Flynn Pyykkonen is a professional makeup artist based in New York City and a natural redhead! Her work can be described as clean, fresh, and flawless. She works in film, print, editorial, advertising, fashion, and television. Flynn was the makeup artist for the “How to be a Redhead” beauty book, (behind the scenes photos from the shoot are below) and we were so excited to dig into the common questions redheads have when using makeup.
1. What is the first thing redheads should do when putting on makeup?
First, she recommends always having a cleansed and moisturized face.
She is big into sunscreen for the face. She loves the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Non-Greasy Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 70. “It is great for touch ups throughout the day,” Flynn says. She also recommends Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Setting Spray and Face Sunscreen spray because it gives a dewy look.
2. Favorite foundations for redheads:
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Long-Wear High Cover Liquid Foundation. “It’s a classic and I love the lumenosity,” says Flynn.
3. Favorite eye products:
She also thinks blues and teals look great with red locks. She uses NARS ‘Abbey Road’ Larger Than Life liner.
Flynn also adores pink with red hair (a big myth busted!) and uses Urban Decay’s pink shades.
4. REDHEAD EYEBROWS!
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz – Auburn. Sometimes she finds this shade a bit too dark for redhead eyebrows, so she will wipe off the access product so it isn’t too dark, then applies.
5. Redhead lashes + favorite mascara:
Flynn only wears black mascara, but talks about how she loves to rock her blonde lashes too. It took her a long time to embrace them, much like Adrienne and Stephanie.
She loves lashes! If she wants more drama, she will use Ardell individual lashes to enhance the eye.
6. Lipsticks for Redheads:
MAC Ruby Roo – her absolute go-to red shade.
Chanel #36 – It is her favorite coral shade
Stila lip stains — loves all of the shades.
7. Blushes and Highlighters for Redheads:
Flynn thinks a coral blush looks great with redhead skin tones and prefers a gold highlighter, rather than pearl. Flynn says, “Well People makes a beautiful bronzer. It looks really nice on redheads.”