8 Makeup Tips Every Redhead Should Know

Debra Messing, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Molly Ringwald...we could go on, but we think the point has been sufficiently made: Redheads are a striking bunch. And in case you’re looking for ways to complement your incredible mane, we consulted Vincent Oquendo, a celebrity makeup artist, as well as some of our most makeup-savvy ginger friends on their best beauty tips.

9 Things Every Redhead Should Know

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Keep Your Base Light

Fact: Red hair is often accompanied by fair skin. Let your natural complexion (and any freckles) peek through by using a lightweight tinted moisturizer, which will even out any splotches without masking things like a foundation can.

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Choose Bronzer Carefully

Steer clear of anything that’s too gold or tan; it can look harsh or even muddy against your skin. A peach-toned bronzer or blush is your best bet for instant brightening and warmth.

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When In Doubt, Go Peach

Just as this shade of bronzer subtly enhances your complexion, a slick of peachy-pink lipstick does the same for your lips. Consider this your everyday neutral for when you don’t want to look too done.

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Don't Go Too Dark With Brows

Skip the blacks and dark browns when filling in your eyebrows. Instead, try ashier shades like taupe. The cooler tones will pop against the warmth in your hair and look more natural, says Oquendo.

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But Do Go Dark With Lashes

Take note of Debra’s super lush and extra dark lashes, which frame her eyes without overwhelming the rest of her features. Swipe two to three coats of black mascara to get a similar effect.

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And Be Bold With Eyeliner

Your eyes are one place you can really lay on some color since you’re keeping everything else fairly light. Exhibit A: Molly’s thick-but-crisp cat-eyes offer a focal point to her otherwise neutral look.

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Experiment With Shadow

For everyday makeup, taupes and lighter brown shadows provide subtle definition; for a slightly unexpected pop of color, try a plum or aubergine shadow, which will contrast nicely against your hair.

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Red Lipstick Is A Go

The notion that redheads should avoid red lipstick is vastly outdated. Paired with softly bronzed skin, a cherry pout looks especially glamorous next to strawberry locks.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...