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Carmina Alvarez

Autumn Night Smokey Eye- Eye Makeup Tutorial for Redheads

By: Carmina Alvarez

The “Autumn Night Smokey Eye” is everywhere this season and was seen on many runways throughout September. It can be described as a very strong, sultry and glamorous look with a hint of goth. It’s fun to use “redhead friendly” shimmery earth tones and for the more daring redheads, paired with dark glittery shadows.

Here is an all around, step-by-step guide on how to achieve this hot fall trend:

Rock it like a Redhead! 


Photo Credit: Kara Kochalko, © How to be a Redhead. Co-Founders of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti.

Jacqueline Arthur

Fall Colors: New Fashion, Makeup Trends for Redheads Part II

By: Jacqueline Arthur

The colder weather continues to creep in and now is the time to go fall accessory shopping. Accessories can emphasize our beautiful locks and make them look bolder. We’ve already seen what Pantone has determined the “hottest”colors for fall, but there’s even more to explore! Here are some fall fashion and makeup trends to get your red hair noticed (even more than it already is!):


Rock it like a Redhead! 


Photo Credit: SaraJane Case Photography © How to be a Redhead, Co-Founder of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne Vendetti


How Redheads Should Find the Best Foundation Color Shade – MAKE UP FOR EVER Expert Weighs In

What is the best makeup for redheads? How to be a Redhead sat down with a MAKE UP FOR EVER expert about how redheads should find the right foundation.

“You should start with the basics on how to get the right foundation, then apply complimentary blush, shadow, and lip shades.”

Here are four tips on how to find the right foundation for your skin:

1. Do you suspect that your current foundation is not the ‘right’ foundation? Try this trick: Take a swab soaked in makeup remover and remove a strip down the cheek. Observe the differences in shades; is the skin more pink or yellow underneath? Is the foundation enhancing your skin? This will help you determine what you want out of your foundation.

2. Hold a white piece of paper under your chin to eliminate any colors being reflected on to the skin, this will allow your shade and undertones to pop.

3. Next, choose the shade you believe is the correct fit – then choose one that is a shade darker and one a shade lighter. Stripe all three shades down your cheek, the one that disappears is the right match.

4. Still need help trying to find the perfect foundation? Go to your local Sephora to get a match! More info here. 


Photo Credit: SaraJane Case Photography © How to be a Redhead, Co-Founder of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne Vendetti

Get The Look

Redheads: Recreate the Perfect Low Ponytail from Paris Fashion Week

Redken Creative Consultant, Guido, styled the hair at the Nina Ricci SS14 debut during Paris Fashion Week.  One of the models for the show was not only a gorgeous redhead, but rocked the most effortless, low ponytail. “While the hair is simple for Nina Ricci, the look itself is very luxurious,” Guido said. “The hair is very romantic, super feminine and entirely Nina Ricci.”


1. Apply a small amount of Redken ‘Outshine’ 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk to damp hair. Add a drop of Redken ‘Diamond Oil’ Shatterproof Shine on the ends and comb through.

2. Blow dry smooth and create a natural center part.

3. Gather the hair at the nape, making sure the hair sits above the ears.

4. Secure with a redhead hair tie.

5. (Optional) Use black ribbon to accessorize the ponytail.

6. Loosen the front by pulling the hair gently.


Rock it like a Redhead! 


Redheads Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The shop will go PINK for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A donation of $1 per item sold will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation and customers who purchase the pink toddler t-shirt will receive 15% off their entire order with code: SUPPORTPINK.

Everyone has been affected by breast cancer in some way. How to be a Redhead’s brand was created by redheaded women for redheaded women and know some of our followers could have personally battled this disease or could have gone through this with loved ones. We believe it is through fundraising and efforts as this that helps saves lives and many are fortunate in having detected this diseased at its earliest stages with the technology and research supported by funded organizations.

Our goal is to gather our amazing (and beautiful) redheaded audience and help raise money for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


But, another way to support the cause is to rock your red hair with the color pink. The color is a sign of femininity. It is the color of baby girls, roses and rosy cheeks. Here are some tips on how to wear pink this month:

1. Hot pink waist belts will spice up an outfit.

2. A dark pink silk top will dress up the outfit for work.

3. Pink jeans or light pink pants because colored bottoms are very “in” right now.

4. Pink lipstick. Read more here about how to get the perfect pink pout. 

5. Dress your little ones up in the How to be a Redhead toddler pink tee’s. 

Let’s all support the cause, find a cure. And, of course, Rock it like a Redhead! 


Photo Credit: Kara Kochalko, © How to be a Redhead. Co-Founders of How to be a Redhead, Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti.

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WATCH: The Rope Braid- How To Hairstyle For Redheads

To create this look you will need a tail comb and two redhead hair ties.

1. Gather hair in a ponytail and secure with redhead hair tie.

2. Divide hair into two equal sections.

3. Twist both sections of hair to the right four times.

4. Then, take the right section of hair and cross it up and over the left.

5. Twist both sections hair to the right four times and cross the section of hair from the right over the left again.

6. Repeat until braid is complete.

The basic rope braid can evolve into a more intricate look by marrying the hair slowly down the head french braid style. Editorial stylist, Kiera Doyle, demonstrated on Adrienne how to use this same process altered just a bit.

1. Start on the top of the head and create a small triangle section with the tail comb at the crown line and divide hair into two sections. Twist each section to the right four times and to the left for times.

2. Cross the right side over the left.

3. Now pick up a small, clean section of hair from the right side and add into the the right section.

4. Do the same on the left.

5. Twist both of those sections to the right four times and then cross the right over the left.

6. Continue to work in this same fashion until braid is complete.


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    Summer is a natural redhead and loves how rare and unique it is!

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      Brittany Brown was a contestant on cycle 19 of America’s Next Top Model and she loves being a redhead because it is a warm color that makes her feel unique and chic. She loves, loves it!


      3 Style and Makeup Tips Every Redhead Bride Should Know

      Planning your wedding celebration is a fantastic experience but often, for a redhead bride, it can also be very stressful. From strawberry-blonde to deep ruby hues, the red-haired woman embodies passion, beauty and style. For a redhead beauty to look her best on her wedding day, the task of choosing the right colors can be overwhelming.

      Oh, to love and be loved! Here are a few tips to inspire you:


      Choosing the perfect dress is normally the biggest thing for any bride. With so many different styles, where do you even begin?  For a redhead bride, the right choice of color is so important to help you create your perfect wedding look. You can start by understanding what works with your skin tone.

      For cooler skin tones:

      Warmer colors will bring out your natural glow.  Try shades of ivory with golden undertones or even pale peach. Those with paler complexions should adamantly avoid traditional white wedding dresses, as these will instantly drain the color from your face. Medium pale skin will look gorgeous in a creamy ivory shade. Tip: If you must wear a white dress, rock a colored hair accessory to add some warmth to your face.

      For warmer skin tones: 

      Try traditional white and also various shades of champagne or pale mocha. Additionally, brides with this coloring will look dazzling in the hottest trend of pink wedding dresses that was rocked by many celebrities and can be found at popular retailers like David’s Bridal.


      The rule of thumb is to choose a palette that brightens your skin and seems to make your face glow. Most brides choose to have a minimalistic, natural look, so make your makeup truly count with flattering colors that make you seem naturally radiant. Not all redheads have the same hair coloring (duh), so find a palette the complements your tresses.

      READ: 8 Makeup Tips from Redhead Bachelor Contestant, Elyse Dehlbom

      For soft, warm red hair shades:

      Try cool greens, bright lipsticks; brown, grey or black eyeliners and a touch of apricot blush for the cheeks. Accessorize your look in gold, bronze and pastels.  Bright turquoises can also go well depending on your skin tone.

      For cool red hair shades:

      Try rusts, coppers, true purples and apricots and, bold red lips. Use dark grey or black eyeliners, with shadows of green and deep browns to add color.  Also look at lightening your brow color just one shade lighter than your hair, for an enhanced look.  Accessorize your look in white, ivory or coppers that bring out your natural glow.



      For bold, deep red hair shades:

      Try lavender, pinks and blueberry tones which match with bold red or pink lips. Also, complement your stunning red hair with more natural eyes dressed in browns and neutrals; and a hint of bronze on the cheeks. Accessorize your look in sparkles and bold color bursts.


      Accessories have the ability to make you twinkle, but be careful to not let your jewelry upstage you on your big day. Therefore, either have a few simple pieces along with an intricately patterned dress or feature simple fabric with a breathtaking singular item.

      Because you have been blessed enough to have vibrant red hair, why not feature a dazzling hairpiece or pair of earrings that will look stunning contrasted against your locks? Let the subtle tints of your wedding dress guide whether you wear gold or silver, and colored stones of emerald, blue and purple will attractively pop. Your accessories are the perfect opportunity to be sentimental with an inherited antique piece or to let your individuality shine through uniquely handmade jewelry from Etsy.

      For a more casual look, a crown of flowers or a few blooms tucked behind the ear will look particularly charming.

      So remember, my dearest red, it’s the first day of the rest of your life.  You want a perfect day and, yes, with good planning and some luck, the day will be beautiful, amazing, romantic and special.  But the journey of love will continue forever. Focus on this and the day will be absolutely perfect.

      Rock it like a Redhead! 

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      Carmina Alvarez

      Nine ‘Redhead Friendly’ Nail Polish Colors for Fall 2013

      Fall is here and now it’s time to upgrade our wardrobe, makeup and nail polish collection! Like the fashionable redheads we are, we love to be ahead of the game with the trendiest nail colors. Nail polish brands like Essie, China Glaze, OPI and Zoya have premiered some of the best fall collections and here are the hottest, “redhead friendly” picks for you:






      Rock it like a Redhead! 


      Get The Look

      Get the Look: Voluminous, Bouncy Red Waves

      It was all about big hair at this season’s Marc by Marc Jacobs show, where models walked down the catwalks rockin’ bouncy, curly manes. We did a similar look at the Rock it like a Redhead fashion show in March. Hair stylist, New York City’s Kiera Doyle, commented saying, “At Rock it like a Redhead this year, it was all about embracing wild locks, curls and frizz. No more shame.”

      Rock it like a Redhead Fashion Show - Spring 2013- TriBeca, NYC.
      Rock it like a Redhead Fashion Show – Spring 2013- TriBeca, NYC.

      We have a feeling Marc Jacobs and his stylists was feeling the same way.. as if to say, “Who cares if some of you have frizzy, unmanageable hair. Rock it with confidence because it’s beautiful!”

      GET THE LOOK: 

      1. To get the hair prepped, it’s important to wash and condition your hair with volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner. Then, use a volumising styling mist for a look that is instantly thicker. Make sure to concentrate on the roots before blow drying.

      2. Blow dry hair completely or else your curls will not hold correctly. Apply a styling product through the lengths of your hair. This will keep your hair protected against hot tools and damage.

      3. Using a 1-1 1/2 inch curling iron, wind varying-sized sections of hair around the barrel with your fingers, hold for 3-4 seconds and release.

      4. Tease resulting curls with fingertip and brush through gently. Then throw your head upside down and spray with your favorite hair spray.



      Photo Credit:  Marc by Marc Jacobs

      Photo Credit: © How to be a Redhead, Model Caitlin Foster


      ASK RONA: How to Naturally Lighten Color Treated Hair- Going Back to the (Red) Roots

      QUESTION: Hi Rona! I have naturally auburn red hair and through the years, I am sad to say I have dyed it. At the moment I have a darker auburn red and I’m wanting  to lighten it up. I have no clue what color to use.  I am scared I’ll dye it and it will go darker. What should I do? Thank you!

      ANSWER BY: Rona O’Connor: It can most definitely go darker if you try dying it again. It will go darker if you use the same shade levels and using a lighter shade won’t make any difference. There are 2 way you can do this naturally.

      1. Try fading the color by using a shampoo that is not for color treated hair. Tip: Use baby shampoo. This will create a gentle fade, or I have often recommended dish washing liquid that is clear or cream colored as this will definitely fade your hair.

      2. This next method works if you have a lot of lightening to do. It can be done more than one time to achieve the lightness you want. However, the difference from one treatment is often drastic enough to get to the color you want.

      Crush 15-20 vitamin C tablets in a bowl. Crush it into as fine a powder as you can. Then, add enough anti-dandruff shampoo to the crushed vitamin C for it to become a paste that you can work through your hair. Run the paste through damp hair and gently massage like you would with shampoo. Leave the paste in your hair and put on shower cap for 1-2 hours. If your hair gets dried out very easily, only leave it on for one hour. If your hair is normal, you can do 1-2 hours.

      For either treatment used, apply a mask to moisturize your hair.  These options are great and easy tricks to start the process at home.






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