Often times figuring out what to wear can be a difficult decision we face when we have a special event or an important celebration to attend. While the little black dress has remained an icon throughout the history of fashion, we've seen more makeup trends come and go, and return again through the years, giving us pause to stop and ask ourselves, "When it comes to dressing up, what makeup looks should we really be wearing?" Whether you simply want to wear lip gloss and mascara or pull out all your favorite bright lipstick shades, we've rounded up several of our favorite makeup looks that you can wear with a black dress anywhere, anytime—keep scrolling for all the inspiration you need for your next makeup look.
Emphasizing eyes and lips while wearing a black dress brings balance and versatility to your makeup look, due to the fact you can choose any color palette you want. The options truly are endless. The soft mauve eyeshadow colors on the eyes and lips here are an excellent example of how wearing color can elevate any look instantly.
A classic makeup look that has stood the test of time, liquid liner and red lipstick bring an element of sophistication on any given day. If you're someone who wants to keep it simple but also appreciates glam, this look is always a great choice to wear with a black dress. Physician's Formula Organic Wear Precision Liquid Eyeliner can help create thin and thick lines depending on the angle you hold the brush.
Yes to Pink
Wearing pink and nude tones on eyes, cheeks, and lips can elevate your makeup look ever so slightly while still remaining natural. Incorporating consistent, similar tones in your makeup is an easy way to keep things cohesive if you're someone who tends to shy away from wearing bolder colors. Lumene Invisible Watercolor Blush has build-able color you can add to cheeks for a flushed look.
Glossy, Shiny, Happy
Glossy, shiny lips and precise eyeliner are a quick and easy way to put a makeup look together to wear with a black dress and cost-efficient too as they are usually items you already have in your makeup bag. This gloss from Mented Cosmetics is the perfect natural shade to wear. Simple touches like these are easy for anyone to re-create themselves and can also pair really well with any outfit.
The Earth Tones Have It
Neutral earth-toned shadows like this palette from Beauty Bakerie, and lipstick are the perfect go-to for makeup looks being paired with a black dress and can be worn with any other outfit as well, making them quite a versatile option. The beautiful tones here show just how minimal makeup can make an impact and look gorgeous all at the same time.
Hot Orange Lips
Hot orange lipstick brings the heat when paired with a black dress and is a chic alternative to true red or berry colors. Seeing as it can be worn all year round, test a few orange-red shades to see which one is your favorite. Use a similar lip liner to help shape lips and keep lipstick from smudging.
Icy gray and silver shadows can create effects that are just as smoldering as smoky ones, without the need to use an assortment of eyeshadows. Chantecaille's Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in "Himalaya" is a great place to start when wanting to wear these tones. To create a more dramatic look, apply the shadow to the top and bottom eyes by blending it outward underneath for a smoky effect, and clean up any fallout with a q-tip.
A structured eyeliner paired with natural, rose-colored lipstick is an easy look to tout with a black dress that isn't difficult to re-create, either. When creating this look yourself, be sure to use a long-lasting eyeliner that will stay in place without smudging to ensure you keep the shape intact.
Shiny and Smudged
Smudgy eyeliner on the top and bottom waterline can elevate eye makeup in an instant and doesn't involve several, complicated steps. When re-creating this look, line the upper and bottom rims of eyes with a long-lasting waterproof eyeliner before adding any kind of eyeshadow. Finish with a few coats of your favorite volumizing mascara.
Green eyeshadow? Yes, please. This color is an excellent choice to wear with black dresses and comes in varying shades as well. This shade of eyeshadow in "Green Depth" from Kjaer Weis Whether you want pastel or metallic finish, the color pictured here really switches things up from everyday neutrals.
Peach is the New Pink
Peach very well could be the new pink and this versatile hue looks stunning when paired with a black dress. From soft pastel shades on the eyelids to a glossy lip, when wanting to utilize earth-toned and natural colors into your makeup look, peach is a great place to start as it is versatile amongst all complexions.
Glistening, gleaming gold tones aren't only reserved for golden hour, as the warm hues bring a delicate glow to the skin that works well with black dresses and clothing. If a shimmery highlighter is all you have, try applying the product to the eyes and cheeks for a multi-use experience that also saves time. ILIA Beauty's Daylite Highlighting Powder in "Starstruck" can be applied to both eyes and face.
The drama this makeup look is giving us is everything we want and more. Deep crimson lips with glittering, smoky eyeshadow set the tone for turning heads all day (and night), and this lipstick from Uoma Beauty is a beautiful crimson hue. Not sure where to place the glitter? Start at the center of the eyelid first to get a handle on how the particular product looks and blends, and then keep adding as much as you like until you're satisfied.
Don't be afraid to experiment with bold and colorful makeup when wearing a black dress, if you're used to wearing softer tones and not much else. This bright blue eyeshadow placed strategically in the center of the top eyelid and underneath the eye, help define and bring a lovely contrast.
Soft petal pink applied as a monochromatic tone throughout this makeup look gives a natural and fresh feel to the skin all while defining features. This is an easy way to put together a makeup look when wanting to wear black that enables you to create a color story with your makeup that looks really beautiful.
Playful and Defining
Liquid liner, defined brows, and an accentuated crease help to bring definition to the eyes and balance out playful touches of lip gloss and rosy cheeks. When blending eyeshadow in the crease, using a blending brush that has a pointed tip can help blend color seamlessly without a ton of shadow fallout.
This example of eyeliner paired with nude lips and brushed up brows looks divine with a black dress, as you can see the whole look pictured here is really working. After drawing your wing with liquid or gel eyeliner, blend it under the bottom lashes to create drama without the need for extra blending that comes with creating a smoky eye.
The Under Eyeliner
Add some drama to your makeup look by emphasizing the eyeliner under eyes versus on the top. This technique allows for liner to be more prominent especially in the outer and inner corners. Finish with a few coats of your favorite mascara and a soft contour on the cheeks topped off with highlighter.
Glossy and Chic
Glossy pink eyelids and cheeks are giving us all the ethereal vibes and the colors pop even more when worn with a black dress. Multi-use products that can be worn on the eyes, cheeks, and lips are helpful when wanting to create monochromatic makeup looks. Jillian Dempsey's Lid Tint in shade "Dew" can be added to makeup on the eyes and cheeks to instantly make it glossy.
Shades of Purple
Varying shades of purple eyeshadow are always a good idea to wear with a black dress, and the violet and lavender shades here work well together to create a look that is beautiful. Experimenting with purple tones until you find the best ones that suit your skin tone can be fun and also knowledgeable, as this hue across the board is flattering for all.
All About Rust
Warm, rusted eyeshadow hues are rich in tone and pair well with black clothing, and can be worn on the lid for a touch of color, or blended around the eyes for a smokier effect. Whether you opt for sheer lips and soft blush or want to wear with a bright lip color, rust is a delightful color to wear on the lids.