Prom season is officially here, and my little sister is heading to hers in just several days. It is dizzying to think of how quickly she has grown up, but I’ll save my reminiscing for another place! I have endless amounts of prom makeup looks that I can do on here. You want something that complements your dress, but nothing too matchy-matchy. Since the young ladies heading to prom are teenagers, I tried to think more along the lines of practicality and “less is more.” In other words, play up the features, look feminine, but don’t cake on the makeup to look too grown-up or sexy. I put this look together which anyone going to prom can alter depending on their dress and preferences. The pop of color underneath the eyelid can be changed to the color of your dress or your favorite color, and the cheeks and lips are both the same color (peach), so they can also be changed depending on your skin tone, dress, and pop of color you choose. I have the full tutorial, products used, and plenty of prom makeup tips inside!
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EYE PRODUCTS NEEDED:
- Sparkling glitter or shimmer beige gold eyeshadow shade. (Used: Coloured Raine Cosmetics “Sugar Raine” Loose Eyeshadow)
- Matte medium brown eyeshadow (Used: Wet n Wild Eyeshadow from a drugstore palette)
- Shimmering mint-green eyeshadow (Used: Mint shade from my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette)
- Flesh-toned or white eyeliner (Used: Stila Kajal Eyeliner in “Topaz”)
- Black Gel/Liquid Liner (Used: Inglot AMC Gel Liner #77)
- Mascara (Used: Dior Overcurl Mascara)
Apply the matte brown to the socket of your eye, blending it out. You want the crease of your eye to have a shadow of definition, but you also want to smoke it out a little for intensity. With a wet brush, apply your gold shimmer/glitter over your entire eyelid. Apply your mint-green eyeshadow to the bottom lash-line. Use the flesh-toned or white eyeliner on your bottom water-line to open up the eye. Apply black gel liner and wing it out along your upper lash-line. Curl your lashes and add mascara! Since this is a prom look, and we’re talking about teen makeup, I left eyelashes off. I think eyelashes look beautiful on everyone, but they can look a little heavy on younger girls, especially when being photographed. Plus, you don’t want to risk an eyelash falling off or going wonky on you in the middle of the night!
You can easily make this look your own by swapping out the bottom pop of color for one that complements or matches your dress, skin tone, or eye color. You can also add black liner to the lower water-line for added intensity, or skip the upper lash liner altogether. There are plenty of ways to customize this look and make it your own!
For the lips, I used Addixt’n Cosmetics “Princess Charming” Lipstick. I purchased this shade online and my goodness is it GORGEOUS. I’ve been wearing it almost every single day. I went with a coral lipstick and coral blush for this look because coral goes beautifully with the mermaid/mint green pop of color underneath the eye. You want to find a complementary color to your skin tone and pop of color. For instance, violets and plums look great with browns and neutrals, and blues and greens look great with peaches and coral shades.
I contoured my cheekbones with a matte bronzer. I also used a shimmering powder to highlight above my cheekbones, down the center of my nose, and right above my lips. Keeping the cheeks, face makeup, and lips glowing and feminine really goes with the eye makeup.
LONG LASTING & PHOTOGENIC PROM MAKEUP TIPS:
- Set your t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) with powder, even if you’re not very oily skinned. You may sweat or get oily throughout the night and you want to look great in photographs!
- Apply your lipstick, set with a translucent powder, blot, and repeat once. Your lipstick won’t smear or budge as quickly and easily throughout the night. Bonus lasting points if you fill in your lips with a similar shade of lip liner as your lipstick!
- Apply your makeup slightly heavier than usual. You don’t want to cake your makeup on, but you can easily apply your makeup with a slightly heavier hand. Photography tends to wash makeup out, especially when the flash goes off, so feel free to use this special night to add a bit more (especially with foundation and concealer).
- Keep blotting papers or tissues in your bag with you for touching up your t-zone and skin in case you get oily or need to blot your skin.
- Always use a matte bronzer shade to contour your face (cheekbones, nose, forehead, jawline). You can use shimmer on the areas of your face that the sunlight would naturally hit, such as the center of the nose, forehead, tops of the cheekbones, and cupid’s bow of the lips.
- Be careful using products with SPF in them, especially foundation, concealer, and powder. Many products with SPF will cast a ghoulish white glow when the flash goes off.
- Blend everything very well…the less harsh the lines of makeup are on your face, the better.
- Stay true to yourself and your style. If you feel uncomfortable trying a new trend or slathering on a ton of makeup, stay true to what you feel most comfortable in. At the end of the day, you’re at prom to have a great time and smile a lot, so if you feel really uncomfortable in your makeup, it will show. Don’t feel pressured to go beyond your comfort zone when it comes to lipstick shades or things like false eyelashes!
If you have any prom makeup questions or requests, feel free to leave them below or e-mail me: Rebecca@beautygala.com!
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