Debra Messing, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Molly Ringwald...we could go on, but we think the point has been sufficiently made: Redheads are a striking bunch. And in case you’re looking for ways to complement your incredible mane, we consulted Vincent Oquendo, a celebrity makeup artist, as well as some of our most makeup-savvy ginger friends on their best beauty tips.
KEEP YOUR BASE LIGHT
Fact: Red hair is often accompanied by fair skin. Let your natural complexion (and any freckles) peek through by using a lightweight tinted moisturizer, which will even out any splotches without masking things like a foundation can.
CHOOSE BRONZER CAREFULLY
Steer clear of anything that’s too gold or tan; it can look harsh or even muddy against your skin. A peach-toned bronzer or blush is your best bet for instant brightening and warmth.
WHEN IN DOUBT, GO PEACH
Just as this shade of bronzer subtly enhances your complexion, a slick of peachy-pink lipstickdoes the same for your lips. Consider this your everyday neutral for when you don’t want to look too done.
DON’T GO TOO DARK WITH BROWS
Skip the blacks and dark browns when filling in your eyebrows. Instead, try ashier shades like taupe. The cooler tones will pop against the warmth in your hair and look more natural, says Oquendo.
AND BE BOLD WITH EYELINER
Your eyes are one place you can really lay on some color since you’re keeping everything else fairly light. Exhibit A: Molly’s thick-but-crisp cat-eyes offer a focal point to her otherwise neutral look.
EXPERIMENT WITH SHADOW
For everyday makeup, taupes and lighter brown shadows provide subtle definition; for a slightly unexpected pop of color, try a plum or aubergine shadow, which will contrast nicely against your hair.
RED LIPSTICK IS A GO
The notion that redheads should avoid red lipstick is vastly outdated. Paired with softly bronzed skin, a cherry pout looks especially glamorous next to strawberry locks.