November 6, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

The Best Makeup to Pair With Your LBD

Every gal’s got her signature LBD (Little Black Dress). In fact, many have a closetful! Whether it’s a lacy black number for a romantic date or a pencil dress for the office, not only is there a dress for that, but a makeup look to match! And we’ve got the perfect combos for your collection, no matter the occasion.

Makeup Look to Match Your Date Night LBD
Date Night Makeup

Step 1. Apply primer to the skin before foundation to ensure your makeup lasts all night — especially if it’s going to be a long one! Using a beauty blender or foundation brush, apply a matte foundation to your face, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation.

Step 2. Using a matte bronzer or contouring palette (the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette has it all!), lightly contour the hollows of your cheekbones and along your jawline for a more defined look.

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Step 3. Using a fluffy shadow brush, dust a matte brown shade (we used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware) all over the lid and buff it outward.  

Step 4. Complete this classic look with a swipe of matte red lipstick and you’re ready for your red-hot date!

Makeup Look to Match Your Work LBD 

Work MakeupStep 1. Using your fingers, pat on an eye shadow primer to prevent any smudging or fading that can occur during your long workday. Then, dust a soft, taupe shade (try NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Lace) on the inner corner of your eyelids using a blending eye shadow brush.

Step 2. Apply a shimmery, maroon shade like NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Flustered onto the outer corners of the eyes and blend inward toward the middle of your lid and crease. Line your upper and lower lash line with a black kohl liner like Maybelline Master Kajal and buff the liner out just slightly for a softer look. Then, swipe on your fave mascara!

Step 3.
Using a matte bronzer, contour the hollows of your cheekbones and down the sides of your nose. And for a natural glow, applying highlighter above your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, on your Cupid’s bow and brow bone.

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Makeup Look to Match Your Girls' Night LBD

Night Out MakeupStep 1. Girls’ night is all about having fun with your look! Start with radiant, dewy skin by lightly contouring your cheekbones and jawline, then loading up on highlighter along the top of your cheekbones, on your brow bone, nose and Cupid’s bow.

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Step 2. Blend in a shimmery, taupe eye shadow like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Easy Baked all over your lid and line your top and bottom lash line with black liner. Dust some of the taupe shadow along the inner corner of your lash line as well.

Step 3. To prevent bleeding, line your lips with either an invisible liner or bright fuchsia lip pencil. Fill your lips in (using a lip brush for extra precision) with an ultra-bright magenta lipstick like Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Brazen Berry.

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.