Oh those Celtic complexions. Coveted by many, but not always easy to manage. And that fiery mane? Might need a little extra hydration. For all the tips and more, we called on Sydney Sollod, groomer to redhead icons Michael Fassbender and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson—as well as Idris Elba, Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Richard Madden, Darren Criss, Noah Centineo, and Ansel Elgort.
Sollod, who specializes in natural looks, gave us the breakdown on everything you need to get those rosy cheeks looking smooth, those red locks shining, and those Irish eyes smiling.
THE FAIREST OF THE LADS
“Redheads tend to have fairer skin with a good amount of redness. It’s a balance of lightly evening out their skin tone without leaving them looking washed out. You want to find a hydrating lightweight concealer to help cancel out some of the redness. Glossier Stretch Concealer is one of my favorites!
If redness is an issue, products with rose or lavender in them help reduce that. I recently launched a skincare product that helps reduce shine and calms the skin called The Calming Anti-Shine Balm (sydneysollod.com). As far as freckles go, it’s a preference for each of my clients. Some people love their freckles while others want to conceal them more. My job is to make sure my clients feel comfortable and the best version of themselves.”
BUT FIRST, SUNBLOCK
“Sunscreen is #1 for everyone, but especially redheads! My favorite SPF is by Tatcha and it’s also great for sensitive skin which usually redheads tend to have.”
A LITTLE LOVE UNDER THE EYES
“Redheads sometimes also need a little extra love under their eyes and on the eyelids. Since their skin is super fair, dark circles and veins can be a little more prominent. YSL Touché Eclat is great for color correcting around the eyes.”
HYDRATE THAT HAIR
“Everything varies from client to client depending on their specific hair, but sometimes I have found red hair can to be a little on the dry side, so I like to make sure I use products that are more hydrating. I’d recommend a great nourishing hair oil. I love Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair oil.”
“Redheads tend to get red and flushed fairly quickly. I pay extra attention to my redheaded clients’ necks in particular. I always make sure to apply a light coat of foundation to help combat redness.”
LASHES & BROWS
“Because redheads have fair skin their eyebrows and lashes are super light. Depending on the client, I add a little auburn color to define their brows and lashes to make their eyes pop.”
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