How To Wear Blue Eye Makeup And Red Lips Without The 'USA! USA!' Vibe

It's OK to be patriotic, but that's not what we're going for with this makeup look.
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It's OK to be patriotic, but that's not what we're going for with this makeup look.

Wearing blue eye shadow and red lipstick is like sleeping with an ex-boyfriend.

It’s one of those things that everyone says not to do. You tell yourself that it didn’t work out the first time and that it’s a thing of the past. A been-there-done-that type of situation. Girlfriends say to stay away, and you do…for the most part.

Sometimes curiosity strikes and everyone’s opinions go out the door. Who's to say you shouldn’t put yourself out there?

So I took my electric blue liquid liner and red lipstick, threw my hands in the air and said, “Screw it! I’m doing it!”

However, instead of blue eyeshadow, I wanted to modernize the look and try a bold cat eye instead. It is 2014, after all.

I wanted to emphasize the eyes and lips, so I kept the rest of the face a bit natural. For the skin, I used a moisturizer and a small amount of BB cream. I also skipped the blush and lightly brushed bronzer on the cheekbones.

On the eyes, I lightly used a shimmery off-white shadow all over the lid and added a cobalt shadow on top for a sheer and shimmery effect.

NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue

NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue.

I then used NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue to create a heavy cat eye.

It comes with a small brush that dips into the blue tube, but isn’t really the best brush to create a defined cat eye, so I opted for an angled brush and used the small NYX wand to paint the product directly onto the angled brush. I started on the outer corners and slowly built up the color.

With a black pencil liner, I heavily lined the waterline and used my ring finger to smudge it a bit. 

To finish off the eyes, I applied several coats of black mascara only to the top lashes.

I wanted to keep the brows natural as well, so I brushed them up with the residue on my mascara wand.

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Tannin

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Tannin.

To accompany the dramatic, blue cat eye, I used a deep, glossy, red lipstick by Bite in Tannin. It’s extremely hydrating and is also food-grade, which means you have a snack with you at all times.

It’s actually my favorite lipstick at the moment. I bought it for the sole reason that it tastes so good on the lips. I’m definitely going back and buying it in other shades.


I guess you have to be a bit gutsy to try this look. For a subtle approach, you can always pair a navy shadow or liner with a burgundy lip.

But alas, I went bold instead!

But alas, I went bold instead!

And it feels good! So good even that I’m going to do it again. I’d wear this out on a Saturday night or to a NYFW party. All of my NYFW invitations got lost in the mail, though, so unfortunately I can’t be there.

But don’t you want to wear red lipstick with a blue cat eye all of a sudden? Or is this look something you’ll never try?