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I’ll never understand red eyeshadow. It just picks up on any redness in my skin or eyes and amplifies it, plus it makes you look like your eye area is red, which is usually what I’m trying to avoid.

It’s the direct opposite to green, which means that people with green eyes should suit it, but it is a beeotch of a colour to work with. I have a few reds and they always look better in my mind’s eye than applied, sob.

I have very dark brown eyes, and light/neutral skin, and I wear red quite often. It can be a bit tricky, but there are ways to avoid the typical pitfalls. I always make sure I have rid my eyes of any redness with eye drops. Also, using black, espresso, or eggplant shadow or liner as a “barrier” between the red & the eye will help avoid the shadow from “pulling” any unwanted redness from the eyes.

I also have dark brown eyes and I do a sunset inspired look with red, orange and gold with a teal liner. I love the look and it just screams SUMMER!

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If you’re afraid of the color making it look like there’s something wrong with the eye area rather than eyeshadow, you need a stronger, more vivid red. The times I’ve worn red eyeshadow, it was definitely bright enough to where there was no way on earth it would be mistaken for my skin being red. And I think it played down any ruddiness on my cheeks.

I am fortunate in that my eyes are usually very, very white and I only get bloodshot there if they’ve been severely irritated or I’ve been quite ill.

But if you just don’t like it, that’s totally understandable. Eyeshadow and lipgloss (and a Gryffindor t-shirt) are about the only way I ever contemplate wearing red. I’m not fond of the color in general.

I have olive skin so there are just certain colors that I don’t think look good on me. Mostly pastels, (though I do wear pink), and silver. White eyeshadow can also be tricky as it tends to look chalky on my skin.

Oranges, coppers, russets, warm bronzes/golds just look odd; not so much with my coloring, but with my overall aesthetic. Maybe if I wore brighter, sportier clothes, but I tend to wear alot of black & jewel tones. Pastels can be a bit tricky, as well, but if they have some depth or a duochrome, I can pair them with deeper shades in the same range, and black.

Purple eyeshadow. All kinds, brights to pastels to vampy purples. They’re supposed to look good with brown eyes but on me they look so very utterly ‘blah’. No idea why, maybe it has something to do with my cool toned PPP skintone.

Orange is the least flattering color on my skin tone, and turquoise looks strange against my eyes sometimes. I wear them anyway if a look calls for them.

There’s an unholy trinity I tend to avoid like the plague: blue, silver and white. No matter what they look artificial and cheap to me and make me cringe a little every time I see them used in a tutorial or in a look. Just no.

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It’s all in how you use it… I do a tequila sunrise gradient look with hot pink, orange, and golden yellow all in mattes, and it looks INCREDIBLE. A wash of hot pink all across the lid? Can you say street walker?

Some people may like a hot pink wash all across the lids. It’s not terribly nice to call people names over their eyeshadow preferences 🙂

I’ve seen several tutorials using NARS Caravaggio, and they’ve all looked *amazing*! I personally bought for the violet shade in the duo, initially, but after playing with it, I really do like the pink shade, too. I have very dark eyes, and light/neutral skin, and bright pinks, reds, etc work very well for me.

With the exception of purple every once in awhile, I usually stick to neutrals. Red, yellow, blue, etc. would look crazy on me.

Anything bright red. I rarely wear black as well. Anything else goes, even light blue, just gotta use something neutral in the crease.

Pastels, because I just don’t like them.
Greys, because they don’t work with my colouring. Maybelline’s Tough As Taupe is so cool on me that I use it strictly as a base under brown-based taupes or mauves or plums.

I’d say most reddish shades don’t work on me. I haven’t tried a really bright red, but the reddish browns, corals and so on only serve to make me look rather ill!

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I can’t wear purple because all the purples I’ve tried have given me an allergic reaction (redness, soreness, extremely blodshoot eyes). I don’t think it’s a reaction to carmine because I can wear burgundy and red just fine. There’s some other component of purple eyeshadows and pencils that my eyes just can’t handle. It bums me out because I have green eyes and purples would look good.

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Red or bright pink – looks like an eye infection or like I’ve been crying, and also yellow. I think yellow eye shadow makes the wearer look like she has jaundice.

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