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If you’ve glanced around anywhere lately, then you’re well aware that nothing is more in style right now than gorgeous red tresses. Whether you’re born with fiery locks or acquired them with a semi-permanent or permanent hair color, the latest beauty trends are proving to be the perfect match for you sassy sirens. From bright pouts to peach eyes, makeup looks that are complementary to redheads are popping up left and right these days. Ready to learn how to flatter your red hair? Try one of the following makeup ideas for redheads and you’ll fall in love with your new look.
Talk about a bright and bold makeup look! And really, there’s nothing better than pairing red hair with the perfect cherry lipstick for your complexion. The trick to picking a color that best complements your look is to take your skin tone into consideration. If you have a pink undertone to your skin, go with a blue-based red. If you have yellow undertones, you’re one of the lucky ones—any shade of red lipstick will suit your look! Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red and L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly In Love.
Editor’s Tip: If you’re worried that a bright red lip will draw attention to an area you don’t want, it’s time to take a closer look at your pout. If you’re worried about your lips flaking, ruining a classic red lip, stop. All you have to do is stock up on the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub. Rub a small amount of the scrub between your lips to lightly exfoliate any built-up dead skin cells and rinse with warm water before applying your lipstick. Trust us, your lipstick application will be better than ever.
Whoever said redheads couldn’t wear pink clearly didn’t know a thing! Although you might think these two colors would crash, when paired together in the form of hair and makeup, they can be surprisingly beautiful. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Lacquered Strawberry, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red, or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate to see for yourself. To really make your pink pout stand out, try pairing it with a crisp line of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Best Mattes.
With hair as bright as a fire truck, eyes will naturally be drawn to your overall appearance—and especially your skin. If you have any pink undertones in your skin, the redness of your hair may accentuate them—the same goes for blue undertones. That’s where color correcting comes in. These colorful concealers can help counteract colors on your face (think: green for redness, peach for under-eye circles, and so on). After you’re done color correcting, use a lightweight BB cream or buildable foundation to keep things looking natural. To get the look, try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Color Correcting Crayons followed by the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation.
Editor’s Tip: If you’re worried that the colorful concealer will compete with your natural-looking coverage, rest assured it will be hidden beneath the face makeup you place on top of it. The color itself just serves to neutralize any discolorations for an even-looking skin tone once you apply the rest of your beauty look.
Who wouldn’t want a chiseled-looking face? Just be careful about applying your contour—you only want to go two shades darker than your natural skin. To get a chiseled beauty look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks and L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze-It Bronzer. When applying, focus the contour around the outer perimeter of your forehead, down the edges of the bridge of your nose, in the hollows of your cheeks, and just under your bottom lip. This will help draw all these areas in to make everything else pop. So, where your cheeks will sink in, your cheek bones will stand out; where below your lip will just back, your lower lip will look as though it juts out in all its plump glory.
What’s prettier than perfectly strobed cheekbones? We’d dare say not much! To get the look, simply dab a liquid highlighter across the high points of your cheekbones or use a fan brush to gently swipe a powder highlighter from just above the apple of your cheek up towards your temple. To get your most glazed donut-like glow, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter.
Editor’s tip: Whenever you use a liquid or cream highlighter, make sure you’re not applying it on top of powder, as it can cake up and be more of an eyesore than an eye-catching element to your overall look.
No time for a full face of makeup? Just grab your favorite blush and add a pinch of color to your cheeks. And by cheeks, we mean swipe from the apples of your cheeks up towards your temples for the ultimate draped look. To achieve it, try the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Blush Makeup and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks.
Redheads look fab in blue and green eyeliner. The bold colors can help instantly brighten up your face. To get the look in an especially trendy way, use a blue or green eyeliner to rock 2018’s under eye makeup trend. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue, True Teal, and Forest Green.
Peach eye shadow is the hot eye shadow hue of the moment. With a vast array of different shades that fit the bill, it’s all about finding similar colors to blend together. To get the look, choose lighter shades for a more natural finish and amp it up to darker hues when you want to take the night by storm. Whichever finish you’re going for, the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette will have you covered. Plus, it smells great.
Another eye makeup color that looks particularly stunning on redheads? Taupe. The dark nude color can be worn in matte and metallic shades for a slightly deeper take on natural-looking makeup. If you want to try wearing a metallic taupe eye makeup look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bronzed Taupe. If you prefer a matte taupe eye makeup look, try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Café Au Lait. And, if you fancy a shimmering eye makeup look, try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain au Chocolat. Whichever you choose, be sure to use a fluffy eyeshadow brush so as to not over-apply the eye makeup.
Now, the trickiest makeup for redheads is eyebrow makeup. That’s because a lot of eyebrow products do not come in auburn shades. No worries though—with the right blonde and brunette shades you’ll be able to craft your own take on the redhead brow. To try your hand at the task, use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil, L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara, or L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil. When applying your eyebrow makeup, just be sure to be light-handed at the beginning of your brow, gradually getting heavier as you reach the tails.
And, just like that, you’re officially versed in the most flattering makeup for redheads. Now, in order to keep your complexion looking it’s best so that you can pair these pretty makeup ideas with your gorgeous hair on the daily, it’s important to always take the time to remove your makeup at the end of the day. No matter how tired you are, a quick swipe of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types will do the trick.
Now that you have the ultimate redhead makeup routine down pat, make sure your hair color looks as vibrant as possible. Our article, The Redhead’s Guide to Maintaining Beautiful Color, will show you how.