How To Wear Pastel Eye Shadow With Red Lipstick, Like Kirsten Dunst

Shannon Farrell

With spring finally blooming, pastels are everywhere — from our tips to our lips and even our lids. Adding a soft hue to the eyes doesn’t mean your signature red lip has to go into hibernation. Last night at a screening in LA, Kirsten Dunst paired lavender eyeshadow with a bold red lip – a combination that sounds like it would be clashy, but actually works (more proof: we spotted a similar look on Scarlett Johansson a few months ago). But before you start playing with colors, follow our advice on recreating this spring makeup look.

Kirsten Dunst Upside Down screening

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

1. The eye shadow must be super soft. Kirsten’s lavender is just a shade more colorful than gray, which makes it work almost like a neutral. We suggest trying Estee Lauder in Winking Periwinkle ($21,, a light blue/gray that really enhances blue and brown eyes, or MAC Beautiful Iris ($15,, a luminous lavender almost identical to Kirsten’s.

2. The red lipstick on Kirsten has a touch of pink, which makes it more compatible with cool-toned pastels. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 93 Exaltée ($34, is a similar shade with a rich satin finish. For a matte take on the look, try Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red ($26,, a true red with a touch of watermelon pink.

3. With color on the lips and lids, the rest of the face must be bare. Skipping the bronzer, Kirsten only has a natural looking blush on the cheeks. Any more color on the face and the look would have come off clownish.

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