Step 1: Prep
Apply eye cream. Allow it to absorb for a few minutes. At this time, you can apply a primer – this will help your makeup glide on and stay crease-free.
Step 2: Conceal
Use your finger or a synthetic concealer brush to apply concealer around the eye. Pay special attention to the inner corners of the eyes. That’s where darkness lurks!
Blend in a gentle patting motion. Don’t wipe, you will simply remove the concealer. Make sure there are no obvious streaks or lines.
Step 3: Create Barrier
Pat a generous amount of loose translucent powder under the eyes. Your eye shadow will sprinkle down on top of the powder. When you’re done with your eye makeup – use a powder brush and dust away the mess.
Step 4: Natural Lid Color
Using an all-over lid brush, apply a neutral color (think vanillas, butterscotch, bisque and champagnes) from lash line to brow bone. (I love using MAC’s “Rice Paper”)
Step 5: Liner
Line eyes with a dark pencil (I absolutely adore Avon’s Glimmersticks waterproof eyeliner), gel, or cream liner – something you can smudge. If you’re using gel or cream out of a pot, use an angled eyeliner brush to apply the product.
The liner should be thinner towards the inner corner of the eye and gradually increase in thickness towards the outer edge.
Line the lower inner rim. Don’t apply too much liner close to the tear duct – it’ll goop up and you’ll end up with black eye boogers (ech!)
Step 6: Smudge
Use a Q-tip or a tight bristled brush to smudge the edges of your liner. A good smoky eye shouldn’t have any hard lines.
After you’ve smudged your liner, blend a dark shadow directly over the smudged line. Don’t go too far in to the corners of your eyes unless you have wide-set or protruding eyes.
Step 7: Highlight
Use a small eyeshadow brush (something that will fit in the corners of your eyes and under your eyebrow) to apply a highlighter shade.
Highlighting colors are light, often reflective. They make the areas you apply them to come forward.
I use “Nylon” by MAC for a dramatic look. For a little more subtle look, I use “Shroom” by MAC. If you have a deeper skin tone, “Ricepaper” by MAC could be a good highlighter for you. Use any drugstore store or department store brand you like, as long as it does what it’s supposed to do.
Step 8: The Crease
The crease step is important. Just one dark eye shadow alone can look harsh.
Use an eyeshadow that is in the same color family as the eye shadow on your lid, but lighter. Apply it above your lid, on the outer edge of your crease. Then, using a loose blending brush, blend the shadow in a circular motion. Blend the crease shade slightly up and inward.
The crease should be darkest at the outermost corner – gradually getting softer as you move towards the brow and the center of your lid.
Make sure there are no hard lines between the dark lid shade, the medium crease shade and the highlighter on the brow.
Step 9: Finish Look
Finish your look by defining your brows. A strong eye look desperately needs a defined brow – your makeup won’t look complete without it.
7. Plum Shadows
Finally ladies, the last makeup tip for redheads that we’re going to talk about is plum shadows. Plum looks great with any eye color, but these colors also look great with red hair – give it a try!
I personally highly recommended Dior Garden Edition Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette (Buy it on Amazon)
The legendary 5 Couleurs palette is reinvented as a charming collector’s edition, with a rose-embossed palette. The two seductive color harmonies of this Garden edition are the object of everyone’s desires. The Garden Roses’ harmony creates a fever of tender pinks, parma violet and silver, accentuated by a devastating purple.
Demonstrative Model: Drew Barrymore in plum eyeshadow looks.
6. Black Mascara
There is always a bit of argument whether or not black mascara goes with red hair, but I think that if you are going for a dramatic look or if you are looking to add a bit of flare to your eyes, black mascara works great! This makeup tip for redheads is all about personal preference!
I personally highly recommended Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara (Buy it on Amazon)
Dare to go up to 6 times the volume. With each stroke, the patented powerful brush intensifies lashes from root to tip. Exclusive, fluid Soft Sculpt formula, enriched with Vitamin B5, wraps lashes one luxurious layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping.
Demonstrative Model: Lily Cole in black mascara.
5. Cat Eyes
When I was a redhead, one of my favorite makeup tips for redheads was the cat eye eyeliner trick! I don’t know why exactly, but cat eyes look fantastic with red hair – just look at Emma Stone! When she was a redhead, she looked fantastic in a classic cat eye!
I personally highly recommended Clinique Eye Liner Gel (Buy it on Amazon)
A lot of eyeliner gel gets dry very easily, no matter how hard you tried to avoid it. Clinique eye liner gel never dried out. And it also comes with the little eyeliner brush in the box. Long lasting wearing and won’t give you smudges. Highly recommended makeup item!
Demonstrative Model: Emma Stone in cat eyes makeup.
4. Tinted Moisturizer
See? Tinted moisturizer is actually one of the greatest makeup tips for redheads because it is so light but it still offers up the coverage that you are looking for. If you are a natural redhead, tinted moisturizer can even work to cover up your freckles if you wanted!
I personally highly recommended NARS Tinted Moisturizer (Buy it on Amazon)
Your skin almost bare, but better. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients, pure radiant tinted moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++ immediately helps thirsty skin feel hydrated. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks.
Demonstrative Model: Scarlett Johansson in natural makeup look.
3. Avoid Heavy Foundation
Always ladies, avoid any and all heavy foundation. This makeup tip for redheads can actually apply to any and all pale skinned girls – you don’t want to ever weigh your skin down with heavy foundation. Just some tinted moisturizer or even some light and airy foundation will work best!
With Aura-Inside technology, Lancome invents its 1st foundation that recreates the true natural light of perfect skin. Its unique weightless texture provides perfect buildable coverage with a bare sensation. Instantly, complexion appears lit-from-within, visibly flawless.
Demonstrative Model: Emma Stone in flawless makeup look.
2. Light Concealer Under Your Eyes
Typically, if you are a natural redhead, you’ve got light toned skin, which means that you do not have to weigh it down with a lot of makeup. One makeup tip for redheads that a lot of people don’t know is to use just a light concealer under your eyes, just to get rid of some of the baggage there and really brighten up your whole face!
I personally highly recommended NARS Concealer Stick – Color Vanilla (Buy it on Amazon)
Demonstrative Model: Kirsten Dunst in natural makeup look.