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Beauty Tips and Tricks For Redheads

Since it's St. Patrick's Day, I've been thinking about classic Irish beauty. Being that so many Irish women are fair-skinned redheads, I thought I'd suggest a few friendly tips and tricks on how to enhance your specific type of beauty. And, of course you don't have to be Irish for this advice to pertain to you, silly — these red-headed celebs aren't!

  • Protect Your Hair Color: Whether or not you enhance your hair color, you'll want to give it shelter in the sun so that it doesn't turn orange or brassy. Try misting your hair with an SPF shine spray and use color-enhancing hair products to replenish and maintain your color in between salon visits.

For three more makeup and skin-care tips and tricks for redheads,


  • Makeup Colors: When looking for a foundation and/or a powder, it's best to steer away from anything too pink or yellow. In particular, products targeted for those with olive skin will be too harsh. Generally, it's best to choose a neutral, light-beige shade. Additionally, when possible, avoid orangey-red, orange, and overly strong coral shades of lipstick. However, gold makeup is gorgeous on redheads, as are champagne, taupe, and brown eye shadows — so go crazy!
  • Eyebrows: Frame your fair skin by filling in your eyebrows. Depending on how dark or light your hair is, you'll want to match your brows one shade darker. Going too dark is going to look unnatural, so choose a soft, auburn, or taupe powder.
  • Skin Care SPF is a must. Since your skin is fair, it will burn easily and can cause wrinkles, redness, peeling, premature aging, and cancer. Be sure to wear a moisturizer with SPF 30, and when possible consider buying cosmetics with SPF in the formula for extra protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Source and Pacific Coast News

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neilleekdesigns neilleekdesigns 8 years
I am a natural red head, more auburn and I always liked it but always had SO much trouble finding beauty tips!! My hair is curly too and sometimes so curly that I can look like carrot top if its too short, LOL!
alishapannell alishapannell 8 years
im a natural ginger lol and i hate it , i went through my life being bullied so i dyed my hair a brown and i look better , i have had people i dont even know saying oh my god i love your hair lol i hate freckles the only thing i love it i have dark blue eyes lol oh and i can pull off soft pinks , blues and greens
I have natural red hair, hated it as a child love it as a grown woman
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I love red hair. I so wish I could pull it off with a little freckles across the nose. I have tried before and I just don't look good. I haven't tried strawberry blonde, only auburn, and it was bad on me.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
As far as colors - yeah, it (apparently) really depends on the person. But my experience fits with Bella's tips. Every time I wear pink or read I worry that it will bring out the redness of my skintone. I'll do blush and occasionally a lipstick (but really, I like to play up my eyes more than my lips) but I would NEVER EVER wear pink makeup on my eyes, even though I think hot pink would be fun, because they always look too pink to begin with (I'm trying to get in the habit of carrying a small bottle of eye drops with me). Basically I feel like if I add to it, I'll look like I have pink-eye. And I'm thoroughly convince that purple looks amazing with red hair, though apparently that's not everyone's experience. Cool shades work for me and I'm partial to turquoise and blues. (I hear ya, sophia7706!). I also concur on the yellow thing. I've really wanted to wear mustard shades this past season, but I feel like the contrast would make me look to pink. Is that legit? that a similar color and the opposite would bring out that color?
javsmav javsmav 9 years
Thanks! Great tips.
myinnersuzi myinnersuzi 9 years
I think when red is done right, it can be GORGEOUS. Think Ann-Margret. OMG, how beautiful! If I went red, it woudl be a shade or auburn.
enSue enSue 9 years
I have colored my naturally dark brown hair a vibrant, bright red for about 10 years now. I love it, and get compliments so often on how well it suits my complexion. I live in an area with hard water and have hair with low porosity, so my red fades very quickly if I don't take the necessary precautions. I highly recommend using L'Oreal Colorist Collection (formerly ARTec) Color Depositing shampoos and conditioners/moisturizers in the Reds collection. There are several different hues/tones of red for all shades of red hair. (I use "Red Clover.") This stuff is so potent that it actually can stain your fingernails or bathroom surfaces if you don't wash it off immediately.
yeokr yeokr 9 years
i guess the best way to describe my hair color is that my mom's is auburn and my dad's is blonde and i have a little of both - i have weird auburn streaks in the underneath part.
yeokr yeokr 9 years
i have a hard time with most shades of pink due to the combination of my very pink skin and the shade of my hair (red, not blonde, but not dark at all). i lovelovelove purple and most greens. i can do fuschia if it is purple-y. shades of red, orange and brown are iffy, but usually doable. i used to have a really hard time with makeup people trying to balance out my pink complexion with yellow makeup... ick. i love yellow and i can't wear it at all. i never color my hair and i love it when i walk into salons for a haircut and they want to know who colors my hair. it is my one point of serious vanity. as soon as it starts greying though, i think i want it to be all white.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I've colored my hair red for as long as I can remember. In fact my in-laws think I'm a redhead since my Mom colors her's red too. I don't have the heart to tell them it's from a box. I even colored it when I lived with them and I left the box out so they could see. They just don't get it.
Chicago2700 Chicago2700 9 years
I love my red hair!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I've always thought it would be really cool to have red hair - like dark red hair, but not really as brown as auburn - but have never been able to get up the nerve to dye it because I also really love my natural dark brown color... But these tips are really good - and my redhead friends seem to follow these guidelines anyway!
sophia7706 sophia7706 9 years
I agree with the pink deal. it looks really gorgeous with redhair. i've noticed that aqua works really well but that might be my particular coloring. do any other natural redheads like aqua?
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Great tips! And I agree with the SPF!
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
i love debra messing
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