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Makeup for Strawberry Blondes | My Favorite Products and Shades

I’m so excited to put together my list of makeup products I use everyday as a Strawberry Blonde.  I got a lot of feedback that the past posts were really helpful in finding perfect shades.  I love that someone can go out and buy the perfect shade on try #1.

Quick note on eyebrows:  I’m not a natural redhead and don’t color my brows.  I have a whole post on how I coordinate my brows here. If you have naturally red hair, then just skip the ashy shade I use first and just use the caramel shades.

Let’s dive in!


1 | Benefit High Beam Liquid

This is one of my OG highlighters that I’ve been using for 10+ years.  It’s so good.  It gives this crazy dewy glow and looks amazing in photos. I love that the liquid formula looks natural and melts into the skin.

shop High Beam ($18) | sephora . ulta beauty

2 | Benefit Watt’s Up Cream Stick 

I’m not kidding, I’ve had the same travel size version of this highlighter for years.  It’s SO pigmented, the tiniest swipe on each cheekbone is all you need.  It’s a gorgeous champagne shade and looks really natural on the skin. This is my go-to highlighter!  

shop Watt’s Up ($30) | sephora . ulta beauty

3 | DIOR Diorskin Nude Luminzer in shade 01

I tend to reach for cream and liquid products over powders, but this Dior highlighting powder melts into the skin like a liquid. The 01 shade is a stunning champagne. This is an absolutely gorgeous formula.

shop Diorskin ($48) | sephora

4 | Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in shade Nude

One of my all-time favorite highlighter formulas and shades!  This is the perfect nude champagne shade, with just the right amount of sheen. 

There are two sides, one is a perfect cream highlighter and the other is a clear skin gloss that is non-sticky. 

shop PM highlighter duo ($48) | pat mcgrath cosmetics . sephora


1 | Fenty Beauty Match Stix in shade Amber

This is my new favorite cream contour!!  This is the most perfect cream contour shade that I have been able to find and the formula is perfect – not too dry and not too creamy. The stick applicator is just perfect. I swipe on and can blend out so quickly.

shop fenty ($26) | fenty beauty . sephora

2 | 3CE Blush Cushion in Soft Brown

This is a K-beauty liquid compact. It comes with a sponge that you can fold in half to apply contour and blend. Liquid can be tricky at first because I generally apply too much the first time. But it is worth practicing to get the right amount, as liquids looks so natural once blended.

shop 3CE contour ($17) | YesStyle

3 | Missha Cotton Contour

Another great K-Beauty product. This is a very natural looking powder contour. The size is compact and perfect for travel. I wear shade Smoked Hazel.

shop Missha contour ($7) | YesStyle

4 | Surratt Beauty Contour Powder in Grisaille

Surratt Beauty has become a go-to brand for me because of the high quality and natural finish of all their products. This contour powder is also exceptional!

It completely melts into the skin, but leaves the most natural look, yet defined contour. This was an instant favorite product for me! You can either leave it with the cover it comes with, or pop it into a magnetic palette. Both options make it perfect for traveling!

shop Surratt ($32) | sephora . beautylish . nordstrom

Related Post | How to Contour in 60 Seconds


1 | Patrick Ta Powder Blush in shade She’s Seductive

These Patrick Ta blushes are all gorgeous, but She’s Seductive has become a go-to shade for me. They all apply so light and natural and can be built up to a stronger blush. I love this sheer, buildable formula. This is one of my most reached-for blushes.

shop Patrick Ta ($32) | sephora

2 | Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in shade Jersey

This shade is absolutely stunning on the cheeks! In the pan it looks like it’s going to be a bit brown and dull, then on the cheeks it transforms into the most stunning, cheekbone sculpting shade.

The formula also looks really natural on. The Chanel blush in Jersey is one the of the few beauty products that I have purchased a second time once I ran out.

shop Chanel blush ($45) | Chanel website (free shipping and samples)

3 | Laura Mercier Blush in shade Chai

This is a shade that really resembles my cheeks when they naturally blush. It has just enough brown in this shade to keep the shade toned down and not too reddish on my cheeks.

shop Laura Mercier ($32) | sephora

4 | Colourpop Cream Blush in shade Between the Sheets

Years ago, this was one of the first blushes I bought from Colourpop and it remains a favorite shade and formula! This has a really unique, spongey cream texture. The shade is really natural looking, but adds just enough color to my cheeks.

shop colourpop blush ($8) | colourpop websiteulta beauty 

Related Post | How to Apply Blush Perfectly Every Time


1 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in shade Caramel

The tip on this brow pencil is so thin that it’s easy to make small lines that look natural.  It has a spoolie brush on the other end, so you can brush your brows up to start and at the end to blend the product if needed.

I love the Caramel shade, it looks so natural for redheads! If you are a natural Strawberry Blonde with warmer brows, try shade Strawburn.

shop ABH Brow Wiz ($23) | sephora . ulta beauty

2 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in shade Ash Brown

I like to frame my brows with this pomade, because the cool shade perfectly matches my natural brow hair color. A little brow pomade goes a long way. This is a great product for recreating brow hairs where there are none on more sparse and overplucked areas.

shop ABH dip brow ($21) | sephora . ulta beauty

3 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in shade Caramel

This brow gel has a perfect metallic tint that gives your brow hairs a natural sheen.  But it really adds such a beautiful caramel tint like no other gel I have tried.  

shop ABH tinted brow gel ($22) | sephora . ulta beauty

4 | Laura Mercier Brow Gel

This is my new favorite brow gel.  It has all the grip and volume building of soap brows, without the mess.  The brush pulls out the perfect amount of product and brows stay where you put them. 

shop Laura Mercier Brow Gel ($25) | neiman marcus

Related Post | The Best Brow Tutorial You’ll Ever Watch


1 | Tom Ford Soleil Bronzer in shade Gold Dust 

Holy macaroni.  This bronzer is the cream-de-la-cream of bronzers.  It’s light and gives a natural skin finish.  It never looks like I’m wearing bronzer, no matter how much I pile on.  It just looks like I’m back from a vacation. This bronzer is 100% worth the splurge.

shop Tom Ford Bronzer ($70) | sephora . saks

2 | Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in shade Light

Physician’s Formula has every bronzer finish you could want – matte, satin, shimmer.  I LOVE that they have “Light” versions, they are perfect for fair and light skin tones.  I’ve always been happy with these bronzers and have tried several formulas.  The new Butter one is their best selling product and smells like a tropical vacation.

shop PF bronzer ($16) | ulta beauty . amazon

3 | no 7 Match Made Bronzer in shade Golden Sands

I just tried this brand for the first time this year and love this shade of their bronzer.  Also, the packaging/ powder design looks like a high end brand.  The bronzer is a beautiful, light and matte formula.  On hotter days this summer when my skin had enough natural *glisten* I would reach for this bronzer.

shop no7 ($13) | no7 cosmetics USA

4 | Becca Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands (fair skin) + Capri Coast (light)

Becca has their powder formula dialed in.  Their powders are so creamy.  This bronzer melts into my skin and looks so natural.  The formula has the perfect amount of glimmer for a satin skin finish.

shop becca bronzer ($38) | sephora . ulta beauty


I highly recommend picking up an empty magnetic palette that holds “refill” tins, a.k.a. the makeup without the compact.  You can pop in eyeshadows, but also: blushes, bronzers, and contour powder.  They are perfect for someone who wants to have a smaller, curated makeup collection of only shades they love.

1 | Kjaer Weis – Grace

This is a lovely taupe crease and transition shade or all-over eyeshadow for lighter skin tones.  The formula literally melts into the skin and the finish is slightly satin, without being overtly shimmery.  

Refill – pop into a magnetic case $20 | shadow and metal case $40

2 | MAC Cosmetic – Wedge

This is the eyeshadow shade I use every single day.  It’s cool toned and creates a beautiful eyeshadow shape.  It’s the perfect crease shade for my skin tone and the refill pan is incredibly affordable for a nice shadow formula and pigment.

shop MAC Wedge | MAC . Ulta Beauty

3 | MAC Cosmetics- Saddle

This shade totally surprised me.  It seemed way too dark and warm for me at first, just looking at in the pan.  But when I blend this shade into the crease of my eye, it makes my eyes look bigger and enhances the blue color. I use this shade almost every single time I do makeup!

shop MAC Saddle ($8) | MAC . Nordstrom

4 | Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow – Oyster Pearl

These are my one-and-done shadows.  I love dabbing them across my lids for a little eye catching shimmer (that is somehow super adult and not glittery AT ALL).  I use a pointed synthetic brush (my favorite is only $6) to drawn a little under my eyes at my lower lash line.  

They also look great with a smokey eye, dabbed on the center of the upper lid to add dimension. Fun fact: Charlotte Tilbury used to create all the formulas and shades for Tom Ford.  So a lot of her formulas and shades are similar quality to TF at about half the price!  I do recommend using an eye primer and setting spray with these, as they will fade without one.

shop CT Oyster Pearl ($32) | sephora . charlotte tilbury official

5 | Stila Eyeshadow – Kitten

I swear this pan will last you a lifetime.  I take the tiniest dab on a small fluffy brush and blend it into the inner corner of my eyes.  There is no other shade that compares for a shimmery inner eye shade.  It brightens the whole look of my eye.



1 | Urban Decay Naked 3 $54.  These mauve and dusty purple-ish tones are ideal for a redhead.  They just look gorgeous on and the quality of Urban Decay eye shadows is always beautiful.  They seem pricey up front, but you do get 12 eyeshadows per palette.  I honestly wish they had subbed in a neutral light brown shade for the shade “Dust,” which is one I never use.  Then this would more of a 1-and-done palette for me.  But overall it’s just beautiful and the shades are so, so wearable and incredibly flattering.  Highly recommend.

2 | Lorac Pro Noir Palette  

This palette is the perfect range of neutral shades, shimmers, and glitter toppers. It looks like it’s going to be a bit dark in the palette, but is actually an incredible everyday range of tones. The shimmers catch the light and make your eyes glimmer at an unreal level.  Lorac quality is beautiful and the prices always feel so reasonable to me for a high-end brand.

shop Lorac Noir | ulta beauty

3 | Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 .44oz, $48 – Version 10.  

My eye was drawn immediately to the bright Orchid shade in this palette.  The more and more I use this palette however, I realize the magic of this particular 5 shade palette is in the shade Satin Skin, Vintage, and Aubergine.  

These are huge pans by the way, at 2.5 grams each, and retail for $25-$29 on their own, for a total of $141 for five shades.  So the palette at $48 is a great deal.  Natasha’s shadows are made in Italy and the quality is legendary.  The pigment is incredible and they blend beautifully.  I would say that Natasha Denona and Viseart shadows are tied for the world’s best quality eyeshadows.

The Aubergine shade is a gorgeous plum shade that is the perfect liner shade.  It’s also beautiful in a smokey eye.  I love topping my upper lid liner with the shadow.   The Satin Skin shade is pretty dusted over the lid for a neutral eye with a bit of sparkle.  I love the Vintage shade smudged into my lid as well for a mauve smokey eye.  It’s surprisingly wearable, even though it looks like it’s going to be a full-glitz kind of look.


1 | Julep Gel Eye Color Pencil in shade Smokey Taupe Shimmer

This was one of those under-the-radar finds for me!  I love how natural it looks but it adds the perfect sheen and dimension around my eyes.  It’s never harsh looking or too dark.  It also lasts really well and glides on easily.

shop Julep ($12) | amazon

2 | Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil $36 – Metallic Mink.  To be totally honest, this isn’t the longest lasting formula out of all my picks.  However, this is a stunning shade, unlike anything else I own.  Tom Ford makeup is a luxury brand, so there is really no getting around the fact that this brand is on the pricier side.  But this color is really stunning and gives eyes such a gorgeous sparkle.  Comes with a sharpener that is actually really great quality.

3 | Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof .04oz, $10 – Flirting Game Taupe.  I was in Sephora looking for a dupe for a discontinued eyeliner when I found this shade.  It’s a stunning taupe with a bit of shimmer.  I love adding some shimmer eyeliner when I really want my eyes to sparkle.  Sephora Collection is Sephora’s own line of products.  The quality rivals all the high end brands they sell and the price point is fantastic.

4 | Charlotte Tilbury Rock N’Kohl liner .04oz, $27 – Barbarella Brown.  This was one of my first products from Charlotte Tilbury.  It has great staying power and the brown is a rich brown, not sheer or with red tones.  It’s a great brown shade.

5 | Tarte Cosmetics Fake Awake Brightener

.007 oz | $20

This is a liner that you can use inside your lower eye on the inner rim to make your eyes look brighter and more awake. It really works and the Tarte liner is so gentle on my eyes.

shop tarte | sephora



1 | L’oreal Telescopic Mascara, $10 – Brown.  My favorite mascara for long and super defined lashes.  I love, love, love this formula.  I swear it makes my stubby lashes look so much longer.  It’s incredible and the price makes it easy to replace your tube every 3 months.  I like this look when I do a more sheer eye look.  It really makes your lashes stand out.

2 | L’oreal Lash Paradise $10 – Brown.  L’oreal’s latest mascara is so good.  It gives a slightly thicker and less defined lash than the Telescopic.  It’s super pretty with a smokey eye look.  This mascara is racking up 5 star reviews all over the internet.

3 | Tarte Tartiest Mascara .24oz full size $23 | travel size .15oz $12– Black.  I wish so desperately that this mascara came in brown. Brown just tends to look the best and most natural on me.  But this formula is so good that I like wearing this black shade with more dramatic makeup looks.  It makes your lashes look so much longer, but never clumps or flakes  It’s such an amazing formula and brush.  I love that is comes in a travel size.  The travel size lasts me 3 months without getting close to running out and makes it so affordable to replace it regularly.  You really should update mascara every 3 months for healthy eyes.  The travel size price makes it easy.

4 | DHC Lash Tonic Lash Conditioner $14.  This conditioner is so wonderful for helping your lashes stay healthy and full.  If I use this regularly every night, within a month I always notice that my lashes are longer and fuller.  The price is amazing for a lash conditioning and lengthening product and there is zero risk of your eye color changing.

Red Lipsticks

1 | Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color, .12oz, $27 – Lovecat.  If you want your eyes to sparkle and teeth to look whiter (I know, I know, it’s silly to even ask) then go for a blue-based lipstick.  This shade, Lovecat, has been my go-to red lipstick for a few years now.  Fun fact, I’m still using the same tube.  It lasts like no other lipstick I have tried.  I generally shy away from the long-wear matte formulas that have become crazy popular over the past few years.  Here is a full post on when I wore this lipstick (by accident) for 18 hours.  If you have to pick only one red lipstick, I’d pick Lovecat.

2 | Nars Lip Pencil, .086oz, $27 – Dragon Girl.  I’m sure I’d worn red lipstick before.  But honestly, before Dragon Girl, I don’t really remember wearing a red lip.  This is such a unique shade, I don’t even really know how to describe it.  It’s bright without looking garish and makes your skin and teeth and eyes look brighter. It’s just stunning on and the somewhat drier (but not patchy dry) matte pencil formula is very user-friendly (great for someone who is using a red lipstick for the first time.)

3 | Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip Color, $6 – Cozy.  If you are overseas and have Amazon Prime, Amazon will ship to you for a total of $14.  I know this brand can be difficult to get on some countries, so that’s a good option.

I saw this lip color on 2 or 3 women who had completely different skin tones and it looked stunning on all of them.  I knew I had to try it.  The Colorurpop Ultra Satin formula dries down to an almost matte finish and stays for about 5 hours on me before starting to feel dry and get slightly patchy.  I do feel like it’s difficult to reapply, so I save this shade for more of a night out look vs a 12-hour day.  But it’s just gorgeous.  I typically shy away from orange-reds, but this one hits the balance just perfectly.

4 | Nars Lip Pencil , .086oz, $27 – Cruella.  This is another matte pencil formula from Nars.  I find them to be very user friendly.  This is a slightly deeper + darker red than Dragon Girl.  I have one of these in my pro kit as well and often layer it with the Sephora shade below, for a 12 hour+ red lip.  It’s a really knock-out red lip combo.

5 | Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick .169oz, $14 – 01 Always Red.  Whenever I’m going to wear a red lip, I almost always put this long-wear and transfer resistant formula first.  The key with liquid lipstick is to wipe almost all the product that comes out in the applicator back into the tube.  The applicator generally will have enough color in the sponge to fill in your lips, you don’t need what’s sitting on top of the sponge also.  Too much of a liquid lip will create a really heavy looking lip, that will flake and crack off.  I use the edge of the applicator as my lip liner and then fill in my lips.  This is a great layering shade, it helps make other red lipsticks last a zillion times longer.

6 | M.A.C. Lipstick Retro Matte Finish .12oz, $17 – Ruby Woo.  This lipstick has a “retro matte” finish, so it is slightly dry feeling.  It’s no my go-to shade to wear all day because of this finish/feeling on my lips, but the shade is SO crazy pretty that it’s beautiful for a night-out shade.  It lasts really well through dinner and drinks.  This is one of those red shades that looks amazing on every skin tone.

7 | L’oreal Colour Riche Collection Red .13oz, $9 – Blake’s Red. Not gonna lie, I loved the Jennifer’s Red more than the Blake shade.  But it was almost immediately discontinued and now sells for $30 on ebay and Amazon. The Blake shade is still really pretty, it’s an ever-so-slightly deeper red, with flattering blue undertones.  I love the L’oreal formula, I feel like it’s comfortable to wear for hours.


Nude Lipsticks + Glosses

1 | Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream, .11oz, $22 – Nude Beach, Naughty Nude mixed with Naked Dolly (or Naked Dolly for center of lips).  These are some of the most hydrating lipsticks I’ve ever worn.  They are pretty full-coverage, but can be blotted to a softer sheer lip.

2 | Loreal Color Riche.13oz, $9 – JLo’s Nude.  This is my old school nude lipstick pick.  At one point, I had so many of these that I’d find them in every purse, suitcase, my car and my vanity.  It’s semi-sheer and so pretty.  Natural and not overwhelmingon the lips at all.  L’oreal lipsticks still have a “vintage lipstick” smell and taste, but I find it to be not as noticeable with this shade.  It’s a great shade.

3 | Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick .15oz, $9 – Honey Bare.  This lipstick is hard to find.  I’ve only been able to track down one in an actual store.  But if you can get one from Amazon, it’s such a lovely sheer nude shade.  It’s nude without making you looked washed out.  I featured it in this tutorial. It feels light on the lips.  I do recommend to be gentle with the tube, because it applies to easily and smoothly, the lipstick can break off in the tube if you press too hard.  I wish Revlon would make this a permanent shade!

4 | Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme .21oz, $18 – Melon.  I tend to shy away from long wear formulas because they look too matte on.  But the Jouer formula is really nice, especially with a little gloss or metallic shade popped right in the center of the lips.  This duo set of melon + a metallic rose for $25 is a great deal!  This is more of a rose-nude shade, which I like because it makes my lips look bigger and doesn’t wash me out.

5 | Tom Ford Lip Color Shine .12oz, $54 – Abandon.  This was my first ever Tom Ford lipstick, given to me as a Christmas present from my friend Genevieve.  It’s the prettiest sheer nude peach shade.  It’s honestly so, so so gorgeous on, especially with red hair.  Here is a full post.

6 | Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Gloss .17oz, $28 – Child.  I never thought I’d spend $28 on a lip gloss.  But I also never thought I’d find a lip gloss formula like this in my life.  This honestly feels like a rich, hydrating balm on.  Not sticky or heavy at all.  The shade, Child, is the most perfect nude gloss I’ve ever worn.  I will swipe it on over lipsticks, but more often than not I wear it on it’s own.  It’s just an unreal level of pretty.  The formula lasts a decent amount of time.  I’ve truly never found a gloss formula this good before, Hourglass nailed it.

7 | NYX Butter Gloss .27oz $6 – Creme Brulee.  This is another gorgeous nude shade.  To be totally honest, I feel like it sort of dries my lips out, so it’s not any everyday gloss for me.  But the shade is so beautiful that I do like wearing it with smokey eye looks.  It’s great on it’s own as it has a lot of pigment.  The texture on the lips is very plush and “buttery.”  It isn’t sticky.  It’s slightly thick, but feels very comfortable.  It’s only after I take it off that I notice my lips do feel drier.

8 | Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip .009oz, $6 – Finder’s Keepers.  Amazon link for International readers $5.95 + $5 shipping. I debated including this with nude shades, as it’s more of a natural lip color.  I love the Colourpop Glossy lips formula, it’s sheer with just a hint of pigment.  They wear comfortably and are so hydrating.  Colourpop really nailed this formula and shade!

9 | Buxom Lipgloss Full On Lip Polish .15oz, $20 – Dolly.  This lip gloss is the most beautiful mauve berry shade.  It looks good on everyone.  I apply it super sheer for natural makeup days.  It is a great my-lips-but-better shade.  It plumps and hydrates and the name reminds me of my favorite and the best singer on earth, Dolly Parton.


Berry Lipsticks + Glosses

1 | Tom Ford Lip Color .1oz, $54 – Bruised Plum.  This shade is a great vampy berry.  If you are looking for a Fall, rich berry, Bruised Plum will deliver.

2 | Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick .4oz, $21 – Melted Berry.  If I had to pick one berry shade to tell you to go for, this would probably be it.  There are so many things I love about each shade listed, so it’s really hard for me to say that.  But this lipstick really has it all – it’s vegan friendly ingredients, a little goes a long way, it spreads easily during application, it wears beautifully, it feels really comfortable on the lips, and the shade it’s hands down one of the most gorgeous, most flattering shades I own.  Every time I wear it I get tons of compliments and get asked the shade.  It’s a beautiful lipstick.

3 | Maskcara Lip + Cheek Tint  $12 – Black Cherry.  This is one of those shades that looks terrifying in the package.  It looks like it’s going to be the vampiest, deep dark gothic shade.  Once you apply it though, it melts into your lips and is the most stunning, natural looking berry shade.  It also feels like a balm or chapstick on the lips and is hydrating.

4 | Dose of Colors .16oz, $18 – Berry Me.  This is by far the most purplish toned berry out of all my picks.  It is a long wear, transfer resistant formula.  They sometimes feel drying on my lips, so this wouldn’t be an everyday pick for me, but it’s a stunning lipstick.  This would be a great bold lip for a night out, as you wouldn’t have to worry about touch ups.

5 | Tom Ford “Boys + Girls” Mini Lipstick Collection .07oz, $36 – Drake.  This is one of those lipstick shades that just melts in and looks so natural on.  It’s a great everyday berry shade.  The Drake shade sold out immediately when released, but now seems to stay in stock more regularly at Sephora and Nordstrom.  Consider this fair warning, the Tom Ford Boys + Girls collection lipsticks will seem shocking small when you first see the box.  They are .07 oz as compared to the full sized tubes at .1 oz.  However it’s still over twice the size of the new Hourglass Confession lipsticks -which are gorgeous- but only contain .03oz of product for $34.  The Tom Ford just seems tiny, but actually make a perfect purse size lipstick.

6 | Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lipcolor spf 15 .12oz, $10 – Fig.  This is the closest dupe I have found this far for the Tom Ford Drake.  It’s slightly darker and a bit more of a satin finish.  It’s a beautiful shade and contains spf.


Peach/Coral Lipsticks

1 | Tom Ford Lip Color .1oz, $54 – True Coral.  This shade looks pretty on it’s own as a bold lip, or mixed with “Flamingo” for a pinky-coral.  I will say this, Tom Ford lipsticks, while pricey, take only one swipe for full pigmentation on the lips.  Each of my tubes barely has a dent in it.  This is a great coral shade.  The right shade of coral can brighten up your whole face.

2 | Nars Lipstick .12oz, $28 – Niagara.  The perfect coral shade I’ve been searching for forever.  This formula is slightly sheer, which is great for fair skin.  The shade is the most perfect blend of coral and pink I’ve ever found.  This has become my everyday shade.  It brightens my face but doesn’t pull focus the way lip color sometimes can.  This is a knock-out shade and formula.



1 | Charlotte Tilbury lip liner .04oz, $22 – Pillowtalk.  Hands down my favorite liner and shade of all time.  I hesitated to spend $22 on “just a liner” at first, but boy-o-boy I was wrong.  The lip sets up your whole lipstick to look better and stay in place.  This shade is just about my own lip shade, but a teeny bit darker.  It makes my lips look so much bigger when I use it and really does keep lipstick from straying.  I love to even fill my whole lips in with it.  It’s just beautiful and it absolutely an item that I’d repurchase.  She has a full range of shades that I’d like to try, from nude to red and deep berry.  Great product!

2 | NYX Slim Lip Pencil .04oz, $4 – Natural.  This is another go-to shade for me!  This one looks so pretty on.  It’s slightly drier than the Charlotte Tilbury, but still glides on easily.  It also contains .04 oz of product, so it does last.  It’s a great buy at $4 and it comes in so many colors.  This is a great pencil to pick up in shade natural, but also to pick up for a shade of lipstick that you don’t wear that often and but still need a matching liner for (like a burgundy, deep raspberry, etc).

3 | Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil .05oz $18 – Bite’s lip liners hit that perfect spot of being just creamy enough that they don’t tug or skip across the lips, but dry enough that they stay in place and keep your lipstick from bleeding.  They have 49 colors, holy moley, so you’ll definitely find a shade you need.  I have shade 034 Plum Rose now and would like to pick up 020 Beige Nude and 036 next.  This liner is free of petrochemicals.  The formula is so light, it doesn’t feel like there is anything on your lips, but there is so much pigment in the formula.  Awesome product.

Nail Polish



1 | Debora Lippmann .5oz $18 – Fashion.  Perfect neutral nude shade, nice thin formula.

2 | OPI Nail Laquer .5oz $10.50 – Samoan Sand.  Beautiful true nude.

3 | Essie Nail Laquer .5oz $9 – Spin The Bottle.  Pretty nude shade with a slight pink tone.

4 | CND Vinylux Weekly Polish .5oz, $10.50 – Lavishly Loved.  I do one coat of this and then the CND topcoat when I don’t have time to do a full manicure.  It makes your nails realy strong.


1 | Zoya Professional Lacquer .5oz $9 – Rue.  One of my favorite nail polish shades of all time.  The lightest, prettiest mauve.

2 | Zoya Professional Lacquer .5oz $10 – Aubrey.  I love this for toes!  A pretty, mid tone mauve, great Fall color.

3 | OPI Nail Lacquer .5oz $10.50 – Barefoot In Barcelona.  This is a slightly more brownish, pink mid tone shade.

4 | Tom Ford Nail Lacquer .41oz $36 – Mink Brule.  A stunner.  I always get asked what’s on my nails when I’m wearing this.  Slightly more pink than OPI Barefoot in Barcelona.


1 | OPI Nail Lacquer .5oz $4.97 – Red My Fortune Cookie.  Hands down my favorite red shade.


1 | Deborah Lippmann .5oz $18 – Between The Sheets.  A fun bright fuchsia shade, love this for toes.

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Thursday 13th of June 2019

Great post. I can tell you as someone w natural auburn/red hair——many redheads have brows that are not red! I was born w strawberry blonde hair ans my lashes and brows were very fair more blonde than red. As I got older my hair darkened to auburn and my brows light brown. Im in my early 40’s now and my res color is fading....I now color but never touch my brows to change color as they never matched my hair anyway. Similar tone but always a different shade. I usually mix an auburn and a warm/light brown pencil depending on the haircolor Im using. I am going to check out Anastasia Caramel for sure. Sounds like it could work in my arsenal ;) One thing about redhair is it always looks diff depending on clothing, makeup, etc.


Sunday 3rd of February 2019

fantastic post

GM Anneveld-Tol

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Hi Molly, it's been a while since you did this post and recently Dior came out with there Backstage range. I really love the colors of their two eyeshadow palettes. As a strawberry blond girl I am wondering which palette will suits us best? I haven't bought one yet because I want to ask your opinion first. The cool tone palette has some purple/plum tones in it which look great with our eyes. The warm tone palette has the orange and brown shades which look great with our hair. So what to choose? Could you give some tips or even better review the palettes? Thank you so much for giving the world so much inspiration and a bit of yourself! ;) Love, GonnieMarie, Netherlands

Molly Gardner

Monday 6th of August 2018

Hi GonnieMarie!

I will look into these and do some swatches and a review. I agree they both look so beautiful! :)

xo - Molly


Sunday 8th of July 2018

What an awesome blog! You put so much work and heart into your site, and it's one of the most fun and informative that I've ever seen! I'm a bottle strawberry blonde and love all your color shades. I agree, purple/plum for eyes looks amazing on redheads!


Thursday 26th of April 2018

Hi - I've just discovered your website and insta!! - you're absolutely gorgeous and your tutorials are what i've been searching for...noone understands the pain of the eternal search for all things brown (mascara/eyeliner)when you're fair! Have made a recent Sephora discovery that i thought i'd share with you after reading your fav mascaras list - after first trying Benefits 'They're Real' mascara (which i thought was pretty average considering the hype online) I next bought their 'They're Real Tinted Eyelash Primer' in brown -'s amazing!!! your lashes remain completely flexible...i can load this on at 7am and then reapply straight over the top at 5pm if i'm heading out after work and it applies like a dream...when normally i'd look like some demented spider if I tried to apply mascara over the top of my day-old mascara. Anyway, just thought you might be interested... look forward to your next tutorial! :)

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