Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How I styled it: West Side Story!

So I finally got around to trying my hand at dressing up like the lovely Latinas in West Side Story. As always I tried to do vintage with a modern twist. In case you are too tired to scroll down to my original inspiration post, here's an example of what I was going for...

I got all gussied up in a fancy red party dress and matching heels, paired with very bright orange tights. I added to this some peacock-esque earrings in teal and yellow. Miraculously, I had a very vibrant magenta pocket door to pose against.

I have a way less sassy pose than real Broadway girls, but I'm extremely fidgety and shy even though it's my husband taking the pictures. I'm not sassy at all, I'm really just holding my hair up to get the earrings in the picture. Those shoes in the picture are actually retired. I bought them from a street vendor in Paris on my honeymoon last year and wore them out pretty quickly. Both heels are broken but I brought them out of storage to give them one last hurrah!

I also did some super bright makeup colors to match the theme. Here's a close up on the eyes...

First i used a yellow eyeshadow all over from lashline to crease. Then I added a matte orange shadow to the inner corners and blended out. I toned it down a little by using a khaki colored shadow as an eyeliner.

On the cheeks, I swirled on a shimmery plum blush and the lip were double dipped. First with a magenta lip stain and then they were topped with a lavendar lipstick. All MAC products were used.

The shadows :Bright Future (style warrior collection); Rule; Flourishing
Cheeks: Grand Duo (mineralize blush duos)
Lips: Tender Tryst(Rose Romance collection);Lavendar Whip (cremesheen)

This was a really fun look to try but definitely for dressing up occasions. I still kinda felt like I was in costume but I guess that's part of the fun. i think I may reserve this for my upcoming trip. I think when you go to another country you're expected to have fun. I'll feel less self-conscious wearing this to a London nightclub than I would wearing to one at home. Which is very silly of me.


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