Years ago... rephrase... MANY years ago, when I was 14 (I am now *gulp* 41) my grandmother took me to have my colours done. It was the 80s and that was the thing to do then. I remember driving over to some woman's house in the outskirts of Chicago, my grandmother proudly explaining what we are up to. Kind of like the time my mother told me on the way to a Robert Palmer concert that we were seeing Robert Palmer - at the time I pretended I knew who he was... Oh right... the guy in the Duran Duran Power Station video! (After that night I knew who Robert Palmer was - damn sexy for an old guy.)
Actually - looking back I think my grandmother took me for my colour session because all I really wore then was a lot of black, and... while I was vacationing at my grandparents' house in the suburbs of Chicago, I shaved the sides of my head in the middle of the night - not in a punk-rock way - more in a New Wave / Cyndi Lauper way... She noticed over our morning ritual of Eggos.
Poor Grandma Jean.
One of the colours I was told to avoid in my 'colours session' was black... sigh... I have seen way too MANY beauty blog posts that tell redheads to steer clear of black eyeliner and mascara. This advice makes me cringe.
Moving forward: YES! Pippi - you can wear black!
photography by Aaron Wong
Here I am in my new profile shot wearing - the horror! - a black top! (by Singaporean designer Sabrina Goh.)
(Red) Devil in a blue (Calvin Klein) dress, photography Aaron Wong (check out his underwater portfolio! AMAZING!)
A colour not only in my colours but a colour I wore on TV once and was told by 'the network' to wear as often as I could - I think Emma Stone received the same request. Obviously more powerful than black but that doesn't mean ditch all your black dresses!
Guess what's on my eyes... BLACK. Of course it's an eyeshadow mash up of other colours and well, yes - I would say that as a redhead wearing only black liner is a little harsh - that doesn't mean avoid it.
My makeup in order of appearance
For both photos:
Luview Whitening Capsule BB Cream under my eyes
FACE atelier Ultra Foundation #2
Soap & GloryTM; Solar PowderTM Bronzo £11.00 at Boots
MAC Cosmetics mineralize blush in Warm Soul
Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base $24.00 USD at NARS Cosmetics
Eyes in the top photo:
I used Guava on my lid and Cafe Au Lait at my lash line and crease. Simple.
MAC 'In Extreme Dimension Lash' Mascara (Premiering at Nordstrom) $20.00 USD at Nordstrom - BLACK!
On my brows - Veluxe Brow Liner in Strawberry Blonde $19.50 USD at M·A·C
Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Shimmering Pinky Nude Lip Gloss $16.00 USD at Benefit
Eyes on the second pic
Whenever you are doing a shoot think of it as a day to night - you start off simple and build on your base makeup - my base never changed.
From the Laura Mercier palette I used Coffee Ground (Matte) on my lash line - upper and lower. Buy it as a single eyeshadow for $22.00 USD by at SpaceNK
I then smudged on top of the Coffee Ground Tom Ford Beauty Noir Absolute For Eyes $35.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue - BLACK on a redhead! ;)
For my inner corners I used NARS 'Soft Touch' Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland $24.00 USD at Nordstrom
I filled in my entire lip with FACE atelier's Lip Pencil in Sand and then applied NARS Lip Lacquer- Chelsea Girls $24.00 USD at Barneys New York
**You will notice I have no mention of concealer nor powder... that's because I never used them. The Luview works so well brightening up under the eyes that I didn't need it and powder is so over-used making you look old - rarely do I use it on anyone.
I LOVE blue eyeshadow on us redheads but avoid a blue dress and blue eyeshadow unless you're a soccer mom - they love to be all matchy matchy that way. Try NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Tropic $24.00 USD at Barneys New York
Bronze shadows rock on us too especially if you have red hair and blue eyes. Try Eye Color Glimmer - Hypnotic $23.00 USD by Paula Dorf at DERMSTORE
High Impact purples with redhair and green eyes are killer. Try L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow, Endless Sea $7.95 USD at drugstore.com
More to come! I owe it to the fellow Gingers of the world to set the record straight on makeup.