This week one of my favorite beauty gurus, Marcia of Beauty Info Zone is hosting Fashion Flash. With her background in education Marcia drills down to explains how to pick the right products for all your beauty needs. In honor of upcoming Earth Day, our bloggers have reached back in their archives for their best posts that help both our skin and the planet.
Fashion Flash Book Review:How to Be a Redhead by Adrienne and Stephanie Vendeti
My college roomate Erin was fair skined, freckled with a cloud of curly red hair. We spent hours pouring through fashion magazines and self help books for the right color of eyeshadow, lip pencil or styles for her super curly red hair. Most of the time, Erin would give up and just slick on lip gloss and twist her hair up in a ballet bun. I so wish she had a copy of How to Be A Red Head when we shared a funky 4th floor apartment on Thompson Street in the Village.
How to be a Redhead started out as a website by two red haired sisters. Now all of their advice has been gathered in a well designed and well illustrated book. It starts at the top with expert advice on washing and styling all types and textures of red hair. The authors drill down into specific issues eg best brush choices, the right pick for shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer . It even offers a range of price points from inexpensive to luxury.
Redheads have extremely delicate skin. Quick to burn and more suseptible to irritation the authors recommend that redheads search for products designed specifically for sensitive skin. T hey urge fellow redheads to avoud scrubbing grains and alcohol in their skin care products, but the most important skin care advice is focused on sun protection. Not only do redheads burn easily, they are at higher risk of skin cancer. To avoid serious health problems, the authors recommend wearing sunscreen on all exposed skin surfaces including the neck, ears and hands.
I remember Erin’s frequent struggles with make-up. It affected her self confidence and I wish she had the exhaustive advice in this book including:
- Use hypoallergenic black mascara
- Don’t try to cover freckles with heavy foundation
- Use light brown eye gel for the brows
- Apply thin foundation with a damp sponge for a dewy look
The book ends with a concise guide to best fashion colors for redheads. It shatters the myths that redheads can’t wear red or white and offers great style options. Erin, this book is on its way to you!