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Beauty Tips

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.  




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!

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!

 

Vogue's August 2014 "Fire Starters"

Vogue's August 2014 editorial spread is out! Photographer, Annie Leibovitz, features Julianne Moore and daughter, Jessica Chastain, Florence Welch, Amy Adams, Karen Elson and Madison Stubbington. 

NATURAL RESOURCES: Jessica Chastain tells Vogue, “I’ve never dyed my hair.” She's been known to pull out child photos to prove it.

   

 

AGAINST NATURE: While Amy Adams is a natural blonde, she said, “I absolutely identify as a redhead.” 

 

BAPTISM BY FIRE: Florence Welch tells Vogue about going red. “We had been up all night and were wandering the streets of Paris midday looking for this place called Rock Hair. Then and there I decided to go bright red..” Now she claims she can never go back.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BOLD: “I’ve always been red, but I made it brighter," Karen Elson admits. "I became bolder when I was eighteen, when I met Grace [Coddington]." “It fits the skin I’m in.” 

 

Who is your favorite?

The Redhead's Guide to Lipstick

Having just launched a new line of lipsticks, creating a guide for redheads to follow when choosing a color was the first thing on our list. Next to foundation, I would say lipsticks are a close second in regards to difficulty for redheads. If you don’t agree, then lucky you. The source of difficulty comes from already having a permanent accessory: our fiery locks. So how do redheads choose a color that will flatter and not clash with their hair?

Well, I’m going to go against convention and say that a redhead can pretty much wear whatever lip color she wants, so long as she follows these two essential tips.


1. Find your color kryptonite! Let’s time travel back to my super awkward high school days when I had no idea what I was doing when it came to makeup. One of my earliest experiences with lipstick was with a friend who insisted that since I was a redhead I should wear corals- doesn’t sound crazy right? Except that she chose an orange coral, which, when matched with my already orange copper hair, looked awful. Corals actually look fantastic on me- so long as they are pink or apricot corals. Oranges are my kryptonite. The lesson in short: Don’t match lipstick to your hair color!

 

2. Be consistent in your color choices! Most lipstick guides emphasize matching your lipstick with your skin tone (i.e. if you are cool than wear blue reds and warm wear orange reds). However, I have found this to not be entirely true. Redheads can wear whatever lip color they choose (their kryptonite color aside) so long as the rest of their makeup matches the tone. Meaning if you choose to wear a blue based red lipstick, then choose a cool toned eye shadow to match and vice versa for a warm colored lipstick. Let’s use Julianne Moore (one of our favorite redheads) as an example. In the top left picture she is wearing a warm red lipstick and to match that tone, her eye shadow is combination of warm purple and browns. In the picture to the right picture she is wearing a blue based red lipstick with a cool brown shadow and bit of white liner.

Cool colors: pinks, plums, cool browns, navy or bright blues, blue greens, whites, grey

Warm colors: red violets, warm browns, golds, rose golds, mauve

 

Keeping these tips in mind, have fun with your makeup! 

Inspired: Makeup tips from GOT's Sophie Turner

Once again it is time to nerd out/ talk about makeup. This post is about Game of Thrones’ beautiful Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). In real life, Sophie is a burgeoning actress whose only just gotten her first big break via GOT. She also happens to be a gorgeous redhead who knows how to work those fiery locks.

In the pic above we see Sophie with a light foundation, copper eye shadow, rose blush and berry pink lips. These colors perfectly compliment her orange/copper hair and fair complexion. To transition this into a day-look, just lighten up on the blush.

 

Here we see Sophie with a gorgeous summer look. Her makeup is subtle with a light foundation, a pearl eye shadow, peach blush and coral pink lips. A light foundation, or mineral moisture tint, is key for those with fair skin. Sophie has also filled in her brows with an auburn tint. When looking for a brow tint, be sure to pick one that is only one to two shades darker than your natural brow color.

Have makeup questions or suggestions?! Email the Redhead Revolution staff at support@redheadrevolution.us 

DIY Moisturizing with Coconut Oil

 

2014 has proven itself to be the year of extreme weather. From subzero temps to extreme snowfall to vegetable threatening droughts- the start of the year has been challenging- especially on our skin. It’s easy to forget that our skin is our largest organ and while it protects us from the elements, it too needs a bit of extra care. Good skin care, such as regular moisturizing, will also delay the natural aging process.

So how do we combat the inevitable dry patches and keep our skin soft and, most importantly, happy? Here are two easy DIY techniques that will make the winter go by more smoothly- literally! Both also make use of one of nature's greatest ingredients: Coconut Oil.

This first recipe both exfoliates and moisturizes your lips. For those of you who have our RHR lip stain, this is a great thing to do before using. The oil and sugar will remove any dry or loose skin and make your lips more receptive to the stain.

Coconut Lip Scrub:

1 Tablespoon Sugar (brown or white sugar)

1.5 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Make sure it’s organic! you can find it on amazon or even at Trader Joe’s)

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. If you want to get creative you can add an essential oil of your choice- peppermint, almond and vanilla are few suggestions. Just make sure they are meant for use on your skin.

 

Coffee Body Scrub:

1 Cup Ground Coffee (just use this morning's coffee grounds)

1 Cup Sugar or Salt 

1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container or mason jar. Use 1-2 times a week. The coffee and sugar/salt will exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil will leave it feeling soft and supple. Added bonus- the caffeine in the scrub helps to firm your skin and may even reduce cellulite.


Let us know how these recipes work for you! Share your thoughts and experiences at facebook.com/redheadrevo 



The Redhead Eyeshadow Palette

For this weeks blog post I am focusing on a redhead’s eyeshadow palette. Now if you are anything like me, then you’ve grown up hearing how good blues and greens look with your hair- how they just make it pop! And I’m not here to argue with that- when you see a redhead wearing a turquoise dress she looks stunning. However, eyeshadows are a whole different ball game.

The goal behind eyeshadows, and this goes for eyeliners as well, is to bring the eye color into focus. This is done by choosing a complementary opposite for your eye color. For example, if you have blue eyes you actually want to avoid blue eyeshadows.  If this isn’t revolutionary to you then kudos, you are in much better shape than I was ten years ago. Now, using the chart below, find you eye color (blue, green, hazel, brown etc.) and then look at the colors directly opposite- those are your complimentary opposites!

Now I’ll break it down:

Blue: golds, coppers, apricots, and burgundy. If you are indeed a redhead, avoid oranges like the plague!

Green: burgundy, purples, rose golds, and warm browns.

Hazel (green/blue): decide which color you want to bring out, green or blue? Then follow the list above.

Hazel (green/brown): coppers, burgundy, rose golds and purples.

Brown: blues, greens and golds.

Brown/black: you can wear pretty much anything and those eyes will pop, so go nuts!

So, what should you be wearing? Check out our eyeshadow collection here.

Here is a pic of Emma Stone rocking the rose gold shadow with her green eyes:

Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

Another week has passed and it is time to continue our foray into SKIN! Last week I discussed how to find your skin’s undertones. Knowing whether you have cool, warm or neutral undertones helps determine which foundation/moisture tint will work best with your skin- there is nothing flattering about a cool toned girl wearing a foundation with a yellow base. So follow the tests I laid out and, if you feel the urge to be a rule breaker, eat cheesecake for breakfast.

Now part 2: Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

We are becoming more and more of a health conscious society. Especially when it comes to our cosmetics. Gone are the days when women covered their faces with layer after layer of white lead or face creams loaded with arsenic. I know, it sounds crazy that women used to cover their faces with lead! But it’s true- from the Romans to one of our favs, Queen Elizabeth- lightening one’s complexion with a toxic mixture of egg, powdered eggshells, poppy seeds, white lead, borax and alum was fairly common.

Today we want to know what’s in our products and why. Even if you haven’t done a ton of research, you have a few key-words on your radar of ‘what to avoid.’ I’m going to discuss two of the main offending chemicals and why they should be avoided.

Parabens: Used in foods as well as cosmetics as a preservative. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, makeup, toothpaste, shaving cream, moisturizers and sunscreens.

Parabens are known to be absorbed by the skin and while some are eliminated through your urinary tract- others are retained in plasma. What is potentially worrisome about this is that parabens have shown up in many breast cancer tumors. While there has not been a direct connection between parabens and health effects- they are worth keeping an eye on.

Phthalates: Used as a plasticizer. They primarily show up in nail polish, synthetic fragrance, hair spray and deodorant.

Links have been made between phthalate blood levels and altered thyroid function, breast cancer, ADHD and decreased motor and mental development. While most of the these studies are observational plasticisers are known to have potentially detrimental effects and thus we should limit our exposure to them.