An exceptional design by Pinup Couture, the Jenny Skirt in Harlequin Print is crafted from quality cotton sateen and caters to fans of vintage silhouettes. The material has been gathered for extra fullness and is held in place with a wide band that gives the illusion of a nipped in waist. Here the colors of its retro pattern is brought out by the boldness of Laura Byrnes’ Sean Top, the cuffed sleeves, stand-up collar and meticulous seaming of the red poplin create a fit that accentuates every figure. While also recommended in the Harlequin Print Shorts guide, this is where the similarities end and more of my own personal aesthetics come into play. Pattern coordination is an effective way to get people to keep their eyes on you, so what better way to do that by putting on a pair of Iron Fist platform pumps covered in black and red argyle print with a white skull etched at the sides. Embracing elements of different cultures, the Cruiser Tote by Lux de Ville has spectacular tuck and roll details which highlights the black and ruby red sparkling vinyl. Though elegantly timeless, give a classic retro accessory an update via Triple Optic Cat Eye Sunglasses, the black frames decorated with rhinestones that sit at your temples while polycarbonate lenses protect your eyes from the sun. Adorn your favorite up-do in Peacock Feather hair clips to bring a bit of contrast to all that red, the precise trimming shaping them into a flower that surrounds a centered rhinestone cluster. For those with piercings, a set of Round Harlequin Ends from Body Vision Los Angeles inserts a touch of opulence by way of 18 karat gold and synthetic jade stones. The Spangled Maker Mermaid Necklace reminds me of the legendary Fiji mermaids that often accompany traditional sideshows, those the upper half is not a mangled monkey but a lovely Victorian style lady complete with cinched corset. Ward off wandering hands and wrap a Crystal Spider Cuff around your wrist; red, pink and white rhinestones make it hard to miss. As a final touch, this 1950’s Harlequin Ring that is genuine vintage jewelry, where a 10 karat gold setting holds onto black onyx and chrysoprase marquise diamond cut gems.
Selecting a foundation is important when executing a dramatic look, as you want the makeup to stand with staying power so that all of your hard work isn’t melding down your cheeks after a few hours. For a complexion where the cosmetic will be indiscernible even in a professional HD environment, Illamasqua’s Skin Base is appropriate for all skin types, blending easily to provide soft, smooth and natural coverage. Using a small brush, pat Toxic across the eyelids to deposit a layer of warm coral nude shadow, bringing it slightly up into the crease. Then using an angled brush, draw out a ‘V’ shape on the outer corner of the eye using Daemon and bring it down into the crease close to the inner corner; then fill in with more of the bright scarlet red shadow, lightly blending the two together. Highlight your brow bone and inner corner of your eye in Static, an iridescent pink and silver Pure Pigment that has a shiny metallic finish – keep it handy to add a touch of sparkle to cheeks later on. Now it’s time for those cat eyes, and I prefer a short but thick ‘flick’ at the end that tapers out to about the middle of the eye on the lower lash line, and to just past the iris on the top. Experiment all you want, as Precision Gel Liner is guaranteed to stay in place so when you do find your signature style you will be able to maintain it with little effort. Turn up the tease by treating lashes to Lewd, a blue mascara that thickens and lengthens in a just a few strokes, then top it all off with a pair of No. 13 False Lashes for theatrical impact. Distinguished cheeks are built on the soft apricot tones of Lover, the powerful pigments exuding radiance. Since there is so much emphasis on the eyes, lips should be treated to Sonnet, a cool peachy nude lipstick that goes on creamy yet has a matte finish that will stay put all night. Complete the whole ensemble by applying a Viridian manicure, adding extra sparkle to the metallic peacock green polish with Untold, glossy red glitter that will also give your nails some hard-wearing shine.