In the majority of cases, the eyes have it -- except, that is, when you're rocking a red lip. This notice-me shade of lipstick commands attention and should never compete for the spotlight on your visage. A few makeup-artist secrets will let you strike a balance between giving your eyes their due, while keeping that pretty red pout the diva du jour.
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There's something super sexy about a glossy, true-red lip and barely there peepers. Prime your lids with a creamy nude eyeshadow base from the lid to the brows, then top with a light beige or taupe shadow on the eyelid only. Perfect for day, this look needs only a few swipes of dark brown or black mascara to finish.
If entirely nude eyes run against your belief system, you can still achieve that subdued look -- but with a twist. After priming the entire eyelid, reach for shimmery bronzes and medium-toned brown shadows. Lightly dust your lower lid with bronze, then dip a fluffy shadow brush in brown and apply to your crease. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Styles recommends pressing a dark eyeliner -- think espresso brown -- directly into the upper lash line for added definition. Curl your lashes and finish with a coat of black mascara.
For the dressiest occasions, red lips can be paired with softly smoky eyes -- as long as they're neutral-toned and not overdone. After priming the lid, sweep a matte, peachy-beige shadow from lash line to brows. Next, line your upper lash line with a strong, jet-black gel, flicking up the outer corner. Smudge the liner well to enhance the smoky factor.
Select your dark hue -- a charcoal gray or soft black is ideal -- and apply to the lower lid. Blend your base color in with the dark shadow for a seamless finish, and dab just a hint of shimmery champagne or gold-toned shadow in the inner corners of both eyes to highlight. After curling your lashes, pile on two coats of black mascara.