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Timeless Renaissance Makeup Looks for Redheads

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When you think of the Renaissance, you probably picture redheads. Most people do because redheads were often depicted in Renaissance paintings and art. As more subtle makeup becomes more popular, we’re seeing a resurgence in Renaissance-style beauty. This minimalist makeup style helps to highlight one’s natural features and also embraces fair skin and a rosy complexion — perfect for redheads. You may remember our How Redheads Can Apply Renaissance Makeup post. We’re back with more inspiration on how to incorporate this trend in your routine: 

Let’s recap on why redheads have a connection with the Renaissance

Redheads were depicted in Renaissance paintings for various reasons, including aesthetic appeal, symbolism, and social status. Red hair was considered exotic and beautiful during the Renaissance period, so artists often included redheaded figures to add visual interest to their works. Additionally, red hair was associated with certain symbolic meanings, such as passion, power, and even otherworldly qualities. Furthermore, red hair was sometimes associated with specific historical or biblical figures, leading artists to depict them with red hair for accuracy or to convey certain traits. Additionally, some noble families in Europe had members with red hair, so artists may have depicted redheads to reflect the social status of their subjects.

How redhead TikTokers are inspired by this time period

TikToker @CarewithKate posted a video recently showing a gorgeous makeup look inspired by Renaissance paintings. The inspiration for the video came after one follower commented “your face is very pretty and it reminds me of a Renaissance painting” on her “no makeup” makeup look for pale redheads. 

She shows a few Renaissance-style paintings and then does her own rendition of the look. Similar to another Renaissance makeup look we shared, the look starts with a very natural-looking base with some glow to it, simple brows, and a warm eye look with white liner, natural lashes, and a rosy pink lip. 

We absolutely love this look on Kate and love the idea of redheads embracing their features, coloring, and hair with makeup looks that were really made for them. 


Replying to @marlena ✨ this sweetest comment ever 🥹 I only have one signature makeup look so I’m happy I was able to pull something together on the first try! #renaissancemakeup #redheadmakeup

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To perfect a no-makeup look for redheads, consider the following tips:

1. Skincare: Prioritize skincare to ensure a clear and healthy complexion. Cleanse, moisturize, and use sunscreen daily to protect your skin and create a smooth canvas for makeup-free beauty.

2. Even out skin tone: Use a lightweight tinted moisturizer or BB cream to even out your skin tone without looking heavy or cakey. Opt for a shade that matches your natural skin tone closely.

3. Conceal imperfections selectively: Use a small amount of concealer to cover any blemishes or dark circles. Dab it only where needed to maintain a natural appearance.

4. Enhance brows: Groom your eyebrows to frame your face. Use a brow gel or pencil to fill in sparse areas and define the shape, but keep it subtle for a natural look.

5. Define lashes: Curl your lashes to open up your eyes and make them appear brighter. If desired, apply a clear mascara to enhance their natural length and volume without adding color.

6. Flush of color: Choose a cream blush in a soft, rosy hue to add a natural flush to your cheeks. Blend it well for a subtle, healthy glow.

7. Lip balm or tint: Moisturize your lips with a hydrating lip balm or opt for a sheer lip tint in a soft pink or peach shade to enhance their natural color.

8. Highlight strategically: Apply a touch of highlighter to the high points of your face—such as the cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow—to add a subtle luminosity and enhance your features.

9. Finish with setting spray: Mist your face with a hydrating setting spray to help your makeup last longer and create a fresh, dewy finish.

10. Embrace your natural beauty: Remember that the key to a no-makeup look is to enhance your natural features rather than covering them up. Embrace your unique redhead beauty and let your natural radiance shine through.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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