Here at Honest Beauty we celebrate crimson manes everywhere and not just because our founder has a gorgeous little redhead at home or because we’re totally obsessed with Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore. And if we’re being totally honest, we’ll also admit we’re into breaking beauty rules, especially when they’re outdated, meaningless and suck the joy out of life. Here are 5 old-school “Don’ts” and some new “Do’s” to help you rethink red and rock the ginger locks:
Old Rule: Step away from the pink lipstick.
Break It: Not only can you flaunt a pink pout, you can play in a variety of shade ranges. Nude lips, a popular look for redheads, can be perked up with subtle pale pink hues or a peachy-pink stains. Or brighten the face with plummy-pinks or eye-popping fuchsia shades. Think in complements and contrasts.
Old Rule: Forget about the bold red lip.
Break It: Wait … red on red? The question isn’t yes or no, it’s how to nail the shade. For the most flattering look, opt for non-matchy-matchy lips and locks (again, it’s all about the contrasts). Lighter strands can go with a more vivid lipstick and darker locks may like poppy, cherry or tomato pigments. One caveat: Fair-skinned gals with pink undertones may want to steer clear of pinky-reds pouts, but the only way you’ll really know is to try it for yourself.
Old Rule: Ditch heavy foundation.
Break It: We don’t necessary advocate for “heavy foundation,” but we do love flawless coverage. Fair-skinned beauties can replace thick formulas with lightweight tinted moisturizers that even out skin tone without weighing down their look.
Old Rule: Bag the black eyeliner.
Break It: Black lashes and liners used to be thought of as too harsh and overbearing against pale skin tones and copper locks. We like to think it’s flirty and fabulous. For reference, check out every redhead whose ever worn a sexy cat eye on the red carpet. The look is dramatic and chic particularly when paired against fair skin and bold scarlet tresses. Need training wheels? Start subtle with a smudged smoky effect or ease into the look with a rich navy shade before going full-on black.
Old Rule: Skip the dramatic smoky eye.
Break It: It’s all about how you pair it. Charcoal smoky eyes look fab when you keep the rest of the face in warm peach and pink tones. Smoked plum and eggplant shadows complement auburn locks and brown, hazel, green and blue eyes. Rich brown shadows look lush and delicious against almost any ginger mane.
Old Rule: Ocean-inspired eyeshadows? Meh.
Break It: It’s a brave new world for redheads when it comes to marine blues, sea greens and sunkissed golds. Sure, the fashion pages seriously rock the looks, but is this palette accessible for the everyday beauty junkie? Absolutely. Again, the key is to think in contrasts to your unique hair shade. These vivid shadows tend to complement lighter eyes (just don’t match them to your eye color) and brighten fair skin. New to the trend? Start off subtle with a cool muted hues.
Old Rule: Ban bronzers from your makeup bag.
Break It: While it’s true that dark luminizing powders can overpower traditionally fair-skinned redheads, don’t avoid the look altogether. Instead, try formulas a shade or two darker than your skin tone for a naturally sunkissed look that doesn’t overpower pale complexions. Or, pay homage to the trend by rocking bold bronze lids and liners instead of cheekbones and other highpoints.