Redheads are often blessed with fair skin and loads of freckles. However, no one seems to know how to truly take advantage of this crazy, awesome combination of features. While I am not personally a redhead (at the moment), I have a few fiery friends who have let me practice my makeup skills on their faces.  

 A simple look is always timeless, but there is something to be said for having some fun with trends. Be brave and give yourself permission to experiment. In the end, the only person in charge of telling you whatand what notto do is yourself. Sometimes, we just need to get out of our own way. 

Here are three myths you should throw out, as well as some tips for exploring new possibilities.

Myth #1: Redheads should avoid colorful makeup. 

Redhead complexions can sometimes be difficult to match (warm, or cool?) but once you get it down they can be incredibly fun to play on. Neutral colors such as gold, bronze, and brown look beautiful on pretty much anyone, so if you’re just getting started on your makeup journey start there. If you’re looking to kick it up a notch, reach for wines and plums mixed in with a little copper. Blushy pinks are pretty good too, and jewel tones. Actually, I feel like redheads wear most colors like a BOSS. If you are feeling it, then go for it!

Myth #2: Redheads shouldn’t wear black makeup. 

A rather outdated rule is black is “too harsh” for pale skin tones. I think there is something empowering about a strong jet-black eyeliner, especially for redheads. If you enjoy contrasts and are looking for something a tad more striking, a little black liner will go a long way. 

Myth #3: Redheads should stay away from red lipstick. 

Red lipstick–or really any bold color–is all about finding the right shade for you. There is something so classic about a red lip, and no one should feel as if it’s not an option for them. Think in contrasts when it comes to choosing the right shade; avoid anything too matchy-matchy with your hair. Pro tip: If you have cool or pale skin, go for the bluetoned reds. If your skin is more warm or golden, opt for orange-based reds. 

As with most rules about makeup, I like to say “understand the rules, so you know when to break them.” If you love the way you look with a certain style or color of makeup, then by all means, wear it. I can guarantee your boosted confidence will outshine even the boldest beauty choices.  

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"Understand the rules, so you know when to break them."