I know what you all must be thinking right now: who would dare wear such a bold and adventurous color on the eyes, risking to get it all wrong and look ridiculous? Red is reserved for the lips and a just little bit for the cheeks, right? Well, not so much anymore according to the hottest make-up trends released for Fall and Winter of 2012. It was actually early in the spring when designers like Donna Karan and Phillip Lim introduced the red eyeshadow on the runway, adding an extra dose of pure extravagance to their shows. The celebrities quickly picked on the fabulous trend and sported various flawless representations of the newest beauty direction right on the red carpet. This bold, unique and warm color would transition amazingly into fall, perfecting your daring looks this season. If done correctly, the red eyeshadow trend could help capture that perfect image of timeless beauty. It’s totally worth giving it a try.
Go Subtle, Bold or Extravagant With Scarlet Eyeshadow. Nobody said the red eyeshadow should provide you with a total make-over, leaving your face unrecognizable. This eccentric hue allows you to play with its different shades and textures up until you achieve a result that totally represents you. The result can end up being a subtle look, with only a hint of wine eyeshadow carefully placed on the lids and complemented beautifully by fresh rosy cheeks. A bold look, that would dare you transform the red eyeshadow in the absolute highlight of your make up routine, forcing you to go all natural with the rest of the face. Or an extravagant look that would add a touch of drama to your usual night-out attire, by focusing on a powerful red hue with flawlessly winged out corners. Make up your mind and start practicing in the mirror.
Taylor Swift’s Fierce Cranberry Eyeshadow. For this year’s Billboard Music Awards, the young and beautiful country singer Taylor Swift went all for her favorite color on the red carpet, embracing a slightly edgier approach in her make-up routine. She played upon the gorgeous red hue of her stunning Elie Saab gown, and accented the feminine look with a bold cranberry eyeshadow, applied all over the lid and enhanced by a thin coat of black eyeliner. She carried her dark romantic make-up look so effortlessly that we think she would make a great source of inspiration for your future flirty make-up plans.
What To Avoid With Scarlet Eyeshadow. We already mentioned red is a tricky color to be used on our eyes. But even if it sounds crazy at first, this trend will slowly grow on you, and you’ll find yourself thinking that the red make-up adventure is totally worth your time and efforts sooner than you would expect. Before jumping on this trend and consider sporting it in public, make sure you follow some easy and quick rules:
1. Avoid using cheap and poor quality cosmetics – go instead for the high quality ones as it’s the only way you can control the result, making sure it will not end up looking like a vampire Halloween costume gone-wrong, way before you even started the routine. Choose brands that are reliable and famous for their excellent products, and always pick the red hues that complement your skin tone and eye color.
2. Avoid drawing a defined line along the lash – unless you do wanna look like you’re actually sick and pale. It would probably work for an improvised acting class, but never in the real world.
3. Avoid the messy, unbalanced look – keep focus on the eyes and cheeks making sure the overall result appears young and fresh. Use cream formulas for day looks and keep the powder eye shadows for the special nights out. Don’t try to overdo the trend, especially in the beginning. Remember that red is enough of a statement, so go subtle on your approach.