Ah, the little black dress. All of us have that one black dress we always turn to when we have no idea how to dress ourselves for the day. It can be for a day out shopping, a night at the bar, or a romantic date with our special one, this little black dress seems to fit every single occasion, every single time.

Thanks to its versatility, a LBD can give us a lot of mileage if we style them differently for each occasion.

We took up the challenge style one LBD in five different ways – including the beauty product each look can go with. Tell us how we fared!

1. Day out in the sun



This could be a trip to the theme park or garden. Shoes are important here because you’ll be walking a lot: the classic Superga 2750 in White helps contrast against the black dress perfectly, and provides extreme comfort. Pile on that sunblock and try to go light on everything else apart from the essentials, especially if you’re the kind who perspires easily and a clean restroom for touchups is hard to find.

Yes, yes, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel is old news (it was launched last year), but its lightweight, non-greasy texture has made us loyal fans of it till today!

2. Girls’ night out


This is the night you want to let loose and be creative in everything you’ve never dared to try before. Since you’ll be sitting around most of the night, feel free to flash those killer heels (yes, that beautiful pair you bought online years ago but never had the practical use for) out.

You’ll also want to pump up the eye colour and choose a long-lasting lipstick, especially if this date is at a bar! Guerlain’s new La Petite Robe Noire Lipstick range features the 007 Perfecto, which leaves a light, violet stain on your lips for a sophisticated look. It’s also extremely buildable, so if you’re feeling more adventurous, go ahead and darken the shade!

3. Indoor date


This could be a shopping trip, cafe date, or anywhere that leaves you in an air-conditioned room. It’s going to be chilly at some point in time, so bring out an outerwear of your choice. There’s going to be a good mix of walking and sitting down, so platform heels make a good choice!

Extended hours in an air-conditioned room can also strip your face off its natural moisture, leaving it dry and flaky. Put on a good layer of your favourite moisturiser, although if you ask us, Shiseido’s Ibuki Refining Moisturiser is a good bet.

4. Romantic dinner date


They key here will be your face, since that’s what your date will be focusing for a good part of the night. (He should!) While the Guerlain Meteorites base is meant to conceal blemishes and absorbs excess sebum, we’ve found that it diffuses light off our face under the spotlight extremely well! This makes it perfect for strobing: the technique of applying highlighter to areas where the light naturally hits your face, resulting in radiant, fresh and healthy complexion that almost looks ethereal.

Psst! If you think you’re going to get some pecks that night, use the same Guerlain La Petite Noire Lipstick from #2. It’s scented with the La Petite Robe Noire fragrance that’s bound to leave a lasting impression!

5. Professional


Pump up this outfit with a semi-casual blazer and a structured handbag, and do without any loud accessories. Keep the look clean-cut, and avoid too adventurous shades of eye shadow and lipstick.