Makeup tips for redheads

For fair-skinned redheads, makeup colours should be natural, not overpowering. If you have red hair, then follow these makeup tips to bring out your natural beauty and look your best.

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Use a yellow-based foundation

Stay away from foundation with a red or pink base; it will make your complexion look too ruddy and will clash with your hair colour. Redheads should use a yellow-based (or peachy) foundation that is sheer enough to let their fabulous freckles show through. Look for makeup that contains SPF 15 or higher to protect your fair skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

“Redheads usually have fair skin, so it’s best to opt for a sheer foundation to let the natural skin — and possibly freckles — shine through,” says SheKnows beauty expert Nina Sutton.

Keep eye makeup neutral

Neutral eye makeup doesn’t have to be boring. Pick eyeshadow in shades of beige, camel, honey, gold and chestnut. Apply brown eyeliner with a light hand, and smudge it a little for evening looks. Skip the blacks — brown liner and mascara enhance the skin and hair colour of redheads.

Nina advises, “Redheads should opt for brown- or mauve-toned eye makeup with brown eyeliner or mascara (or other soft colours, such as plum). The eyeliner should also be a pencil or a powder (applied with an eyeliner brush) vs. liquid for a softer look.”

Women with red hair can get away with warm, peach-toned blush but should avoid bronzers, says Nina.

Avoid red lips

“To finish the look, nude and beige lip glosses look great on redheads,” says Nina. The general rule is to avoid pink and red lip colour if you have red hair. However, rules are meant to be broken, and you should experiment to find out what works best for you. Blue- and gold-based reds can look great on some redheads.

When it comes to pinks, you might be surprised which shades will complement your hair colour and skin tone. A cherry pink or bright plum might look amazing. Select matte formulas or lip stains rather than an ultra-glossy or extra-creamy lipstick.

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