With the arrival of fall, we can officially expect bold looks and autumn shades in the beauty world. However, while many of us have experimented with a gold shadow or a cobalt blue liner, the colour red seems to be a bit of a “danger zone” for eye makeup looks! Here are a few tips for trying out this breakthrough fall trend, and for realizing that red can be for much more than just lipstick:
Use light layers: A red eye needs to be built up gradually, especially with such a bright colour as your focus. While bold red glitter is a playful look we wouldn’t mind embracing around the holidays, keeping red eye colour appropriate for work is a challenge. Aim for a softer pink-red eyeshadow, and gently apply a couple of layers. To tone down the colour, use a light brown eye pencil. Try Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Matte Cold Red for a daytime-ready look, and tone things down with The Body Shop’s Eye Definer in Rich Brown.
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Embrace a neutral lip: If you on embracing this wild beauty look, it would be best to stay away from the bright lips for a more natural look (a crimson lip would be too much of the colour happening at once, and a fuchsia or hot pink might clash with your eye). Try a ballet slipper pink, clear gloss, or peach-toned nude lip to bring out your eyes (like MAC Clear Lipglass or Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss- Shiny Natural Look)
Keep it real: False eyelashes combined with a red-hued eyeliner or shadow just scream attention, and automatically bring the trend into the theatrical category. Unless you’re heading to a high fashion photo shoot, keep your eyelashes toned-down and natural for the day. Apply one coat of a dark brown (not black) mascara, and you’ll be good to go.
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Apply concealer: A bright colour like red will bring all the attention up to your eyes, so make you look well-rested and refreshed around the eye area. Use a great quality concealer around the lids and under eye area to keep your look vibrant and youthful!
Blend evenly: If you’re not in the mood for sparkling scarlet eyelids, blend just a tiny amount of your shadow in evenly. Add another eyeshadow shade if you look (such as a taupe or light brown) to level out the playing field with the red! Before you know it, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t tried this daring colour above the lip yet!
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