10 Celebrities That Make a Strong Case for Wearing Red Eyeshadow

Celebrities Wearing Red Eyeshadow Will Prove Its a Versatile Color
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We're calling it — red eyeshadow is officially the new neutral. Though it may seem like a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. "The key is to find the right red, and keeping the balance," explains Nick Barose, celebrity makeup artist "Red shadow is usually something that intimidates people, but just do it in small doses."

But let's not just talk about it, allow us to show you the versatility and dynamics of red eyeshadow from none other than your favorite celebrities. Discover 10 celebrity-approved red eyeshadow looks that you can easily take from red carpet to real life.

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Mama-to-be Rihanna showed up at a recent Savage x Fenty pop-up event decked out in red from head-to-toe. She topped off the monochromatic moment with a red winged eyeliner and red eyeshadow smoked all along her lower lash line for a look that was utterly *chef's kiss*.

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Lupita Nyong'o

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Although the general rule of thumb would be to put the focus solely on the eyes or lips — never both — Lupita Nyong'o proves that rule is meant to be broken. By sticking to a similar color scheme all over, Barose created a cohesive, streamlined effect that was anything but distasteful. "We kept the red pretty much just on the upper lids," he tells us. "It's important to still define eyes with black liner when using color like this so the eyes don't look red and shapeless."

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Shay Mitchell

Smoke It Out
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Combine with a deep brown tone, your red shadow gives the tried and true smoky eye a brand new twist. To create the effect, makeup artist Patrick Ta began by blending a warm brown hue into her crease, then repurposed a berry blush as shadow, which he packed directly on top into a graphic shape.

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Solange Knowles

Use It As Eyeliner
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A swipe of vivid liner creates as intense of an effect as an all-over color, minus the aggressive blending time. Follow in Solange Knowles' lead and keep the rest of the face minimal. Use a bold hue — anything too muted can read too similar to an allergy flare-up — and concentrate the color in just one area.

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Amber Valletta

Go for a Sheer Finish
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Prefer to be easy on the eyes? Opt for sheer wash of color like Amber Valletta. Begin by applying a shadow primer similar to your natural skin tone all over, then use a super-fluffy blending brush and a light hand to swirl the hue over the top.

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Cut crease eyeshadow looks are still a thing and they allow you to play with red eyeshadow without committing to a full lid of color. Just take Lizzo's red-meets-gold cut crease eyeshadow look that's a beautiful subtle glam.

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Doja Cat

Doja Cat's graphic red eyeshadow look is a friendly reminder to get creative and experiment with makeup. This look may not be for the faint of heart, but the red and berry tones paired with a berry-toned blush is ethereal.

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Founder of the makeup brand, About Face, Halsey makes a strong case for a saturated sweep of red eyeshadow all over the lids. Make it more Euphoria-esque by adding a red jewel on the inner corner of your eye and a zig-zag graphic eyeliner.

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Megan Thee Stallion

Red eyeshadow can easily goes from day to night with the addition of a smokey black eyeliner and dramatic lashes. Since the emphasis of this dark and sultry look is all on the eyes, we recommend following Meg's lead and pairing the eye makeup with a neutral lip and glowing complexion.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez proves that red eyeshadow can look soft and elegant. The key is to blend the edges of your shadow to create diffused color all over the lid. Pair it with a classic black winged eyeliner and the results are a sophisticated and subtle way to play with color.

Updated by Genesis Rivas
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