Eye Makeup When Wearing Red Lipstick

Cameron Diaz wears bright red lips and natural eye makeup at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Red lipstick is a fab way to make a statement. If you're thinking about slicking on a pretty red shade, go for it! Just make sure that the rest of your makeup complements your look. Since red is such a bold color, you'll want to keep your eye makeup a little more simple.

Pile on the Mascara

Your red lips want to stand on their own, so stay away from colored shadow on the eyes. Instead, keep the face mostly bare and top your look off with lots of mascara. Line eyes with liner if you like. If you're going for an evening look, apply black mascara. If it's during the day, go for mascara that's either your hair color or a shade of brown.

Make Your Eyes Sparkle

A soft shimmery eye is OK to pair with a red lip. Just make sure that you're sticking to neutral colors like pearls and golds. Don't go for an over-the-top metallic here. Instead, stick to subtly shimmery shades. Sweep them across the lid of the eye. If you want a bit of contrast, apply a bit of a soft brown to the brow bone or at the upper crease of the eye. Just make sure to blend it into your shimmery shadow.

Subtle Cat Eye

Get old-Hollywood posh with this one. Pair your red lips with a black cat eye. Just make sure to keep it a little more subtle so your look isn't too overpowering. Use a pencil, gel or liquid liner to create the look. Start your line at the inner corner of the eye and work it to the outer corner. When you reach the outer corner, gently flick your hand upward to create a winged-eye effect. Top with mascara to finish off the look.

More Dramatic

If you're wearing your perfect red shade but still want to glam up your eyes, it is possible. You just have to be careful. Take a note from Taylor Swift, who went played up both her eyes and lips at the 2011 MET Ball. Taylor wore a more natural smokey eye to pull this off. She sported shadow in brown and gold topped off with mascara. According to makeup artist Lorrie Turk, this look worked because Swift didn't opt for dark shadows. So, if you want to play up your eyes, stick to softer shades and you're good to go.

Related Videos


Add to this Article



Just for you

What type are you?

Choose your Skin Tone
or Register
Beauty School iPad App


How would you like to register?

Register with Facebook
  • It's fast, easy and hassle-free
  • One-click log-in and commenting
Register with typeF.com
  • Use your email to create your account