The ‘little black dress’ appeal was first established by Coco Chanel in the late 1920s. Black dresses have become a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down, and can be paired with endless accessory possibilities. What makeup should be worn with a black dress; a neutral more natural look, or smoky and dramatic?
There are 2 looks that can be worn with a black dress; a smokey eye, or a statement lip. Black dresses are considered elegant and effortlessly simple. Celebrities have been wearing them for years, and there is a pattern among the makeup looks. A focus on the eyes, or the lips, and the rest minimal.
Whether you choose to opt for a smoldering eye, or a bold lip is up to you, and depends on the look you are trying to achieve and your personal style. Play around with both and think what would be more ideal for the setting and occasion.
The options for a smoky eye to pair with a black dress are infinite; since black goes with everything, you can enjoy the freedom to go for any color you wish. This is the perfect opportunity to play around with any shades you would usually be intimidated by, such as a bright purple, electric blue, and mossy green. Other more classic colors such as a dark brown or a stark black will work as well; these provide a more serious finish. In terms of colors, anything will work but neutrals with black undertones are recommended, since they will pair more easily with the dress.
Metallic shades are recommended for nighttime looks, since they amp up the general appeal of the garment appropriately. A tip when applying eyeshadow; slightly dampen your applicator brush before applying the shadow. This will make the color appear darker, apply easier, and leave a clean cut finish. Blend the product if desired or create a sharp edge; this all varies according to the desired look. Black liner pairs well with all the color ranges and will work best with a black dress, as well as a coat of dark mascara. See below for a classic smokey eye tutorial.
A statement lip can be quite intimidating to some; it is very easy to create a visual appeal, but equally as easily to ruin an outfit with an unfavorable shade. The black dress once again provides multiple possibilities to play around with a wide array of colors, from a modern glossy nude, to a classic deep red. A statement lip is the perfect way to finish off a look with a black dress, and can take the look to another level.
Beauty experts suggest playing around with your favorite shades, whilst sticking to the following; deep coral, burgundy, red, soft pink, fuschia, and neutral nudes. Any of these colors can be worn in matte, creamy, or glossy formulas, depending on the time of day and type of event.
A black dress is symbolic of possibilities; the opportunity to try something new, an open oasis. Whatever makeup look you end up choosing will look great, and you will always look polished and effortlessly put together. Attempt to go in one direction; either a smokey eye, or a statement lip, since both could be overwhelming.
Other recommendations include sculpting the face with a natural finish bronzer, and highlighting all high points with a bright highlighter. In general, try accentuating a focal point, either the eyes or the lips, and keeping the rest more simple and minimal. A black dress is like a ‘blank canvas’; while possibilities may seem endless, there are still certain parameters one should stick to in order to maintain the appeal and elegance that the dress provides, adequately paired with an appropriate makeup look.