While red eyes are usually attributed to not looking beautiful — tired, grief-stricken, intoxicated, the list goes on and on — ever since Nina Ricci’s Spring 2011 runway, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of smoky crimson lids. Sure, the look isn’t entirely new — token bad teen Taylor Momsen’s been rocking the roughed-up-and-worn look for awhile now (complete with black lipstick, no less) — and sure, I’ve see my share of cranberry and terra cotta shades. But never before has the look been truly elegant and romantic. While it certainly looks best when balanced with nude lips and creamy skin, the style isn’t too hard to pull off as long as you’re prepared to turn heads! The models at the Nina Ricci show wore a saturated version of the brick-inspired Stila eyeshadow in Pigalle. If you’re timid, start off with a sheer wash like MAC Cream Colour Base in Movie Star Red, which isn’t nearly as matte as it looks in the pot. However, if you’re ready to go ultra-bold, try Topshop’s Matte Eyes shadow in Painted.
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– Alex Gambardella
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