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How to Get In on the Red-Eye Makeup Trend Without Looking Like You're Stoned

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Solange and Cara Delevingne

Warning: It's not for the faint of heart.

In beauty, as in fashion, three is a trend. So when Solange took the stage at L.A.’s FYF Fest over the weekend with a bright red wash of shadow over her eyes, she solidified the look previously worn this summer by Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Lopez.

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But that’s not to say it’s for everyone. All three of these ladies are known for making bold statements. Says Kristin Hilton, makeup artist to Uma Thurman, Elisabeth Moss and Banks, "Red eye shadow can be tricky! It can go goth, punk, raver — [it’s] definitely edgy."

In the expert's opinion, Delevingne's take on the eye-catching hue "wins in my book, not because she is a model, but because the execution of it is graphic and bold, focused on the lid." For those at home who want to give the trend a try, Hilton says everything else must be minimal.

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Additionally, insists Hilton, "the warmer the red, the better." Her go-to: Lime Crime Venus Eyeshadow Palette ($42). "This palette offers a few shades of red, so if you’re not ready to fully dive in, it can slowly take you there." And not to worry if you fear red — which is, by the way, super flattering on those with green and blue eyes — isn’t for you. Says Hilton, "I can’t say this trend will take off, but it’s definitely for the experimental makeup junkie."

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