5 Prom Makeup Ideas
With the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls and prom season being in full swing, I’m having a serious case of nostalgia overload today. I can’t help but think about my senior prom and how fun it was to get dolled up for the night.
Although I don’t think I did too bad with my makeup for my prom, but there are a few things I know now that I wish I knew then. For example, it occurred to me to try a red lip color to match my prom dress, which I had never worn before. I spent the whole night feeling like everyone was staring at my lips, just to get everything to match. Looking back at it now, I wish I had picked a color that I felt comfortable in for one of the biggest nights of my life.
5 professional prom makeup ideas and tips
1. You MUST wear makeup to prom- I get it. Some girls aren’t into makeup and I totally respect that, but prom is not your average rodeo. Hear me out– You’re in a beautiful dress, with a gorgeous hairstyle and you aren’t going to wear makeup? NO WAY GIRL! You need some makeup, even if it’s just some mascara, blush and lip color to bring the look together. You need to wear it! It will help define your features in those photos that mom will keep in the living room for the next 3 decades. So trust me, put some one. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, hire a pro, or at least you’re a bestie that can work a mascara wand. And remember, you don’t have to over do it, just focus on bringing out your best features.
2. All foundations are NOT created equally- Avoid looking ghostly white in photos by using a foundation that is SPF-free for prom, or an occasion where you will be taking photos. Foundations with SPF usually contain high levels of titanium dioxide, which is great for protecting your skin from UV rays, but terrible for flash photography. The product will cause the flash to bounce from your face, creating a ghostly face that will not match the rest of your body. The foundation you chose should not only be SPF-free, but it should also be long wearing. You don’t want to have to worry about touching it up during the night.
3. Don’t let your face shine bright like a diamond- It’s awesome if your dress sparkles, but not your face. Avoid any products that are shiny or glittery, which can take your healthy glow to HELL NO! An illuminator to brighten your face and highlight is ok, but again, don’t over do it. If you cake it on, it’s probably going to look sweaty, streaky, or greasy in photos. Do you really want to remember that in 30 years?
4. Pack the must-haves- Make sure you bring a few touch up essentials in your purse, which should include blotting sheet (to get rid of that oil as you dance the night away), powder (to keep your makeup in place, lipstick (for touch ups), and lash glue if you are wearing falsies.
5. Confidence. Wear it like makeup- Regardless if you decide to go with a classic look, a minimal look, or something totally edgy—make sure you feel AMAZING in it. Don’t wait until prom night to pick your look, do some research ahead of time and practice with your ideas. This will give you time to decide what look you will love for one of the most memorable nights of your life.
Which of these tips did you find the most helpful?