Rocking a bold eye shadow color can be intimidating, not to mention insanely tricky. But as seen on Cara Delevingne at her Paper Towns movie premier, stepping out of your comfort zone can be worth the risk. Here, 5 tips for pulling off unexpected eye makeup without looking like you’re wearing a costume.
In The Red
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Wear A Yellow-Based Eye Primer
Use a primer on the entire lid that contains yellow undertones. This neutralizes redness or other discoloration on the eye area that can effect the color of the shadow.
Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer
Don't Go Up To The Brow Bone
When trying a bold-colored shadow, only apply it on the lid and up into the crease–do not extend it onto the brow bone. For added drama, add the same color to the bottom lash line, starting at the outer corners and stopping midway in.
Eyeshadow Bar in It Crowd
Skip The Eyeliner
A brightly colored shadow can stand on its own. Refrain from lining the eye and move straight into curling your lashes and coating them with a waterproof mascara.
Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara
Make Up For Ever
Wear a Barely There Lip
The last thing a red eye shadow needs is a matching lip. Instead, wear any bold eye looks with a nude lipstick or a natural looking gloss.
Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss
Coordinate With Your Outfit
We love that Cara complemented her green eyes with a red eye shadow, but not all of us were lucky enough to be born with emerald peepers. An easier way to coordinate your look is to pair an outfit and eye shadow shade in a complementary color.
Electric Pressed Pigment Palette
5 Things To Know Before Wearing A Bold Eye Shadow Look