You can never go wrong in a "little black dress!" The question is, how do you style it?
I’m not sure if anybody remembers my style vault post about cut out dresses, but I finally got a chance to wear my black cut out dress over the weekend! The dress is from Forever 21 and I styled it with a small black Fendi logo bag and Prada heels with rhinestones (my favorite going out shoe!).
In terms of makeup, which I am about to focus on more in depth, I wanted to keep the eye makeup softer with an emphasis on a BRIGHT lip, which is really on trend in the beauty world right now.
I am wearing the GIELLA lipstick I created, "Mad Crush on You"...it's a hot pink shade with a creamy texture.
Style Confession: As much as I like to do a smokey eye look in the evening, I am really all about softer eye shadows on myself with heavy black eyeliner and false lashes followed with a brighter lip. That is definitely my signature look right there, regardless if it’s on trend or not.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I believe EVERYONE should invest in at least one bright lipstick! Especially on fair skin like myself, it is really flattering. It warms up the skin and brightens the face in my opinion. I know many people afraid of a bright lip, and my response is, don’t be scared, ANYONE can pull it off!
Now with a black dress, there’s a lot of flexibility with the makeup and it’s so easy (and often predictable) to coordinate it with a smokey eye, but this time I really wanted the makeup focus to be on a bright lip. That’s not to say that smokey eyes cannot be done with a bright lip, I just think it is harder to pull that off without the look becoming OVER-styled (aka too much).
Before I went out, I took a photo to show a closer look at the makeup I created with the little black cut out dress I wore:
In terms of the eye shadows, I used MAC: "Grand Entrance" (lid), "Bisque" (crease), "Embark" (outer crease)", and LOT OF "Frozen White" pigment under the brows and in the inner corner. And I experimented using the pigment as an under liner followed by MAC "Graphblack" eyeliner. I wanted to really brighten the eyes with the pigment. My signature #48 lashes (without mascara) topped off the final look.
As you can see in the photo, the eye shadows are fairly soft, rather than going smokey. The cheeks are a peach color (MAC’s “My Highland Honey”…as I’ve said, this is my all-time favorite blush MAC has ever created and it’s hard for me to steer away from it!) and the lips are a hot pink. Surprisingly, NO lipgloss and I lined a with MAC’s “Smoothberry” creamstick liner (sadly, this shade is discontinued).
I own quite a collection of hot pink lipsticks and never get to wear them nearly as much as I’d like to. I have to say that the hot pink lipstick shade I created is the BEST hot pink for me. I’ve also been rocking this shade in the daytime as it’s bright but not TOO bright. I’m not just saying it’s the best because I created it myself, I was actually just trying to create a really pretty hot pink lipstick that would work universally on most people and it just happens to work on me PERFECTLY! I AM IN LOVE IT! (FYI: If people are interested in purchasing any custom blend makeup I am wearing or something custom made to suit your needs, CONTACT ME directly)!
I hope everyone enjoyed my outfit/makeup post from this weekend! If I had extra time and the styling tools, I actually really would have wanted to CRIMP my hair with this look to add some texture to my hair. I used to have my mom crimp my hair all the time when I was younger and although I don’t see people style their hair this way anymore, I am all about being a trend setter! I’m going to have to find a way to either find my old crimper OR buy a new one so I can start crimping my hair again! Just wait and see! :)
[Do you wear hot pink lipstick, if so, what do you wear it with?]