Dress Color: Black
Light Skin Tones
For your eyes, focus on crisp lashes and leave the color minimal. Do a pale lid with taupe in the crease and champagne on the brow bone. (Try CARGO Essential Palette in Warm Neutral, $32; ulta.com) Go vivid with fire-engine reds or jewel-toned pinks on your lipsthey're both so hot right now and can really bring your look to life. (Try The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Color in Cherry Sparkle, $12.50; thebodyshop.com)
Medium Skin Tones
Try a colored eyeliner. Start with a pale lidtaupe in the crease and champagne on the brow bone. At the base of the lash line put a very thin line from tear duct to outer corner. For blue eyes, go for teal. Brown eyes, try a lavender. Green eyes look fab with vibrant emerald. (Try N.Y.C. New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils, $4 each; sears.com) Line your lips in a hue similar to your skin tone, then fill in the rest of your mouth. (Try Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain in Exposed, $24; sephora.com) Sweep a touch of gold gloss over top to bring the lip to life and give a warm, sexy hue.
Dark Skin Tones
Try a smoky eye in an unusual color palette like burgundy to make your eyes pop. (Try Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Bella, $20; sephora.com) Glam up your lashes with a deep plum mascara. (Try Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara, $19; sephora.com) Balance the unique eye makeup with bare lips. Choose a clear gloss or one with a a touch of shimmer. (Try Bath & Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss in Twisted Peppermint, $7; bathanbodyworks.com) The shine will be the definition to your lips so keep them wet and freshly glossed.
Brett Freedman, makeup artist and founder of Vanitymark cosmetics
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