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Lipstick Confidence

The end of the first month in 2019 is nigh, y'all! Have you started on your resolutions? Did you even write resolutions for this year? Or are you still working your way through your Grandma's fruit cake?

When writing my resolutions for this year I decided that my #1 was to 'not set myself up for failure by creating unrealistic resolutions.' I think that's kinda genius but I admit I might be a bit biased. So instead of doing the traditional 'stop sucking at life' resolutions like 'exercise more' or 'stop buying fruit and never eating it', I decided to create a list of fun challenges that I want to accomplish by the end of 2019. Now that we are three weeks into the year, I am happy to report that I can already cross one off! 

Challenge #3: Wear red lipstick everyday for a week. 

Why did you pick this as a challenge, you might ask. It's just lipstick after all- is that really a challenge? Except that it's not 'just lipstick.' It's RED lipstick and red lipstick comes with a history. Red lipstick is that little black dress. It's your mom's pearl earrings. It's a statement piece that requires you to take stock of your intentions before leaving the house. You will get noticed- especially if you are a redhead.  

My goal was to embrace the boldness. I wanted to allow myself to be noticed without retreating into my cozy shell. This wasn't about the attention- male or female. It was an exercise in being comfortable in my own skin, regardless of what accessories are adorned. Sans challenge I am no stranger to lipstick. I've worn it plenty of times without a second thought but I always notice that when I do, I walk with my head a little higher and my step is a little more brazen. I have 'lipstick confidence.' I wanted to feel that everyday for a week. I wanted that 'lipstick confidence' to become a habit- a habit that follows even when I go out in sweatpants and no makeup. 

And so, I wore red lipstick to work. I wore red lipstick to the grocery store (and bought toilet paper!). I wore red lipstick while I drank my coffee alone in my room. I wore red lipstick for 7 days straight and, while my confidence in how I looked often wavered (I felt self-conscious A LOT), the goal behind the exercise never did.

Need some tips on how to find the right red lipstick for you? Peruse an oldie but a goodie, Break all the Rules! How to wear red lipstick with your red hair.

Check out the shade of lipstick that I chose as my makeup armor for the week!

What are some of your 2019 goals?! 

 

 

 

 

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 mess 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.  




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.

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!

 

Redhead of the Week!

 

Jamie was one of our earliest followers! She fell in love with 'The Muse' lipstain and the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer. In this picture she is wearing both and she looks amazing! 

Thanks Jamie! We hope you enjoy your Gingerlash Mascara. Send us pics with your favorite Redhead Revolution products and be entered to win a FREE Gingerlash Mascara of your choice.

 

 

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! 

What do these Iconic Redheads and Lipstick Have in Common?

 

Just in time for the heat of summer- we are excited to introduce Redhead Revolution’s new line of all-natural vegan lipsticks. Made with organic oils and natural waxes our lipsticks feature a secret ingredient: Japanese Honeysuckle! While being a natural skin conditioning agent, Japanese Honeysuckle also has anti-aging and regenerative properties. In addition to being naturally high in UV protection! It’s a win-win for us redheads.

Each amazing color has been named after a redhead icon- which icon inspires you? 

Amelia- The fearless flyer and first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart is a symbol of power and perseverance. Named in her honor, the Amelia is a bold but beautiful apricot, red shimmer.


Elizabeth- The ruler synonymous with an era of wealth and prosperity, Elizabeth left her mark on history as one of the most infamous rulers in British history. We already named our first line after her (The Golden Age), so why not continue? The Elizabeth is a warm gold peach shimmer.


Lucy- The lovable Lucy Ricardo will forever be remembered as a pioneer in both television and comedy. Her character is as unforgettable as her gorgeous red locks. The Lucy is a true red.


Rita- The Glamour girl of the 1940’s, Rita Hayworth captured hearts across the globe with the removal of a single satin glove (see Gilda!). The Rita is a true cherry red- as glamorous as it’s namesake.

All-Natural, Vegan, Paraben-free, Gluten-free

 

Which one are you? 

How To Get That Gorgeous Summer Glow

 

Now that it’s summer it’s time to address the redhead summer dilemma: the ever elusive tan. While the rest of the population is suffering from Vita D deficiency our skin readily soaks up the sun, a trait that works both to our benefit and detriment. So while everyone else is busy getting a tan, let’s get our own SUMMER GLOW on.


Step 1: The nightly skin regime. Exfoliate at least once a week- not everyday, you don’t want to irritate your already sensitive skin. At night make sure to use a face wash that isn’t too harsh. I recommend Neutrogena Naturals or Burt’s Bees. Now for the crem de la crem: Coconut Oil! I can’t rave about this stuff enough. Try using CO as your nightly moisturizer. After you’ve washed your face, dab a bit on your fingers and apply it all over your face. If it feels a bit too greasy, take a damp washcloth and lightly massage the oil in after it has set for about 5-10 minutes. CO can also be used as an all-over body moisturizer. Not only will it feel great, but it just smells like summer. Make sure to get an Extra Virgin CO, preferably organic.


Step 2: The morning. Splash your face with water- don’t use face wash! Apply your daily SPF, I recommend a SPF 15-30 (no need to go higher). Now you can either use an SPF face lotion, a tinted moisturizer with SPF, or both.


Step 3: Makeup! Choosing the right foundation is key. If you happen to have freckles, make sure to choose a foundation light enough to let those beauty marks shine through. Try using a tinted moisturizer or bb cream- those tend to be lighter than traditional foundations. Next is blush. Since it’s summer you won’t really need to much of this, however I like to add a light rose or peach shimmer blush- just to give those cheeks a bit of shine. For final touches, a powder to soak-up any excess oils, mascara, and light lipgloss. Voila!


Being a redhead means loving everything that makes you unique! So embrace your fair skin and make it work for you.
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