Gothic black and red eyeshadow tutorial with Biohazardous Beauty

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If you’re looking for a dark gothic vampy look, this black and red eyeshadow tutorial from Youtuber queen BiohazardousBeauty is so high drama. Soothe the subterranean sleepers and unleash the bats… it’s time to take over the night.

Gothic black and red eyeshadow tutorial

This step-by-step guide was brought to you by the lovely BiohazardousBeauty – Youtuber, raven and makeup maven.

Products used:

  • Too Faced shadow insurance (for use as a base to get the eyeshadow to sit and stay)
  • Kat von D Shade Light eye contour palette (for transition shade, under-brow highlight and black eyeshadow)
  • Sedona Lace 863 brush (for tapered blending)
  • Sugar Pill Burning Heart palette (for the Love Plus deep red eyeshadow)
  • Basic non-brand-specific brush (for applying the red eyeshadow)
  • Mac Sketch eyeshadow (for dark creases)
  • Real Techniques base shadow brush (for applying the dark crease)
  • Inglot gel line no. 77 (for gel eyeliner)
  • Mac 209 brush (for applying gel eyeliner)
  • Essence of Beauty fine crease brush (for applying eyeshadow to lower lash)
  • Urban Decay Perversion liner (for lining the lower lash)
  • Eldora M102 false lashes

Getting the look – makeup tips


Use the shadow insurance (or any product you prefer) as a base to hold the eyeshadow in place – work it around your eyes in the lid area, and beneath the eye too.

Transitional shade:

Use a dark neutral shade from your smokey eye palette to lay down a transitional shade, working it into your crease and blending it out towards your brow bone. It will make some of the darker colours easier to blend out later.

Applying the red eyeshadow:

When applying the red eyeshadow, really pack on the colour. It’ll help if you don’t go for a lot of sweeping motions, more patting motions to lay the colour on as thickly as possible.

If you have another red eyeshadow with a slightly different tone (BiohazardousBeauty used another limited edition Love Plus red with glitter sparkles) you can apply it towards the outer edge – but one shade of red is fine if that’s what you’ve got to hand.

Lowlights and highlights:

Apply a darker colour (purple-plum works) to the outer crease.

Before you add the black, add a light highlight colour under the brow to help the reds blend out more smoothly. It’ll also give your darkest colour something to blend into.

Applying the black eyeshadow:

When applying the black eyeshadow to the outer edge, the key is to build up slowly. Start with a little bit – less is more. You’ll then have more control over the final look as you start to build it up bit by bit. Work the outer edges, then come in for a soft line above the lashes, ending around the middle of your eye.

Having trouble blending? Go back in with the red and place it on top of the black.

Eyeliner next!

BiohazardousBeauty went for a big wing and an inner flick, applying her gel eyeliner to the waterline as well.

Lower lash love:

Apply a little bit of red eyeshadow on the lower portion of the lower lash, using a fine crease brush if you have one. Then apply a dark eyeliner from the outer portion inwards, setting it with black eyeshadow. You can also take the black eyeshadow up on the outer portion of the wing so it can be used for blending. Then you can take the red eyeshadow and a more flexible brush to blend on the outside of that.

Final tip: Blend, blend, blend.

Then add false lashes, and you’re ready to Be The Night… 24/7.

AND THERE’S MORE: Watch BiohazardousBeauty’s video for additional steps to apply the lip and get the full look.

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Biohazardous Beauty is “just your not-so-average creature of the night”. This infernally amazing style queen loves experimenting with makeup, the darker and vampier the better. Please follow her on Youtube, Instagram and Twitter so you never miss any of her inspirational tutorials and makeup reviews.

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