I recently felt like doing a red eye look – what better time than during the Chinese New Year when this auspicious colour takes centrestage?
For this look of Oriental allure, I used only a handful of products, including a much-treasured jar of MAC Red Pigment, a matte scarlet that has been discontinued.
Here are the steps to this simple yet striking eye on my monolids:
1. Blend MAC Beet Lip Pencil on the lid as a base.
2. Apply the deep red in Kesalan Patharan Face Color in S10 over that.
3. Apply the medium red in the same trio over the deep red and blend a little upwards.
4. Apply the scarlet pigment over the previous two colours and blend upwards, not extending too high.
5. Finish with the highlighter in the trio, from socket to brow.
6. Line the lower lash line with a blend of the same three colours.
7. Clean up the undereye area with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to reduce the rabbit eye effect.
8. Apply false eyelashes for definition.
As you can see, the trick is in the layering to get that certain shade of red, creating some dimension with the eyeshadows at the same time.
I’m not certain if all the reds are eye-safe but I’ve never had a reaction to any of them.
If you’re trying this look, do note that defined lashes – by way of falsies or mascara – are a must, as is an undereye concealer; otherwise you might end up looking like the red eyes were incidental, rather than intended. ;)
Love how the reds blend together! Have always thought to do a red look but never got the guts to do it. Lovely take on this festive color!
Thanks! You should try it just for fun! :)
This is a very creative and stunning look Mag. I am so going to hunt for that Star Lash.
Thanks, Jac dear! Yes, those lashes are awesome. Love that I don’t have to flex them even.
This is brilliant, Mag! Red eyeshadow is so tricky to work with – you have to try to avoid the red-eye or even bruised look. Yours is beautiful and very striking!
Thanks, Angela! I had fun doing it and it surprisingly took quite fast, as well. Helps that the colours are smooth and blendable. :)