The key to a woman wearing menswear is to feminize the rest of her outfit. And there is nothing more manly than a tuxedo. Yet, there is something...

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NEW YORK — The key to a woman wearing menswear is to feminize the rest of her outfit. And there is nothing more manly than a tuxedo.

Yet, there is something sexy about a woman in a tux. She can accentuate that by wearing a silk camisole or a glittery top underneath the jacket; skyscraper heels and anything-but-subtle makeup.

There’s also cleavage: Show off something a man in a tux will never have.

If you’re not that daring, there’s always ruby red lipstick.

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown suggests red lips with a sparkly eye shadow, perhaps in a metallic gray or even white. “I like to accessorize a simple all-black outfit with some color and shimmer on the face,” she says.

However, artists at Nars suggest using jewel-tone shadows to create a smoky look, creating a “chromatic contrast” with the black and white of the clothes.

MAC Cosmetics created a collection of compacts, called Formal Black, that are covered in eveningwear fabrics. They house an array of frosted and metallic makeup products in smoldering colors such as grape and maroon.

If that covers the face, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman says the toes need something equally feminine.

“The elegant look of an evening tuxedo can easily acquire a more feminine edge with a stiletto platform heel, which elongates a woman’s silhouette,” Weitzman says. “Or a patent leather flat with a grosgrain ribbon softens the look and it’s just as chic and smart looking.”

Asked to pair tuxedos with worthy dress shoes, Patty Segar, the women’s merchandising manager at the new online shoe store Piperlime, suggested peep-toe pumps either made in satin or adorned with crystals.

A more old-fashioned, Hollywood glam style would either be a T-strap, in crushed velvet, or a Mary Jane in metallic leather.