Ginger girls everywhere rejoice! We have your definitive guide on how (and how not) to dress, accessorize and beautify.
We know that red hair can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you have a naturally unique look that immediately captures attention (did you know less than 2% of the population are natural redheads?!) On the other, you have to be on high alert and avoid colors and fabrics that aren’t “red head friendly”.
There are many variations in tone of red hair, and they are important to consider when going forward. Celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Isla Fisher and Amy Adams all have naturally blonde/ginger hair and pale skin. Celebrities like Emma Stone, Hayley Williams and Ashlee Simpson are not natural redheads (despite being known for their fiery locks) and often sport a more vibrant copper shade.
Regardless of whether your born with it or bought it from a bottle, most red heads should stick to the same 6 beauty rules.
1. Steer clear of pastels
Icy pastel tones are not your friend. We repeat, step away from the lavender because you just aren’t right together. Pastel colors tend to have grey undertones and their faded appearance clashes with the vibrancy of your hair, causing you to look tired and washed out.
2. Don’t be afraid of brights
You can pretty much guarantee that rich, jewel tones like teal, magenta and maroon will work with the warmth in your hair and make your whole look pop. As a rule, any shades with a warm undertone will work for you so don’t be afraid to be bold!
3. Got the blues?
On the other end of the spectrum, blue-based colors like true red, cobalt or steel gray will literally suck the warmth from your face and take away the appearance of a natural, healthy glow. Unless your aim is to appear slightly frostbitten, leave these shades to the blondes.
4. Think outside the box for your neutrals
Every woman needs good neutral pieces to work with the bolder tones, but redheads need to think a little more creatively than black and white. Warm, rusty browns and caramels are so beautiful on red heads, and should make up a large majority of your day-to-day wardrobe.
5. Wear black like a pro
They key to wearing black is bringing in warmer tones with your accessories. Gold is always the metal of choice for warm toned girls, and can help tie together your outfit and your hair. Diamonds are definitely not a redhead’s best friend, nor are other icy jewelry pieces like pearls or platinum.
6. Redheads can wear red
The rule that redheads shouldn’t wear red is severely outdated and completely incorrect. The right tone of red looks great with fiery hair, and is one of the biggest statements you can make with your hair color. Opt for red tones that have an orange base or closely match the undertones in your locks for the best outcome.