What are the Best Makeup Shades for Redheads?

"I have problems finding a good look to go with my naturally curly red hair."
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"I have problems finding a good look to go with my naturally curly red hair."
Emma Stone, Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon, 2015

Emma Stone at the 2015 Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon.

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Q: I am a natural redhead and have a lot of freckles from being in the sun from when I was little. I've been reading a lot about how to make my makeup look better. Honestly, I'm tired of brown!!! But I have problems finding a good look to go with my naturally curly red hair. Any tips? — Niki

A: Niki, there are SO many alternatives for red hair! I'm totally happy to be able to give you a few new suggestions. 

First, let me say, I would kill for a head of natural curly red hair! Second, you can ditch the browns—you have a world of options. 

I love red lips on redheads. Think: Julianne Moore.

Julianne Moore, Emmy Awards 2012

Julianne Moore at the 2012 Emmy Awards.

Depending on your colour of red hair, you may want to choose a cool-toned, blue-red such as Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate.

For a similar cool-toned effect, you can also opt for pink like Emma Stone, above, or a raspberry colour like Isla Fisher.

Isla Fisher, The Great Gatsby world premiere, 2013

Isla Fisher at the 2013 world premiere of 'The Great Gatsby'.

Try Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in Plum Lush

If you want to play up the warm tones in your hair and skin, choose a red with yellow undertones like Bryce Dallas Howard's.

Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World Paris premiere, 2015

Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2015 Paris premiere of 'Jurassic World'.

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trafalgar is a red like this, with a hint of orange.

For an even bolder look, try a bright orange like Amy Adams.

Amy Adams, SAG Awards 2014

Amy Adams at the 2014 SAG Awards.

MAC Lipstick in Morange is a bright, creamy orange.

You can never go wrong with a coral, as seen on Christina Hendricks, for a softer look.

Christina Hendricks, ELLE Style Awards 2012

Christina Hendricks at the 2012 ELLE Style Awards.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Juliette is a pretty pinky coral.

For your eyes, jewel tones look amazing on redheads and are a great alternative to brown. 

Emma Stone, Critics' Choice Awards 2012

Emma Stone at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards.

If you want to use a liner, you can always choose a greenish, purplish or blueish kohl pencil. I'm not suggesting '80s brights, but more of a dark liner with an undertone of colour. MAC Eye Kohls are my absolute favourite, such as Prunella

This also applies to eyeshadow colours. If you want to try them for a smoky eye or even just for everyday makeup, the greens, blues and purples work so well with your colouring and are very different from brown.

Bryce Dallas Howard, Solemates Sundance premiere, 2016

Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2016 Sundance premiere of 'Solemates'.

Have fun playing with all your new options! 

Sabrina Rinaldi is a Toronto- and Montreal-based hair and makeup artist.