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6 Important Makeup 101 Tips for Redheads

What mistakes did you make when you first started wearing makeup?

Updated: September 12th, 2023

When I first began wearing makeup, I bought deep black mascara, the blackest-of-black eyeliner, and a concealer that was too dark for my skin tone. Although my mother, who is also a redhead, advised me against these color choices, I wanted to be like everyone else. Eventually, I realized that these colors did not look natural and were not all that flattering. And, thanks to H2BAR, we have great beauty tips for redheads and makeup products just for us at a click of a button. Knowing what I know now, I wanted to provide a simple list of items redheads can’t go without.

Plus, the products recommended are clean/paraben free. This is also a basic tip when shopping for products for your redhead life: make sure they’re clean and safe for sensitive skin. You will want to make sure the products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, made in the USA and designed for sensitive redheads. Also, make sure it is made without alcohol, gluten, oil, paragons, phthalates, silicones or talc.

Although these makeup mistakes are funny now, I would have loved this list of the best ‘beginner’ redhead makeup tips:

1. Auburn/Brown Mascara

Don’t get me wrong, I still have a black mascara on-hand for special occasions, but for the no-makeup look, I love Finally Have Lashes Auburn + Brown. They’re still dark enough to enhance and elongate lashes, but not so harsh that it clashes with light brows. I also find that auburn/brown mascara brings out and complements my freckles too.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: If you are still clinging to your black mascara, or are too afraid to go deep on the eye, it’s fun to use auburn/brown on the top and brown/black on the bottom, or vise versa.

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2. Cat Eye

Red hair is so bold and beautiful. Pair your look with a classic cat-eye using your favorite liquid eyeliner. You can choose black, blue, brown or green – whichever suits your personality. This can be a daytime look with a small wing, or a dramatically bold statement for a fun night out.

3. Blush and Bronzer

Blush on a redhead is gorgeous! I interchange between blush and bronzer depending on the season and the look I’m going for. I typically wear more blush in the winter because I find it matches well with my wardrobe. I like to apply a little bit of bronzer to my cheekbones and temples during the summer months.

4. Eyeshadow + Lip Color

Shades of peach, copper, and plum look beautiful on a redhead. Peaches bring out the soft tones of the hair and illuminate the pink undertones of the skin. Plums and coppers are great because they really help to warm up the eyes and in turn the rest of the face.

Simply applying a lip balm is a great everyday go-to, especially if it contains an SPF. Lip colors are also a really fun way to play with color. A bright pink or a radiant red paired with fair skin and red hair makes for a stunning look.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: Apply a lip balm before lipstick for lasting color and an easier application.

5. Foundation

Remember, less is more. Most redheads go through the stage of wanting their skin to be darker, so they choose a darker foundation. Don’t do it! Go the natural route. Choose a redhead-approved liquid foundation or a simple mineral powder. If you have freckles, don’t cover them up. Let your skin shine through.

6. Eyebrows

You have to save the best for last. If you have fair eyebrows, you will love the Finally Have Brows line. Yes, the line is paraben-free, cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, made in the USA and designed for sensitive redheads. It is also made without alcohol, gluten, oil, paragons, phthalates, silicones or talc. Want to know more about the products and how they work?

Finally Have Brows Longwearing: Redheads know how hard it can be to tame brows. The long brush allows you to have more control + provides a taming effect. The Universal Red shades provide incredibly natural-looking brows and locks in the look so you can use the product once and confidently move throughout your day. Go for a long run, do Zoom calls from 9AM-5PM and/or have a busy day juggling a million things — Finally Have Brows will do all the work for you.

Finally Have Brows Volumizing: The brush is shorter to provide definition and fullness, and beautifully thickens and conditions brows in the shade Universal Red.

Finally Have Brows Ultra Fine Pencil: Automatic fine liner with a built-in grooming brush to create incredibly natural-looking redhead brows. In shade Universal Red, all redheads can use this shade in the redhead makeup routine. Easy & fast brow filling. This custom redhead-specific glide-on formula lasts for up to 10 hours. Go from no brows to filled & defined brows in seconds.

But the ‘Universal Red’ color is made for all redheads so you can’t go wrong!

‘Redhead Friendly’ Tip: Do not try to match your brows to your hair. It’s a big redhead makeup mistake.


READ: 10 Eyebrow Products for Redheads

Rock it like a Redhead! 

Photo by Anastasia Galaktionova