Prom is coming up, folks. As the boys relax and order a simple tux, girls are currently freaking out over what kind of dress they want, what shoes they will wear, where to book an appointment for hair, and most likely, where they want to get their makeup done as well. This is an expensive process. There are many great ways that girls can save money, such as borrowing a dress or reusing shoes. Another great way to not spend as much cash would be to do your own hair and makeup (Check out Sarah Kuetemeyer’s “Prom Hairstyles” article for hair inspiration). Obviously, some girls can get stressed about doing their own makeup and having it not turn out as great, but there are some simple tips that can help anyone have their makeup reach perfection.
Start with your eyes
When doing makeup, many people usually make the mistake of applying their face makeup first. Instead, it is much better to do eye makeup first. The reason for this is that a lot of mistakes and fallout can happen while doing your eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. This way, if you mess up or any eye shadow falls under your eyes, you can easily take it off without ruining the rest of your makeup. Save your bottom eye for after you put on the face makeup.
Brighten your eyes
After your eye shadow is complete, you will want to add some lighter tones to brighten up your eyes a little. Use a white eyeliner or a white/cream eye shadow on the inner corner of your eyes to make you look even more awake.
Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Snow ($22.00)
Wet n Wild White Eyeliner ($0.76)
Apply your dark eye shadow higher up
If you choose to do a smokey eye for prom, then you were probably taught to apply your darker eye shadow right in your crease. But, this isn’t the best way to create the dramatic look you’re going for. If you apply your darker eye shadow a little bit above your natural crease, the smokey eye will be better seen when your eyes are open and your eyes will also look bigger.
Prime your face
The next important tip is to prime your face. This is crucial because prom is an extremely long night and you don’t want your face to fade at all throughout the experience. All you need is one pump to spread it all over your face and neck. You can also buy a specific primer for your eyes, but I find that face primer on your eyelids works just as well.
Smashbox Primer ($36.00)
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer ($5.30)
Build up your brows
The harsh and blocky looking eyebrow look isn’t trending as much anymore. A better way to do your brows that will make them look bold and natural is to build them up with light strokes with an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder. Start with the middle of your brow and keep going until you reach the end. Then, lightly fill in the beginning of your brow, making sure to not shape with harsh lines. Finish the brows with a clear eyebrow gel to really hold the hairs in place or a tinted one for extra boldness.
Anastasia Tinted Eyebrow Gel ($22.00)
Covergirl Clear Eyebrow Gel ($4.50)
Conceal in a “V”
When putting on concealer, use a “V” shape for the most natural and effective result. This shape helps everything to blend together and brightens up your eyes an extra amount. No one wants to look tired for those prom pictures!
Powder, powder, powder
It is vital that to apply powder after you put on your concealer, foundation, BB cream, or whatever you like to use, especially if you tend to get oily skin. Odds are you will be dancing a lot at prom and will be in close proximity to other people, so you don’t want any of your makeup to be sweating off. Powder should be applied all over the face to make sure that the face looks matte throughout the evening. Use a powder that matches your skin tone, or, like I prefer, use a translucent powder so there is no extra worry about finding a powder that works best for you.
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder ($38.00)
Elf HD Translucent Powder ($5.50)
The more natural, the better for contouring. Pick a contour shade that is two tones darker than your natural skin tone and apply on your cheekbones, temples and jawline. Blend in a circle motion and apply bronzer on top for an extra glow. Using highlighter will also brighten your face. Put highlighter above your cheekbones and on your brow bone.
Anastasia Contour Kit ($45.00)
Ulta Contour Kit ($18.00)
Too Faced Bronzer ($30.00)
Milani Bronzer ($7.99)
Jouer Cosmetics Highlighter ($24.00)
Sephora Luminizer ($7.00)
Long-lasting lip colors
This one is pretty self explanatory. Use a long-lasting lipstick or stain because it is such a hassle to re-apply the whole night.
Benefit Cheek and Lip Stain ($30.00)
Maybelline Super Stay Lip Stain ($6.50)
Use setting spray
Lastly, finish your masterpiece with a setting spray. This spray will make sure that all of your work will stay in place throughout the night and nothing will budge, even with the sweat. It will make your face wet, but don’t fret because it will dry in a couple of minutes.
Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray ($15.00)
NYX Setting Spray ($8.00)