Sunday, 22 April 2012

Prom Makeup Tips and Tutorial

Hey Dolls! In July I will be having my prom so I thought it would be a good idea to share my prom makeup tips to help you all. I also have a prom makeup tutorial uploaded on YouTube so check that out if you are stuck on ideas. Remember, photographs take away 70% of your makeup so apply it heavier than usual!

Face Tips

  • Start exfoliating your skin at least 2 times a week to remove the dead skin cells leaving a smooth clean base. 
  • Test out makeup looks at least a week before and photograph yourself to see if the makeup is photo friendly. 
  • If you are applying fake tan on yourself, practice first and start applying layers a week before to create a natural finish. 
  • I recommend not to start using new skincare products if you are not sure it will go well with your skin otherwise it can cause blemishes which you don't want for prom! 
  • If you can get one, apply face primer on your face after you moisturised as the rest of your face makeup will have something to cling on to resulting in your makeup lasting so much more longer. Silicone base primers and some others will create a soft smooth base which will allow the foundation to go on smoother. This is because the primer will glide over your pores, creating a smooth base. 
  • When choosing a foundation, pick one with a low SPF because the ingredient titanium oxide will make the flash photography bounce off creating a white pale outcast on your face. The foundation I used in the tutorial was Revlon Photo Ready which has tiny shimmer particles in it to try diffuse and blur imperfections. Remember to choose a foundation that is your exact or very close to your skin colour to avoid a foundation line or looking orangey or pasty! When applying the foundation, blend into the jaw line and neck. To create an 'airbrush' finish, use a duo fibre stippling brush. If you want a heavier coverage then I recommend using a synthetic buffing brush.
  • If you have oily skin, take a compact powder with you to touch up during the night. Pick a powder that doesn't create a white outcast on your face and will mattify your skin without making it look cakey. I recommend Revlon Colourstay Powder. You can also take blotting papers which will help blot of the oil. For dry skin girls it's not too much of a worry, but still powder your face after the foundation and concealer to keep the makeup sealed in. 
Eye Tips
  • Before applying any eyeshadow, apply an eyeshadow primer to allow the eyeshadow to last all day. It also prevents creasing in the eyeshdow and makes the colours more vibrant. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion but for a cheaper alternative, E.L.F does a good one from the mineral range and also sells a face primer.
  • If you have brown eyes, purple, plums and eggplant tone colours will make them pop whereas if you have light eye colours like blue, bronze red tones will make them stand out.
  • For eyebrows, if you have light hair choose a colour that's one or two shades darker and if you have dark hair then choose a colour that is one or two shades lighter. For a natural finish use powder but if you want a more defined look then use pencil. I used both! Eyebrows are important as they frame your face.
  • Remember to blend blend blend the eyeshadow to prevent harsh lines
  • Apply a waterproof mascara to prevent it from smudging throughout the day
Lip Tips
  • Take your lipstick with you to touch up during the night. To make it last longer, you can apply a lip primer before. 
  • If you are supporting a bold lip like the a red lip or a bright pink lip then apply lip liner all over your lips and then apply the lipstick and try and press it into your lips to create a stain. After, take half of a tissue and press it on your lips and apply powder to soak up the moisture making it last longer. Apply another coat of lipstick. 
What makeup to take in your bag!
  • Compact Powder
  • Lipstick/Lipgloss
  • Concealer for touch ups
Prom Makeup Tutorial 

Hope you found this useful and have a fabulous time at Prom!! Love, xoxo


  1. this is gorgeous! I'm doing my own make up for prom as well and this really helped xx

  2. My proms not till next year, but I'm really excited now after reading this! Thanks for the tips Shannon! xx

  3. my sister has prom in a couple of weeks, i will show her this post. ;)

    <3, Mimi

  4. wow, you look so so pretty, dear :) love it! thanks for sharing :))


  5. this was so helpful! I have my prom in only 6 days, and I'm so excited, and this hase really helped me decide on which face makeup to use, so thanks:-) please check out my blog- xx

  6. This is so pretty! Love the blog!
    - Keyta x

  7. I LOVE you channel and your blog please could you check mine out i wouldnt mind being as sucsessful as you your amazing !!XXXX :)