When researching redhead beauty and make-up tips, I was disappointed by what I found: there seemed to be more advocates of natural make-up than the Rita Hayworth vamp-like looks I was looking for. That, I thought, would fit very little with the fiery vixen temperament redheads are reputed to have. To take it even further, I couldn't help but wonder if those websites advocated disappearance, for redheads, rather than standing out and pride. So I closed all the windows before entering my "Redheads are the best!" mode, and decided to make my own rules when it came to make-up:
For the eyes:
Big, bold lashes: against all the advice I found, I never wore brown or clear mascara. My eyes are my favourite asset and I was blessed with long, thick lashes, so I always showcase them by wearing two coats of ultra-black mascara, even at the gym or beach (Yes, I just admitted to that! Thank you, waterproof!)
Eye-colour enhancing lids: I have green eyes, so to make them pop, I wear anything from light pink to creamy violet, or, for a heavier look, plum, aubergine, or dark copper with purple undertones.
For the cheeks:
Coral pink blusher: It's all about finding the delicate balance between too orange and too pink; the effect you want to achieve is a healthy glow.
For the lips:
Discreet: a coral lip-gloss with a hint of shimmer. Or just tinted lip-balm.
Bold: yes, redheads can wear red lipstick! Be sure to pick a matte tone that is a pure red, with blue-ish undertones, and apply it well: first moisturize your lips, then blot, then fill in with a pencil (or skip that step if you don't believe you need it), then apply, blot, reapply, and touch-up during the day (What? Red lipstick is high-maintenance!)