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How to Pull Off Red Eye Makeup

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How to Pull Off Red Eye Makeup How to Pull Off Red Eye Makeup How to Pull Off Red Eye Makeup

While you may already be rocking a red lip in your makeup look, there’s a new red makeup trend that’s made an appearance in the beauty scene: red eye makeup. This makeup look is particularly stunning on those with brown eyes but is totally wearable for all eye colors. Below, learn how to pull off red eye makeup—even if you think it’s not for you!


Like we said, anyone can wear red eye makeup! There are a couple of ways you can incorporate a red hue into your look and no, you don’t necessarily have to commit to a statement eye. Whether it’s through your eye shadow, eyeliner, or mascara, it’s easy to customize the red eye makeup trend to your liking. Consider one of the following three looks:

Red eye makeup look #1: Red eye shadow

Want to embrace the red eye makeup trend to the fullest? Rocking a red eye shadow is the perfect way to do just that! Try placing a pop of red in your crease and using a light shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Pearl, on your lid.

If bright red isn’t your thing, consider using a deeper burgundy shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-Ison Avenue or Acro-Matte, all over your lid and a basic brown in your crease.

Red eye makeup look #2: Red eyeliner

If you want a touch of red, you can use red eyeliner to add some color to your eye makeup look. You have a few options when it comes to using red eyeliner since as you know, there are a number of ways to apply eyeliner. First, you can create a sharp cat eye in any shade of red you like, whether that’s a vibrant fire hydrant hue or a slightly more-subtle maroon. Second, you could line your waterline for an unexpected and understated way to introduce red to your look. Lastly, you can line your lower lash line and smudge out the color for a red eye makeup look that’s daring and sultry. So many good options, we’re glad we won’t be the ones who have to choose!

Red eye makeup look #3: Red mascara

You can also try out the red eye makeup trend by swapping your traditional black or brown mascara for one with a reddish hue. If you’re wary of this trend and just want to dip your toes in the water—so to speak—this is the look we’d recommend! Swipe on a couple of coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Deep Burgundy, which has a gorgeous deep red color that can transform any eye makeup look. And of course, burgundy mascara just so happens to be totally on-trend. Whether you’re wearing it with an anything-but-boring eye makeup look or a bold black eye, your burgundy lashes will be the star of the show.

Need some inspiration? Head over to our article, 4 Eye Makeup Looks That Are Even Better with Burgundy Mascara.


When it comes to finishing your red eye makeup look, you can choose to embrace the red makeup trend for an overall red makeup look or go for a more neutral look that allows your eyes to be the center of attention. Layer on your favorite foundation, bronzer, blush, and highlighter before moving onto your lip color. Your lip of choice will determine how bold you go with this makeup trend.

Lip Option #1: Red Lip

A red lip will take your makeup look to the next level. Complementing your red eye makeup with your perfect red lipstick shade is a great way to stand out for a night on the town, concert, or holiday party. Whether you choose to rock a bright red or a deep brick, you have plenty of options to complete your makeup look.

Editor's note: Think you aren't skilled enough to apply red lipstick? Think again! Here's How to Apply and Maintain the Perfect Red Lip.

Lip Option #2: Nude Lip

If you would rather tone things down a little and keep your red eye makeup as the center of your look, a nude lip is equally as stunning. From peach to taupe, there are plenty of nude shades to choose from. Head over to our article, How to Find the Right Nude Lipstick For Your Skin Tone, to find the best one for you.

Speaking of colorful eye makeup, why not try a color on the opposite end of the color spectrum? Read our article, How to Wear Blue Eye Shadow, to get the look.