1. Prep your skin
Skincare should be a person's top priority when wanting to look their best at prom. If you have textured, oily or flaky skin before applying makeup, your foundation will turn out cakey or you'll be left with dry patches. Remember to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize.
Tip #1: Use a facial oil to improve skin texture and create a smoother base for makeup. You can either mix a couple drops of oil with your moisturizer or apply it directly to your face. A little goes a long way!
Recommendation(s): Teddy Organics Rosehip Oil
Tip #2: Apply primer before anything else to allow smooth application, ensure longevity and have more color payoff. Remember that face and eyeshadow primers work differently, so you may have to invest in two different types.
Recommendation(s): Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and Benefit Porefessional Primer
2. set your makeup
Makeup can crease throughout the day, which can make you look less presentable in person and pictures. Setting your liquid makeup, such as foundation, with a powder or spray can decrease your chances of having creased makeup.
Tip #3: Set your makeup with powder that doesn't give flashback. When taking pictures, flashback can cause you to look ghostly and make your face appear lighter than the rest of your body.
Recommendation(s): Maybeline FitMe Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
3. know your eyes
When applying eyeshadow, you should base the colors you're using on the dress you'll be wearing. It is also important to know the shape of your eyes. Do your eyes point upwards or downwards? Are they mono, double or hooded?
Tip #4: Since shimmer shadows are hard to pick up on a brush, use your finger to apply the pigment on your lids. For a more precise application, spray a dense brush with setting mist before patting it into the shadow. If the shimmer doesn't stand out enough, layer a liquid glitter liner on top.
Here is a makeup tutorial for people who have small hooded eyelids.
Here is a makeup tutorial for people who want a soft and glowy look:
Here is a makeup tutorial for people who are seeking a bold eye look, but have monolids:
4. USE Waterproof makeup
As you walk around taking pictures and dance at the venue, you'll start to get oily or sweaty. To ensure longevity, apply waterproof mascara, eyeliner, etc. so reapplying makeup won't be a problem.
Tip #5: Carry a few Q-tips in your purse or car so you can remove smudged makeup in specific areas, such as below your bottom lash line.
Recommendation(s): Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Waterproof Mascara and L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner
5. Apply Falsies
Even if you have naturally long eyelashes, fake ones will still make you look more prom-ready than your face without them. They add volume, length and can fill in spaces where you may lack in lashes.
Tip #6: Apply more glue to the end of each lash band to make the application seamless. This is also to make sure that the ends don't come off in the middle of the day.
Tip #7: If you don't know what type of eyeliner flatters you the most, just apply false lashes. They can give the illusion of sharper or bigger eyes. Make sure that the lash band blends in with your natural lashes by tightlining your eyes.
Recommendation(s): Ardell Natural Demi Wispies