How to Wear Red Eyeshadow, According to an ExpertNovember 08, 2022
Whether you wear it as a flash of color or as a full-blown smoky eye, Almodovar has some helpful tips for pulling off bold red eyeshadow. Read on to find out how you can rock red eyeshadow with ease, plus shop some of our favorite formulas.
How to Wear Red Eyeshadow in 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: Choose the Right Red
“Just like any color makeup product, the right tone of red eyeshadow makes all the difference,” says Almodovar. To start, you have to consider your skin tone. For example, if you have dark skin, a light red may not show up well, so you might want to opt for a bordeaux, burgundy or eggplant shade. Fair skin pairs best with rusty reds and medium skin tones look good with primary-colored reds. The NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Color Palette in Phoenix has all of these options and more.
Step 2: Even Out Your Skin
Once you’ve chosen the shade that best suits you, don’t start applying the shadow just yet. You want to conceal and even out your complexion before applying your eyeshadow. Pay extra attention to your under-eyes, which can have red tones that you’ll want to conceal before application.
Apply concealer all the way up to the bottom lash line and don’t forget about the dark shadows in the inner corners of eyes. “While not usually red, the blue-ish hue of under-eye circles can be exacerbated by red eyeshadow, so cover it well,” says Almodovar. “Use your concealer or a tinted lid primer to neutralize those tiny red veins on your eyelids.”
For concealer, we recommend the Lancôme Teint Idôle Ultra Wear All Over Concealer, a lightweight, full-coverage formula. Next, complete your complexion with a buildable, medium-coverage foundation like the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation to create an even base.
Step 3: Choose Your Eye Makeup Style
Swap Out Bronze for Terracotta
If you normally use a warm earth tone (bronze, copper, gold) for an eyeshadow contour color, swap it out for a warm red shade.
“Because the two tones are very similar, it’s a really easy switch that doesn’t take you too far out of your comfort zone,” says Almodovar. If you’re wearing a red eyeshadow all over your eyelid, blend a more neutral color (in this case, brown will work well) in the crease to give the lid definition.
Switch Up Your Eyeliner
Give your everyday black eyeliner a break and swipe on a red liner with a deep, plum undertone instead, like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Love Drug. “The dark undertones of the liner will help give the bright color some depth and add definition to the eye,” says Almodovar.
Try a Two-Toned Smokey Eye
If a bright red lid isn’t your speed, you can try a red smokey eye instead. “Apply red eyeshadow on the inside half of the eyelids, blending the bright color into a black shade on the outer half,” says Almodovar. To add depth, consider applying a metallic shade on the center of the lid as well. If you’re looking for a cream-based red eyeshadow with shimmer, we love the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Liquid Eyeshadow in Radiant Ruby.
Step 4: Keep the Rest of Your Look SimpleHopefully we’ve convinced you that this trend is versatile and wearable, but make no mistake, red eyeshadow is not a neutral shade, and because of this, you may want to keep the rest of your look minimal. When completing your look, consider staying away from highly pigmented blushes or an extra bold lipstick shade. Let your eyes be the star of the show and finish off your complexion with some subtle contour.
“When I do an outlandish eye color, I skip the pop of color on the cheeks and go for a subtle cheek contour instead,” says Almodovar. We like to use the Maybelline New York City Bronzer to really make red eyeshadow pop.
20 Red Eyeshadow Looks to Try
Red Eyeshadow With a Nude LipThis look is bright and fiery on the eyes — and perfectly balanced with a nude lip gloss and subtle, glowy base.
Bold Red Glitter
For a look you can’t miss, add some sparkles for depth and dimension. You can recreate this sparkly red firecracker look with the NYX Professional Makeup Foil Play Cream Pigment in Red Armor atop a bright red base.
Add a Black Wing
Red and black are the perfect color combination — which is why a red eyeshadow look with a black cat eye never misses.
Two-Toned Red Eyeshadow
We love a red cut crease with a darker shade of red shadow to blend it all together. The NYX Professional Makeup La Casa De Papel El Professor Palette has all the shades of red you need for the perfect bold look (nine, to be exact).
Sharp Red Eyeshadow
With a thin (but sharp!) black wing, a sparkly red eye pops even more.
Smoke It Out
This smoky and bold red eyeshadow look is one of our favorites. Paired with black shadow, matching face gems and complementary lipstick, it definitely deserves a spot in your weekly rotation.
Red Eyeshadow and Graphic Eyeliner
Red eyeshadow is already bold, so why not take the look to the next level by playing with some geometric eyeliner and face gems?
If red eyeshadow and red glitter wasn’t enough, go the extra mile with some red rhinestones around your eyes. The About Face Matte Fluid Eye Paint in Scream Of Consciousness is just the right shade of primary red to get this look right.
Black, White, and Red All Over
A black and white eyeshadow look is made all the more dramatic with a pop of red. We love this look that feathers out into crimson near the outer corners.
Negative Space Red Eyeshadow
For a cool graphic look, feather out red eyeshadow at your waterline and above the crease of your eye. Fill in the blank space between with glitter for a stunning twist on red eyeliner.
Red Twin Eyeliner
This red eyeshadow plays with black and red eyeliner, gold glitter and mini white hearts. To recreate it, we recommend reaching for the Valentino Twin Eyeliner in Black & Rosso; it has a black liquid eyeliner on one end, and a red gel eyeliner on the other.
Red and Gold Cut Crease
A red cut crease is always cool — but with gold glitter, too? This is the fiery look of our dreams.
Lots of Love
We love how this red eye makeup look incorporates a precise red wing and mini black hearts in the inner corners.
Red Heart Eyeshadow
To make your red eyeshadow even more playful and sweet, use heart stickers to form negative space when you apply your eyeshadow. When you take them off, you’ll have the cutest eye look.
Red Eyeshadow With Pearls
The graphic wings and inner-corner hearts make this look super cool, but the miniature pearl details make it stunning. Who knew ruby and pearls went so well together?
Put a Bow on It
With the holiday season in full swing, red eyeshadow look makes for the perfect present.
Red Mushroom Look
To truly get creative with your look, don’t be afraid to turn your red eyeshadow into the top of a forest mushroom. With some leaves and white lashes, this look is one of our faves.
Monochrome Red Eyeshadow
If all else fails, keep it classic with a matte eyeshadow and monochrome lashes.