Red lips are the little black dress of makeup — they’re classic and flattering on everyone. However, many women wonder what kind of eye makeup to pair with red lipstick, hoping to avoid the overdone look. While the general rule is to keep eye makeup simple when you’re rocking red lips, you can go modern, vamp it up or get wild.
The Natural Look
A very modern take on red lipstick is to wear it with minimal eye makeup. This is also a pretty way to wear red lipstick for day, as it’s not too dramatic. Curl your eyelashes and apply one to two coats of dark brown or black mascara. Apply a light beige or brown shadow, depending on the shade of your skin, to even out the tone of your eyelid and camouflage any redness.
The Classic Look
The actress January Jones of “Mad Men” fame is the inspiration for this red lipstick/eye makeup combo. It’s a stunning look for a first date or an office party. Use a neutral shadow trio — a little shimmer is nice, but nothing glittery. Apply the darkest shadow to the crease, the middle shadow to your eyelid and a light dusting of the lightest shadow up to the brow bone. Using a black or dark brown liquid liner, line the top lash line, adding a small wing at the outer corner of each lash. Top off your lashes with dark mascara.
The Bombshell Look
Look your sexiest by pairing a smoky eye or a dramatic winged liner with a red lip to create a dramatic effect. For smoky eyes, try dark brown or gray shadows paired with slightly smudged liner around both lash lines. Keep eyeshadow relatively light when paired with a dramatic wing. Pick either smoky eyes or winged liner — doing both at once can look overdone.
The Wild Look
When you’re out with the girls at a club or party, stand out with a wild look. While the general rule for red lips is to keep your eye makeup neutral, the daring can apply a slightly shimmery teal eyeshadow that extends a little bit past the eyelids. Baby blue is another unusual but sexy look, but avoid greens to keep from looking like a Christmas tree.
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