Why do so many women wear red eye makeup?


“It made red-eye makeup more acceptable and common,” Mr Philips said.

Red around the eyes can be a scary concept, but many makeup artists say the color is tonally flattering and complementary to most eye shades. “It brings out the whites of your eyes, which makes the eye color pop even more,” Ms Tilbury said. “Any red tones will flatter and enhance the color of blue eyes, green eyes, and even bring back the golden glow of brown eyes.” Her advice for wearing red tones without going too bright is to choose a bronze or chocolate shade with a strong red undertone.

“You’re not going to feel weird like you’re wearing blue or green shadow, but you’re still wearing something that’s going to brighten your eyes and pump and make your eye color pop,” she said.

But if you want to be bold, there’s no easier shade to play with.

“I like red for depth, instead of, say, a neutral brown that you would use to define a crease,” Ms. Parsons said. “Use a matte red to define the shape and bone structure, then add red metallic highlights on the lid where the light will hit and shimmer.” There are many ways to wear rouge, she added, but this technique may work for someone new to using color beyond cheeks and lips.

Another way to experiment with sheer vermilion on the eyes is to coordinate all of your makeup. Mr. Philips recommended choosing a bold red lipstick and then finding a shade to match your eyes. “You know, you play and mix and match and make it your own,” he said.

He also suggested adding a bright blue to make the already bold hue stand out even more. “The blue lashes with kind of orange lava red eyes really stand out, and it’s really amazing,” he said. “If you want to play with red, you have to contrast it. You can also start working with green. It all depends how far you want to go. »

For Ms. Parsons and Ms. Tilbury, the 1960s and 1970s are a reference point for red eye makeup. Powdery matte cherry colors were common at that time.


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