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.


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.


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?


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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