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The Redhead Dilemma

Recently The Ginger Philes did a post on the unique dilemma redheads face regarding our blonde eyelashes and brows. We are truly capable of looking like two different people with or without makeup. 

Growing up, I never left the house without mascara. I was terrified at the thought of anyone seeing me with my blonde lashes bare. I felt naked without it! As I grew older, I began to feel resentful of what I viewed as society's shallow constraints. Why couldn't I go au naturale? My subsequent experimentation with different looks would result in the birth of Redhead Revolution. 

I believe that before a redhead puts on a drop of makeup, she should embrace her unique ginger look. By loving whats underneath she can begin to add and enhance without clashing and covering up what makes her special. We are unicorns! 

photo credit: StyleCaster

Currently one of my favorite looks to rock is a bold lipstick with either no eye makeup or the Genuine Ginger mascara. The lipstick enhances my features and makes my eyes pop. I always put on a light layer of the CC Cream to give my skin an even tone, but that's it!

Share your unique ginger stories! 

 

Henna: A Confessional Part 2

It's been two years since my first henna tutorial post- or confessional rather. I finally admitted to you (and myself) that my hair was no longer the vibrant orange from my youth. I can remember the very moment that I became aware of the change my hair had ever so slowly made. So slowly in fact that I wasn't sure if it was my eyes playing tricks on me. They weren't. It had changed. I was having coffee with a new acquaintance and I mentioned something about being a redhead. "You're not a redhead!" he said. That was it. That was the moment. I had spent my whole life identifying as one of the 2%. I had the freckles, the skin, and up until then the hair. I had suffered through the nicknames and the jokes, and now this person had the audacity to say that I didn't have red hair! I wont relive the horror of my first dye attempt after this revelation. You can refer to the original confessional for that. However, shortly after was my foray into the all-natural world of henna. Now, two years later, I stand by my choice. 

So why henna?  Henna (Lawsomia Inermis) is a flowering plant whose leaves contain a natural orange/red pigment. Because it is such an effective dye, people have been using it to stain their skin and hair for thousands of years. While salon and drug-store hair dyes are full of nasty chemicals that damage your hair over time, henna is all-natural. In addition to depositing color, henna actually nourishes and revives your hair. After using henna, people notice more bounce and silkiness. Also, unlike other hair dyes, I find that henna fades slower and lasts up to 8 weeks before I feel the need to touch-up the roots. 

How to use henna? I use Henna King in natural red, because it's good quality for a good price (about $12). It comes with gloves and a shower cap, but I recommend getting better gloves for more freedom of movement. 

Step 1: Combine the henna powder with water and mix it into something of a paste (not too thick or too watery- think pancake batter!). Everybody has their own set of recipe tricks when it comes to henna. Some add olive oil, sugar, etc. I just use as-is. 

Note: It retains it's green color until you wash it out. So don't freak out if you find yourself resembling the Swamp Thing. 

Step 2: Apply to dry hair and make sure you get the roots. I recommend putting some oil around your scalp and ears so as to not stain them in the process. If you didn't make your paste too watery, the whole process will be easier.

Step 3: Now it's time to wait. You can keep henna in for up to 3 hours but no less than 1 hour. I find that any longer than 2 hours and it comes out a little too bright for my liking. So I aim for 1.5- 2 hours.

Step 4: Wash it out and Voila! Henna has been described as smelling like hay in a barn so you will be tempted to wash with shampoo- don't! Wait at least 24 hours before your first real wash in order to allow the color to set. You will smell like a dirty hippie for a day or two. 

This is a photo of me a couple days after I touched up my hair. If you decide to give henna a try, let us know how it goes!

 

A Redhead's Guide to Summer Skin Care

Having fair skin can sometimes be a burden. This is especially true during the summer months when you can get a sunburn from just walking to the corner store and back. The sun can be merciless. So how does a redhead survive the summer?

Makeup with SPF!!!

Finding a foundation or moisturizer with SPF is absolutely key to surviving the summer. So do you choose a basic foundation, BB Cream, CC Cream, or tinted moisturizer? On the surface (pun intended) they may seem very similar, however each brings something unique to skin care. Let's find which one is right for you! 

A tinted moisturizer is, surprise, a moisturizer with a hint of pigment. It’s significantly lighter than foundation, which makes it perfect for our lovely freckles. The moisturizing aspect nourishes your skin and usually has around SPF 15. The tint evens out your skin tone and acts as a light concealer for blemishes.

CC Cream stands for “Color Correction.” CC Creams are very similar to BB creams, meaning they hydrate your skin and blur imperfections. The main difference is that CC creams have more pigment to cover redness and blemishes. They are really the perfect medium between tinted moisturizers and foundation. They are lighter than foundation but offer more coverage and a more even skin tone than tinted moisturizers. They also have more skin care benefits than foundation, in addition to varying SPF levels. CC creams are particularly good for redheads because we tend to have more redness in our skin.

So which one is right for you? Both come with extensive moisturizing properties and SPF, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. It really comes down to what type of coverage you are looking for. For a light even tone, the tinted moisturizer is best. If you are looking for a bit more coverage for blemishes and redness, then I recommend a CC Cream. And to follow it up, try a simple makeup setting powder that will even the overall tone and soak up any excess oil. 

Check out Redhead Revolution's redhead skin care and let us know what works for you! 

Summer Glow

This summer it's all about the glow. Golds, peaches, and pinks! Whatever brings out your inner goddess best. So how does one achieve this seemingly simple look? And let's be honest... Emma Stone makes it look effortless. We recommend highlighting your cheek and brow bones with a light shimmer cream, in addition to an overall simple makeup look. 

In honor of this summer trend, we have added an new shade to our shimmer cream collection. Charmed is a light rose pink and, like the Rose Gold, it is perfect for getting that summer glow. 

So what is so unique about our shimmer creams? First, they are free of nasty parabens. Second, they are mineral-based and feature Mango Seed butter, Grape Seed Oil, and Camellia Japonica Seed Oil- which, when all combined, creates a velvety, non-greasy formula.

Now you can do something good for your skin and let your inner goddess shine through! 

 

 

Makeup Must-Haves According to You

More selfies from your fellow redheads sharing their favorite looks!

Ivy is wearing the Color Correcting Cream, 'Ginger Crush' Mineral Matte Blush, Flawless Finish Powder, 'Color me happy' Brow Tint in Blonde, and Genuine Ginger Gingerlash Mascara

"Your products have completely taken over my entire cosmetic kit. I love all of it soooo much! Thanks for all the amazing products."

 

Bridget is wearing the Honest Auburn Gingerlash Mascara, Copper Powderliner Pencil, and 'Ginger Crush' Mineral Matte Blush

"Love it! Looks so much better than black!! Thanks!"

 

Share your go-to favorites with your fellow redheads. Email your photo to kate@redheadrevolution.us 

 

 

Get the Look!

Once again we return to our makeup muse, Jessica Chastain. She never fails to inspire new looks that enhance and compliment her ginger girl looks. 

To preface, we redheads can wear whatever we want and look fantastic. That being said, there are certain combinations that highlight our unique features better than others. In the photo below we see Jessica rocking an earth tone smokey eye look. Cinnamon browns, rusts and coppers- all tones that compliment her hair color. This makes her green eyes pop and creates a monochromatic look- something redheads wear extremely well. Jessica also wears a brown mascara to compliment the brown tones and to ensure that her eyes stand out but not harshly. Since she has gone with a bold eye look, she compliments it with a nude lipstick. 

(Get the look with the 'Ginger Girl' Eyeshadow Trio, True Brown Gingerlash Mascara, and Gingersnap Lipstick.)

Jessica is also never afraid to rock a bold red. In contrast to the previous photo, she tones down her eyes with a simple shadow. This is where the brown mascara really becomes essential. With simple eye makeup and brown lashes, she somehow makes the red lipstick look utterly natural.  

(Get the look with Red Hot Matte Lipstick and 'Ginger Crush' Mineral Matte Blush)

 

 

Photos courtesy of Tinseltown/Shutterstock and Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.

 

Check Out What's In!

Some of you may have heard that we are asking for selfies. That's right. No judgement here- selfie away! Send us photos of you wearing your favorite Redhead Revolution makeup and you will be featured on our blog, just like these amazing ladies.

 

Julie is wearing the Firestarter lipstick with a little Gingersnap to tone it down, the 'Be Golden' Eyeshadow Trio, and the Honest Auburn Gingerlash Mascara.

 

 

"Here is my selfie in Redhead Revolution makeup! I'm wearing True Brown mascara, chocolate powder liner, Freckled Goddess lipstick, auburn brow sculpt and flawless finish powder."

Thanks Catherine!

 

 "I'm wearing the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer (fair), 'Ginger Crush' Matte Blush, and Gingersnap Lipstick for my "Naturally Neutral" look. I LOVE your makeup! The honest Auburn mascara makes my blue eyes pop, the Ginger Matte Blush is the perfect shade of apricot for porcelain skin and the Gingersnap lipstick with the Lover lipgloss makes my lips the perfect shade and my lips feel great!"

Thanks Cath!

Share your go-to favorites with your fellow redheads. Email your photo to kate@redheadrevolution.us 

Henna: A Confessional Part 2

It's been two years since my first henna tutorial post- or confessional rather. I finally admitted to you (and myself) that my hair was no longer the vibrant orange from my youth. I can remember the very moment that I became aware of the change my hair had ever so slowly made. So slowly in fact that I wasn't sure if it was my eyes playing tricks on me. They weren't. It had changed. I was having coffee with a new acquaintance and I mentioned something about being a redhead. "You're not a redhead!" he said. That was it. That was the moment. I had spent my whole life identifying as one of the 2%. I had the freckles, the skin, and up until then the hair. I had suffered through the nicknames and the jokes, and now this person had the audacity to say that I didn't have red hair! I wont relive the horror of my first dye attempt after this revelation. You can refer to the original confessional for that. However, shortly after was my foray into the all-natural world of henna. Now, two years later, I stand by my choice. 

So why henna?  Henna (Lawsomia Inermis) is a flowering plant whose leaves contain a natural orange/red pigment. Because it is such an effective dye, people have been using it to stain their skin and hair for thousands of years. While salon and drug-store hair dyes are full of nasty chemicals that damage your hair over time, henna is all-natural. In addition to depositing color, henna actually nourishes and revives your hair. After using henna, people notice more bounce and silkiness. Also, unlike other hair dyes, I find that henna fades slower and lasts up to 8 weeks before I feel the need to touch-up the roots. 

How to use henna? I use Henna King in natural red, because it's good quality for a good price (about $12). It comes with gloves and a shower cap, but I recommend getting better gloves for more freedom of movement. 

Step 1: Combine the henna powder with water and mix it into something of a paste (not too thick or too watery- think pancake batter!). Everybody has their own set of recipe tricks when it comes to henna. Some add olive oil, sugar, etc. I just use as-is. 

Note: It retains it's green color until you wash it out. So don't freak out if you find yourself resembling the Swamp Thing. 

Step 2: Apply to dry hair and make sure you get the roots. I recommend putting some oil around your scalp and ears so as to not stain them in the process. If you didn't make your paste too watery, the whole process will be easier.

Step 3: Now it's time to wait. You can keep henna in for up to 3 hours but no less than 1 hour. I find that any longer than 2 hours and it comes out a little too bright for my liking. So I aim for 1.5- 2 hours.

Step 4: Wash it out and Voila! Henna has been described as smelling like hay in a barn so you will be tempted to wash with shampoo- don't! Wait at least 24 hours before your first real wash in order to allow the color to set. You will smell like a dirty hippie for a day or two. 

This is a photo of me a couple days after I touched up my hair. If you decide to give henna a try, let us know how it goes!

 

Spring Makeup Fling

It's finally Spring! The snow has melted (at least for some of us- sorry Chicago) and the flowers are blooming. Now it's time for your Spring makeup fling. What trend will you rock to get into the season? This year it's all about the color, so don't be afraid to be bold!

 

1. Blush Bomb. Need I say more? Don't be shy when it comes to accenting those cheek bones, but if you decide to rock this look, make sure you tone down the rest of your makeup. Pair it with a simple eye and lip. 

 

2. Bold Lips. Pinks and Reds in matte are in. So how do you find the right color for you? Some makeup artists are firm believers in matching your lipstick to your skin's undertones. If you have cool or warm undertones than find a red or pink lipstick to match. However, I find that you can pretty much wear whatever color you choose just as long as you follow these two rules. First, don't match your lipstick to your hair. For example, if you have more orange hues in your fiery strands, don't wear an orange pink or red. Second, match the rest of your makeup with your lipstick tone. This means, if you go with a cool red, make sure your blush and shadow are also cool shades. Check out this blog to find your skin's undertones.

 

3. Glow for it. Make your skin glisten and glow in the sun! The natural glow requires a bit of prep work before you put on your makeup. First, exfoliation is key. Lightly scrub your skin with either a brush or face scrub. Second, moisturize! You can use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning or try a foundation that has moisturizing properties. Third, after your foundation, apply a shimmer cream to your cheek bones and brow bones. The 'glow for it' look goes best with light eye makeup. However, if you want a pop of color, add a bold lip. 

Follow us on Instagram at redhead__revolution and share your favorite Spring makeup looks! Also, check out our Spring Makeup Trend collection.

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