Autumnal beauty routines often bring on a edgier and moodier vibe, and fall makeup for redheads can be especially stunning. Sure, dark smoky eyes and berry tinged lips can seem intimidating, but know that all shades of red can definitely pull off the drama. All you have to do is select the right products and colors.
To start, it’s important to note that there are lots of color choices for redheads available. But no matter what your makeup preferences may be, it’s often fun to experiment with seasonal shades that can make your striking red locks stand out even more.
“Anything that gives nice contrast to your red is totally in, so lavender and deep plum shadows work especially well to give your red a instant pop of color," makeup artist Katherine Dorn of Pierre Michel Salon, tells me over email. If you have the green eyes that often come with a redhead's coloring, those violet hues will be even more complementary to your overall look.
Ready to find your fall makeup style? Here’s some expert tips to mastering the perfect seasonal look.
1. Consider Your Undertones
Similar to when you're selecting the perfect lipstick or hair color, redheads should shop for products based off of their skin tone. Doing so helps you find your best product match, one that will bring out your natural glow.
“There are three types of reds: warm, cool and neutral,” Jamie Kern Lima, Co-Founder and CEO, IT Cosmetics. tells me over email. “Warm red has an orange undertone, and is a great option for auburn hair or highlights.”
Similarly, lighter strawberry blonde and natural red tones should find shades that flatter their colors, as a well balanced look is always beautiful.
“Cool red has a blue-based undertone and is beautiful for those with strawberry blonde locks,” says Jamie Kern Lima. “A neutral red is just that – neutral! It’s truly a balanced red that is beautiful on anyone bold enough to wear it.”
2. Try A Warm Complexion
Redheads often have pale or alabaster skin, so it’s best to complement such tones with shades that aren't too harsh. Peach and pink colors help warm up any complexion, without looking harsh or out of place, Angela Kim founder of Insider Beauty says via email.
“Soft, muted peach or pink tones will bring a warm contour without overpowering your face,” shes says. “I would avoid bright or dark colors since they’ll look unnatural, and out of place.”
Bronzer also can also give skin that natural glow, as Sonia Kashuk, Makeup Artist and Founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, explains over email.
“Another beautiful color combination to try is a warm bronze face,” says Kashuk. “Products like my Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Highlighter Duo ($11) and Eyeshadow Quad in Bronzed Beauty ($14) give the eyes and face an amazing look, reminiscent of the color changing leaves.” When in doubt, bronze it out.
3. Create Soft Lips
It’s important to remember different shades of red can often pull off different shades of lipstick says Susan Posnick, makeup artist and founder of Susan Posnick Cosmetics, via email.
“Strawberry blonde tones can more easily wear a nude lipstick," she says. “Where someone with darker red or auburn hair look amazing in a more copper or bronze nude shade.”
But if nude lips aren't your thing, bright pink and peach colors also help redheads stand out, as they give all tones an instant burst of vibrancy and elegance.
“Bright pink lips and cheeks look gorgeous on redheads,” says Sonia Kashuk. “It is perfect for a fresh pop of color, letting the bright lip stand alone as the main focal point.”
Peach lips also really bring out the redness in your hair, as Angela Kim explains that such shades give you a natural and youthful pout.
“Going several shades lighter than your hair tone works best,” she says. “Just a soft coral sheen is enough to keep your look vibrant yet simple.”
4. Use Earthy Shadows
Even when it comes to eye color, redheads are encouraged to match their shadows and liners to their skin and hair tone. And while different tones may have better luck pulling off some shades, experts like Sonia Kashuk find that earthy neutrals and green shades work best, as they give perfect balance to the face.
“Earthy neutrals and green are the way to go for the eyes," she says. "For that incredible contrast, pair my Eyeshadow Quad in Mother Nature and Longwear Eye Definer in Olive ($14) with a soft pink lip."
5. Be Picky About Eye Liner
Even when it comes to eyeliner choices, you'll likely find that you prefer brown shades over black. “Going with a medium to dark brown liner will define and actually make your eyes appear larger while complimenting reddish hair tones,” Angela Kim says. Of course, you could always go back to the purple tip for this, too.
6. Don't Forget Your Brows
And don’t forget about your brows, as they are crucial in framing the symmetry of our face. That’s why it’s important to find a universally flattering brow pencil to help achieve that full and sexy arch pronto.
“The new IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny All-Day Waterproof Brow Pencil in Universal Auburn ($24) delivers the look of real hair and adjusts to your brow color based on pressure to create your perfect shade from strawberry blonde, to auburn to deep beautiful reds,” says Jamie Kern Lima.
Now get out there and take some selfies with that foliage.
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