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Question:
What’s a great makeup routine for red hair and fair skin?

Answer: Relatively speaking, it’s important to remember that contrary to popular belief, redheads can totally pull off colorful makeup. I say this because a lot of redheads seem to stick to neutrals, but you don’t have to do the same. You can definitely rock neon, pastel and bright colors just like everyone else, but it’s all about choosing the right tones. This rule is a staple for every skin tone, and the shades will vary depending on your undertone.

As a natural redhead, you’re likely quite pale—so it’s best to stick with colors that aren’t going to clash with your skin. Don’t reach for the deep plum lipstick, or slap on the typical silver and black smokey eye. Think ruddy colors and undertones—brown or copper bases for smokey eyes; greens, purples and golds for pops of color; oxblood-hues on days you want a dark lip. You want whatever is making the statement on your face to match the statement on your head: your gorgeous red hair!

For lips, the undertone rule is most important. If you have a pink undertone to your skin, stick with complimentary pinky-hued shades that have blue undertones—like mauve and fuchsia. If your skin has a yellow-y undertone, make sure to err on the warmer side of things when it comes to color, like red-based corals and pinky-tan nudes.

Below are some great examples of products you can add to your makeup kit. These are perfect for those who are just starting out, as well as those who are simply looking to expand their color range.

LIPS

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native ($22, Sephora)

If you have a pink undertone, this is likely going to be one of your perfect nudes. Native is a very muted-pink color that won’t clash with your skin, and it works well with many eyeshadow colors. Sand-toned nudes will also look amazing on your skin.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom ($26, Amazon)

Coral is one of those shades that you should have on hand in your kit due to its universal color properties. It works wonderfully against any skin tone and depth! When paired with a pink undertone, the pink shades in the coral will be accentuated and will ultimately mesh wonderfully with your skin and contrast nicely against your hair. Atop yellow tones, the orange shades in the coral will pop, thus complementing your hair.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($25, Nordstrom)

Dragon Girl is an iconic hue, a bold lipstick that will wear you if you’re not careful. Pairing this with your red locks and a feline-flick is going to make you stand out from the crowd in the very best way. If you’re wondering what this actually looks like against fair skin, look no further than Taylor Swift—she’s been known to wear this with her day-to-day looks. And, just like coral, this precise shade of red is something fair gals shouldn’t pass up. It’s near universal, and seems to morph to match your unique tone.

EYES

Moonshadow Baked Palette in In The Tropics ($27, Sephora)

Palettes are one of the best products for everyday makeup users because you can take full advantage of multiple shades all in one, and the shades can even be mixed and matched. ‘In The Tropics’ is a limited edition item, but these shades are easily replicated in individual shadows all across the board. This palette is full-on perfect for redheads, as each shadow featured is 100% compatible with your skin and hair.

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara in Wheedler Brown ($30, Nordstrom)

I know, it’s hard not to crave a nice, thick set of jet-black lashes. But jet-black can sometimes look too harsh on you, and red mascaras might not give the intensifying effect you actually want. When in doubt, stick to brown. Brown mascara brings out green, blue and hazel eyes like you would never believe, and it’s a great alternative to black mascara. Since warm tones work best on your eyes, this mascara will match perfectly. And, for a high-end mascara, this one isn’t too much of a splurge. It’s renown for it’s lengthening and thickening properties, too.

I hope this helps all of you beautiful redheads out there! Remember to stay true to yourself, always embrace your flawlessly fair skin and gorgeous red hair—it’s what makes you such a standout.

  • Kate

    Ooh, that dragon girl lip pencil looks simply amazing!

    • It is! It is so crazy how well it works on every skintone, it’s such a universal red.