Prom Makeup

Many girls make sure they have the perfect dress with the perfect shoes and the perfect hair. But in the makeup department, they fall flat. Many girls have no idea how to apply prom night makeup. But it's really not as hard as you might think.

Add drama with makeup
Often, prom night makeup is almost the same as everyday make up only with a little added drama. You can add drama by using darker colors, heavier application, a little sparkle and glitter, or by using a little contour. Contouring your face helps add dimension to your features. You should apply contour wherever you have natural hollows on your face such as under your brow bone, cheekbones, and jawline.

The smoky eye
A classic prom night staple, the smoky eye is easy to do and looks great on almost anyone. Use lots of dark eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lots of dark mascara. Make sure you apply the eyeliner close to the lash line and smudge liberally to thicken the line. And wear waterproof mascara! You might be doing a bit of happy crying before the night is over.

Play with lip color
The lip color you wear at prom will vary according to the look you want to achieve, the colors that are currently in style, and how you apply the rest of your makeup. If you decide to go with the smoky eye, opt for a less dramatic lip. Heavy eye makeup paired with heavy lipstick often results in an overly made-up look. However, if you opt for a lighter eye makeup application, go ahead and play up those full red lips. Neutral lips can be achieved with a clear or slightly tinted gloss, or nude shade of lipstick.

Play with shadows
Using different shades of foundation can help you create the illusion of a thinner face, brighter eyes, or perfect nose. Use a light colored eyeshadow or foundation at the inner corners of your eyes to create the illusion of wider spaced eyes. Lightening up this area also help you look more awake. If you have a wide face, try using a slightly darker foundation at the sides of your face. This will create the illusion of a slimmer face. You can also use a slightly darker foundation along the side of your nose, paired with a slightly lighter foundation along the slope of your nose, to help make a wide nose appear thinner.

Touch ups
Heat and humidity on prom night can cause even the most meticulously applied makeup to melt. Make sure that you put all the staples you'll need into your bag before you leave the house. At the very least, make sure you take a pressed powder compact and lipstick. To help your makeup stay put, dust your face with loose powder, and spritz lightly with water to set your look after you've finished applying your makeup.

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