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Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is always on the pulse on what’s hot in beauty right now. We know what you need to freshen up your beauty regimen while staying on trend.

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Gigi Rich – Exclusive Interview!

You may remember up and coming singer Gigi Rich from her Team Gwen days on The Voice. Now the former season 7 contestant is back with her first EP, “All In My Head“, and ready to take on the world. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide got the chance to talk to Gigi about her music, her killer red mane, and her beauty faves!

Tell us about your EP, “All in My Head”?
It’s my debut EP, which I’m very happy about. It was a little bit of a long road to releasing it; I had the song written for a little while and it took a little bit to piece it together to find the perfect producers and the perfect collaborators. But I think it’s a really good introduction to me as an artist; it’s very pop [with an] R&B kind of vibe and it’s completely based off of different events in my life.

How did your experience on The Voice influence how you go about making music?
Basically the one thing I really took from being on the show was how I am on stage, and being able to let loose and really [be in] the moment [when] you get to interact with your audience and the people who are listening to your music. Especially on The Voice–the whole premise of the show is whoever connects the most to the audience when they’re singing on stage. The time I got to work with Gwen, she was really talking about stage presence and not [being] afraid to look silly and just feeling the music. So I took that and ran with it and things have been much better.

When did you decide to become a red head?
I was 16, and at that point I had been a bunch of different colors. I love Paramore and I love Hayley Williams. I saw her with her red hair and I was like, Oh my God I really want to try that. My mom is a colorist and I said, Please dye my hair! So we went to the beauty supply and she was having a panic attack while we were picking out the color. I originally dyed it a crimson and it came out so red and vibrant, but it kind of felt like me. And, now I never want to get rid of it.

Do you consider it your signature at this point?
Definitely. I get referred to as “Red” a lot. Also, on stage you can’t miss it!

Are you good at doing your own hair?
I style my own hair a lot. I have a lot of hair and some stylists have a hard time, so I just do my own thing.

Walk us through your hair maintenance routine…
Basically in terms of coloring it, I do color it every 3-4 weeks and I use Joico Ruby Red. I love Joico; it’s the color I’ve been using for a while. I use Water Colors shampoo in Crimson [Splash] and it puts the color back into your hair, it’s amazing. And, I use anything Matrix, like leave-in conditioner.  I try not to put too much product in it because it weighs it down.

What’s your go-to make-up look?
I always do a cat eye; that is my thing and it’s been my thing for years and all my friends have asked me to teach them how to do it. It took years to perfect it because I used to have this crazy thick wing that would take up half my eye and I would look like a raccoon. I used to do a red lip, too, and most of the time I still do. I love the whole ’50s, ’60s vibe of makeup and I love a lot of blush and highlighter on stage.

Are there any brands you prefer to use?
Yes. So actually I just used my liquid liner for my cat eye. I use the [E.L.F.], its like $1 and probably one of the best eyeliners I’ve ever used. I love Sephora, I’m always buying their more expensive stuff like for my red lip. I’ll do the Ruby Woo by MAC. [On stage I use] the color Raquel by NARS. And then blush, I love all of the Tarte blushes. I have a whole giant palette that I use. And highlighter, Becca Cosmetics in Opal is my favorite.

When you’re not working, do you wear makeup?
Yes, I love wearing makeup. I do wear a full face every day. I just love experimenting and having fun with makeup. It doesn’t have anything to do with not wanting to be seen without it, because I can totally walk out of the house without makeup and be fine. I’ll do a lighter lip, but I still have my cat eye everyday.


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