How To: Makeup for the Redhead

How To: Makeup for the Redhead

makeup for redheads


With the recent surge of bottled redheads (click here for a full list), we’re sensing a spring/ summer trend from the red carpet to the street. Suppose you do change your hair hue, how then do you alter your makeup selection? Going ginger is an adjustment on more than just your locks, it’s your entire look that needs a makeover. I enlisted celebrity makeup artist Troy Jensen, who has worked with everyone from Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie and Jennifer Lopez, to offer his tips on the correct colors t0 pair with your new red hair, natural or otherwise.

“Redheads look stunning in pinks. Pink and red naturally complement one another,” explains Troy. “When your locks are red, consider a pink lip color. A sheer bright pink lip balm like Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Cherish or Jouer Cosmetics Sheer tinted lip enhancer in Bellini are perfect for a wash of color for day and night. Try adding a pop of vibrant hot pink with Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Sorbet.

Dark lined eyes look stunning against red hair. Try Dior Twin Set Eyeshadow Pen in 060 Grey Sigh for eyes that pop. And pastel purple, mint green and shimmery champagne shadow’s look beautiful because red hair is so vibrant. Bird of Paradise, Dior’s new summer 2013 makeup collection (not yet available), is inspired by the colors of peacock feathers. It features a palette of beautiful hues from aqua blue, turquoise and emerald greens to sweet pinks, sand and golden bronzy shades. The collection offers two looks: Glowy Exotic for daytime and Wild Feather for nighttime. Both will look amazing on redheads.

Don’t forget to swipe a hint of pink blush onto your cheeks to add warmth to your face. Try Dior ‘Cherie Bow’ Blush in 729 Pink Happiness or  something with a coral pop like Chanel Joues Contrast powder blush in 71 Malice and 76 Frivole.

Red undertones in the skin are more noticeable on redheads, but a sheer bronzer can tone down redness. Try Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer. For fair skin, dust sparingly and use a shade that is more golden than bronze, like Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer.

Highlighting can give a beautiful glow to flecked faces. I like Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter for face. It has a delicate champagne glow and looks perfect on a redhead.” — Troy Jensen

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