It’s that time of year! Young ladies across the country are shopping for prom dresses and planning for a night of glamor. You can use these five tips to look red-carpet beautiful for your prom. If you want to have some fun, get together with your girl friends and practice these prom beauty tips before the big day. That way you’ll know what works for you and you’ll have some practice in getting your look just right
Tip # 1
Remember that the most beautiful celebrity on the red carpet and the most beautiful girl at the prom is not the one wearing the most makeup! You don’t want people to say, “Wow, great makeup.” You want them to say “Wow, you look amazing!” Your makeup is there to bring out your natural beauty. One of the best ways to look naturally beautiful is to choose a lightweight liquid foundation or a mineral makeup that is almost a perfect match to your skin. Apply the foundation evenly and lightly over your entire face, remembering to blend in at the hairline and the jaw line. If there is a noticeable line where your makeup ends and your neck begins, you’ve got the wrong foundation. It’s either too dark or not the right shade. It pays to find the right foundation in order to have a beautiful base for the rest of your makeup.
Tip # 2
Take a hint from your dress. If your dress is a bold color or black, you’ll want bold makeup to go with it. Your dress will overwhelm you and you’ll look washed out in those prom pictures if your makeup doesn’t complement the strong style of the dress. Dramatic eye makeup is great with a bold dress. Try a strong smoky or cat-eye look. You can find video instructions on how to achieve these looks at seventeen.com. Just remember, when you play up your eyes you want to keep your lips neutral. You want to look like a glamor girl, not a clown, in those photos! Chose a matte lipstick color close to your natural lip color or slightly beige or pink.
Dresses in pastel shades call for a more subdued face. Keep the eyes neutral with some sparkly beige or brown shadow and a few coats of a lengthening mascara. Play up your lips instead with a high-shine lip gloss in a bright cherry or pink shade that complements the color of your dress.
Tip # 3
Create a glowing complexion, regardless of whether you’re emphasizing the lips or eyes. If you have a medium or dark skin tone, use a bronzer that is two shades darker than your natural skin color. Brush it lightly on the forehead, bridge of the nose and the cheeks. Fair skinned girls can get the same super glow with a highlighter that is one shade darker than their natural skin tone. Use a highlighter along the tops of the cheeks, around the eyes and even around the lips. With either a bronzer or a highlighter, the key is to create a natural looking glow. Start with just a little product and add more if you need it.
Tip # 4
Get a manicure the day before the prom. Choose a medium length for your nails. You want something more glamorous than short nails, but super long nails can be difficult to deal with. Once again, you may want to consider your dress when choosing the color and style of your manicure. Of course, a French manicure is always in style.
Do something special with your hair. Prom is a chance to really show your style with a celebrity-inspired hairdo. Try an updo for long hair or add curls to normally straight short hair. Pick up a copy of a celebrity hairstyle magazine or visit seventeen.com for ideas. You can do your hair yourself, get together with your friends and do each other’s hair, or make an appointment with your hairdresser. Just make that appointment well in advance since your hairdresser may get booked solid on prom day!
Those are my beauty tips for prom. It doesn’t take a lot of makeup, a lot of time or even a lot of skill to get the look you want. Follow these tips and you’ll look beautiful.
Amy Jo Garner aka The Beauty Geek is a freelance writer in Oklahoma who covers a variety of business and lifestyle topics. Visit AmyJoGarner.biz to learn more. You can also listen to the audio version of this article: Prom Beauty Tips for Your Face, Eyes, Lips, Nails and Hair.