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By Cheryl Gorski
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To be a femme fatale, one must present a sexiness that points to the “darker” side; an edginess. Creating this image is an amalgamation of how we treat and prepare ourselves, our interior-self and finishing with an appropriate exterior. Each of these stages should become a pathway to a deeper, slightly darker “you.”
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It is best to start with a bit of research. Do an internet search of “femme fatale” and watch what appears. The look reaches back in time to the early and middle of the last century; a time of great economic expansion which meant more time, interest and investment in the pleasures of life. Whilst a true femme fatale is one who seduces to take control and consume, we are only trying to get noticed at the next party.
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Steve McNairy, Photographed by Ryan Hamilton
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Start with a classic femme fatale such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner or Elizabeth Taylor. Observe their look, the way they present themselves. There is a confidence that undulates under the rhythm their sexy, yet whimsical behavior rides. Embrace that.
We prepare ourselves starting with the hair. 1940′s hair can have a center part or a part off to the side. Wavy and long-length curls frame the face. Traditional starlets had no variations to their hair color – no highlights, no punk colors – always a solid color.
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Today, individualism is strongly encouraged so this is a good place to experiment. Modern styles that work for femme fatale include the steampunk look. But keep in mind, while the color is safe to experiment, the style is what should remain with its roots.
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Accentuate with powdered skin, red lips, drama lashes and shapely brows. Also consider liquid eyeliner to create cat eyes. If you see yourself as a modern femme fatale, consider using a combination of the old and new, such as cat eyes with a pop color along with classic clothing.
Moving on to the interior-self, we dissuade ourselves from using conventional panties, bra and pantyhose and instead lean toward sexier lingerie. This is important as it helps to put ourselves in the right frame of mind given the image we are creating. If you “feel” sexy, then you are sexy. Nothing makes that easier to achieve than great feeling, great looking lingerie.
For an interesting interval, consider picking up a chemise teddy. The Chemise teddy is a fashion dress that hangs straight from the shoulders and has no waist. This replaced the bra and underwear of the time. In the 1920′s, the chemise evolved into the camisole.
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Lastly, the “picture” we project. First, choose your direction. The classic look or modern. For the classic looks, review your starlet-of-choice for inspiration. The modern-day femme fatale is versed in steampunk and rock-a-billy. Using these inspirations, they combine their makeup styles with classically styled clothing to render a mysterious and seductive presentation.
To top it all off, the must-have accessory is a fur coat, stole, wrap, or shrug. Mink, sable, fox, chinchilla, and ermine all render the supple luxury that is often easy to find at your local thrift stores. Alternatively, you can use feather-based shrugs and, of course, faux fur is a fine accent.
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Perhaps the most important part of the femme fatale is in your behavior rather than you’re appearance. Femme fatales are subtle, never over-doing “it.” Remember, the cigarette is part of the allure and mystery; there is no need to chain smoke. Demonstrate how you are always in control. Your confidence and beauty will proceed you. And that can be very intimidating.
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