4 Red Eyeshadow Looks You'll Want to Wear Instantly

Updated 06/22/19
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Red eyeshadow looks are influencing everything, from backstage beauty at fashion shows to beauty bloggers and viral videos by makeup artists recreating gorgeous red carpet looks. Red eyeshadow is certainly a must for anyone wanting to experiment with a little color on the lid. Find your favorite look and start experimenting with red eyeshadow today.

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The Aubergine Smoke

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This classic take on red eyeshadow incorporates darker burgundy hues making it a beautiful statement look for a more dramatic event or a night out. Wearing red eyeshadow doesn't mean it needs to be bright, classic red. There are several shade variations that you can use to create a beautiful shadow look in no time. Start by priming the eyelid with an eyeshadow primer before eyeshadow to ensure everything stays in place.

Second, blend your choice of red shadow on the lid with an eyeshadow crease brush, getting the entire eyelid and blending outward so the application looks a little messier than normal. There should be a bit of a lived in look when it comes to smoky eyes, as it's about the drama here, not a perfect application. When you're done blending on the lid, apply a deeper eyeshadow in the crease to start creating the smokey eye. Finish with a pop of light shadow in the center of the lid, and go metallic if you like for extra shine.

Want your eyeshadow look to really stand out and look metallic? Use Stila Cosmetics Liquid Eyeshadow in Pigalle as your eyeshadow base before applying the rest of your colors.

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A Subtle Touch of Glam

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This red eyeshadow look is perfect for minimal makeup wearers and those who want just a subtle touch of color on the eyes. You can wear this look during the week if you want to add a touch of glam to your daily beauty routine, or to any fun event you might have to attend on the weekend.

To re-create this, simply add a cream eyeshadow as your base to the eyelid, smudging with your finger all the way up to the brow bone. You can make any cream texture look sheer by simply blending it with your fingers. After you've applied the cream shadow, blend a powder shadow in the same color family all over the lid with a blending brush, bringing the color down underneath the bottom eye line as well. Add a touch of shimmer to the center of the eyelid by placing it on lightly with your finger, and line the inner rim of the waterline to give more definition. Add a touch of rosiness to the cheeks by using a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks, such as these multi-sticks from Bite Beauty in Mochi and Cerise, and you can also apply a sheer layer of these on the lips, too.

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Turning Heads Red

Selena Gomez wearing a pinkish red eyeshadow
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Make a statement with this bold eyeshadow look worn by Selena Gomez for the 2017 Met Gala. This eyeshadow look merges pink and red together beautifully, for a more graphic look that's easy to re-create at home. The key to this eyeshadow look is to give yourself a strong base, whether its with cream eyeshadow or eyeliner. Go bold with the color to start so the look stays strong. After applying the base, apply a brightly colored shadow right on top by patting it down with a brush. You can mix tones here to create something unique on your own, or stick with one color to make things easy. The color is extended higher to the brow on Selena, but depending on your eye shape, you can gauge where the color needs to stop. Apply a little white eyeliner in the bottom waterline so eyes appear brighter, and finish with a mascara that provides length and volume. Finish with a neutral lip in a soft nude and a touch of gloss for shine, and add a soft highlight to the cheeks for a subtle skin sheen that looks elegant.

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A Fierce Underline

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Make a statement by not doing the traditional color liner on top, but instead apply it under the eye on the bottom. This is a great way to show off your red without having to do much work at all. Apply a soft color shadow on the lid and highlight under the brow, and then apply a creamy waterproof pencil under the eye, or wet an angled eyeliner brush and use a red eyeshadow instead. You can do this look with any color eyeshadow you choose, so it's extremely versatile. Finish off this gorgeous statement look with lots of mascara for drama and volume. Be sure to fill in your eyebrows so they look nice and fully shaped. Contour with a light bronzer to add warmth to the skin, and add a very soft and neutral lip color for balance.

When using a waterproof eyeliner around the eye area or inside the waterline, be sure to remove it properly with a gentle yet effective eye makeup remover, to avoid any issues.

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