If we asked you about eyeshadow shades you wouldn’t dare to experiment with, we’re sure you’d pick reds, neons, greens and blues. And that's simply because these shades are considered bold and are, at times, difficult to work with. But what if we told you that it's not only doable but also easy to nail the art of working with deeper shades? Remember, the key to good eye makeup is a well-blended eyeshadow and not the shade you pick. So if you're looking to learn some nifty red eye shadow hacks without looking too OTT, you've come to the right place.
But before we dive in, it's important to prep your lids first. Most people use eyeshadow primers, but if you don't have one, use a concealer instead. The concealer will not only create a smooth base but also help your eye shadow look more vibrant while preventing your lids from eyeshadow stains (a common mishap with pigmented and bold eye shadows).
It’s time we give our favourite nude eye shadows a break and switch to something more bold and unique.
Just as pinks add a beautiful wash of colour to your lids, a red eye shadow can do the same if you use the right technique. Remember, we’re looking for that barely-there dash of colour, so you gotta be extremely light-handed with your brush when applying the eye shadow all over your lid. We recommend a fluffy eye shadow brush as this does the job perfectly.
A step by step guide to creating this single red eyeshadow look:
Pro Tip: Pick very little product if you’re using an eye shadow that’s supremely pigmented.
So far, we’ve only seen these looks created using either a deep brown or black eyeshadow, but with newer trends pouring in, these may soon be history. Why not move over the cliche and create something fun and colourful? Bold red eye makeup looks are super easy to create--all you need is a bright red, deep maroon red and a shimmery red eyeshadow to complete the look. This look is perfect if you’re looking for an OTT cocktail party makeover.
Step by step guide to red smokey eyes:
Pro Tip: Make sure that you're using a different brush for each eye shadow shade, and a clean brush to blend out the harsh lines. This helps each shade pop up beautifully.
This is a really cool trick, especially when you’re looking for a coloured eyeliner but don’t have one! Red adds a beautiful pop of colour to your lids and on days when you wish to keep it simple yet stylish, a good red-winged eyeliner does the trick. If you haven't tried it yet, here's how you can create your own DIY eyeliner at home using nothing but just water and red eyeshadow.
Step by step red-winged liner using a single eyeshadow:
Pro Tip: Once you're done creating your wing, use a concealer to smooth out the lines for a clean finish.
Are you ready to step up your makeup game and give red a shot?
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