How to wear burgundy eye makeup

How-To: Burgundy Eye Makeup - Joan Smalls

Don’t reserve it for the cool weather – this colour is an all-seasons winner

marie claire Contributor / October 05 2017

What started out as the hottest winter hue for your lips has now taken over your eye makeup palette, too. Rich and elegant, burgundy is moody, wearable and eye-catching. Here are four ways to dabble in this eye makeup colour trend all year round.


Pair it with nudes

If you’re hesitant to try this bold colour, start by blending burgundy with neutral tones for a hint of colour, suggests Lancôme National Makeup Director Lara Srokowski. For this look we like Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon


Update your eyeliner

A subtle ring of burgundy liner will make your eyes pop. Want it more dramatic? Smudge a little black liner along the lash line, too. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Burgundy.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Burgundy


Take it from day to night

For day, Srokowski recommends burgundy shadow in the socket and neutrals on the lid; for night, start with a creamy dusty burgundy shadow on the lid and layer either dark brown or black over the top. Try Estée Lauder Magic Smoky™ Powder Shadow Stick in Charred Plum.

Estée Lauder Magic Smoky™ Powder Shadow Stick in Charred Plum


Upgrade your smoky eye

Burgundy’s smouldering colour is perfect for a new take on the classic. Start by layering multiple variations of burgundy (like matte with shimmer or a mix of burgundy tones), and finish with a slick of black mascara. “Pair smoky eyes with fresh skin and natural lips, or contrast subtle burgundy eyes with a dramatic plum pout,” advises Srokowski. We love Lancôme Hypnôse Iconic Eyeshadow Palette in Montmartre.

Lancôme Hypnôse Iconic Eyeshadow Palette in Montmartre
TOP TIP: Build a better smoky eye by layering powder shadow over cream formulas.

Think a burgundy lipstick look is more your style? Learn the insider tricks to nailing the bold lip trend.

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