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Redhead Makeup Tips 101 for Strawberry Blondes

It's all about choosing the right shades and colors!

Updated: August 8, 2022

Ah, the makeup aisle at your local drugstore. It can be an endless sea of uncertainty, wasted time and money. Redheads have unique coloring and undertones in their skin, which can make ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved makeup purchases very personal.

For strawberry blondes, it’s all about choosing the right shades and colors to complement light locks without looking washed out. When scoping out the best products for strawberry locks and complexion, the first question you need to ask yourself is: are you “cool” or “warm” toned?

Warm Tones: This means you have peaches, reds, and purples mixed into your skin color. You may have been told you have olive skin.

Cool Tones: This means that you have a blue-green tint to go with that fleshy skin color. You may have been told your skin is white or porcelain.

READ MORE: Find Out About Your Skin Tone With These Easy Tricks

You can also be a mix of warm and cool like me. With a lot of hard work, we have found some wonderful ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved products.

Here’s the strawberry blonde redhead makeup guide:

1. Foundation

Create a smooth application and reduce pores with Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pro Balm Face Primer Pore Minimizer. Wait a few seconds to dry, then apply your favorite foundation.

You can also mix foundations together for a custom match.  Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (in ‘very light’) and CoverGirl Aquasmooth SPF 20 Compact Foundation are my favorites. They are both lightweight and buildable options with SPF!


If I don’t have time for the above, opt for a tinted moisturizer because they can usually give an accurate shade. Read about some recommended tinted moisturizers for redheads here

2. Bronzer 

It’s time to bronze up those cheeks! Strawberry blonde hair looks great next to a subtle glow. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess (seen in the May H2BAR Box) will help you achieve that dewy glow.

3. Eyeshadow, Mascara and Eyebrows 

Three favorites for redheads! Explore some color on your lids with the help from Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette. Next, apply Benefit They’re Real in Beyond Brown to your lashes and fill in those brows with Finally Have Brows Ultra Fine Redhead Pencil + Volumizing/Longwearing Eyebrow Gels. 

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4. Perfected Pout

Redheads, especially strawberry blondes, CAN really rock a red lipstick. I especially love a deep cranberry red. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly (a shimmering sultry mauve) and Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (a sheer pigmented red) are two ‘redhead friendly’ options to make your lips pop.

READ: Best Red Lip Shades For Your Redhead Skin Tone 

READ: A Strawberry Blonde’s Dilemma, Am I A Redhead? 


Rock it like a Redhead!