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By Christine Gonsalves

Hi folks, I hope this article finds you prosperous and in good health, but mostly in good health!

Now let’s get down to the business of making you even more beautiful than you already are!

In this month’s article, I would like to talk about redheads, because they are in “BIG TIME” for 2011, and they are the newest bombshells!

Seen throughout history as everything from fiery warriors to seductive maidens, red haired beauties have plenty of ongoing appeal.

For the past century, most of the fashion industry has been obsessed with blondes, make no mistake , blonde hair isn’t going anywhere, it is still one of the most asked for hair color in our salon, but this year, “red” is coming on strong.

Red hair is perfect for the cooler months and if you’re considering changing your look for 2011, consider red hair as the perfect option for Winter 2011.

Different hair colors will take to red dye in varying ways, so your best bet is always to go to a trusted salon and get advice on which color will work best for you.

While subtle highlights and lowlights help to achieve the natural redhead look, obvious contrasting streaks are not recommended.

Red hair trend: who its suited to

Red hair is to the cooler months what blonde hair is to Spring.

The Pale Redhead
Pale porcelain skin will almost always work with red hair–particularly if your eyes are green or blue.  This is a great winter look.

The Freckled Redhead
Women with freckles and bronzed skin will look great, but should go for lighter reds like natural gingers and neutral-tone coppers.

Now, let’s talk about your makeup.

FOUNDATION
Remember, the purpose of foundation is not to change your skin tone.
Rather, it is to even out the skin tone you already have.
With this in mind, choose a foundation that closely matches your skin tone and skin type.
For fair-skinned redheads, a sheer foundation is a must, don’t cover up those gorgeous freckles.
Blend, blend, blend, keeping in mind that a natural, not a made-up, look is the goal.
Red or pink-based foundations are often a mistake, making the complexion look ruddy and out-of-kilter.
Instead, opt for a yellow-or gold-based foundation, something peachy or coral.
It may take some adjustment to break away from the usual beiges, but once you get used to it, you’ll find it makes a huge difference in the glow of your complexion.
EYE MAKEUP
As far as eye shadow is concerned, it is true that the complexion of a redhead lends itself well to neutral tones, such as taupe, however, neutral need not be boring.
Try chestnut, camel, gold, beige, honey, terra cotta, russet and raisin.
Experiment with different shades of browns and peaches, blending and combining shades for a smoky or defined eye look.
Remember, every redhead is unique.
Red hair comes in a wide range of shades, from strawberry blonde to deep auburn.
So, I encourage you not to listen to the “experts” who say redheads cannot wear color.
In general, stay away from blues and pinks.
Choose a light or dark brown or brownish-black eyeliner pencil and apply it with a light hand to make your eyes stand out more.
Select a mascara which adds a lot of definition to fine or skimpy lashes, something that lengthens, thickens and fortifies.
Again, browns are favored over blacks, which can wash out a redhead’s fair complexion and look too harsh.

LIPSTICK AND BLUSH
In general, pinks and reds may not make the most of your hair and skin tone.
For everyday, choose lipsticks and blushes from more neutral, natural color palettes, such as peaches, but again, experiment with color and find what works best for you.
Blue-based reds, such as brick, or brown-based reds, such as toast, are exceptions to the rule.
Brick or toast lipsticks and blushes add a great deal of warmth to the redheaded complexion and bring out the natural depth of a redhead’s skin tone.
Try golden corals and yellow- or gold-based reds, apricots and tawny peaches.
But don’t be afraid to try something different.For example, deep lavender lipstick can be very striking on a redhead.

Be sure and ask us about our fabulous Color Lock!

OOooops, I’m almost out of room, so I hope you stay healthy and prosperous, but mostly healthy, and I’ll see you next month, and remember,

“If your hair is not becoming to you, then maybe you should be coming to us”!

-Chrissy

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