Maybe I'm a little late to the party, but I'm totally loving this lace around the eyes thing! I saw a few pics in my Pinterest feed, then had to search for more. This dramatic and fanciful look would be so perfect for a glam party, or divine for a burlesque stage look. Or what about rocking this gorgeous and dreamy eye in a boudoir photo shoot? Smashing. Look at all of these beautiful eyes!
There are many ways to achieve this fantastic look:
- adhering actual lace around the eye
- using lace as a stencil to paint eye makeup through
- using a temporary tattoo with a lace design
- going super DIY and drawing your own lace design with eyeliner
Chanel made a big splash with the look on the Spring 2013 runway. Check out some of Chanel's lacey eye pics on chicprofile.com.
Most of the photos above are recent, but one is a surprisingly vintage pic from Vogue magazine. Can you spot it?
To get a better look at all of these gorgeous pics, check out my Lacey Eye Pinterest board! To those unfamiliar with Pinterest (if there's anyone out there who hasn't been completely pulled in by Pinterest's delicious eye candy yet), clicking on the individual photos will take you to their original sources, some of which are tutorials. A cursory YouTube search for "lace eye tutorial" yields many video tuts as well.
I'd love to know: Have you tried this look? Let us know in the comments. Which technique did you use? Share a pic if you have one!
Women wear lingerie for reasons as varied as there are styles of lingerie, so when exploring why any woman may enjoy wearing things like stockings, garters, or corsets, it’s more important to know the woman in question than to assume that she wears sexy lingerie for any of the reasons below. Of course, with that in mind, here are some of the reasons that I love to wear lingerie, regardless of the event or season!
Sexy lingerie feels daring – There’s just something special about knowing that beneath ordinary clothing, you’re wearing something outrageous. It changes my posture and my attitude when I feel like a knockout under my jeans, and I know that nobody is in on the secret but me. That’s serious secret agent provocateur stuff right there!
Beautiful lingerie makes me feel feminine – I’m somewhat inconsistent when it comes to how I express my gender identity. I have very short hair. I play roller derby. Some days I wear men’s clothing, and some days I wear dresses and flowers in my hair. On days that I am feeling powerful and female, there’s nothing like a beautiful lacy lingerie set, or a pretty teddy to really round out my look for the day, and complete my expression of who I am at this particular moment in time.
Lingerie Helps My Relationship With my Husband – And not in the way you’d think! You see, I thrive on attention. I want people to be bowled over by how amazing I am. Unfortunately, when you live with someone 24/7, their presence becomes entirely commonplace and unremarkable. I don’t wear sexy lingerie for my husband (well, maybe a little). I wear it because when he sees me in a sexy burlesque outfit, he sees me differently. He sees me as someone enticing and desirable. Not that he doesn’t feel that way the rest of the time, but I get a huge kick when he’s demonstrative about it, and sometimes a corset and garters is all the nudge he needs.
Sexy lingerie is empowering – There’s an obvious feminist argument to make about whether or not sexualized clothing is empowering. To that, I say, lingerie empowers ME, and that’s all I need to know. I don’t wear lingerie to excite the male or the female gaze in particular, I wear it because it excites gazes period, and that makes me feel good. I don’t even need an audience to feel empowered by thigh highs and a bustier. Sometimes I wear sexy underwear around the house when no one is home, just because I like to vogue in the mirror and remind myself that this is my body, and I love it. I love it naked, and I love it covered in lace or frothy chiffon. I love my body when it’s bruised from a roller derby bout, and I love it when I have some sharp black contrast on my light colored skin. I love the shapes my body makes when I dance. Perhaps this makes me vain, but I’m of the belief that before anyone else can love you, you must love yourself. Sometimes, beautiful lingerie just helps me love myself a little bit more.
Some women can wear amazing vintage style lingerie every day of the week, whether it’s under a cozy fall sweater, or a daring suit. Some women (me) just don’t have what it takes to be eternally fabulous. I’ll wear lingerie as a part of a burlesque costume, or as something to give a little extra kick to a fun night at home, but I don’t make a habit of wearing the fabulous undergarments I own on a regular basis.
And that, my friends, has got to change.
It seems that I have a tendency to come up with a scheduled series of reasons to wear all my best pieces. I’ll wear a burlesque corset for a routine, or a great set of tights for a fancy night out. There’s the requisite pinup girl lingerie for photo shoots, or the extravagant burlesque lingerie Halloween event, but these aren’t things for EVERY DAY.
So, before New Year even arrives, I’ve made my resolution: I want to be that woman. I want to be the woman who is never ever worried she’ll be somehow caught in granny panties. I want to be the woman wearing the casual smirk as she sips her coffee in a classy café, because I’ll know how secretly amazing I look under my t-shirt and comfy jeans. I want to be the woman who embraces spontaneous makeout sessions with my significant other, because I know things are only going to get more heated as soon as I reveal what’s going on under the façade of ordinary.
So here I am, ditching my schedule. I’m not saving my lingerie for a Halloween costume, or a fall formal. I’m not waiting for Christmas lingerie to come into stores. I’m not going to plan to wear New Year lingerie. I won’t need to! I’ll already be in my very best, every single day.
Tramp Lamps is an Etsy shop featuring the sassy lingerie lamp designs of Kelly Kerrigan of Nashville. These beautifully functional lamps are just right for the boudoir. Best of all, they range in price from $85-$100, making them affordable, unique works of art for your home.
Kelly has been making these one-of-a-kind lamps since 2003, from both vintage & pre-owned modern undergarments. What a creative way to upcycle no longer worn, but still beautiful lingerie!
"The Garment is stiffened with a water-based solution and will remain stiff like a conventional lampshade. I also support the garment with wooden embroidery hoops inside the fabric for extra strength."
I can see this being a fun way for performers to turn their old burlesque costumes into delightful, useful keepsakes! Use the "Request Custom Item" link in Kelly's Etsy shop to discuss her creating a custom piece. So glamorous!
You probably don't think of pumpkins as being particularly glamorous, but don't you agree that these gourds are fit for a truly glam Halloween party? Put your ripped stockings and leftover rhinestones & glitter to good use! Just click on the pics for the how-tos.