There’s something about red hair and green eyes that I’ve always been lowkey jealous of. I mean, what a brilliant color combination! I love my brunette hair and blue eyes, but I’ve “been there, done that”. I know how to apply makeup for my coloring and skin type. Lately, I’ve been itching to get my hands (and my makeup brushes) on some of my friends and family with different makeup needs. Luckily my BFF Max – who happens to have gorgeous red hair and green eyes – visited recently and I got to give her a full makeover.
Makeup for Red Hair and Green Eyes
Max and I have been BFFs for about 16 years now. We’ve been through practically everything together. We live a few hours apart, so we don’t get to see one another as often as we’d like to. But here’s the thing about true friends – it really doesn’t matter – we’ll always be friends.
My BFF Makeover
Ok, enough of the gushy stuff. Here’s the deets:
Max has oily/combination skin. She has a little bit of redness in her cheeks and a few little breakout spots (don’t we all?). She has some freckles – like me – and she self tans, so she’s usually in the “light” shade range (compared to the fair range I’m in). Her skin is fairly light, but it falls into the warm-toned family.
My plan was to even out her skin tone, make her green eyes POP, and give her that lit from within complexion that everyone seriously adores.
Clearly she’s a beauty without any makeup. I remember my older sister saying when Max and I were in junior high, “when she grows up Max is going to be a knockout.”
And it’s true. She’s stunning! … And she has a great sense of humor and is really smart and is a super kickass business woman. I could go on, but this post is about makeup. 😛
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Prepped and Primed
As always, I had Max wash her face and then I applied a light daily moisturizer. Because I’m a believer in primers, I then prepped her skin with Too Faced Primed and Poreless. I chose this primer because she has oily/combination skin. In my experience, the Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer does amazing things for evening out the skin, filling in spots that need filling, and keeping the oil at bay, all while not drying out the skin.
Foundation & Concealer
I chose to use the foundation that Max brought with her – the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Foundation. It’s not one I have a lot of experience using, but Max noted that she really liked how it kept her matte all day so I thought it would be best to stick to a foundation she already loves.
The foundation itself is really mousse-like and I thought it worked well for her skin. I applied the foundation with an oval Artis knockoff (for $8!) and it blended out beautifully. To conceal a little darkness under her eyes I applied my favorite corrector – the Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. Then I brightened the underage and concealed any blemishes with the Wet N Wild Illumi-Naughty Highlighting and Concealing Pen.
I set the concealer with lyric from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette.
Like me, Max has pretty high cheek bones and fairly full cheeks. I wanted to give her a more defined look so I took subconscious from the Kat Von D palette and I contoured her cheekbones and along the sides of her nose. I then warmed her complexion by taking a big fluffy tapered brush and buffing a bit of shadowplay along the areas that the sun would naturally hit.
I chose a very natural, berry toned blush for her – Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore. It gave the cheeks a natural hint of color.
For highlight I decided to really mix things up. I applied Becca Champagne Pop to her cheekbones with a fan brush, and then topped that with my current favorite highlight, Snowflake Single Eyeshadow from Essence Beauty. The result was incredibly stunning and added exactly what the look needed.
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes
Because her eyes are such a stunning color, I knew I wanted to really play those up. I prepped her eyes with the LORAC eyeshadow primer and chose the LORAC Pro Palette 2.
Starting with a fluffy brush I laid down Light Brown in her crease. Then, I fluffed some Buff all over her lid. After that I took a flat shader brush and I patted Rosé onto her lid. I deepened her crease with just a touch of cool gray. Then, I used my fingers to dab Jade onto the outer corners of her eyes. I went over the look lightly to blend it all together.
With a flat definer brush I added a little Jade and Rosé to her bottom lash line and smudged it together. After all of that was done I took a small definer brush and I added Essence Snowflake to her inner corners. This really brightened up her eyes and made them pop!
Lipstick for Red Hair
Max really loves matte lips, so I wanted to stick with that. I applied a LORAC Pro Matte Lipstick in Pink Taupe. No lining, no fuss. This lipstick is fairly long wearing by itself and it added the perfect pinky taupe color to finish out the look.
The Big Reveal
Let’s just stop for a second and appreciate her beauty! Her dimples are almost too cute. I think the makeover turned out so well and it was so fun to get the opportunity to make her over. Is it narcissistic that all night I kept admiring her makeup? ?
Before and After
Super HUGE thanks to Max for being such an awesome sport and allowing me to put her face on the internet. It takes a brave soul.
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