Style & Beauty
Mardi Gras Style
2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Mardi Gras Style

Mardi Gras 2020 is here, and that means it’s time to get glamorous for those fabulous upcoming balls! 

If you’ve received an invitation to a ball, check it carefully. If it’s a formal ball, that means floor-length gowns – no cocktail dresses, and no gowns that are short in front and long in the back. Men must either wear tuxes or dress military uniforms. A business suit will not do. Most krewes will turn you away at the door if you’re not dressed appropriately. You’ve been warned!

The latest gown styles are sleeker and more fitted to the body, replacing the very full gowns that were so popular in the recent past. Rhinestone Runway and Dillard’s have beautiful formals, but many women go to consignment shops such as Bayou a Dress for Less on Common St. to save money, especially if they’re attending more than one ball and need a variety of gowns.

Mardi Gras is all about making bold statements, so don’t be afraid to dazzle! Glitter will always be popular – for face, body, eyes and hair. It comes in all colors, so it’s easy to coordinate it with your gown(s). Run it through your hair and accent your arms and cleavage. And don’t forget to add some sparkle to your nails. 

Your makeup should be especially audacious. Wear false eyelashes and use dramatic eye and lip color. Olivia Midkiff, a stylist at The Ritz, says that Mardi Gras make-up this season is sexy with smoky eyes, voluminous eyelashes and bold lips.

Rather than worry about your hair, leave it to the experts and get it done the day of the ball. One less thing to think about! Brandie Alexander, another Ritz stylist, says she gets requests for old Hollywood glam hair. The hair flows in soft waves and is touchable and sexy. 

 "True Louisiana Mardi Gras girls add hints of purple to their hair to add more fun!” she says. "We also see tons of women wanting VorMor extensions to add length and fullness to their hair or just to add that extra pop of color.”

Some krewes have costume balls instead of formal events. Your invitation will indicate what the theme is. This is when your creativity can go wild. Check out the Party Time store on Lake St. and Party City on E. Prien Lake Rd. They have all kinds of costumes and accessories to choose from. Colorful wigs and hats, tubes of liquid glitter, beaded masques, huge false eyelashes in crazy colors—you name it, they’ve got it!

Have a wonderful Mardi Gras season and laissez les bons temps roulez!

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