Halloween Eye Look: Red and Black

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

After my Halloween nail look, I decided I needed to match it with a Halloween eye look. So here you go, a corresponding Halloween EOTD (Eye of the Day)! I decided to keep this look simple, and so I just followed with the red, black and white colour scheme from my Halloween nails, and simply used them in the most no-brainer way possible. And although this look isn't very complicated to reproduce (I mean, it's not very complicated), it really does stand out!

What I feel really made this look stand out was the use of Evil Shades Lucia, a shade I'd had for awhile now but had never dared to use up to now. It was just so scary looking in the pot, all red and bright and...just really intimidating, you know? I've had this for a long time, but I'd just never dared to use it! In fact, as you can see from the photo below, Lucia was part of Evil Shades' Auld Lang Syne Collection (yes, a CHRISTMAS collection) from last year. So yes, I really had it lying dormant for awhile. But I thought, well, since it was Halloween, why not bust out the shades I hadn't tried yet?

evil shades lucia

Lucia is a bright red shade, very bright, and very red. It's also a true red - no orange or blue tones in this one, just screaming, pure red. But in true Evil Shades style, Andrea (the owner of Evil Shades, blogger at Black Nail Polish and Lip Gloss, and generally awesome all-around friend) has thrown in something a little more special into what would be just another matte red. There is actually pink shimmer dispersed throughout the shade, which gives it an interesting pink dimension in some lights and angles.

evil shades lucia close up

I really like the pink shimmer in Lucia, because on my eye, it reflects pink at different angles. This effect is most noticable when light hits the shade, and you get a pretty cool pink flash. In the photo below you can see the pink flash where the red meets the black portion, as that one is reflecting the most light. Pretty cool, huh?

halloween eye look red black 4

For this Halloween eye look, I used Evil Shades Lucia on the lid, and used just a shimmery white on the browbone, and a matte black in the contour area. It probably doesn't really matter which white or black you're using with a shade as stunning as Lucia, but the white was Stila Moonlight and the black was Stila Ebony. Another thing I thought I'd add is that all the Evil Shades eyeshadows I've tried so far are really very pigmented. Evil Shades sure knows how to create a good shade, and they don't skimp on the quality!

halloween eye look red black 2

Because Lucia is so pigmented, and because it's so intensly red, I found that where this shadow goes, it STAYS. Sure it's blendable (as you can see from the EOTD photos), but I did end up having to really wipe my brushes down to remove the last bits of Lucia before applying the next shade, in order to avoid colour mixing. Although Lucia isn't available, the latest Evil Shades Halloween Collection , has a couple of very interesting reds, with a shimmer and slight duochrome flash much like Lucia (although not pink).

All in all, I'm really glad to be rocking this awesome colour, although it's really quite far out of my comfort zone. (I have to confess: I eventually chickened out of wearing this out of my house, and had to wash it off before heading out. I'm a loser, I know.) I've always been a great fan of Evil Shades, and Andrea is such a nice person, everytime I use one of her products I really wonder why I don't have more Evil Shades stuff - I think it's just because I tend to prefer my eyeshadows in pressed form. But if you like indie makeup brands with very unique pigmented colours, it's a brand definitely worth your money. Now, I'm officially ready for Halloween!

(Evil Shades product given to me because Andrea is just a great friend. All other products were purchased by me. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)


  1. Wow, that is a gorgeous look. I never imagined that Red could look so good on the eye, the shade you have used is perfect. Absolutely stunning. Jude xx @jadlgw

  2. Very nice! But for some people this is an "everyday" look, so I wouldn't call it "halloween" :))

  3. @Corina: You are right! Although I have to admit that being a neutrals-wearing colour wimp, this is a scary look for me to pull off! :)

  4. This is soooo cool. It looks great on you!

  5. WOW! Love this look you've made!! And how perfect to use such "evil shades" haha

  6. Lucia looks gorgeous! I haven't heard of Evil Shades but will be looking into them now. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Wow! I like this look! Perfect for parties!

  8. this is so nice!!! great look!


  9. I love how you blend the red and black together, so gothic! thanks for sharing =D

  10. This is amazing. I am such a big fan of red shadows at the moment. If you wear them right (like you did here) they look great.

  11. YAY! I'm so proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and OMG stright into red! (even if you didn't leave the house) You rocked it! We'll just yake baby steps, someday though your comfort zone is going to be so huge. lol

  12. you shouldn't have chickened out, it's a great look. don't be a wussy :P

    Vonnie of Socialitedreams.com

  13. Cute! I would like to see process in pictures how you blend and stuff, but this is okay too! :*

  14. STUNNING! I'd love to see more colourful looks like this from you ^__^

  15. I've never seen red eyeshadow look so good before! It's usually such a shunned colour on the eye, but you just make me wanna try it for myself!


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