Makeup Tips for Redheads

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I was recently asked by a friend for some makeup tips. My friend happens to have red hair and was asking for makeup tips especially for redheads and I thought this would be a great blog entry. I looked up red hair on Wikipedia and found a lot of great information regarding red hair. I was shocked to find that only 2% of the human population have red hair, making it a very unique feature to have. Some of the most famous beauties of our time have red hair like Nicole Kidman, Lindsey Lohan, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Julianne Moore and the beautiful Tilda Swinton. Whether your red hair is natural or dyed, I think these makeup tips will work for you. Please feel free to contact me directly or by posting a comment if you have any further questions.


Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. If you are a fair-skinned redhead, choose a beige tone  liquid foundation with a SPF 15 or greater. Apply the foundation sparingly on forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and bland well. If you have freckles, sheer the foundation in those areas so that they show through. Make sure you blend your foundation well into your hairline and especially into your jaw, you don’t want that foundation line. You want your makeup to look natural, not made-up. For redheads, I tend to choose a beige shade of foundation with a slight yellow or gold undertones. I stay away from anything with a pinkish undertone, as this makes the skin look even more pink.

If you are afraid of using a cream or liquid foundation, try a tinted moisturizer such as the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. This is a excellent product that evens out the skin with a very sheer coverage. Make sure you set it with a translucent or a pressed powder. I also prefer to use a powder puff than a powder brush when setting foundation.

To give your skin a little extra glow, use a luminizer such as the Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in shade 0 and apply to the high planes of the face like the cheek bones, forehead, chin and bridge of nose and blend well. I also like to take a matte bronzer and apply it to the hollows of the cheeks and the T-Zone. Next apply a powder blush in a pinky peach shade like NARS Powder Blush in shades Orgasm or Deep Throat to the apple of the cheeks. I find that these three extra steps give an amazing glow to your complexion. 


When making up a beautiful redhead model or actress, I stick to the typical neutrals like Beige, Browns and Taupes. However, I also like to edge it up a little bit and smoke out the eyes with dark browns and pop a little gold or bronze on the lid for added glamour. I also love a nude eye with some gloss on it or a nude eye with a clean sweep of liquid eyeliner. Experiment with different shades of brown, beiges or even blacks, they can all be blended and combined for a look that is sure to sizzle.

Purples and Lavenders are very in for this Spring and Summer, try a dark purple eye liner  and smudge it a bit for a smokey look. I really love the Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow pots, these are a cream to powder eyeshadow that are long wearing. Try the H-6 Violet Visions shade, apply with brush or finger and blend into crease. H-12 Lemon Sugar, H-1 Goldlights and H-9 Glistening Sand are also great shades for redheads. Another great color for redheads is shades of green from light to dark. A Smokey eye doesn’t always have to be done with blacks and brown. Try using a dark green eyeliner such as MAC’s Eye Kohl in Tarnish and smudging it along the lash line and setting is with a green powder shadow like Humid from MAC.
Top off  your eye makeup with a thickening mascara like Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Rich Brown or High Density Black for added volume. Make sure to also fill in your brows with a light brown or taupe eye shadow and set with some clear brow gel.


For your everyday looks, choose lipsticks and blushes from more neutral and natural color palettes, like shades such as peach, pink and browns. When choosing a red lipstick, I prefer to use blue or  brown based red lipstick shades. A nice brick shade will add depth and really warm up your complexion. Lipgloss is also a great alternative from lipstick, choose a shade that is transparent. Stila has a great assortment of lip gloss’s that work great with almost any skin tone. One of my favorite shades from Stila is called Apricot, it works on everyone, especially redheads. The shade is really light and translucent and adds just a touch of shimmer.

3 Responses to Makeup Tips for Redheads

  1. Marcy says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tips. I’m going to try some new techniques and products. Love the information!

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