If you would’ve asked me five years ago to talk about red eyes, I would’ve told you about that one time I sat in an exit row seat on a frighteningly turbulent red-eye flight to Maui (Side note: It was terrible.), or about the creepy dude I used to work with who got “pink eye” every five minutes…then proceeded to give all of the other people in our office pink eye every time he got pink eye. *shaking my head*
Yes, it was gross.
But I digress…
In case you hadn’t noticed, red eyes, as in red eyeshadow, are totally a thing now, and I never would have predicted the rise o’ red in a million years. I mean, even Chanel did a collection with red eyeshadow (back in 2016)! If that isn’t a tell-tale sign of how mainstream red eyes have become, I don’t know what is.
And it isn’t only about straight-up crimson. Warm reddish browns and reddish oranges are also having (and have been having) their moment.
I resisted red (and reddish) eyeshadow for very long time, but then Instagram started inundating my feed with all of these artists doing looks with red. I was seeing red in the crease as a transition shade, and red on the upper lash line as winged liner, and somewhere along the way, it started to rub off on me.
Now when I wear red, I don’t automatically feel like I look like death warmed over. Now I think it looks kinda artsy-fartsy, and I don’t mind it anymore.
Not to say that red has become my first color choice (NEUTRALS FOR LIFE), but I think it can look super cool if you handle it a certain way… Like for me, on the rare occasions when I wear red eyeshadow, I always do some sort of black or near-black liner and shadow on the water line or the lash line, which was a trick I learned from this Pixiwoo video.
Long story short, the black liner works as a boundary, so there’s something visually separating the red from the whites of your eyes, which in theory reduces the chances of you looking sickly, and for me, it works.
Even though I don’t wear red often, I think it’s cool that makeup lovers have more options now, because when I was growing up, if you wanted to be the girl who wore red eyeshadow, you had to find a way to make it work, because you just couldn’t roll up to Thrifty’s after school to buy an ice cream cone and a palette with a red eyeshadow. But now you totally can!
On that note, what do you think about wearing red cheek or lip products on your eyes? I see makeup artists do it all the time, like using lipstick as a cream eyeshadow, a red liquid lipstick as an eyeliner or a blush as an eyeshadow.
I’ve done blush as shadow before (in the crease as a transition shade), but that’s about it as far as my red cross-product experimentation so far.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,