.

3. Multi-Tasking Makeup:

Fall in love with all-in-one products. My favorite is NARS The Multiple in shade ‘Orgasm’. It is legendary for its multi-tasking abilities. Use it on your cheeks for a dewy flush or your lips for a hint of color. As a bonus, the non-messy tube applicator makes it a fantastic staple for your purse.



4. Lip Crayon:

Make lip crayons your best friends. These have so many time-saving perks: you get the precision of a liner with the coverage of a lipstick, and since they have awesome staying power, there’s no need to reapply. Try Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm or Bang Beauty Lip Crayon.


WATCH MORE: Adrienne & Stephanie Talk About Clinique’s Fair Skin Foundation

Viola –– you’re ready in record time! Leaving you free to take care of other important tasks, like stopping a certain four-legged creature from eating your favorite pair of shoes. Rock it like a Redhead! 


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“Sophie embodies the wonderful spunk, vivaciousness, and personality so true to a redhead,” says her mother. “Everyone she meets falls in love with her and she just loves her red hair.”

READ: 6 Things Every Mother Should Tell Their Redhead Daughter 

12 Songs About Redheads

As a redhead, I’m biased, but I think these songs are pretty fabulous! Here are a couple of songs about redheads that you have to hear. If you know more songs about redheads, comment below.

1. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton


2. “Red Headed Stranger” by Willie Nelson



3. “The Band Played On” lyrics by John Palmer, music by Charles Ward



4. “Fell in Love With a Girl” by The White Stripes


5. “Redhead Walking” by REM



6. “Valerie” by Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse



7. “Red headed Woman” by Bruce Springsteen



 8. “Ginger” by Caroline England



9. “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” by Ed Sheeran



10. “San Andreas Fault” by Natalie Merchant



11. “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert



12. “Tangled Up in Blue” by Bob Dylan


Which one is your favorite? Rock it like a Redhead! 

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