Red Carpet Look For Less

It feels like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a post here on Velvet’s Edge and may I just say that it’s so good to be back! April and I have both been traveling monsters. I was gone for almost a week at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM’s) in Dallas, TX, while April was shopping away for clients and new interior trends at Highpoint Market. We came home and then actually went back to Dallas for a conference with our blogging company, Reward Style. They represent tons of bloggers across the world and bring their top 200 bloggers to this conference every year to learn new technoligies and meet with brands like French Connection, Sephora, World Market and so many more to talk collaborations. We were so honored to be a part of the top 200 this year. It was honestly one of the coolest things April and I have gotten to do since starting Velvet’s Edge. Hopefully we will be telling you guys a lot more about all of it soon!

With that said, I couldn’t completely skip over my trip to the ACM’s this year. I got to work with my favorite couple Dierks and Cassidy Bentley.

D and Cass full body

As per usual, I did Dierks’ “grooming” (which is the guys way of saying styling hair, trimming beard, fixing those under eye circles or whatever needs to be done to make the handsome more handsome). We did use a new hair product for his new cut, by Jonathan. Find it here. It is great for guys with fine hair that needs the hold of a pomade type product, but doesn’t need to get weighed down. For Cassidy, I was responsible for her wardrobe and hair and makeup. Since Perez Hilton named them the best dressed couple at the ACM’s this year (the gays always know best)….I figured I would break down her look for you guys and also show you how to have her look for less for any parties or upcoming events you may have!


D and Cass close

For Cassidy’s exact look, click the links below

Balmain Dress|Stuart Weitzman Nudist Heel|Betsey Johnson Black Flower Earrings

To shop the LOOK FOR LESS click on the pics below!


Since Cassidy’s dress was such a statement piece, I used dark colors on her eyes to accentuate the bold aspects of the dress, but kept hair a little undone as to not overtake the look.

Here are the products I used and some tricks to help achieve this look:

Cass face edit


Crease: Too Faced Natural Eyes in Cashmere Bunny (in crease to define eye)

Lid: Urban Decay Naked Two Palette in Blackout (over entire lid)

Liner: Bobby Brown Gel Liner in upper lash line to define eye and Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in 01 in water line on both upper and lower lids. I like the Makeup Forever pencil because it is waterproof so you shouldn’t have any bleeding of black liner all over your face by the end of the night.

For mascara I used Lancome Hypnose Drama.

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Cassidy has great skin and prefers a dewy, no makeup look to a heavy-caked on foundation. I love mixing MAC Strobe Cream with a sheer foundation to really make her glow. Try MAC Face and Body.

For her under eyes and trouble spots I used MAC Prolongwear Concealer.

For powder I love Laura Mercier translucent powder just applied to the t-zone.


I contoured with Hoola Bronzer by Benefit (under cheekbone) ; Waats Up Highlighter on top of cheek.

For blush I used MAC Tenderling and a tiny bit of Dollymix to brighten her up.


I filled in her eyebrows with the same Too Faced Palette I used for shading her crease on her eyeshadow. For the brows I used Sexspresso.


I lined her lips with Stripdown by MAC and then filled in with MAC Viva Glam II and applied clear lipglass on top for a natural lip color.


Her hair was simple and easy. I have really, really been loving Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray. I go through phases of which ones I like for beach wave hair, but I recently have been using Kevin Murphy because I find that it gives a little more hold, which is really good for humid days. I spritzed her hair with that and then blew it dry. Then I used a the 1.25 styling cone on the Paul Mitchell wand to curl 1/2 inch strands around her head. I would alternate directions to give hair a little variation and not look so uniform. For the top section I parted to the opposite direction and curled that way before flipping the part back over to its original spot. This gives hair a little lift on top and adds so much random movement which gives it a fun, messy vibe.

Please email me at [email protected] if you have any questions about anything I talked about above or just leave a comment below! I love hearing what you guys want to know!




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