Friday, 17 August 2012

Get the Burlesque look

Get the Burlesque look
The last few years has seen the popularity of wearing vintage and 1950’s fashion soar, meaning that naturally, and burlesque style in in, big style. Women all around are getting back to grips with their sexy and sultry style.
If you’ve never worn a burlesque style before, it can be hard to know where to start to create a look that has the desired effect. Here we take a look at how you can achieve that look relatively easily…
Burlesque make-up is all about being sultry with your make-up, but it’s also important to keep it clean and fresh. It’s important to get a good base with a quality foundation, and go for the matt look as opposed to bronzed. For the eyes, add a sleek line of eyeliner on the top lid- with a flick if you like- and then add generous coats of mascara.
It wouldn’t be a burlesque look without some bold lipstick. The traditional colour would be red; however, bright pinks and bold purples work well too.  Finish off with some pink rouge and you’ll have the perfect make-up look.
Hairstyle & headpiece
When choosing a hairstyle for the perfect vintage look, think 1950’s glamour. Think curls, waves and finger waves, constructed into neat and sleek styles to give you a look which says you’re sophisticated but sexy at the same time.
Keep all curls close to your head- the current big hair styles including back combing and volume aren’t burlesque. Keep your hair sleek and shiny to ooze glamour.
Head pieces are also a big part of burlesque fashion. Fascinators are a great way to dress up your outfit and give you a big of pizazz.  Any which add a touch of glamour or are synonymous with the style, and can really complete an outfit.
Headpieces with net that covers part of the face are good choices; they help to add an air of mystery.
Corset and stockings
No burlesque look is complete without a corset and stockings. A corset will help to give you the perfect feminine figure, including a smaller waist and an ample cleavage. If you really want to go burlesque, go for black, red or purple. Any style will suit, including under bust corsets, ones with straps and any material will do. And of course, if you go for an under bust corset, it’s worth investing in some nipple tassels for behind closed doors…
Stockings are vital to achieve this look. A burlesque dancer will make a statement by removing stockings in a very suggestive way. Stockings can be very sexy, and make you feel a million dollars.
Go vintage
Burlesque isn’t all about flaunting your underwear. You can still wear the 1950’s sex siren look without being overly sexual. Invest in some vintage tea dresses and some peep toe shoes to get that 50’s look. This teamed with hair and make-up can still make a burlesque look which is suitable for everyday wear.
You could even wear the corset and stockings underneath your dress to keep your confidence high. And only you will know about it.
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