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Redheads Triumph in Song!

psst... psst... my fellow redheads there is a secret movement afoot to fight against our imminent extinction and seek justice for the many wrongs that we have faced throughout history. Their weapon: song! 

They blame us for plagues, famines, and all kind of catastrophes… then they have the nerve to tell us that we’re angry.

R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical is playing this summer in NYC at the DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th St, New York, NY). It begins with the premise that the recessive gene responsible for red hair, MC1R, will cease to exist by the year 2100.. well, not if this pack of redheads has anything to say about it. 

WE are talking “save the redheads”… Like “save the whales” only prettier… and thinner.

R.R.R.E.D. will feature Katie Thompson (Giant; Pump Boys & Dinettes) as “Victoria,” Matt Loehr (Book of Mormon; The Sting) as “GJ,” Marissa Rosen (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as “Stephanie Hicks,” and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kevin Zak (Clinton The Musical) as “Craig.”

 

I had the great fortune to be able to speak with singer/ song writer/ lifetime redhead, Katie Thompson, before the show debuted. Katie hails from Utah and has spent the last 12 years making a name for herself in the theater scene. R.R.R.E.D. was written by her, Adam Jackman, and Patrick Livingston nearly 10 years ago. Once Katie, a featured composer in Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theater Songwriter's You Should Know," added the music it was finally ready to see the stage.

I asked Katie what her beauty tricks and struggles have been as a redhead. She said that when it came to skin care she always wears a tinted moisturizer. Redheads often have difficulty with foundations. This is not only due to their freckles but it is hard to match any foundation shade to their fair skin. Tinted moisturizers tend to be the best answer as they add a light layer of coverage without the heavy layering. Like most redheads, Katie has brown eyes. While I've always envied that look (I have green eyes), I was surprised to find that Katie struggled with this. She said she feels strange having such dark eyes yet blonde lashes. Thus, mascara has always been a necessity for her. 

We sent Katie some Redhead Revolution makeup- we hope she enjoys it!

And we hope you enjoy the show! We will! 

The Brow Dilemma

There is nothing more frustrating for redheads than the brow dilemma. Well, at least that’s true for me. My brows are the lovely shade of ‘invisible’ or ‘ghost blonde’ as my sister so lovingly puts it. While my lashes are of a similar shade, the brows present a more intimidating problem. For starters they frame your face. Basically they set the mood for your makeup. If you fuck it up, it’s kind of a big deal. It would be like having a Monet and framing it in bright gaudy red with polka dots- it doesn’t matter how beautiful the rest of it is if you can’t look away from a disaster.

The solution for most of my life was ‘don’t touch!' I tried a brow pencil once but penciling them in was like starting with a blank white canvas and I was simply not that talented. Then came Cara Delevingne and the bold and bushy brow revolution. Eyebrows were everywhere- taunting me with their visibility. I was envious. It was the first time I truly disliked my ginger girl features. So in the spirit of the brow I decided to take a bold chance. I decided to dye my eyebrows. At the suggestion of a blog I had read, I bought Just for Men beard dye in light brown. It was all pretty straight forward. Mix a small amount of the tubes so that you had plenty of leftovers for retouches, outline your brows with oil or lotion to prevent dying skin, and then, once applied, let sit for 5 minutes. Easy peasy. It of course didn’t factor in the 20 minutes of rationalizing with myself as to why I was doing this, whether or not it was worth the risk, and what my disaster protocol was (I went with move under a bridge and become the town troll by the way). However, the result was a surprising success. Honestly, I anticipated a disaster. I already had my troll nap sack packed and ready to go. I now had visible eyebrows!! Take that Cara!

Of course the brow dilemma isn’t over. Now I have normal people brow problems. Like “OMG I need to pluck because people can actually see my eyebrows!” And there is the matter of whether to use pencil or gel, or should I shade and then fill, etc. etc.

So down to brass tacks, here are the best brow practices for redheads:

1. Don’t over pluck! I can’t emphasize this enough guys. We have left the makeup mistakes of the 90’s far behind. Having one string of brow hairs is no longer in. The bigger the better!

2. Try a dye like moi! Choose a shade that is one to two shades darker than your natural color. I personally like using Just for Men because it is about completely faded out after a month. This means that while it lasts a good long while, it isn’t too permanent.

3. Pencil or wax. This is a great way to shape your brows. Just make sure you find the right shade! For most redheads I would recommend a blonde/ash shade. However, if you have a darker shade of red, try an auburn. 

4. Brush on brows. This is my current favorite brow trick and it is the reason why I added the ‘Brow Love’ Gel with fibers. I like how it gives my brows a naturally full look. I love the no-makeup look and I love easy makeup tricks- hence this being my preferred method. Also, penciling and brushing on your brows are not mutually exclusive. So try both together for full, shaped brows!

5. Bonus: Courtesy a la fellow Redhead Revolutionaries, we discovered that the Genuine Ginger Mascara moonlights as a great brow gel! This was also recommended by Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti of How to be a Redhead!  

How to find the right shade for you? Always choose a color that is one to two shades darker than your natural color. If you have white blonde lashes like I did, I recommend going with a blonde/ash shade. If you have reddish brows, you can go with a blonde or a more ginger shade to fill them in. It is really a matter of preference at that point.  




Misadventures with Henna & An Unintended New Year's Resolution

The phrase 'A New Year, A New You' took on literal meaning for me this 2018. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been an avid user and fan of henna for a few years now. I have always used Henna Maiden's All Natural Red shade, meaning it is pure Lawsonia inermis. However, for a fresh start, I thought I’d try their Copper shade. This is a blend of henna, red clay, neem, etc. Now due to my general impatience and impulsiveness, I didn’t bother with a strand test. I foolishly thought that since the regular henna had always worked for me this would as well. 

For the next two hours I sat looking like the swamp thing and day dreaming of my soon to be reddish coppery locks glistening in the sunlight. Instead I soon found myself standing in front of the mirror, hair drenched, in horror. It looked black or purple, I wasn’t sure but it was definitely not copper. It couldn’t have been more opposite than what I intended. Then I did what I should have done in the beginning, read the instructions. The copper shade was a bit more tricky since it was a blend. Depending on your natural hair color, it could go more of the henna red shade or it could go the darker route. Mine clearly did the latter. There’s really no going back after you’ve henna’d your hair. Especially when it is a darker shade since you cannot lighten your hair with henna. Hence the importance of a strand test. I have definitely learned my lesson. 

It has been a couple of weeks since my misadventures with henna and I have come to terms with my dark auburn hair. What truly upset me the most about the unintended shade was the makeup implications. In my previous posts, I have discussed how the no-makeup-look has been my favorite this year. I’ve loved wearing the Genuine Ginger mascara, which gives my lashes a natural boost, along with a light gloss. It’s beautifully low maintenance. However, with dark auburn hair, I had to find a new makeup routine to match. Which, once I stopped feeling sorry for myself, was actually kind of exciting.

My current go-to routine is the True Brown Gingerlash Mascara- all day every day- paired with the Brow Love Gel in blonde, the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer, a hint of the Ginger Crush Matte Blush, and, for the lips,…. Red Hot matte! I've always loved a good lipstick. When done right, you inevitably stand out in a crowd. And yet, I’ve always hesitated before putting on a red. Of course I wear one from time to time on special occasions. But never for just a regular night out. Now the new year compels me to ask: Why the hell not? What has been stopping me? And so, to list one of my 2018 resolutions: I will wear my Red Hot matte on a regular basis. Go bold or go home they say. Happy 2018!

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Winter 2017 Makeup Looks & Tips

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.

Break all the rules! How to wear red lipstick with red hair

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.

Check out our Color Revolution red lipsticks Red Hot and Vamp!

6 Crazy Redhead Myths

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.

 

Redhead Halloween Costume Ideas... for the forgetful & extremely lazy

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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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! 

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