"Orange Is the New Black's" Dascha Polanco has been straight killing the style game all year long. She has dared to go where I wouldn't go on a regular day, with uber sexy red carpet moments that unapologetically show off her curves. Even though my confidence isn't at her level yet, what better time of year than Halloween to give one of her statement looks a try?
I decided to recreate her New York Fashion Week glam (inspired by Selena Quintanilla) paired with the iconic black lace bodysuit she wore to a Fashion Week after-party.
For the makeup look, I started by applying a foundation that would give my skin a buttery-looking finish.
L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($13, Ulta) has been my go-to lately when I want my skin to glow.
I went for a soft brown eye shadow to create an understated brow.
MAC's eye shadow in Omega ($16, MAC Cosmetics) was perfect for creating the natural look I was going for.
The eye look was incredibly simple: it was just a light wash of a taupe shadow on the lids and a deeper, warmer brown in the crease.
The Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($36, Ulta) had all of the colors I needed to put the look together.
I took my glow to the next level with some highlighter on the inner corner of my eyes.
I went to town with BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38, Ulta) and used it to add a pop to the tip of the nose.
Finally, I gave the lower lash line some love with the same warm brown I used in the crease.
I already had my hands on the sold out Pat McGrath Lust 004 Bloodwine lip kit that Polanco's makeup artist used to give her red glitter lips, so I had to break it out for this.
I pressed the glitter right over the lipstick and got flawless ruby slipper lips.
I was ready to play dress up.
For the outfit I got a lace unitard similar to Polanco's $28 Fashion Nova jumpsuit.
Missguided Lace Unitard in Black, $60; Asos.com
I changed into the suit, pinned up my hair to fake a bob, and struck several Polanco-inspired poses.
She makes it look so effortless, but I felt completely vulnerable in the look.
It really made me examine the way I think about my body. After a few hours, though, I began to feel more confident — who cares if I was practically naked? I look AWESOME!
It made me respect Polanco even more than I already did for taking such a major fashion risk.
She is truly one of a kind.