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How To Pull Off Red Eyeshadow: It’s Easier Than You Think

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Red is probably one of the last colours you would ever think to put on or around your eyes — done incorrectly there is a good chance you’ll end up looking like you wept through a marathon binge of Nicholas Sparks movies. But when red shadow is done right can actually be really glam.

Check out actress Lupita Nyong’o look at Monday’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Nyong’o’s go-to makeup artist Nick Barose acknowledges that it can be an intimidating shade, but if you factor in your skin tone, the texture of the product and keep your application simple, anyone can make it work.

Below, Barose shares his six tips for rocking red lids.

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Factor in skin tone
A red shadow will always look great on deep, dark skin tones like Nyong’o’s. It can still work for fair skin if you keep the colour very sheer.

Stick to your top lid
Keep application simple and just on upper lids. Use black or brown to define your lower lash line.

Use an eye primer
To make colour really pop, use an eye primer in a lighter shade than your natural lid colour to create the perfect neutral base for the colour.

Don’t forget mascara
With bold shadow, its important to still define eyes with black to create shape. Use a black liner and mascara to complete the look.

Keep it monochrome
If you’re going for a bold, bright red on lids, keep your lip dark or neutral.

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