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Beauty Tips

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.

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! 

Redhead Revolution News: Putting the 'Soul' Back in 'Soulless'

 

Hello my fellow redheads! I must confess that I hate having my picture taken... like really hate it. Somehow the camera manages to capture my face at it's most awkward moments. It's almost uncanny. I can guarantee that out of a 100 takes, I'll only approve of maybe 5 and, even then, I won't really like them. But, never the less, I sucked it up and agreed to be part of the latest photo shoot featuring our new line of Color Revolution lipsticks. These lipsticks were created specifically with a redhead's unique features in mind and each color is meant to flatter our skin tone and fiery locks. 

In this picture I am wearing my favorite Color Revolution shade: Soulful Dame. As a matte rose, it is perfect day or night. Honestly, I'm a bit obsessed with this color right now. Also featured is the Color Correcting Cream (Fair) and True Brown mascara (which is my daily go-to). 

 

Send us your thoughts as you try out our Color Revolution lipsticks. We'd love to hear from you!

 

 

Redhead Revolution Skin Care

Every redhead knows that finding a foundation that offers both sufficient coverage and flatters our unique skin tone can be difficult. When Redhead Revolution was first dreamt up, this was was one of the main issues we wanted to address. As redheads we need a foundation that is light enough to let our freckles shine through, a foundation that works with our often sensitive skin, and one that contains SPF (cause that is simply a deal breaker ladies). Thus Redhead Revolution features 3 unique options for a redhead’s daily skin care routine:

The ‘Love your freckles’ 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer is a moisturizer with a hint of pigment. It’s significantly lighter than foundation, which makes it perfect for our lovely freckles. In addition to containing SPF 15, it also features aloe which nourishes your skin.The tint evens out your skin tone and acts as a light concealer for blemishes.

The Color Correcting Cream hydrates, moisturizes and comes with more pigment to cover redness and blemishes. It’s the perfect medium between a tinted moisturizer and foundation. While it is lighter than foundations (which, are generally too heavy for our freckly skin), it offers more coverage than tinted moisturizers. Bonus: it has SPF 20! 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 the CC Cream. And, last but not least, for those extra pesky blemishes (pimples, I’m talking about you), our Wise Disguise concealer will cover those right up!


Check out our new CC Cream or ‘Love your freckles’ 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer and let us know what works best for you. 'Love your freckles' also comes in sample size!

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.

 

 

Inspired: Makeup tips from GOT's Rose Leslie

Alright it’s time to nerd out/ talk about makeup. This is part one of a three part series inspired by the gorgeous redheads of Game of Thrones.

First things first, if you haven’t jumped on the GOT train then you seriously need to get your shit together and get on board- you are missing out! However, this post is not on the intricacies of Westeros politics or how badass Daenerys is- so you won’t be too lost.

Each of the three main redheads (Ygritte, Sansa and Malisandre) fall somewhere in the redhair spectrum, which means that each has makeup needs that are not only unique to their red strands but also the type of red hair they have.

Our first redhead is Ygritte, played by Rose Leslie. Having been ‘kissed by fire’, Ygritte’s fierce nature is captured in her fiery strands. Back to reality- Rose Leslie is a successful actress having also played a major role in Downton Abbey.

She is a gorgeous ginger and she knows how to work her fair skin, freckles, and copper/orange strands.  

In the pic above she has chosen to play up her eyes with intense dark liner and keep her lips a simple, yet classic rose pink.  In order to flatter her pink undertones, Leslie used an apricot-pink blush. Note that her freckles are still visible through her light foundation. Keeping the foundation light is key for redheads who sport loads-o-freckles and for those with fair skin in general. For this reason, a mineral moisture tint is often a better choice as it allows for even coverage without being too heavy. Besides, why would you want to cover us such a beautiful trait!

 Here we see Leslie make her lips pop with a magenta lipstick. Just goes to show redheads have a larger color palette to choose from. If you want to go with a bold lip color, downplay the eye makeup and vice versa.

*Check out our new line of Color Revolution lipsticks! For a color similar to the one worn by Leslie, try Firestarter.