Red dress 1

Ever wondered what sort of make up to wear with a red dress? I certainly did when I decided to wear a red dress to a recent wedding (cue the song ‘Lady in Red’ by Chris De Burgh, LOL!). Red is such a rich colour so it’s important to wear make up that won’t clash with it. I decided to do a classic black smokey eye with 2 lipstick options – pink and red. If you are ever in doubt of what eyeshadow colours to use when wearing a bold outfit, a black smoky eye will usually work; and just like a black dress that goes with anything, you can pair any lip colour with a black smokey eye. So here is option 1 with a pink lipstick:

Red dress 3

Red dress 2

..and here is option 2: I used MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick with Nightmoth lip pencil for an ombré look.

Red dress 4


Red dress 5

Which look do you prefer?

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Here’s a list of the products I used:


Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Dark brown & Black brown

 L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD, Toast


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, Black bean and Brown (mixed & used as a base for the eyeshadows)

Black Up Blush, 06 (transition colour)

KIKO Infinity eye shadows, 210, 235, 295

BH Cosmetics Wild Child Vanity Eye Shadow Palette, Gold colour (tear duct)

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner, Black

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes

Covergirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara


Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia (primer)

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD, Orange Corrector

Lancôme Teint Indole Ultra 24H Foundation, shade 14

MAC Pro longwear Concealer NW45

Ben Nye Translucent Powder, Topaz

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, Dark Deep

Sleek Blush, Rose gold (highlight)

Sleek Face form Contouring and Blush Palette, Dark (nose contour)

MAC Eye shadow, Embark (face contour)

MAC Powder Blush,  Raizin

NYX Matte Finish Setting spray


Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, 01

Lip option 1:

MAC Chestnut Lip Pencil (outer lip)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner, Spice (inner lip)

L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss, Statement Nude

Lip Option 2:

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil (outer lip)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner, Red Dynamite (inner lip)

MAC Lipstick, Ruby Woo 


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  1. Tete Tainsh
    31st May 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Emaese, think you look stunning in both, I prefer the 2nd look especially if it’s an evening outing. Pretty bold for me, but might just try it

    • MSA
      1st June 2016 / 12:26 am

      Thanks so much Tete! Lovely to hear from you. Be bold and rock it! Xx

  2. Diamond
    17th September 2016 / 8:33 pm


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