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8 Gorgeous Ways to Get in on the Burgundy Eyeshadow Trend

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If you’re anything like us, you save every Instagram post that features the kind of makeup you dream of doing as soon as you have the time. Taking a look at our saves proves one thing: we’re trading neutrals for burgundy eyeshadow. What once looked like matte and shimmer smoky eyes and shades of brown, now is full of deep burgundy hues. And we’re not mad about it.

The burgundy eyeshadow trend has been around for years but shows no signs of slowing down. Makeup artist Nydia Figueroa believes that’s because it’s a surprisingly wearable color that looks good on everyone. Plus, she says, it exudes confidence. “It’s a great way to play with color without going too much outside your comfort zone,” she says. “[The] Burgundy eyeshadow trend is super easy to achieve and [the color] can also be worn on its own.”

If you don’t think you can pull off the deep wine hue, think again. “It all depends on the placement, color, and texture that you chose,” explains Figueroa. “The best way to find out which one works best for you is by trying a starting with a light shade and gradually going richer in color.” Ready to put aside your basic browns and coppers, at least for a few days? Well, it’s easier than it seems.

“The great thing about wearing a burgundy eyeshadow is that you can go natural or bold on the lips,” continues Figueroa. “If you want the focus to be on the eyes, I would stick to soft and neutral pinks on the lips. If you want to amp up the look, you can match your eyes with your lipstick for a beautiful monochromatic feel.” It’s pretty much impossible to get it wrong. Ahead, definitive proof that burgundy eyeshadow is about to be your new favorite eye makeup.


About the Expert:

Nydia Figueroa is makeup artist, global beauty educator, and lead beauty director for Fashion GXD Magazine.

Products You’ll Love:

1. Most Diverse Palette: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
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Start your burgundy eyeshadow journey with this pigmented 14-shade palette. There are multiple burgundy shades inside, from brighter purple to deep burgundy. Even better, this eyeshadow palette makes the rest of your eye makeup look simple to achieve. You’ve got your taupe transition color, a light hue to use as a highlighter, and shimmer shades to bump up your look.

2. Best Glittery Single Shadow: URBAN DECAY COSMETICS Eyeshadow Singles in 1985

URBAN DECAY COSMETICS Eyeshadow Singles in 1985
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If you just want to add one burgundy eyeshadow, this glittery shade is a great choice. Use the neutrals already in your beauty kit and add in this purple-y hue for a fresh take on the burgundy eye makeup trend. You can also turn it into eyeliner by dipping an eyeliner brush in water and painting away.

3. Best Waterproof Formula: MAKEUP UP FOR EVER Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow in Earth

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow in Earth
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Don’t be afraid to rock your new eye makeup look at the beach, in the heat, in the rain—anywhere, really. This brownish-burgundy won’t move for a whopping 24 hours, well, unless you want it to. The creaseless, waterproof, smudge-proof stick can be used as an all-over shadow or liner.

4. Best Matte Single Shadow: LANCÔME Color Design Eyeshadow in Snap

LANCÔME Color Design Eyeshadow in Snap
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Skip the shimmer for a matte shade that looks amazing on all skin tones. This rusty burgundy color can be layered to increase the intensity. That makes it a great matte option for every day, as well as the perfect burgundy tone for a purple smoky eye. The brand promises its “micro-air technology” makes blending effortless so it’s also the perfect choice for newbies.

5. Best Metallic: M·A·C Dazzleshadow Extreme in Incinerated

M·A·C Dazzleshadow Extreme in Incinerated
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When you want serious, look-at-me eye makeup, go for a metallic finish. This pressed powder shadow features a cream-like texture that only needs one swipe for full pigment. It dries to a wet-like metallic finish that looks like melted metal. How’s that for taking the burgundy eyeshadow trend to the next level?

6. Best Mini Palette: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals
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You don’t need a massive eyeshadow palette to get the burgundy makeup look. With just six shades, you’ve got the clutch burgundy, a lighter transition, a brown to deepen, and shimmers to get the party started.

7. Best Chrome Finish: TARTE Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Fire Dancer

TARTE Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Fire Dancer
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These loose pigments melt onto your eyelids for a mirror-like shine you can see across the room. The waterproof formula won’t crease or smudge so your burgundy eye will stay put all day and night. Add a dab on top of your favorite neutral shades for an easy way to get into the trend.

8. Best Liquid Shadow: HUDA BEAUTY Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in V-I-Pink & Million Dollar Deals

HUDA BEAUTY Matte & Metal Melted Shadows in V-I-Pink & Million Dollar Deals
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Not only do you get a matte pink-purple shade in this two-for-one, but you also get a complimentary shimmer hue on the other end. Create an infinite number of looks with the longwearing shadows that stay in place for up to 12 hours.

Looks You’ll Love:

1. Monochromatic Makeup

Close-up of Priyanka Chopra rocking a burgundy smoky eye makeup look
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas matched her smoky burgundy eyeshadow to her matte lip. Steal her eye makeup by grabbing a matte burgundy eyeshadow and a small pencil brush. “Take that color and blend it under the lash line focusing on the outer corners,” says Figueroa. “Use the same burgundy shade to blend a wash of color from your top lash line to your crease using a fluffy tapered brush.”

2. Reverse Shadow

Close-up of Shay Mitchell rocking a neutral eyeshadow and burgundy eyeliner makeup look
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Shay Mitchell chose to pair burgundy eyeliner with neutral shadow for a look that’s surprisingly glam. “To achieve this look at home, I would start with lining your waterline with a burgundy pencil,” explains Figueroa. “The rest of this look is neutral, so you can take a warm bronze eyeshadow with a short tapered fluffy brush to blend from the lash line to the crease and pull that color underneath your eyes, as well.”

3. Bright Eyes

Close-up of Sarah Hyland rocking a deep burgundy eye makeup look
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Although Sarah Hyland’s makeup looks dramatic, the burgundy eyeshadow color used is actually a bit more purple. “All you need is a brighter burgundy color to blend on your lids and under your eyes,” says Figueroa. “You can then blend a black eyeshadow in the corners for a sultry, smoky look.” To finish, take a bit of loose shimmer on your ring finger and pat it on top.”

4. Deep Wine

Close-up of Lily Collins rocking a very deep burgundy eyeshadow look
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Lily Collins’ look might seem next-level but it’s actually pretty easy to do with just one eyeshadow color. “To achieve this look you are going to take your burgundy eyeshadow and blend it on your lid, crease, and under your eyes,” says Figueroa. “Then you can take a flat eyeshadow brush to pat on addtional color to your lid to create depth.”

5. Rosy Eyes

Close-up of Lili Reinhart rocking a cranberry and burgundy eyeshadow look
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Lili Reinhart chose a lighter burgundy shadow that’s no less glam. “Use a light cranberry shade on the lids and blend a dark burgundy shade in the corners of the eyes and under the lash line,” says Figueroa. “Then, apply white eyeliner in the lash line to open up the eyes and add brightness to the look.”

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Elizabeth Denton
Elizabeth is a freelance beauty writer. Previously, she was a beauty & fashion editor at Time Out New York, Seventeen, & Allure. She has more than a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion world, writing for Nylon, StyleCaster, Cosmopolitan & more.
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Article Last Updated March 2, 2021 12:00 AM