I had to gasp when I seen these pictures of Emmy Rossum posing for Complex Magazine's  February  2014 issue because it sparked something inside of me.  I've always secretly wanted to be a dominatrix, because I love the costumes and well I love the costumes haha. I think there's nothing more sexy then an empowered strong woman who not only feels good, but looks good and the dominatrix embodied just that. Aside from the spiked heels, whips,chains and bad ass disposition the dom is a woman who takes control, balances the line between pleasure and pain all while satisfying her own desires and crossing the boundaries set by society (like she gives a damn). To me, the dom is an archetype of the Dark Goddess; she's the ruler of the dark realm so few dare to venture, until today :). we are going to recreate her look with the red lips, red nails and sheer shimmery eyes all on a budget. shall we begin?


first let's choose our red. this chart isn't 100% but it provides a general idea as to which red looks good on which skin tone (i think i like them all). since we are on a budget i'm going with wet n wild or nyc cosmetics for the lipstick.


now for the eyes I'm going to suggest we go neutral and wear a shimmery gold/beige which complements a variety of skin complexions. my favorite shimmery shadow is made by LA Splash cosmetics called "platinum sand" seen here. Using a fluff brush just sweep the shadow lightly across your entire lid, creating a soft shimmery effect. 

 (photo curtesy of shakeyourmakeup)

Now for the nails, a fashion dominista has to have some fabulous hands (especially when holding a whip, chains or giving a good choke haha..).  I posted this nail chart to show different berries, wines, and reds so choose one.  I can't choose, I think I like them all. which color will you choose? 


So now that we have makeup and nails done, let's move on to clothes and jewelry. For my dom look I'm thinking black dress with gold chain jewelry or black jeans and top with studded heels and studded jewelry. let's not forget vinyl, how about a vinyl corset or bra with a black skirt and some bad ass studded or chained boots? No matter what you wear, wear it with confidence and don't give a damn what anyone else thinks, that's the key to being a dom. So what say you ladies, what's your inner dominatrix style?

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