Hot makeup styles for prom, parties, pageants and formals! Look through these examples of makeup styles from neutral to shimmering, bold to pastel, and bright colors to coordinate with glamorous gowns. Choose your best look to bring together your prom or party style. Scroll down for some hot makeup tips and how-to examples!
Important Makeup Tips for Your Special Night
Here at TJ Formal, we recognize that prom is one of the most memorable nights of your lifetime. To help you, we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you release your inner diva, and help to illuminate your beauty. From striking smoky eyes to lucious lips that shine, these tips will guide you to a look that fits you best and makes you look fabulous!
Prom Makeup Tip #1: Pick Your Pop
One mistake girls often make is not deciding which part of the face to play up with the most color. Bright lips should be paired with a simple, light makeup on the eyes. On the other hand, if you want the eyes to have the attention, it is best to go with a light lip color that looks natural. Color is great for the face, but it can certainly be done the wrong way without considering this simple rule. And lets get personal! Everyone is different, so set yourself apart by picking the pop that suits you. Do you have lucious lips with a smile that people notice, or is it your eyes that catch everyone else’s? Take the time to decide which compliments you best, and go from there.
Prom Makeup Tip #2: Create a Look that Lasts
Ever wonder how those hollywood beauties keep their glow on the red carpet? One of the ways they establish a lasting radiance is to use a lip/cheek stain before applying any makeup. And guess what? Lip/cheek staining is easy and it won’t break the bank. This is a very important night! You want the memory to last a long time, so why not have your glow last also? Lip and cheek stains are an easy way to assure a lasting look the whole night through.
Prom Makeup Tip #3: Say no to the cake!
Many girls make the mistake of going overboard with the base by constantly touching up their makeup all night. Try to avoid reapplying powder/foundation and keep it simple. You are going to be moving around a good bit, so it is best to use some blotting papers to keep the face looking fresh. Just lightly dab the areas that get oily instead of caking on the makeup. This will keep your face from breaking out, help you keep your glow, and will take up significantly less room in your purse!
Prom Makeup Tip #4: Light a Fire with your eyes
Let’s get smoky! Here are some easy tips to follow to make a great smoky eye:
Step 1: Define the eyes: Line the eyes with some eyeliner, and don’t worry about being messy, because you will have shadow over the liner in the end. Apply to the upper and lower lash line, and make sure you get as close to the eye as possible, so that none of the edge of the lid is exposed. You can help the liner fill in by squeezing your eyes shut for a few seconds after application.
Step 2: Contours and Highlights: Apply a light eyeshadow color to the brow bone and the inner eye corner of the eye to highlight both the brow and the eye.
Step 3: Base Shade: Use an eyeshadow brush or applicator to blend a mid-toned eyeshadow color onto the eyelid from the lash line to the crease. It’s best to mix the darkest color shadow and the color from Step 1 to get this mid-toned color, but you can also use a completely different shadow of your choosing. When you’re done applying the mid-toned shadow, blend the edges of the eye (cotton swabs are great for this).
Step 4: Contour Shade: Apply a deeper eyeshadow color to the outer ? of the eyelid in the crease. It’s best to keep the eye open while doing this to allow the brush/applicator to follow the crease naturally. Blend as you go and build the color gradually- it’s easier to add more shadow than to erase it. After application, apply the shadow over the eyeliner. This helps to set it and holds the liner in place for longer. If you used a pencil eyeliner, another trick is to use a tiny drop of water and blending it with this dark color. This will also help to ensure the longevity of the shadow throughout the evening.
Step 5: Get Dramatic: Re-line the lash line with eyeliner for a more defined and dramatic look if you so desire.
Prom Makeup Tip #5: Carry the necessities
If you followed tip three and left the powder at home, you’re already off to a good start. Regardless of the pop you picked, every girl should be carrying some basics when it comes to makeup for prom. First of all, carry your lipstick. You can’t really go over the top with re-glossing your pout. It’s also good to carry a mirror so you can do a ‘teeth check’ while re-applying. Second, it’s good to carry eyeliner and mascara. When you’re getting down on the dance floor, there’s a pretty big chance something will smudge. In addition to these few products, make sure you take along those blotting papers for a long-lasting beauty! And don’t forget to touch up your look with all of these things right before you take those fabulous prom pictures.
Prom Makeup Tip #6: Don’t forget your smile!
This is a great night! Have fun and smile at the camera- you’ll look much more beautiful flashing those pearly whites - we promise. In fact, several studies have even shown that smiling actually releases endorphins in the brain that increase your mood, so get to it! There are no good reasons not to make the best of this night, but there are plenty of reasons to shine.
Lips Done Right
Bright lips are great for prom but can definitely be done the wrong way. Here are some great examples of the right way to do bright lips. If you want to look like a beauty queen make sure you’re lips are getting the attention. Eye makeup should be natural looking and light- since it’s the lips that you want to have the attention. Pucker up and pick a color that fits you best! It’s also good to keep in mind the color and texture of the dress you’re wearing when considering picking a paint for your pout.
Let’s here it for the girls! These ladies clearly know how to rock the room with these jaw-dropping lips!
On the other hand, if you decide to go for bright or smokey colors for the eyes, make sure your lips stay light and natural.