Party Makeup That Won't Detract From Your Dress

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After months of swooning from a distance, I finally caved and bought this Kate Moss for Topshop dress I’ve been longing for. Based on a Christian Dior dress Moss wore to Cannes in 1998 (which she attended with Johnny Depp on her arm), this dress is everything I look for in a garment--sexy and glamorous, with the "it" girl ease Kate’s style has become known for.

kate moss and johnny depp

Sigh. I’m obviously team #WinoForever, but these two made quite the Cheekbone King and Queen.

I’m not going to Cannes anytime soon, but I’m still planning on wearing my feather dress all the time. With a statement-making dress like this, the wrong makeup can kill the whole look. So I’ve come up with a look that’s sexy, simple, and cool enough to flatter my new dress, rather than compete with it.


I skipped foundation and simply mixed a bit of CC cream and face oil for a clean, glowing complexion. To achieve a similar look, mix a dab of Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream with four or five drops of The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. Warm the combo in your hands before slathering it all over.

topshop and kate moss black feather dress

This dress shows off my shoulders and neck, which are some of my favorite body parts. I’ve said it before--shoulders are the new cleavage.


I filled in my brows with an angled brush and L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Shadow Single in Deep Mocha, a cool, dark brown. I used a heavy hand to fill in my brows’ natural shape.

I covered my entire mobile eyelid with Maybelline ExpertWear Eye Shadow in Golden Halo. I love wearing gold eye shadow (and all-gold everything) because it really highlights the golden undertones in both my skin and my brown eyes.

gold eye shadow

To keep the gold shadow from getting too Goldmember-ish, make sure your shadow isn’t too glittery or yellow.

I carried the shape of the shadow out just slightly beyond my eyelid, as you can see.

gold eye makeup

Then I grabbed that same shadow I used for my brows and worked it heavily into my crease. I dusted it lightly over the rest of the lid to slightly dull down the gold’s shine. The look can be a bit messy (it’s better that way; everything is) and you can go heavier on the gold or dark brown, depending on your preference.

brown and gold eye shadow layered

The effect is a bit like soft, tarnished gold.

From there, I lined my upper lash line with Maybelline Define-a-Line Eyeliner (in Soft Black) and used the built-in smudger to sex it up. Everyone knows as far as sex appeal, smudgy conquers sharp every time. Plan your eyeliner accordingly. 

soft smoky eye

Don’t go too heavy on the eyeliner. We don’t want too much of a look, since the dress is the real statement piece. I drew a thin line along my lower lash line before swiping on a couple coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara.

And that’s it for the eyes!

soft smoky eye


For my cheeks, I wanted a look that was both bronzed AND pink. Enter Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio in Apple, which comes with 3 beautiful shades meant to blush, bronze, and highlight. The colors and consistency are great, and the brush that accompanies is probably the only built-in blush brush I’ve ever truly loved. It’s fluffy and soft, but stiff enough still to pick up the powder evenly.

I like to sweep the brush along both the top two shades, a berry pink and a warm bronze, and then swirl both colors onto the apples of my cheeks before blending outward toward my hairline. The effect is a two-in-one contour and blush extravaganza. Check it.

contoured and blushed cheeks


I wanted a neutral lip, and I started with NYX Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap but felt like it was a bit too pale for this occasion. (And for my tan, which is something I’m not used to considering.)

revlon colorburst balm stain in adorea

On top of the Rimmel lipstick, I layered Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Adorea, a creamy, warm brown-red that goes on sheer enough to not compete with the rest of this look.

Then I snapped on a pretty ear cuff and called it a day.

minimal makeup look

I’m thinking with a dress like this, I’d opt to wear my hair up, but a bit messy.

neutral makeup look

What do you think? Do you have a favorite statement dress? Wanna buy this one, too, so we can be twins? (Triplets, actually, because Kara bought it as well!) Fill the comments with photos of your favorite dresses--and/or photos of Kate Moss.