Followed closely by the anxiety of what to wear to that ever so chic social function comes the question, what am I going to do with my hair and makeup? In particular when thinking about a certain coloured frock we always seem to ponder and ask, do I go matchy-matchy, should I contrast or perhaps should I just play it safe, not wear much at all and let the dress do all the talking.
7 MAKEUP IDEAS TO TRY WITH A WHITE DRESS
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The best way to even begin thinking about how you should style yourself is to break it down into event categories. Is it a formal wedding, an outdoor festival or perhaps an elegant engagement dinner? This should help you determine what the best look for you might be and give you a better understanding of how to choose your makeup style for the function you are attending.
Then you can look at the colour category and assess what characteristics best work for you. To help you understand this process we have put a piece together featuring our top 7 beauty looks to match with your white dress. Feel on top of your fashion game with our custom matched makeup styles which are perfect to use at your next social function.
BOHEMIAN FESTIVAL WHITES
Have fun at your next festival function with a bohemian inspired look. A bolder look than most may be used to, the festival mermaid look is a gorgeous complement to add to your white sheer textured maxi. To create this look, opt for a pearly white eyeshadow, bronzed highlighters and white face paint that can be delicately applied by using a toothpick.
EUROPEAN HOLIDAY WHITES
The European holiday look can now be easily achieved all year round. Nothing screams confidence like a rejuvenated glowing look. Keep it fresh faced, simple and let your smile do all the talking. Pair your white flowing sheer mini with lightly bronzed skin and add a pop of freshness with a subtle cherry coloured lip. The perfect look for your next summer pool side cocktail party.
STREETWEAR COOL WHITES
Street style is the definition of all things cool and understated. it’s about mixing an over the top fashion item with a simple laid back sneaker. To complement this look keep your makeup style simple with bare skin, a nude lip and subtle statement brows for the ultimate ‘I woke up like this’ vibe! For an effortlessly fabulous look, style it with a white ruffled midi at your next social daytime event.
COLOUR POP WHITES
The easiest way to enhance your white midi dress is by adding a burst of colour through the use of accessories. Adding a brightly coloured bag or hat will give your neutral look a cool hip youthful edge. The use of coloured accessories opens up the opportunity for colour matching your makeup style. Using the same colour on your lips will tie in with the whole look flawlessly.
WHITE ON WHITES
White on white styling is the easiest way to feel super fresh this spring season. An all-white look will have you feeling powerfully feminine in no time. To complement your super chic look, add a bold deep red matte lipstick and voluminous lengthening mascara to your eyelashes. A sleek low ponytail will finish off the look perfectly and have you feeling like the ultimate boss lady.
DENIM WITH WHITES
A cool denim jacket with a white dress has become one of the most quintessential fashion pairings. There is something simply so cool about the heavenly crisp blue tone against pure white that makes fashionistas threads flutter. To complete your contemporary style add an eyeliner with a cool metallic blue tone to highlight your eyes. This will work really well and pick up on the denim accents in your outfit.
BEJEWELED LACE WHITES
Nothing emulates glamour and classic Hollywood style better than a white encrusted lace gown. The perfect choice for a formal evening function, your bejeweled gown is best complemented with a high ponytail and glowing complexion. To style this look, opt for makeup with shimmering metallic hues and illuminated matte products. Keep makeup tones pink for a soft feminine touch.
OVERALL TOP MAKEUP TIPS WHEN WEARING WHITE
- White dresses usually draw more attention to your skin so prep your skin beforehand for a clean and flawless finish.
- Keep it natural by opting for earthy tones to complement your neutral palette.
- Experiment with eyeshadow colours. This will add some flair to your simple look.
- Add a bold lip to your look for an instantly edgy style.
- Opt for smudge proof lipstick to avoid any accidents.
- Add a subtle bronzed look to your skin but be cautious not to go overboard.
- Add a dash of colour by using colour pop accessories.
- Define your brows with a brow pencil or powder as this will add contrasting value between the white dress and your natural features.
- Don’t use foundation on your decolletage to avoid staining your dress.
- Add a flush of colour to your cheeks and finish off with a dab of highlighter on your cheekbones, the perfect accompaniment to your fresh crisp white dress.
As you can see the possibilities are endless, all you need to do is simply consider the environment of the function you are attending. Although traditionally most may think of white as a bridal colour, it can also be a great alternative to black at your upcoming summer function. Beautifully feminine, white has an element of joyfulness to it and can be styled in countless ways making it a malleable and ever so adaptable colour to add to your fashion repertoire. Don’t miss out, be inspired and try our hot makeup tips. Pick a brilliant white dress today for your next formal function. For more tips read our ‘How to Wear White this Derby Day’ blog post.
FACT: Did you know? White is considered as a colour of peace and serenity. Some people even claim that wearing the colour white can instantly change their mood and offers many calming properties!