A Femme Fatale is a mysterious, intelligent, beautiful, and seductive woman whose charms ensnare anyone who meets her, often leading them into deadly traps and webs of crime. Adherents to the Femme Fatale aesthetic try their best to embody the traits of the classic femme fatale archetype, which leads to a lot of crossover with the Bad Bitch aesthetic, with one of the key differences between the two is the Femme Fatale has an air of mystery and elegance to her, whereas the Bad Bitches adhere to a more "what you see is what you get" philosophy.
The Femme Fatale, also referred to as a Vamp, is a stock character that came into prominence with the film noir movie genre and dime novels of the 20th century. The most prominent codifier is Brigid O'Shaughnessy in the most famous film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941), in which she uses her beauty as a distraction and murders the protagonist's partner.
As stated before the Femme Fatale aesthetic embodies the seductive and mysterious traits. A Femme Fatale will avoid giving information about themselves. Keep things like siblings, interests and what your studying is key. Femme Fatales are not the emotional type and tend to keep their emotions, well, mysterious. They normally don't have long relationships but if they do their significant other is a partner in crime. Their main goal is to entice and use.
Femme Fatales have to be smart. They have be quick witted, which will show their independence factor. Femme Fatales don't need a anyone to be able to thrive, they can do just fine on their own, if not better.
If you want to be a true Femme Fatale, then you should wear dark, sexy, and retro clothes. Pick clothes that are well-cut and draw subtle attention to you in a tasteful way. Opt for darker colors such as black, maroon, or emerald green. Clothes that are flattering are important, too; know your body type and dress yourself based off what flatters your body type. Pair your look with high heels, but make sure you know how to walk in them to pull it off. Here are some clothes that you can try:
- Silk cocktail dresses
- A bold red dress
- Fitted blouses
- Leather pants
- The Little Black Dress
- A fur coat
Wear a signature scent. Femme Fatales typically have a signature scent, so you need to find the one that suits you the best. Try to steer clear of anything too fruity or flowery, and lean towards musky and seductive scents instead.
Rock the iconic red lip. Femme Fatales are almost always seen wearing red lipstick in their most iconic looks. Try wearing a shade of red lipstick that complements your skin tone, consider using some lip liner or gloss if you want to, and check if you need to touch up or reapply a few times throughout the day. This is a signature part of the Femme Fatale’s look, so you probably will want to try to incorporate it into your daily look.
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