Welcome to your Redhead Makeup Wonderland! 'Tis the season to glow and be bold. So check out our two favorite makeup looks for this winter.
1. Simple & Bold. Try a simple eye and bold lip! I recommend the Genuine Ginger Mascara and one of our red lipsticks. As I mentioned in a previous blog, The Redhead Dilemma, this has been one of my favorite looks to rock this year. To give it a seasonal spin, add the Gold Shimmer Cream for that winter glow. Need help finding the perfect red lipstick? Here are some helpful tips!
2. Bold & Simple. Go for a bold eye and simple lip. Combine the Ginger Girl Eyeshadow Trio with one of the NEW Gel liners for a perfect brown smokey eye. Moving away from the shimmer for the cheeks, add a dusting of the Ginger Crush Matte Blush. Then, for the final touch, gloss those lips with the Huntress or Lover lipgloss for a perfect winter shine.
Don't forget your winter skin upkeep routine. Exfoliate & Moisturize should be your motto year round but especially during the dry winter months. Check back in soon for more redhead winter tips & tricks.
I grew up thinking that redheads could never wear red. I just assumed it was one of those fashion rules you didn’t mess with. But more and more redheads have been breaking free of their former fashion restraints and boldly demonstrating that they can rock whatever they want and look great. So how do you pick the right red for you?
1. Make sure that the red (be it clothing or lipstick) does not match your hair color. For example, I have orange/coppery hair so I want to stay away from any orange reds.
2. When it comes to red lipstick, I’ve found that your undertones don’t really matter so much. I have cool undertones but I can rock a warm toned lipstick just as well as a cool toned one. However, the main rule is to stick to one tone in your makeup- meaning that if you pick a cool toned lipstick, make sure your eyeshadow is also cool toned and vice versa. For example, here’s Julianne Moore (a redhead with cool undertones) rocking a warm toned red on the left and a cool toned on the right.
3. Highlight your uniqueness! Currently one of my favorite looks to rock is a bold red lipstick and very minimum eye makeup. Redheads have such a unique look with their fair lashes and brows that they can create a variety of looks that no one else can. My current go-to for this is the Genuine Ginger mascara to give my lashes some length and then the Vamp lipstick. It's a bold minimalist look that will make you stand out in the crowd. I'll even throw on some Brow Love gel to boost those fair brows but keep a natural look.
1. Witch! Back in the day (sometime before Charmed made being a witch look awesome) I’m thinking the 1400’s-1700’s, the fear of witches was rampant. Thousands of women were stripped and searched for ‘marks of the devil.’ These included any abnormal features, such as moles, birthmarks, freckles or even red hair. Considering that redheads have two out of the four signs, they were shit out of luck. As a result, many were either burned at the stake or drowned.
2. Red hair is unlucky (I take personal offense to this one). In ancient Egypt, red hair was viewed as so unlucky that they would offer redheaded men and women up as sacrifices to the god Osiris in hopes of wiping out the tint. It didn't help that red hair was associated with Osiris's nemesis, the god Set.
3. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! During this period of rampant religious paranoia and abuse of power, red hair was believed to be a sign that the owner had stolen the very fires of hell. The consequence for this was...guess…. being burned at the stake! Hmmm.... maybe red hair was unlucky.
4. Vampire! (finally a win...relatively) According to Greek folklore, redheads turned into vampires after they died. If it’s anything like True Blood, I’m okay with this.
5. Forever unclean. At some crazy point in history, people actually believed that red hair was a sign that the individual was conceived during menstruation! This resulted in such taunts as: ‘red knob’ or ‘tampon tops’. Not cool guys.
6. Redheads are emotionally un-housebroken’ said Aristotle supposedly. I honestly don’t know how to respond to this one but if it gets me out of doing the dishes, I can deal.
I have been a witch for the past five Halloweens. And, even though I have told my friends that I will either be Apple from Turbo Kid or Tank Girl this year, I’m going to take a moment and be real with myself…. I’m probably, most likely, almost positive, basically 99% sure that I will be a witch again. Honestly, I’m not even sure where the witch hat came from. It just magically appeared in a pile of my things one day. It’s as if the spirits of Halloween anticipated my dilatory ways and said ‘this girl needs help.’ I will be forever grateful.
So, if you are anything like me, and the universe has yet to gift you with a costume, here are a few last minute ideas that you can pull out of your ass- or your closet.
1. The Lazy Little Mermaid. A sheet, some rope, and a blow out is all you need. People might laugh, but they will love your half-assed attempt at this beloved Disney character.
2. Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here’s a fun 90’s take on a witch. It’s a flashback to your awkward years and all you really need is a choker, a claw, and some dark lipstick.
3. Pippi Longstocking. A clothes hanger, hair gel, and raggedy dress and you’re set! If you have a pirate hat lying around, that wouldn't hurt.
4. Peggy from Married with Children. The mother we all admire and hope to one day be (sigh). Well, maybe not. But she did have style. Throw on some spandex, anything leopard print, and poof up that red hair. If you don’t have leopard print on hand, start examining your life choices- it’s a redhead must.
5. Joan from Madmen. Put on a pencil skirt and stuff that bra. This is one relatively accessible and sexy-as-hell costume for just us redheads. Oh, and don’t forget the sass.
6. An Ellie Kemper character. Having just been nominated for Best Comedy Actress, Kemper is worthy of emulation. So whether you choose to brighten things up with a Kimmy Schmidt outfit, or go the truly lazy route with Erin from the Office (all you really need is a name tag), people will know you watch way too much TV.
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