Ahh, yes, the LBD, or "little black dress." It's universally figure-flattering, versatile, timeless and an ideal way to showcase your personal style.The LBD can be rocked many ways, with varying degrees of fierceness, to make a woman look fabulous. One of the easiest ways lies in your choice of makeup, so check out the best ways to have a red carpet-worthy look.
Arguably the most popular way to accentuate an LBD and killer red shoes, a sultry, smokey eye is too stunning to miss. There are several ways to achieve the smokey eye that vary in levels of intensity and color. The obvious choice is the foundation of black eyeshadow, but you could also use a number of colors, such as charcoal, chocolate, plum or forest green. These dark shades go on top of the lid, with their lighter, complementary shades following along the crease, brow bone and lower lash line. Several coats of black mascara and kohl or liquid eyeliner complete the look, creating a showstopping smokey eye that perfectly complements your LBD and red shoes ensemble.
When you are rocking something as dramatic as a smokey eye, it's important that you balance out the severity by toning down the remainder of your makeup look considerably to avoid an overdone appearance. One of the best ways to achieve this is a fierce nude lip. What's great about a nude lip is that while the color is faint, it still manages to be seen on your lips, providing an effortless appearance. With your LBD and red shoes, you're already wearing very dominant shades, so the addition of a pale lip adds a lovely element of contrast. The exact color of nude varies depending on skin tone, but generally, opaque beige, tawny beige, light brown and champagne are all good colors to start with.
When you want to add even more spice to your LBD and red shoes, the addition of a fierce red lip is definitely the way to go. Powerful, deliberate and impossible to ignore, a red lip is one of the most duplicated and coveted looks in the beauty world. The key to achieving this makeup look the right way is to tone down everything else and choose the proper red for your complexion. Pale skin looks best in blue-based reds, medium complexions are flattered by burgundys and true reds, and dark skin tones look good in true red or orange red. Apply a neutral eyeshadow to your lids, finish off with lots of black mascara, eyeliner and pale cheeks, and you have a winning look.
Complementary to both the red and nude lip, as well as a host of other colors, the neutral eye look is widely versatile and flattering for whatever outfit you're wearing. However, in the case of an LBD and red shoes, you want your neutral eye to have a tinge more drama than it would with other ensembles. Nude eyeshadow is great, but also try a pale gold, sparkly champagne or light brown hue to add a little shimmer and dimension to those gorgeous peepers of yours.