Red is always an indisputable trend for autumn. It’s the equivalent to saying florals are “in” for Spring. No duh. What isn’t a given is where makeup artists are placing that red this season. I never thought pinkeye infection would be a desirable look but apparently I have been trumped on this one.
If you have the hutzpah to take on this extreme trend, then here are some tips.
1. Use Sparingly
Consider your placement wisely. Red will emphasize any fatigue or discolouration around your eye or in the whites. Pick one spot where you want that punch of colour to be, whether it is smudged along your lower lashline, a wash of colour over the lid or blended in to the crease of a smokey eye. Avoid an all around application unless you are confident and proficient. Too much and you are going to look like Bozo the Clown’s zombie.
2. Not All Reds are Created Equal
Colour theory still applies here. Depending on your skin tone you may need to lean more towards an orange, berry or rust hued reds. Consider how the colour will work for or against you skin tone and any markings you have on your face.
3. Don’t Take It So Literally
Think warm as opposed to shocking. Warmer toned browns, coppers and berries that will give a nod towards the trend without wholehearted commitment. Examples: MAC Coppering, Cranberry and Red Brick.
4. Balance The Face
You already run the risk of being mistaken as one of the undead or an extra from the latest apocalyptic film so don’t seal the deal with a matte foundation. A more radiant and natural finish will be the most complimentary. Keep the cheeks slightly flushed with a natural dusting of a similar toned blush. Lips will look best with a nude or natural colour. Frame the face with black lashes (falsies will be too theatrical) and define the eye with liner right in the roots of the lashes. Also, don’t be scared to integrate another shadow colour to keep the look from being too editorial (unless that’s what you’re going for).
5. BLEND. Oh, one more thing: BLEND
Harsh edges will be your greatest nemesis. Consider yourself warned.