How to Wear Red Lipstick With Smoky Eyes

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How to wear red lipstick with smoky eyes

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Q: I'm all for playing up eyes and lips. Olivia Wilde’s eye makeup looks very professionally applied… how do us mortals get this look? — Leah 

Olivia Wilde, Rush London premiere, 2013

Olivia Wilde at the 2013 London premiere of 'Rush'.

A: Leah, Olivia definitely suits a smokier eye look—but the key to playing up both features here is the "soft smokiness" of her eye makeup. 

When most of us do a smoky eye, we're used to a more intense finish and depth of colour. However, for this look, the shadow is in a mid-tone dark range and there is little (or no) use of black liner around the lash lines or waterlines. This makes the eyes less intense, so they pair very nicely with the matte red lip. 

Olivia Wilde, Rush London premiere, 2013

Close-up of Olivia Wilde at the 2013 London premiere of 'Rush'.

Step 1: Start with a lightweight foundation, so the look isn't too heavy. Use only a neutral blush (no bright clown cheeks here!) to keep the focus on the eyes and lips.

Step 2: For the eyes, I would apply some of your liquid or cream foundation or concealer on your lids, as a base for your eyeshadow. 

Step 3: Next, apply a shimmery eyeshadow in a silver or cool-toned green, such as Stila Eye Shadow in Diamond Lil or La Douce. The key is to apply the colour lightly to the lids, and not blend it out of the crease. 

Stila Eye Shadow in Diamond Lil

Stila Eye Shadow in Diamond Lil

Step 4: The other colour that is around Olivia's outer edges and underneath her eyes looks like one of my favourite eyeshadows, MAC Eyeshadow in Club. This is a multi-tonal colour that has an earthy brownish-red quality with an undertone of green. Sound confusing? It is, but trust me, it's one of the best and most truly unique colours out there! 

MAC Eyeshadow in Club

MAC Eyeshadow in Club

I would apply Club with a crease brush around the outer corners of your eyes and smudge some along your lower lash lines (using a smaller brush there, of course).

Step 5: The key to professional-looking makeup is blending! You can always keep blending your eyeshadow. This softens the look and gives a very finished appearance to the makeup. 

Step 6: I would finish the eye makeup by curling your lashes and applying two coats of a volumizing black mascara, such as CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara.

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara

Step 7: To do a perfect matte red lip, it's best to line your lips in a matching lip liner. For this look, I suggest MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry. Line your lips using the side of the pencil as opposed to the tip—this gives you more stability. 

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry

Step 8: Next, fill in your lips with a red lipstick, such as MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick in Ruby Woo. If you go outside the edges, clean with a Q-tip and then make sure to use a little foundation to cover the area you just wiped. Blot your lips once or twice. 

MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick in Ruby Woo

MAC The Matte Lip Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Sabrina Rinaldi is a Toronto- and Montreal-based hair and makeup artist.