How to Nail the Red Eye Shadow Look

Shannon Farrell

Red is one of those eye shadow shades that looks gorgeous in the packaging, but wearing it successfully takes skill. This week, we’ve seen two examples of the bold shade on the red carpet that have us itching to try it. Here are some tricks to pulling it off if you’re dying to try it, too.

Miranda Kerr

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Go Subtle with Off-Red
Miranda Kerr’s red eye shadow is the perfect everyday version because it’s applied lightly and the color has a brown hint. It’s not a perfect match to her classic red lip.

Brighten Your Eyes First
If the whites of your eyes have even a hint of red (we’re not even talking full-on bloodshot), red shadow is only going to highlight it even more. The last thing you want is your makeup making you look more tired, or worse, sick. Use a couple drops of Visine before attempting this look.

Apply Lightly on the Bottom
Dabbing too much shadow along the lower lash line can also make you look sickly. Stick to a light dusting like Miranda Kerr did, above. It brings the look full circle without darkening the skin around the eyes too much and creating a sunken-in effect.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Blend Into a Smoky Eye
If you want a bolder look like Rooney Mara’s, blend the red with a reddish-brown shadow to create a burgundy smoky eye. Don’t forget to brighten the eye with a light shadow in the inner corners to balance the color.

Read more: 3 Surprising Eyeshadow Shades You Must Try This Fall


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