Whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, L'Oreal muse and Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes knows she can always count on a timeless and classic little black dress. The beauty ambassador is known for her sophisticated and monochromatic outfits, proving that less is more and simplicity can be glamorous and beautiful. Her secret to looking great in an understated LBD? Her natural beauty looks and blonde hair create a stark contrast that stands out.
Black may have the power to provide you with a more refined silhouette, but it also allows your hair and skin to take center stage, as all eyes are diverted upwards. So, to help you pull off your black dress like a pro, we're taking note from some of Doutzen Kroes' best LBD beauty looks.
THE LBD: BEAUTY AND HAIRSTYLE TIPS
Complexion: To create a contrast against your dark dress, you'll want to brighten up your complexion by starting out with a liquid illuminator. Ditch your full coverage foundation and reach for a BB cream with a light texture and highlighting formula. Apply it with your fingers for a more natural look, or with a damp sponge for fuller coverage.
Eyes: Whenever she dons a little black dress, Doutzen likes to play up her eyes with a swipe of black eyeliner on her upper lids and a few coats of volumizing mascara on her upper and lower lashes. Follow her lead and draw a black line from the inner to outer corners on your upper lids, then follow up with a volumizing mascara to achieve her extra large lashes. Skip the shadow for a more natural approach!
Lips: When it comes to lipstick, Doutzen tends to keep things like and pairs her voluminous lashes with a nude pout. Keep it simple and swipe on a coat of nude lipstick or clear gloss to slightly plump up your lips. Heading to a special occasion? Choose a more vibrant colour like red or plum.
If there's anyone who can pull off a low-key hairstyle, it's Doutzen Kroes, who chooses to pair her LBD's with soft, natural texture or a half-up half-down hairstyle that can be achieved in less than 10 minutes. To give you a little more inspiration, here are 4 hairstyles that the muse has worn to go with her LBD:
Natural: Doutzen is all about embracing your natural beauty, so why not try it for yourself? Have naturally wavy or curly locks? Enhance them by applying a defining gel for curly hair onto wet hair. Dry it with a diffuser then spray your hair with a volumizing hairspray that will keep the look in place.
Half-up half-down: A true must-try hairstyle this season, the half-up half-down style has been worn by Doutzen on many occasions giving her a laidback, feminine look. To re-create it, leave your hair as it is naturally, then simply pull half of your hair back into a ponytail above your ears and finish off with shine finish hairspray!
Smooth and wet: For a more glam, sophisticated look, try this season's most coveted hair trend (not to mention, one that Doutzen has adopted for a number of occasions): wet hair. Use a brush to comb damp hair backwards, from root to tip, then use gel and mousse to hold it in place and give your hair that 'wet' appearance. Finish off by spraying your hair with a shine finish hairspray that will enhance the wet style.
Beach-y waves: Beach-y waves are Doutzen's signature hairstyle, and luckily for us, easy to achieve! After spraying your hair with a heat protective spray, curl large chunks of hair with a large barrel curling iron. Brush the hair out to give it more volume and a natural look, then finish off by working it with a matt and messy spray that will give it that disheveled look.