How to dye hair red / ginger

27 May

Although I’m a natural redhead I often dye my hair red or ginger to make it even brighter, as my natural ginger has quite a lot of dull brown tones. I started off with bright red Florence Welch hair colour at the hairdressers, then went bright ginger and used semi-permanant tints at home.

How to dye your hair Florence Welch red

My hairdresser friend Steph dyed my hair a lovely deep copper colour yesterday so I picked her brains about how to dye hair red, from blonde, brown, ginger or black, and how to know which shade of red to pick. I’m not a hairdresser so this is just to help you choose/understand red hair dyes – you should speak to a hairdresser about your own hair.

Your base hair colour
I’ve used the L’Oreal Majeril colour chart here but other professional dyes will follow similar principles. First you need to pick the closest match to your base colour from the chart below and note the number.

Majeril colour chart

Usually blondes = shades 10-7, Ginger = 8-6, Brunettes = shades 6-3, Black = 2-1 My natural red hair has lots of brown so my base colour is 7. You have two choices – either add copper tones (to dye it ginger) or red tones (to dye it red).

Dying hair ginger

Using your base colour, you can then look what shades to dye it. The chart below shows how the base colours look with copper colours. For example if your hair is dark blonde (shade 9) you can dye it to look like 9.04.

The copper and red shades range from 4-9 so if your hair is really dark e.g. 1-4 jet black you’ll probably want to lighten it and then dye it one of these shades to get a bright copper, if it’s really light e.g. 9-10 light blonde you’ll need to semi- permanent dye it a bit darker then dye it a permanent copper shade.

  • My base colour is 7, so I could’ve chosen 7.4, 7.43, 7.44, 7.45 or 7.46 etc. My colour this time was 7.44.

Red hair dyes

Alternatively you can go for one of the reds – see the bottom of this chart.

How to dye light blonde hair red / ginger

  • Your hairdresser will probably dye it a semi-permanent copper first to darken the hair/add warmth and then dye it a permanent copper, depending on your hair condition.

How to dye ginger hair

  • You can go for shades 6-9 depending on your base hair colour.

How to dye brown hair ginger

  • You base colour will probably be 4-6 so you can go for any of the 5.XX or 6.XX colours on the Loreal majeril colour chart.

How to dye black hair red / ginger

  • Red hair is a lot lighter so you’ll need to lighten the hair to an orange shade before dying it red. If you have natural black hair your hairdresser will probably bleach it a few shades lighter, then dye it a copper or red. If you have dyed black hair they’ll probably use a colour remover first depending on the condition of your hair. You don’t have to bleach it unless you want a bright copper. Otherwise it’ll be more subtle.

I hope this was useful! Any questions, please ask! x

*update: I’m currently off travelling for a few months – see my rtw travel blog so feel free to post a question but I may not have time to answer it, sorry!*


Lily Cole Body Shop Make up Range

24 May

Lily cole Body Shop make upI’m very very excited about Lily Cole’s new make up range for the Body Shop. As well as being perfect for redheads it’s all cruelty free. Yey!

The stunning redhead model has collaborated with Body Shop to create a limited edition make up range which launches in store and the Body Shop today! The range is largely pink and coral/nude make up colours – ideal for ginger haired girls and redheads.

Lily Cole Body Shop makeup range

Lily Cole Makeup Range


Lily Cole Body Shop Pearl Radiance PrimerLily Cole Pearl radiance primer £12 – This comes in pink. You can use it on its own or as a base for foundation for extra radiance.

Lily Cole Puff on radiance £16 This is like a bronzer for us fair-skinned redheads! Use on your skin to create a glowing look. This one’s good for a night out.


Lily Cole Body Shop Shimmer CubesLily Cole Liquid eyeliner in violet £9 – a stunning purple eyeliner. Can’t wait to try this one! Less harsh than black with the pastel shimmer cube colours.

Lily Cole Shimmer cubes £16 – A little steep in price but the cubes are deep so you get lots of eye shadow for your money. A nice all in one set with a pale base colour, contrasting liner colour and pretty pink and purple shadows.


Lily Cole Body Shop Lip and Cheek dome pinkLily Cole Mini hi-shine lip treatment £4 – choose from 4 colours. Sweet and juicy wet look gloss. Go Play (pink) is my pick for ginger hair.

Lily Cole Lip and cheek dome £10 – Cream-to-powder colour. I like these because you can use them on lips and cheeks. Choose from Pinch me pink or Crazy for coral, either will look great on a redhead.

How to get Marcia Cross’ redhead leopard print style

20 May

I love leopard print and animal print in general – it’s my wardrobe staple because it’s always in fashion. My Spanish friend even calls me ‘leopardo’ because of my freckled arms!

Marcia Cross in Michael Kors leopard print dress

Bree from Desperate Housewives (aka Marcia Cross) shows how good redheads and ginger girls look in animal print. She looks so classy and demure in this Michael Kors twisted front leopard print dress, with high neckline and long arms. So here’s my pick of the best leopard print dresses for redheads, Marcia-style.

Leopard print dresses

This AX Paris leopard print dress, (£16.99) is gathered at the front like Marcia’s with a high neckline though it’s sleeveless and shorter making it perfect for wearing on a night out.





This Mela leopard print dress from New Look (£25.00 ) offers another classy animal print and I like it! This would look awesome with bright coral or fuschia pink lips.

Another way to wear leopard print and look classy is this crossover leopard print dress from Miss Guided (£25.99). I can see myself wearing this for drinks – chic and sophisticated, yet short enough not to be flirty rather than frumpy.

Own The Runway Leopard Print Dress

And finally, a cute alternative if you don’t fancy a full on animal print is this from Peter Pan leopard print collar dress (Now £19.99) from Own the Runway – available in blue or nude, with a pretty leopard print collar.

Email or tweet me a pic of you wearing animal print! X

Pretty pastel make up for redheads

19 May

Spring pastel make up for redhead gingerSpring is here! Here’s a look to make you look as fresh as a daisy and ready to leap around like a ginger lamb! You can make this look brighter for a night out or keep it fresh and lively for a daytime. I love this look because it’s really quick and simple, you can apply it with your fingers but it’s really striking too.

Get the look

– After moisturising, apply a light foundation or tinted moisturiser over your face, followed by a dusting of translucent powder. Cover up your under eye circles, you want to look fresh! – I used Laura Mercier undercover pot concealer in shade 1.

– To avoid creasing and help your eyeshadow last longer apply an eyelid primer. As always, I used Urban Decay eyeshadow primer.
– Cover your lid in a mint green eyeshadow. You can use your fingers if you like to pat the colour all over.
– To make your eyes pop, apply a thin line of turquoise eyeshadow under your lower lash line with an angled eye brush. I used Benefit hard angle brush (bought for about £5 in the sale at – bargain!)
– Heavy, dark mascara is too harsh for this look so use a dark brown mascara. I added a few individual false lashes to the corners of my eyes.

Topshop Tease lipstick swatch


Turquoise under eye colour

Mint green eye colour

Topshop Tease lipstick

– I used a fan brush to swirl a little highlighter over the top of my cheekbones.
– Pink blush all the way! A cream pink blush is ideal for this look as you can blend it in with your fingers.

– I used my new favourite colour – Topshop lipstick in Tease, £8 on my lips.  You can outline with a nude pencil to help stop the colour from bleeding. It’s a super light pink and I get loads of compliments whenever I wear it!

Redhead pastel make up look

Enjoy! x

Inspiring redheads: Scarlett Howard, Model and Actress

17 May

Scarlett Howard red hair modelScarlett Howard is a stunning 19 year old redhead model and actress, originally from Essex but currently working in London. When she’s not dazzling London with her stunning red hair and pale skin she’s also busy studying Equine and Business Studies at uni. Scarlett tells us her secrets for baby soft skin and keeping her red hair beautiful…

How did you get into modelling?
I started as a child model, before having a break to focus on school. I decided to start a modelling career at 17, and what started as a hobby quickly turned into my full time job. I was signed to IMM agency in 2011 and Leni’s Models, where I work as a fashion, lingerie and commercial model and actress.

What was your favourite modelling job?
The Select Fashion campaign – the images have been used nationwide in every Select store which was a great achievement. Another job I really enjoyed was acting in the new PayDay UK advert which is due to come out this summer. I play a pilot called ‘Ginger’ and we filmed in a real World War 2 bomber plane, keep an eye out for it!

Scarlett Howard redhead modelWho have you modelled for?
I’ve modelled for companies including Tresemme, Lynx, Harrods, Select Fashion, Britain’s Next Top Model Live, Tigi and TGI Fridays. I’ve also acted in TV and internet commercials for Skyn Condoms, Payday Uk, Blackberry Mobiles, and ‘New!’ magazine. I hope to further my career mainly in acting – I’m lucky to have worked for such big companies so far.

What’s the best thing about modelling?
The best thing is it doesn’t feel like work. Every day’s different and always fun. I get to meet lots of interesting people from different walks of life, whom I learn a lot from. I also get to travel as part of my job, and see places that I wouldn’t normally see. I’m very thankful to be doing my dream job and am loving every step of the way.

Scarlett Howard ginger lingerie modelScarlett Howard ginger model

What’s the best thing about being a redhead?
Being different from the norm! It’s always good to stand out; every redhead’s unique in their own way. We are fiery and feisty and make being pale cool again!

How do you keep yourself looking so good?
My skin is ultra sensitive so rich moisturisers, cleanser and toners are a no-go, along with heavy makeup, face creams and washes. After much trial and error and wasting money on expensive products, I’ve cut all fragranced or coloured facial products out. I wash my makeup off with Johnson’s baby shampoo which doesn’t sting my eyes, and removes even waterproof mascara but leaves your face literally as soft as a baby’s bottom! I then moisturise with Aqueous Cream, which is water-based, ultra simple and cheap! Lastly, I use a dab of Sudocrem, on blemishes and spots which works better than any spot/blemish remedy or tea-tree oil I’ve used. This keeps my skin perfect; it’s definitely an advantage having a baby sibling around! Also protecting fair skin from the sun is extremely important for redheads, pale and beautiful is the way forward!

20120517-075306.jpgWhat are your favourite redhead make up products?
My favourite make up is MAC. I use a MAC Sheer pressed powder in NC40 as my everyday foundation, which is light, natural and minimal. Less is more on redheads’ skin – we’re so pale and porcelain, orange foundation is a no-no! MAC mascaras are also my favourite, as well as dark red lipsticks like MAC amplified lipstick in Dubonnet which gives a gothic yet striking look with my red hair and pale complexion.

What are your favourite hair products?
Trevor Sorbie curl cream for naturally curly hair helps keep my curls defined and less frizzy on the days I decide to go natural and curly. I also love Vo5’s ‘Give Me Texture’ oomph powder, which creates volume and texture at the roots, perfect for when volume is needed when backcombing for glamorous waves and up-dos!

Which redheads inspire you?
I was horrified to find out that most of my redhead celebrity idols are not natural! But it has to be ‘Ginger Spice’, Geri Halliwell, who made a statement being so successful with her hair colour as her main asset and name! I love redhead actress Marcia Cross as she’s stylish, elegant and classy with the most vibrant gorgeous hair! She inspires me by being such a successful actress. I also love the cartoon character ‘Jessica Rabbit’, the perfect execution of a gorgeous redhead, even if she isn’t real!

Thanks Scarlett! You can follow Scarlett on Twitter: @scarlettshoward

Lady Gaga goes Ginger!

16 May

Well, we know Lady Gaga likes to turn heads but now she’s gone ginger! She clearly knows that life’s better when you head into the red.  And with awesome hair, who needs clothes!

Source: Daily Mail

It’s not the first time Lady Gaga’s gone ginger – here she is as a redhead for Rolling Stone Magazine.

What do you think? Should she stay ginger?

How to dress like a redhead geisha

7 May

Redhead geisha makeup

I have a long-standing fascination with geishas, oriental paintings and cherry blossoms (see geisha-inspired make up above) so I’m very over excited about the oriental geisha-style dresses in shops right now. I nearly squealed out loud when I saw this beautiful oriental dress in Oasis this weekend!

While I was looking online I also found this one from Oasis too…

A-Wear have got a pretty blue cherry blossom print top. Wear this with your ginger hair and you’ll definitely stand out in a crowd!

This is a quick post as it’s way past my bedtime but let me know if you find any other geisha style outfits! x

Redhead make up mistakes to avoid!

30 Apr

ginger with multicolored make-up and red long hair

1. Tiny eyes

Many girls who don’t wear much make up make the mistake of just wearing eyeliner – thick, black eyeliner with mascara and either a nude or no eyeshadow. Circling your entire eye with liner it makes your eyes look tiny. And a bit scary!

Eye make up tips for redheads

  • Only wear heavy eyeliner if you’re wearing a dramatic eye look, like smokey eyes.
  • Blend, blend, blend to make the line less harsh.
  • If you’re wearing softer make up use a softer eyeliner.
  • If you’re only wearing eyeliner, just draw a sexy flick along the top lash line with a liquid liner, don’t put any on your lower waterline.

2. Missing eyebrows

I always find it weird when I see a natural ginger with beautiful make up, but wait, something’s not right… where are her eyebrows?! It can seem too stark when you first darken blonde eyebrows, but eyebrows frame your face, and nobody else will know it’s not your natural colour.

Eyebrow tips for redheads

  • Use a brown eyeshadow rather than pencil for a softer, more natural look.
  • If you do use a pencil use a light brown like MAC eyebrow crayon in Fling
  • Alternatively have them dyed brown. It’s much easier when you’re on holiday.

3. Too light foundation

I know all too well how hard it can be to find the right shade of foundation for pale porcelain skin. The chances are that you’ve had some nightmare ‘orange’ moments when you first started wearing make up, but now I see many redheads who’ve gone too light and look a bit like Caspar the friendly ghost! (see pic below) It’s much better to go a little darker than lighter than your skin, especially as you can wear blusher and powder to tone down the colour.

Here’s me looking wayyyy too pale a couple of years ago!

ginger with too pale foundation

Foundation tips for redheads

  • Try the foundation on your jaw line then leave the shop and look at it in natural daylight to see how well the colour matches your skin tone.
  • Go a bit darker rather than too light.
  • Often make up counters struggle to find me a good match, particularly under artificial lights so ask for a sample and try it out at home for a few days before you buy.
  • I’ll write some posts recommending foundations for redheads and gingers soon!

4. Playing it too safe

You don’t have to stick to brown eyeshadow all the time.  I believe everyone can wear (almost) any colour, as long as you find the right shade. With fiery hair and pale skin you can look amazing with bright eyes, and nobody looks better than a redhead with red lips.

What’s your worst make up disaster? I’d love to hear your comments!

Playsuits for redheads

23 Apr

OK, OK it’s not very summery out there right now, but I adore playsuits. I wear them around the house when I’m getting ready for a night out (easy to slip on and off without ruining hair and make up) and they’re great for a night out because they protect your modesty when bending over or sitting down! Here are a few playsuits for redheads that I’m currently coveting.

Glamorous Hearts
This post was inspired by lovely @littlered152 who wore this pretty playsuit by BANK on a recent night out. It looked so awesome with her red hair and a black belt.

Animal print
Bring out your inner leopard with this animal print playsuit by Boo Hoo.  Great for a holiday, or dress it up with black peep toe heels and a black jacket with chunky gold bangles for a night out.

Floral playsuit
And finally, for something a little more ladylike I like this floral playsuit from Yumi with its pretty print and white belt. Anyone for tea?

Rainbow glitter nails

20 Apr

I’m staying in on a Friday night, boo! so I thought I’d make my nails look pretty with my favourite new glitter nails look.


I used MUA nail varnish in shade 4, which I bought from Superdrug for the bargain price of just £1 and Technic rainbow glitter multi sparkle effect nail varnish, which I bought from Amazon. It looks as good as the OPI rainbow collection nail polish that everyone’s gone crazy for but it’s much cheaper.


Get the look

  • Paint two coats of MUA shade 4 all over your nails. It’s a pretty, bright coral  varnish that looks really nice on its own.
  • You have two options for the glitter top coat. Either paint the whole nail with the glitter varnish or just apply a thin slither down the side of each nail.
  • The glitter nail varnish is clear so it acts as a great top coat to keep your nails looking good for longer.


All in all it’s a great look for a tiny price.  Plus the MUA varnish is really tiny, so it’s great for taking on holiday etc.