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Hollywood is seeing red this awards season. Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone — even one guy, Eddie Redmayne — are putting the spotlight squarely on the fair-skinned, spicy-locked contingent.
So what are the products keeping these beauties absolutely flawless? Considering their creamy complexions, a high SPF for one, according to Adrienne Vendetti Hodges and Stephanie Vendetti, beauty experts and co-founders of the website How to Be a Redhead. (They like Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30.) “We preach to our followers to apply sunscreen every single day, rain or shine,”says Vendetti. “If you want to look red carpet ready you need great skin, and sunscreen is the only way to get it.”
Kristopher Buckle makes sure he’s armed with Anastasia’s auburn brow pencil and brown false lashes when working on his client Jessica Chastain. The redhead sisters are also brow-obsessed, opting for Youngblood Brow Artiste in Auburn. Says Hodges, “There’s nothing more beautiful than gorgeous brows; they define the face and complement red hair so well.”
Additionally, says Buckle, “Natural redheads have pale complexions so I also have porcelain foundation and pale concealer with me, and a more peachy blush to neutralize the pink undertones in [Chastain’s] skin.” (The How to Be a Redhead girls love Aveda Petal Essence Face Accents in Peach Light.) He also deems a cantaloupe-colored eyeshadow, such as the Publicist shade in his Always Flawless palette, a must-have in every red-maned girl’s kit.
To make Chastain’s gorgeous green eyes pop, Buckle uses earthy colors — “sometimes camels and pale rust colors to match her natural ginger hair color, which gives a beautiful monochromatic look.” Hodges likes adding a dash of a deep vibrant color — green, purple and blue—alongside the strong earth tones, which Buckle says doesn’t look “clowny” as long as they’re a bit muted.
Another key, he adds: brown lashes and mascara (by YSL) to minimize the contrast with Chastain’s skin for a softer look. Says Hodges, “most redheads have a strong love for mascara and eye makeup because their lashes are so light. It’s great to apply brown mascara at the bottom and black at the top to add definition.”
When it comes to keeping that coppery hue intact, Marie Robinson salon colorist and redhead Nikki Ferrara recommends using Davines Alchemic shampoo and conditioner in red or copper once a week, alternating with John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo. Hodges and Vendetti swear by Kenra Texture Powder 4 Texture Defining Powder for styling.
Last but not least, there’s lipstick. As we know from red carpet appearances by Stone and Chastain in particular, “Redheads look stunning with a bold lip,” says Vendetti, who recommends CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Coquette Orchid and Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Fraise. “We guarantee you’ll see most redhead stars rocking a fun lip at this year’s Golden Globes.”
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