Vegan MakeUp for Redheads

I’ve spent a lot of money trying to find the perfect vegan lipcolor.  As a redhead, there are a limited number of colors that work for my skin tone.  Options are limited further when searching for cruelty-free and vegan options.  So I thought there would be value in sharing my makeup kit with all of the vegan redheads out there.

If you’re not lucky enough to have porcelain skin and locks of fire, forward this to a lady you know that does.  Even if she isn’t vegan, she’ll still find it incredibly useful.  Or, check out my post on How to Henna Your Hair and fake it.


BROWS

You’ll be tempted to order an auburn shade. DON’T!!!  Go for a brunette shade.

Redheads have blonde eyebrows.  Brunettes, and bottle-Blondes, have dark eyebrows to begin with.  So when they are filling in their eyebrows, they are simply aiming at making brows look more defined and less sparse.

We redheads have a different mission.  We’re adding color and getting the brows to appear on the face.  So adding a red shade to brows without pigment will make you look like you took a red sharpie to yourself.  Always go with warm browns which will balance out into the correct shade on pigmentless brows.  The two below will give you mad brow game.

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^^ Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil – shade: Rough
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^^ Jane Iredale PureBrow Brow Gel – shade: Brunette

MASCARA

As with your brows, you want your eyelashes to look ravishing in a natural “How is she so gorgeous?” way.  Black mascara is too harsh and costumey on us.  Instead, go for a soft “my God, does she wake up looking that hot?” brown.  I’ve found that the word to search for is cocoa.

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^^ Jane Iredale PureLash Mineral Mascara – shade: Agate Brown / Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara – shade: Stardust / Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara – shade: Cocoa (via) (via) (via)

EYE SHADOW

Gold eyeshadow brings a subtle warm glow to eyes and looks lovely on our porcelain skin.  It’s light enough to keep your look natural but enough color to create a halo to make your eyes stand out.  Keep in mind that when I say “gold”, I don’t mean glitter, sparkle, shimmer, metallic or the like.

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^^ Lavera Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow – shade: Golden Copper #25

CONCEALER/CONTOUR

If you have freckles, try to skip concealers and liquid/cream foundations.  They over cover freckles and end up looking cakey.  But if you have some redness to hide or want to add some light warmth to your face, go for a warm choice.  Given your pink undertones, you’ll be tempted to choose a cool option.  DON’T!  Remember warm browns look best with redhair.

The one below is the best I’ve ever found and the only one I use.  Since it’s a duo of shades, it is the perfect contour and zit masker, as well.  Just remember to go light and use a buffing brush to apply.

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^^ Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo – shade: Warm

POWDER FOUNDATION

Redheads usually have perfect skin, dotted with freckles, and a few reddish areas due to capillaries showing through our Viking skin.  (Did you know that anyone with naturally redhair is a direct descendant of the Vikings? Cool huh?!!)  So we don’t need a lot of coverage.  Just enough to lightly even-out our skin tone.

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^^ Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation – shade: P20 (available at Sephora)

BLUSH

Coral blush is the redhead’s fairytale romance.  Nothing looks more amazing with fair skin and red hair.  It’s a stunning, naturally beautiful, look that only redheads can pull off, and it gives a glow that looks as though it’s radiating from within.  So you won’t look like you’re wearing makeup but as though you woke up like this.

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^^ Elf Blush Palette – shade: Dark — The top left corner is the coral shade and has a matte finish.

LIPCOLOR

You guessed it.  Go for warmth here too.  A warm barely-there brownish-nude with a hint of deep berry is ideal, as it will look like your lips, only better.  Below are a few that I mix and match to get a variety of shades that don’t clash with my hair, or look as though I’m wearing makeup.  And remember, keep your application on the lighter side.

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^^ Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil – shade: Burnish – shade: Elegant — Use lip pencil all over your lips to create a nice matte color that isn’t going to rub off in ten minutes.  (TIP: If you aren’t willing to cover your full lips then be sure to use the lip pencil after you’ve covered your lips with lipstick.  That way it goes on smoother and both cosmetics will wear off evenly.)
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^^Mineral Fusion Lipstick Butter – shade: Luscious — A perfect light nude that will mix with the other options on this list to lighten them up.  It’s not a lipstick with much longevity though.  So be prepared to reapply often.
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^^ LEFT: Tarte Drench Lip Splash Lipstick – shade: Beach Bum / RIGHT: Tarte Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick – shades: Boardwalk, Siesta and Colada

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