How to wear red eyeshadow?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This powerful quote comes from one of the winners of the Mac Fall Color 2015 M.A.C.nificent Me CampaignJi Won Kim. Some time ago Mac asked Mac lovers to send in their photos and short essays on what makes them M.A.C.nificent. Out of all sumbissions Mac picked 6 finalists who were invited to a Mac studio in NYC to take part in a photo shoot and to share with others what being M.A.C.nificent means to them. I find all the stories very inspiring, however Ji Won Kim’s one captivated me the most. I also fell in love with the final look that’s quite bold and features a lot of red worn on the eyes and cheeks.

Photo credit of Mac Cosmetics FB page

Photo credit of Mac Cosmetics FB page

Inspired by M.A.C.nificent Me campaign, I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and create a look using a red eyehsadow. Wearing red on your eyes can be a little tricky. It can make you look like you cried all day or like you have not had any sleep in 36 hours. However, it can still be wearable if paired with other shades. In today’s post I am going to show you the look I created where the red eyeshadow is the main focus. I paired it with a matte brown shade, a dark matte grey and shimmering copper and bold purple lips. Red eyeshadow

Let’s have a look! Eye makeup products

  1. After filling in my eyebrows (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe) and priming my eyelids with an eyeshadow primer (Lorac Behind The Scenes) I highlighted my under brow area with a pearl white eyeshadow.
  2. Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush I applied matte brown shade (Mac Quarry from the Cinderella palette) to the crease of my eyes. Red eyeshadow
  3. Using a flat eyeshadow brush I placed a red shimmery eyehshadow all over the moveable part of my eyelid. I used the red shade from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No.7 The Siren palette.
  4. Using a shading brush I applied a dark grey matte shade to the outer corners of my eyelid, blending it into the crease (Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette, shade Undone). Eyeshadows used for the look
  5. Using a flat eyeshadow brush I applied copper gold shimmery shadow to my lower eyelids Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren Palette, third shade from the left).  This shade adds a pop of color to the whole look and brightens up the eyes.
  6. To open up the eyes I ditched my usual dark brown eyeliner and applied a champagne gold eyeliner to my waterlines (ChanelStylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in #987 Or Blanc).
  7. Finally, I applied 2 coats of waterproof mascara using Maybelline Volum’ Express The FalsiesRed eyeshadow

I really like the combination of the shades, with the red still being the center of attention on my eyes. All the colors remind of me of fall and are season appropriate.

Since the eyes are quite bold, I kept my cheeks rather simple. I used a dusty rose blush from Mac’s Glamour Daze Collection from 2012 in Small Vanity and added a little bit of highlight with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal.

Lip productsAfter creating the eye look, I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with a purple lipstick, even though it’s quite bold I think it pairs well with the eyes. The lipstick I am wearing is Goddess of the Sea from Mac’s Alluring Aquatic Collection. It is a purple berry shade with a Creamsheen finish. For a finishing touch I added a tiny bit of sparkly clear gloss to the center of my lips using Clear Water Lipglass from the same Alluring Aquatic Collection.

Below you can find out what other products I am wearing on my face in today’s post. Face products I used

  • Mac Cosmetics Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NW20 (I received a sample at a Mac counter and I have used it only twice but so far, I love it. I like how lightweight it feels on my skin, yet provides enough coverage and stays on a whole day).
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Defintion Loose Finishing Powder in Medium Light.
  • Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector.
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in #02 Meringue.
  • Mac Cosmetics Powder Blush in Small Vanity.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal applied with a damp brush. Red eyeshadow

How do you like my today’s look? Do you ever wear red eyeshadow? If so, do you wear it on its own or what colors do you pair it with? Would you wear this look? And how often do you step out of your comfort zone with makeup?

Thanks for stopping by!

the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.



  1. Lena L says:

    I agree with Sara! All I see is your eyes! Red is something you can pull off, and I think burgundy would be even easier for you.
    I didn’t know about the campaign but I love that MAC didn’t not select some conventional Kpop beauty (although I’m sure they tried to include all kinds of beauties). 🙂

    • Agata says:

      Hi Lena, thanks so much! I did a burgundy look last year and I really liked it! Playing with color is so much fun.

      I love the diversity of people Mac picked, there are people of all ages, sexes and different skin color! Wouldn’t it be awesome to be one of the winners and have a Mac photo shoot? 🙂

  2. Selena says:

    I love how red looks on you! I make your blue eyes really pop and stand out. Normally people are afraid of really warm tones as reds or oranges, but they can be pulled off perfectly!
    Have an amazing day xx

    • Agata says:

      Thank you, Selena! I agree with you. They are not the easiest colors to wear but still doable and surprisingly pretty. Do you ever wear red or orange eyeshadows?

  3. kwmechelle says:

    Ummm, day-um! You nailed it! Like, you hit it out of the ballpark & I haven’t even finished reading the post yet. Just looking at your pics. Wow! This makes me want to up my makeup game, stat! And I agree. This particular entry in the MACnificent Collection was my fave for sooo many reasons. Good job, Agata 2.0!

    • Agata says:

      Oh Kishia, this is why I love you! Your comments always make my day! I bet red would look beautiful on you! Have you ever tried it?

      I feel like I should shoot you an email and update you on Agata 2.0! Are you in?

      • kwmechelle says:

        Of course I’m in! I just gotta say, I LOVE AGATA 2.0! Last year I was tryna convince you to rock red lipstick. This year you’re rocking the HELL outta red eyeshadow as if you submitted an essay & photo in the MAC campaign. It’s like you’ve grown into your own or something. You GLOW, girl. Now you just have to come & do my makeup. And bring some red eyeshadow & purple lipstick 🙂 Looking forward to your next look…

  4. Zovesta says:

    It’s so wonderful to see you back, Agata!! <3 <3

    Second, you nailed it! If anyone could pull off red eyeshadow, it would be you, lol. It looks fantastic, and not at all tired… totally glamorous! The lower lashline shimmer totally makes it, your eyes are just popping. I definitely need to try this myself some day!

  5. kristen @ glambunctious says:

    LOVE IT!! So pretty, Agata! I love red eyeshadow! I love pairing MAC Cranberry on the lid after laying down a mix of Makeup Geek mattes (Desert Sands, Peach Smoothie, and Creme Brûlée) as a crease gradient. It really pops any eye color!

    • Agata says:

      Thank you, Kristen! I don’t have Mac Cranberry but I have a very similar Inglot shade! I have been obsessed with matte browns in my crease. I have not tried any Makeup Geek ones. Do you like them?? I got two pigments from them but I have not used them a single time, not sure why….I am tempted to get a few of their new duochrome shadows…

  6. Natasja says:

    Yay you’re back. Well, you’ve been back for a while now.. I see while going through your posts 🙂 I’m really happy you made that decision, Agata! You definitely make red eye-makeup look wearable. I’m honestly quite cautious about it.. but when done right.. it can look lovely! As it does on you. Really brings out the blue in your eyes 🙂

    • Agata says:

      Hi Natasja! I am glad to be back too.Every time I have doubts, I read through all the comments I get on my posts and they make me so happy and prove that I made the right decision!

      I think red eyes would look stunning with your complexion!

      How have you been? How’s school?

      • Natasja says:

        I’ve been really busy so I took a step back from everything to unwind a bit.. that’s why I have been a bit absent myself too! How are you doing? 🙂 I actually don’t own a lot of red eyeshadows because they aren’t the easiest to wear.. but I’ll have a look around in my stash and see if I can play around with stuff 😀

    • Agata says:

      Thanks Melissa. When I saw your comment on my IG saying “Wowza” I wasn’t sure if you meant it in a good way or if you were saying “Wowza, you look ridiculous”! Lol

  7. Shireen L. Platt says:

    I finally got the chance to hop over to your blog and wow, that is a gorgeous eye makeup indeed. Saw it on IG and fell absolutely in love with it, great job! I wish I have the courage to wear colour eyeshadow but dang, I rather bungee jump than that. LOL!

    ps: Welcome back! Hugs! xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Agata says:

      Thank you, Shireen, it’s good to be back!

      I’d rather wear any shade of eyeshadow, even the craziest one rather than bungee jump! Lol

      Red looks scary but it’s not that hard to pull off!

      How did the dentist’s visit go?

  8. Lulle.Beaumiroir says:

    You did such a beautiful look with this red shadow! It’s a color I don’t wear often at all because it’s not the easiest one to work with, but I think the key is really what other shades you associate it with. It works really well with the grey and brown you picked for a fall look!

  9. MarinaD says:

    I totally love how you pulled off a red eyeshadow look. Any suggestion as to how to pull off dark/bold colored eyeshadow look on deep set eyes. I loooove a good smoky or bold colored eye look, but It’s always been a tricky feat to pull off on such eye shape. Anything is appreciated.

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