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Hmm, it’s a tricky one. I say do… but choose the right red. Like with red lipstick I believe that there is a red for everyone, you just need to find your match. One shade does not suit all.

Red eyeshadow doesn’t have to be Eighties-style harsh lines. Red is the classic South-Asian bridal colour.

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It’s only recently, over the past 5 or so years that South-Asian brides are choosing more neutral palettes or western smokey eye for their wedding day. My younger sister and I both chose traditional red/gold/ smoke for our respective weddings.

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As well as finding your ideal red shade, shadow type, texture and density are all key factors in making red eyeshadow work.

Factors to consider
Shade: First you need to find your ‘best fit’ shade. The red lipstick/ skin matching guidelines apply here (see previous post on selecting the right red for your skintone).

Product: Next you need to decide which shadow type suits the occasion; cream, powder, pigment or glitter.

Texture: There are a number of options when it comes to shadow texture: matte, satin, shimmer, or gloss.

Density: The final question is the density of the colour. Do you want a soft wash of colour, a block of colour, or a solid, metallic foiled look?

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The look above was created using a light layer of Maybelline Color Tattoo in Timeless Black as a base shade. I then layered MeMeMe dew pot in Autumn Smoulder over the Timeless Black to soften the black and deepen the red. Then I dipped my brush into a drop of mixing liquid and applied Barry M Dazzle Dust shade 102 over the centre of the lid and inner corners. I blended in Bellapierre Shimmer powder in Jadoo on the outer third of the lid. A slick and flick of Fraulein black gel liner and a coat of Bourjois Fantastic Volume mascara and it’s done.

Which reds work for you? Have you tried or would you wear red eyeshadow?

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