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Wearing a red gown is seriously stylish business -- you're decked out in a super classic, bold dress and it's time to shine. Choosing hair and makeup is a total cinch when you're already making a statement. Whether you love a glamorous old-Hollywood look or a modern, edgy vibe, your beauty dreams can easily come true.
Doe Eyes and Natural Hair
Create a study in contrasts by pairing your elegant red gown with laid-back hair and makeup. Imagine you're wearing a floor-length, body-hugging gown with a halter neckline. Begin by applying charcoal-hued kohl eyeliner to the outer two-thirds of your lids, both the top and bottom. Smudge the liner with your liner's smudge tip or with a cotton swab. Apply two coats of black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Sweep nude blush on your cheeks and coat your lips with clear lip gloss. As for your hair, add a couple drops of smoothing serum and blow it out smooth with a blow dryer and a paddle brush. Create a center part and wear your hair down for a natural finish -- lovely.
Smoky Eyes and Asymmetrical Hair
Go for an edgy look to bring a modern kick to your red gown. Visualize yourself in a sleeveless red ankle-length gown with a cinched waist and flared skirt. Grab a neutral, dark brown eye shadow and apply it to your upper lids, just above your eyelid creases and beneath your lower lash lines. Apply black liner to your inner rims for a full smoky finish. Apply two coats of blackest black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. For your hair, create a deep side part. Brush back the side with less bulk and secure with bobby pins directly behind your ear. Pull the hair behind it forward a bit to cover the pins. Allow the other side of your hair to cascade over your forehead.
Bold Red Lips and Hollywood Curls
Wow onlookers with an old-Hollywood look, particularly if you're wearing a dramatic dress -- think red ballgown. Using black liquid eyeliner, draw a heavy line across your top lids, dragging the line just past your outer corners -- slightly angle the line up for a cat's-eye effect. Dab white iridescent shadow on the inner corners of your eyes for a wide-eyed appearance. Apply two coats of black volumizing mascara to your top lashes, or go for false lashes if you have a steady hand. Sweep a bit of blush over the apples of your cheeks. If you have a cool skin tone, opt for rose-hued blush; if you have a warm skin tone, go with terra-cotta. Finish your look with a pop of red lipstick. Cool skin tones look best with blue-based reds, while warm skin tones look best in red lipstick with orange undertones. Blow your tresses out smooth with a paddle brush, then curl each section with a jumbo-barrel curling iron. Part on the side and spray with flexible hold hairspray for glamorous curls.
Fresh Face and a Slick Pony
Opt for a simple, fresh-faced look -- it's the best way to look modern while keeping the focus on your lovely gown. Imagine you're wearing a one-shoulder red gown with an Empire waistline and A-line skirt. Apply a shimmery taupe eye shadow to your top lids only. Finish your eyes with a coat of black mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Sweep peach blush onto your cheeks. Women with cool skin tones should go for peach blush with pink undertones. If you have a warm skin tone, opt for peach with orange tones. Cover your lips with glossy nude lipstick in a shade that matches your natural lip color as closely as possible. Gorgeous. Style your coif by applying flexible hold gel to dry hair, whether straight, wavy or curly. Brush your hair straight back to your crown, gathering your locks into a high ponytail. Secure with a tonal hairband and your look is complete.