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Eye Makeup Ideas & Inspiration + Tips to Apply Eyeliner

Nov 12, 2020Scott Peers

Your eyes are a canvas of endless possibilities, offering you the chance to create captivating looks that express your unique style and personality.

Whether you're aiming for a subtle daytime charm or a bold evening allure, mastering the art of eye makeup is key.

In this article, we'll look into a variety of creative eye makeup ideas, drawing inspiration from different trends and techniques.

Plus, we'll provide you with valuable tips and tricks to ensure your eyeliner application is on point every time. So, if you're ready to elevate your eye makeup game, read on and unlock a world of beauty possibilities.

First, some inspiration... 

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Red eyeshadow makeup looks are not timely just for Halloween and the festivities that follow. If you are looking for some red eyeshadow inspiration to spruce up an everyday monotonous style, then these next twenty red eyeshadow makeup looks may just hit the right spot.

But before we take you on the inspirational red eyeshadow journey, let us explore some dos and don'ts of doing red eye makeup.

How to Use Red Eyeshadow without Frightening Anyone

There are many ways to play with red eyeshadow that don't venture into the dramatic, gothic, or theatrical zone. You don't need to go all way in with bold red makeup. You can use red makeup palette to create some very gentle, sophisticated, springlike or summertime looks that are tasty enough on all eye shapes.

Here are three ways to experiment with red makeup that won't cause anyone's goosebumps, heart racing, or raised eyebrows (or, maybe, yes, but for all the right reasons):

Mixing Complementary Colours

If you think that your eyes are too blue or too brown to wear red makeup, then you can try mixing the base red colour with green, orange, or blue makeup. Complementary colours dilute the harshness of the brave red and provide nuance.

Shimmer, Glitter, and Gloss

Adding glitter and shimmer is also a fun way to recreate stale red eyeshadow makeup looks with texture and dimension. You'd be surprised how good eyes surrounded with red can look when there is that 3D reflection that provides depth and substance.

Eyeliner (Black, Red, Gold)

Most of us aren't professional makeup artists, and some days it can be hard to get inspired. If the new look in question is red eyeshadow, things can get even trickier. Reach out for the eyeliner to create red eyeshadow makeup looks with a definition that brings out the best in your face.  Now you have seen how to master the basics of red eyeshadow. let's see how you can recreate some of these look rules in practice.  

1. Cherry Bomb

Calling the red eyeshadow makeup blend a cherry bomb is both an understatement and an overstatement. The subtle blend of reds, pinks, and vanilla is not that bombastic, but the overall result is more than eye-catching. Add gel eyeliner to shape a nice almond eye and create contrast.

2. Red Apple

For a bit of an autumn vibe, use glittery burnt orange eyeshadow in the central part. Blend with auburn red in the outer and deep yellow in the inner eye corners. A little sparkle never hurt anyone. Dip your nails in an orange shade dip powder for maximum effect.

3. Full Red Eyes and Lips

For a more theatrical look with bouncy eyelashes, choose a deep red colour for both your eyes and your lips. The floral hairpiece that wraps up this red eyeshadow look is optional, but the face glow isn't. Use a shimmer foundation or finish with luminous powder to counter-effect the red.

4. The Eyeliner Switch

Ditch the eyeshadow and go straight for the red eyeliner if you are looking for shapely precision. Minimise the rest of the face makeup with nude lips for eyes in the centre of attention.

5. Bleeding Drama

Ok, this one might be a bit frightening. The best about this red eyeshadow makeup look is that, when Halloween passes, you can leave out the blood effect and stick to the rest of this layered rose-red creation with a silver crease accent.

6. "Genuinely" Red

If you believe too much deep red can make you look tired, try lighter orange shades. They remind everyone of the sun and will be a perfect match for hazel or light brown eyes that want to avoid looking dull. Use a brow pomade to lift that arch and open your eye even more.

7. Celestial Red

Sparkly eyeshadow diffuses a courageous red look and, when you mix it with deep mauves and peachy pinks, you can experiment with dimensionality. This look is the closest your eyes will ever get to a starry night with a cosmic vibe.

8. Green-Eyed Envy

Green eyes? Red eyeshadow will make those eyes pop! For additional contrast, consider mismatching the shadows with each eye being slightly different colours!

9. Watermelon Dream

Among the many red eyeshadow makeup looks, this fruity one is the simplest. Prepare a base with micro primer, pick up the right shade for bright-looking eyes, and leave the rest of the eye area clean and polished.

10. Classic Red Brown

A clean classic red mixed with smokey black and browns in a matte finish reveals the perfect combination for blonde hair and brown eyes. Complete with a smudge-proof mascara.

11. All-red Cut Crease

We wouldn't exactly call this look diabolic; maybe slightly devilish. Regardless of its name, the scariest part of it is having the skills to fill in the crease and add liner in all the right spots.

12. Black & Red with a Dash of Silver

How do you make such a prominent colour combination less formidable? Add a dash of silver and keep the black for the eyeliner area. Even consider adding glitter makeup to a look like this!

13. Red Illusion

How do you create a red eyeshadow makeup look when there is no red shade involved? It is easy to blend pink and orange. Keep the darker eyeshadow for the inner area. Add lighter pink on the lower eyelids and below the brow.

14. Deep Purple

You can go as far as a rich plum eyeshadow palette to link red and black eyeshadow in a pleasant medium between both. Use rich purple to bring green or grey eyes to the forefront.

15. Sultry Golden Rim Palette

Whoever thought of this, is a genius. The golden rim at the end of this triple eyeshadow combination gives enough confidence to blend violet, magenta, and tangerine and come up with something as fresh and seductive.

16. Crimson Red

Here is another fiery combination of dark red and orange that tricks the eye with a red-only impression. This dark red eyeshadow makeup look is perfect for highlighting the green, golden dots in light brown eyes.

17. The Halo-Eye

How much red is too much red for you? If you prefer red eyeshadow mixes, this rainbow halo may meet all your requirements. A colourful palette is among drag queen makeup favourites: you won't even need professional-level skills to recreate this look.

18. Turquoise Pink

An unexpected combination of blue-green and pink eyeshadow puts an accent of green eyes. The contrast pushed the pink towards the red colour spectrum. Add lots of HD mascara for spectacularly bright irises beyond the dark lashes.

19. Spooky Glam Red

You can take an understated look from day to night by following this red eyeshadow makeup tutorial. It is all about choosing the right reddish liner and being generous with the mascara. (You might want to include the creepy stare only for Halloween parties, though.)

20. Wet Gloss

Achieve a blurry faded look that doesn't overwhelm the eye with glossy red eyeshadow. Incorporate glossy red lips and wet-look hair for a full-on fresh impression. 

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More than just a sparkly eye, there is a sense of wonder, bedazzlement and fun when it comes to glitter with these tiny hypnotic kaleidoscopic jewels of goodness. 

Glitter eye makeup will certainly get your attention and get people talking, but who said glitter is only for the festive season? Why not wear it all year round?

Here are some inspiring looks to add to your day and night makeup wear:

21. Glitter Eyeliner

If you're too scared to go a full-blown eyelid on the glitter, try a sophisticated look with just a swipe of glitter eyeliner. Just take your jet black liner and do a wing and then place the sparkly glitter eyeliner on top with a little hint of glitter above the upper lash line for an exaggerated cat-eye look.

After you have completed your desired eye shadow look, you do your winged liner and apply a glitter eyeliner on top. Melbourne-based make-up artist and instagrammer Selin Ciciek showcases her on-fleek liner skills by using Urban Decay's Glam Rock heavy Metal Glitter liner to achieve the silver sparkles on top of her black eyeliner look. That certainly gives the classic black cat eye some sparkle.

22. Double Eyeliner with Glitter

Instead of using glittery liner on top of the black liner, why not use it above and along the liner for something a little different but still with some subtle glitz?

If glitter is too fiddly for you, opt for metallic shades as an accent. The look is suitable for any kind of setting and the quickest way to get your look from daytime office winged liner to voila! Metallic nighttime glam. Here we have Sydney-based makeup artist and Youtuber Makeup with Jah showing us how to slay this look.


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23. Glitter Inner Corner

This trick is one of the easiest ways to get your eyes looking brighter and more awake. Swap your shimmery pressed powder for a touch of glitter to apply in the inner part of your eye with a light, bright glitter.

Grab your favourite glitter-like coloured pigment and a small eye brush like a smudge brush, or even just the tip of your ring finger, and go nuts. From afar the glitter makeup makes you look super alert and up close lets people see some sparkle.

You don't want to be too heavy-handed on the glitter for this look either just a dash will do. Here we have makeup artist and instagrammer Belinda Masri using glitter in her inner corner to highlight and open that area of her eye, she has used glitter from US brand Eye Kandy Cosmetics in Tutti Frutti as her glitter eye makeup choice.


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24. Glitter Bottom Lashline

For a different approach to smoking out your bottom lash line, why not try to glitter it out? The look can be flirty and sexy. Because of it being applied on the lower lash line, your eyes look brighter and it'll add a dose of colour to an otherwise basic makeup look.

Or you can apply bold colours of Electric blue, Emerald green or Sky blue in metallic shades with silver sparkles in them with the Palladio range of Glitter Eyeliner at the bottom on a nude matte eye, but with coats and coats of mascara.

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25. Glitter Eyeshadow On The Mobile Lid

An oldie but a goodie, using a simple glitter based on the main eyeshadow colour components is a no-brainer when using glitter for this look. With this look, you can slay it for nighttime with dark or bright hues and opt for neutral colours during the day for shimmers in taupe, bronze and brown shades for more of an appropriate office look.

Then, if you want to after a long day in the office, you can load on a darker, bolder shade for a perfect going-out beauty look or pair it with a bold lip if your eyes are a nude shade. This look may be a little heavy for some but it does give it more of a playful look than your average smoky eye. Plus, it ends up looking really pretty in the dim lighting.

Here is Sydney makeup artist at instragrammer Carla Vallelonga using both her Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette and Modern Renaissance palettes.


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26. Subtle Glitter Cutcrease

Sparkly New Zealander beauty blogger, makeup artist and Instagrammer Lauren Hughes showcases a cut crease with glitter liner inside her crease to give us that eye-catching yet subtle cut crease with some gold flakes of shimmer.

It's eye-catching, pretty and, with a little practice, easy to throw on. This gives a softer approach to the crease definition compared to the eye makeup look above. Here Lauren has used Violet Voss' glitter adhesive and Venus glitter to achieve this mesmerising glitter eye makeup look.

However, if some of these looks are too extreme for you, you can also dabble and experiment by using the metallic shades in your make-up bag. 

Fabulous Glitter Eyeliner Ideas

Glitter makeup contains tiny reflective particles that reflect the light under different angles. Glitter eyeliner and glitter eyeshadow are the two most popular glitter tolls because – who doesn’t like eyes that sparkle?

Woman with sparkly eye makeup

You can apply glitter to your makeup by using different methods. One is to stick the small confetti and sequins to a layer of petroleum jelly. Place larger pieces of glitter (like the makeup jewels lately seen on Chrissy Teigen) by using makeup (eyelash) glue:

Imaginative Makeup Looks with Glitter Eyeliner

Glitter eyeliner is one of the easiest and trickiest ways of bringing attention to your face with light. The reason is that applying light-reflective colour makeup to your eyes can result in a completely different look than the one you’re used to by using your standard dark eyeliner.

However, that is precisely the point of fans of glitter eyeliner – to revamp eyes and face in ways you haven’t thought of. To completely transform how you do eye makeup, here is some fresh inspiration for applying glitter eye makeup:

27. Smokey Golden Eye

Start by applying a bottom layer with matte dark eyeliner. Highlight the contrast of the dark liner by painting a golden-yellow reflective line above it. Pay attention to the matte sparkly texture of this particular eyeliner.

28. Blue Cut Crease

Use a blue eyeshadow all around the eyes. Fill out the eyelid area to the crease with silver glitter eyeliner to make your eyes appear wider and more open. Add a silver eyeshadow to the inner eye and dip powder blue square nails

29. Low-Key Shimmer


You don’t need to go all glitter if you don’t want to. A low-key look like this one with strategically placed eyeliner is all you need to bring all attention to your eyes. Apply one large silver line in the eye crease and a smaller one just below the black eyeliner, and admire how the iris pops up.

30. Rainbow Sparkle

If you have some serious makeup skills, then this is definitely the look you want to try. Notice how the sparkly white eyeliner is applied in the inner crease to open up thy eyes. Silver stars and butterflies are optional but effective.

31. Emerald Eyes

Most glitter eyeliners have a balanced texture with equally distributed and sized reflective particles. But sometimes, particle inconsistency can make all the difference. Take a look at this gorgeous sparkly liner that looks like your eyes have turned into liquid diamonds.

Go easy on the rest of the makeup):

32. Burnt Orange

When you mix burnt orange eyeliner with an earthy eyeshadow makeup palette, the result is black gold. Throw in velvety eyelashes for some extra glamour.

33. Turquoise Boho

This combination of gold and turquoise eyeshadow is perfect for dark eyes. The application order is the following: thin black eyeliner line, fate layer of turquoise eyeshadow, golden glitter eyeliner, and sienna eyeshadow close to the defined eyebrow.

34. Glam Black

You need to pay equal attention to the brows and lashes as you do to the eyeliner for this perfection. It is essential to get a good set of brushes and define your eyebrows to let the silver tell the mysterious story.

35. Nude Glitter

Yes, glitter makeup doesn’t need to be all over the place. If you use glitter intentionally to create subtle light reflections, you can even pair it with nude or minimal makeup.

36. Lime Animal Print

If neon makeup is your favourite, you will love this lime green makeup look with a contrasting orange leopard print. It is best done by professional makeup artists as it requires solid experience in applying precision makeup.

37. St. Valentine’s Red

For the holiday that celebrates love, red is the perfect colour. Add some sparkle on your eyes and lips, and your St. Valentine makeup look is done. Keep the rest of the makeup subtle.

38. Blue Glitter Eyeliner

You can call this fantastic eyeliner shade blue or green – it doesn’t matter. What matters is the effect. We are in love with this simple yet astonishing contrast that will raise questions wherever you carry it. Complete the look with a shimmer foundation.

39. Glitter Shadow+Eyeliner

Choose an eyeshadow colour that complements your eyes and smudge it over your eyelid. Create subtle boundaries with golden eyeliner. Because this look is ready in a few minutes and gives effects that will last for hours, you will quickly grow fond of it.

40. Only Pink

If you can colour your hair pink, as well, lucky you, you get extra points for fairytale looks!

However, it is not necessary – you can pick up only the liner and the eyeshadow in a similar colour, and you’re done.

41. Liquid Silver

Get your hands on some silver shimmer and add purple eyeliner for extra sparkle. Use translucent powder to let your whole face get light.

Once you discover how glitter eyeliner can revamp any stale eye makeup looks, remove the tired face, and truly let your eyes shine, glitter eyeliner will become a standard tool in your makeup bag.

How To Apply Eyeliner - Quick and Easy Tips

As the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They reflect your emotions and inner being and there is no better way than to make your beautiful eyes pop other than with eyeliner. Eyeliner can come in many forms shapes and sizes, you have the likes of your pencils, roll-up crayons, gel or cream pots, squeeze tubes, water-reacting cakes, wands and pen applicators.

We've all had our dilemmas when it comes to eyeliner, from the jabs in the eyeballs to the lashes convulsing in seizures when anything pointy comes near them or when you attempt to try Brigitte Bardot's trademark sex kitten look, but then end up looking like a panda bear after excessive rubbing and teary temper tantrums. Fear not, here is a guide to the many techniques on how to apply eyeliner.

How To Apply Eyeliner - Eye Shadow and an Angled Brush

Who said eyeliner is strictly wand or pot form only? For all the boys and girls out there who want to dabble in makeup but find the Kohl pencil eyeliner too harsh for your liking, you can try and use your favourite eye shadow as a liner.

Step 1. The first step is to prime your eyes with a base, either an eye primer, concealer or a neutral-coloured powder. A little goes a long way, use your finger or a flat-tip brush and pat the primer on your eyelid and underneath your lash line.

Step 2. Get an angled eyeliner brush and dip it into your matte brown or matte black eyeshadow, tap away the excess powder and starting in the inner corner of your eyelid, push the angled brush in between the roots of your upper lashes and just gently wiggle the brush ever so slightly back and forth.

Step 3. Keep doing this motion until you reach the end of your lash line. Try to avoid swiping the eyeshadow in as that method isn't as effective as pushing the product into the lashes. The goal here is for a subtle "I'm not wearing any eye makeup" kind of look.

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Palladio Herbal Eye shadow Quads Tantalizing Taupe

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Palladio Angle Liner Brush

Tip: If you want a more defined look. Wet your brush, dab the eyeshadow, once again tap away any excess and stay as close to your lash line as possible, gently apply light strokes.

Start in the inner corner of your eye in a patting motion. Line the rest of your eyelid towards the outer corner of your eye, and add more powder if the colour payoff isn't strong enough to your liking.

How to Apply Eyeliner - Pencil Eyeliner

Nothing like your good old basic kohl eyeliner pencil, but how many times have we tried using a pencil eyeliner and it has seen better days? Blunter than a butter knife, you try and attempt with the utmost precision to draw a crisp line but end up looking absolutely horrendous. I know I have been guilty of this numerous times.

The trick to getting your pencil liner technique down pat and looking effortless is to sharpen it. Simple as it sounds. Sharpening your pencil not only gives you the sharpest point to draw your tight line but it also rids it of any bacteria lurking in your eye pencil too. You wouldn't believe how much of a difference a sharpened pencil makes.

Step 1. For all the au natural folks out there I take a brown pencil and rim the top of my lash line all the way through, just by tracing through the top lashes, getting right into the root. I usually start from the outer top lash of my eye working my way in with a windscreen wiping motion, going back and forth as this gives you the control to intensify the eye look that you want.

Step 2. Then for the bottom of the lash line, I only rim two-thirds of my eye using the windscreen wiping technique again as not going all the way in gives the illusion of my eyes appearing bigger.

Step 3. Not that many people have tried this, but using a nude or flesh-toned coloured pencil on the tight line of your bottom lash lifts your eye look even more. Brightening those peepers up by allowing the whites of your eyes to look whiter.

Traditionally white pencil has always been used to achieve this instant eye-lift. However, the stark white can be a little harsh for makeup beginners who aren't that adventurous yet.

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Palladio Eyeliner Pencil White  

Tip: Using black pencils gives you more of a dramatic look. However, lining your whole entire eye with black liner makes your eye appear smaller.

A tip from Kate Hudson that I read in a magazine a few years ago is with her black eyeliner she will lift her eyelid up with one finger and tight line her top lash line, (so you are kind of going underneath that area) making it look like she has fuller and thicker lashes. 

How To Apply Eyeliner - Creams and Gel Liners

Cream and Gel liners are more forgiving than liquid liners. These liners are creamy and wipe away easily when a stroke or two go astray. Most of these liners that are being sold come with a brush in the packaging that you can apply the product with. Or if you simply don't like using those you can always use your own style. Whether it be a thin pointed tip brush or an angled brush.

Step 1. For gel liner I will prep my eyelid area with a base, patting it down on my eyelid and under the bottom lash line.

Step 2. I dip the bristles of the brush in the gel pot and wipe away any excess product on the rim of the pot. Starting with less product on the brush is better than starting with more as you can always add more eyeliner if you wish and build it up as taking away is more of a difficult task to do. Less is more.

Step 3. On the top middle section of my eyelid where my iris is, I draw outwards staying close to my lash line. For a basic line, I make it as thin as possible. The thicker the line, the bolder the look.

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Tip: If you make a mistake this can be cleaned up via a flat-tip or pointed-tip cotton bud.  

How To Apply Eyeliner - Liquid Eyeliners

The most intimidating medium out of all the liners - everyone either loves them or hates them. Practice makes perfect with these slippery little suckers as well as a steady hand. A simple method for this sleek and dramatic look is to...

Step 1. Prime your eyes with a base.

Step 2. Along your lash line place a dot where your iris is and dot along your eyelid staying as close to your lash line as possible.

Step 3. The dots should be half a centimetre apart from each other. There should be three to four dots along there.

Step 4. Place your drawing elbow on a table while the other hand is holding a handheld mirror. Now is the time to connect the dots by placing the liner along your eyelid sideways. Join the dots by starting from the inside to work your way out.

Step 5. After the dots have been connected, blend the line you have created with the inner corner of your eye. Slowly starting very small from your inner corner join a line to the middle section.

Step 6. Ever so slightly go over what you have created with smooth lineal strokes.


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Tip: The reason why your applicator should be placed sideways is because you are making the wand do all the work rather than drawing with the tip pointed at your eyelid. As for beginners, it can make your line work look wobbly. 


Hopefully, these tips and tricks on how to apply eyeliner along with some ideas for inspiration have helped you on your way to rocking a sexy and sleek flick.

Remember practice makes perfect!

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