It’s a classic Halloween special that we turn to year after year – a red devil. But you need more than a forked tail and horns to convince onlookers you’re the real deal. Your makeup needs to match your costume, too, so there are some special tricks and treats to help you nail the look.
“When you’re wearing a daring look it’s imperative to prime your skin first to ensure your base sits on top perfectly,” says makeup artist Ciara O’Shea. “Then apply a demi matte foundation – Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation is great.”
The eyes are where the majority of drama come from with this look and while you could use a red eyeshadow, Ciara is all for the ‘go big or go home’ approach and suggests reaching for a red lipstick.
“A red lipstick is going to go the mile on this look so invest in a sweatproof one that won’t budge once it’s in place – you can’t beat Fenty’s Stunna Lip Colour in Uncensored,” she recommends. “Apply it to the crease of the eye then immediately blend it out with an eyeshadow brush while it’s still wet to give the eye socket a red halo. Take it from the top of the inner corner to the extreme outer corner of the socket in an arc shape. Then do the same under the eye but leave the inner corners/tear ducts free of colour at this stage.”
Next, it’s time to add some eyeliner. “Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner is perfect for this look,” says Ciara. “Draw a strong tapered line behind the upper lash and under the lower lash then use a kohl pencil inside the water line to really emphasise the eye. Add some vampy false lashes – Eylure light and wispy are a go-to of mine and then top them up with lashings of mascara.”
Feeling inspired? We’ve rounded up some amazing makeup looks – whether you just want to dip your toes into the red eye makeup trend or go all out with body paint and red horns.
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Euphoria-inspired red devil
This look is all about the details: red contact lenses, framed by wispy falsies and white-out brows. But its the smattering of Euphoria-inspired red face gems on the forehead and bridge of the nose that gives this look a cool-girl edge.
Glossy red devil
Sometimes keeping it simple can make the biggest impact. Dewy skin paired with red eyeliner – extended in an exaggerated wing – and black lipstick looks unbelievably chic.
Space bun red devil
There are two standout features to this look. The two-toned lip deserves a special mention as the colour placement involves a lighter red hue on the outer rim, a burgundy on the plumpest part of the lip to add depth and not forgetting a tiny dribble of red lip gloss from the corner of the mouth. Then there are the space bun horns, created by securing the hair into pigtails, braiding them and then wrapping the hair around the base.
Bejewelled red devil
Stick-on jewels are a great way to add instant glamour to fancy dress. Better still they are super easy to apply. Here they ring the eye, making the triple-winged red eyeliner, which is artfully designed to look like flames, the focal point. A black ombre mouth completes the look. To achieve, start with a slick of red lipstick. Using black lipliner, draw along the outer edge of the lip and then bleed the two colours together so it fades lighter in the centre.
Classic red devil
With its heavy-handed application of body paint, this look is definitely not for the time poor. Stick-on jewels make a feature of the smoked out eyes, while black liquid liner to define the brows and black lips tie the look together.
Ombre red devil
A steady-handed approach and plenty of blending is key for recreating this look. Ombre lips meet equally dramatic ombre eyes, fading from deep to light berry for an almost bruised look. You’ll need black eyeliner to draw the outline of the pitch forks over the eyelids and forked tail on the neck, and red eyeliner to fill it in. Then use a brush to gently buff the colour out.
Fashionista red devil
This look could be directly from the catwalk it’s so achingly cool. The next-level feathery lashes glued along the top and bottom lashes is daubed in lashings of red mascara to create an almost mask-like effect around the eyes. A combination of silver eyeshadow and tight lining complete the haunting effect, while lips are kept nude, bar a slick of clear shimmer lip gloss.
Cute red devil
Iridescent pink eyeshadow and a sharp cat eye keep this look glam. The feather-trimmed horns and red shimmer streaming from the eyes are a playful nod to the red devil.
5-minute red devil
This is Halloween makeup for those who don’t like to stray too far out of their comfort zone or for those who want a speedy update to their daytime makeup. Red eyeshadow, swept along the bottom lashes, is a simple Halloween upgrade to this everyday nude makeup look.
Vampy red devil
A dark plum lip paired with red eyeshadow looks just as pretty and dramatic on Halloween as it would on a normal night out. Texture is key here – metallics on the eyes, frosty highlighter on the cheekbones and a glossy finish on the lips for a devilishly juicy pout.
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