Prom season is just around the corner and there’s no doubt in the world every girl is looking for an easy pretty in pink prom makeup tutorial or makeup ideas to do at home. When it comes to prom makeup or makeup tips, you do not need to go all glam: keep it natural but with a hint of subtle hotness and you will be the talk of the town! We curated two of the best prom makeup ideas you can do at home for this memorable night!
Prom Makeup Tutorial for A Natural Yet Sexy Look
Prom Makeup Tutorial by Patrick Starr
If you want a more dramatic, fierce, and sexier look, then this prom makeup tutorial is more of your fancy. We love how it’s not over-the-top but it’s not too low-key as well. If this is the look you’ll go for your prom night, keep reading easy makeup guide by famous beauty vlogger and makeup artist Patrick Starr. Here are what you need to get this look:
- MAC Fix Plus Spray
- Makeup Geek Manny MUA Palette
- Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional
- Benefit Correctors Kit
- Bite Beauty Lipstick FIG
- Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
- Becca Aqua Foundation
- MAC Whirl Lip Pencil
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
Step 1: Apply mist on a fresh, clean face
Before anything else, make sure you have cleansed your face. If you do not have time, use cleansing wipes and toner. Once you are done, apply a fast-acting moisturizing mask for a few minutes. Then, wake your skin up with a misting spray before starting.
Step 2: Apply primer
For an even surface of the foundation, apply a primer on your face. You can also just apply primer on key areas like the nose and cheeks. A good primer can fill in large pores for a smooth surface and mattifies the face, keeping the dreaded oil at bay.
Step 3: Apply foundation
Foundation is your base makeup, so it is important you apply this well. Before applying your foundation, warm the foundation by putting some product in your hand and mix it with your foundation brush. You can even add a few drops of serum for extra skin nourishment.
Step 4: Conceal the under eyes
Make sure to choose the right concealer for the job. The wrong color might not conceal anything at all, or worse, make your makeup uneven. Start by applying concealer on your dark undereye circles, blemishes or red patches using a concealer brush. Use a sponge later blend out the concealer with the rest of your base makeup.
Step 5: Use setting powder to set your base makeup
Prom is going to be a very long night, so you want to make sure your base makeup at least stays put. Set the foundation and concealer with setting powder for maximum lasting power. You want to wait for a few minutes to “bake” everything before continuing with your makeup.
Step 6: Hide those red eyes or eyelids
If you don’t have red eyes, you can skip this step. If you do, put eye primer first on your lids. Then, mix one portion of eye primer with concealer and apply the mixture on the eyelids. Set your eye base makeup with a pressed powder.
Step 7: Apply bronzer
Got a double chin? Have a too-wide forehead? For a well-defined face, use bronzer to do a bit of contouring. Do take note of your face shape first before you contour your face.
Step 8: Apply and set eyeshadow
There are two things to remember here: warm eyeshadow colors and setting. If you decide on a bolder eyeshadow color, do test them in advance to know if it fits well with your makeup color scheme. When applying eyeshadow, put the product on the lids and crease. Make sure to blend smoothly with an eyeshadow brush.
Step 9: Apply a winged eyeliner
A winged eyeliner is a perfect eyeliner style if you are planning to add some fake lashes. It can also help elevate drama. Make sure to practice applying a winged eyeliner first on a well-lit mirror.
Step 10: Curl the lashes
As Patrick would say, curl the lashes up to Jesus! Even if you are applying fake eyelashes, curling them would make your eyes pop out more. For easy curling, heat your eyelash curler using a blower in the lowest heat setting possible for 5 to 10 seconds. Curl away from the face to avoid getting burned or getting your skin pressed.
Step 11: Wear false eyelashes
If you do not wish to wear full lashes, you can cut them in two and apply them near the end. This will give you a more natural cate eye look. Use a cotton applicator to apply lash glue and to guide your lash placement.
Step 12: Apply bronzer on the lower lash line
The bronzer will make your eyes sultry. Start at the outer corners and then carefully rim the lower lash line using an eyeshadow brush. Don’t go all the way to the inner corners.
Step 13: Set with finishing powder
It is a must to always set your makeup with a finishing powder. This will help your makeup last longer and of course, get you ready for any photo op! Tap any excess powder first before applying.
Step 14: Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks
Pick a golden, rosy blush for this look. Apply on the apples of the cheek using a circle, wispy motions. Start applying lightly to avoid going overboard with the blusher. You can always build the color with more blusher.
Step 15: Define the nose
Using a bronzer, contour the nose with a fan brush. Start from the area between the inner corner of your eyes to the bridge of your nose, then sweep the contour product down to the tip. Avoid getting heavy on the product, so apply using feather-like strokes.
Step 16: Highlight areas of your face
A highlighter is like your very own focus light. After contouring, highlight the cupid’s bow, chin, nose, inner corner of the eyes, forehead, and cheekbones. The highlighted areas will make your face glowing.
Step 17: Define the brows
Never forget to define and fill in your brows. You can use a brow pencil, dip brow, or brow powder to do this. You can also apply a brow mascara to tame the brow hairs.
Step 18: Line and color your lips
For a full lip, line the lips with a nude lip liner. If you are using a dramatic lip color, you can use a lip liner closest to that shade. Color in with the lipstick of your choice.
Watch the prom makeup tutorial and the finished look by Patrick Starr below:
Natural Prom Makeup Tutorial by Lauren Curtis
This natural prom makeup tutorial by beauty vlogger Lauren Curtis is all about keeping it natural and accentuating your beauty. It’s simple, sophisticated, and very pretty! Here are what you need to achieve this look:
- Innoxa Skin Perfecting Pore Vanishing Cream
- BH Cosmetics Bombshell Bronze Bronzer – Starlet
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – Transparent
- L’oreal True Match – Golden Natural W4
- NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer – Sunny
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade – Blonde
- NARS Creamy Concealer – Medium Custard
- Sigma Brow Duo – Medium
- Milani Baked Blush – Rose D’Oro
- L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Amber Rush
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
- L’Oreal Carbon Black Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
- Too Face Lipliner – Perfect Nude
- Red Cherry Lashes – #48
- Calvin Klein Lipstick – Bliss
- NYX Xtreme Lip Cream – Nude Peach Fuzz
- Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Love Bug
Step 1: Apply primer
If you have pores which are very obvious, you may want to start with a primer or pore filler. This will help with a more even application with your foundation. You can also apply primer only to problematic areas on your face.
Step 2: Apply foundation evenly
Apply foundation to make the face smooth all over and to even out your complexion. How much coverage will you need? It will depend on your skin but it will be best to wear a lightweight foundation to feel more comfortable the entire night.
Step 3: Apply concealer to cover problematic spots
Sometimes you need more than a primer to cover imperfections. Apply concealer under the eyes to hide dark circles. You can also apply concealer on any red spot on your face if need be.
Step 4: Apply pressed powder to set your base makeup
If you do not have pressed powder, you can use a setting powder. Apply pressed powder on your face in a pressing motion. This will make the makeup last a whole lot longer.
Step 5: Contour with bronzer
While contouring is an option, you should definitely consider this as this will define your face better. It’s great for formal events like prom as it will bring out your cheekbones and make you picture perfect at any angle!
Step 6: Apply blush
After the bronzer, apply a pink blush for a flushed cheeks look. Apply to the apples of the cheek and cheekbones. Make sure the blusher color suits well with the overall makeup color scheme of your prom makeup.
Step 7: Contour blushed-on cheeks with bronzer
If you have a round or oval face, this tip will be a godsend to you. Apply bronzer on the apples of the cheeks as well as on the crease for some definition. Make sure the contour line blends well with the blush line to make the definition more natural.
Step 8: Fill in the brows with brow powder
For the eyebrows, it’s best to stick to its natural shape (at least for your prom makeup). Fill in your brows with an eyebrow powder for a fuller look. If you don’t have eyebrow powder, you can use an eyebrow pencil. Apply using the eyebrow pencil in feather strokes to mimic natural hairs, then brush it with a spooler to blend the color well.
Step 9: Apply primer before eyeshadow
Before applying eyeshadow, apply an eye primer or eyeshadow base first. An eye primer or eyebrow base will help keep your eye makeup stay longer. Once it dries, apply light pink eyeshadow (or other light colors to match your dress) on the eyes and blend with a brush. Apply bronzer on the bottom lash line and on the crease of the eyes to achieve a subtle smokey eye look.
Step 10: Line the eyes.
Apply black eyeliner on the lash line. You need not be too careful with this one though since you will do some smudging later on. If you do need to correct it, wet a cotton bud with water to erase the mistake.
Step 11: Apply mascara generously
Apply black mascara on both your upper and lower lashes. Make sure to coat every strand of hair. It’s also best to go with a waterproof and volumizing mascara.
Step 12: Wear false eyelashes
Put on your favorite faux eyelashes for a more dramatic effect. You can place it just above your natural lash line. Use tweezers to carefully place your faux lashes correctly.
Step 13: Line the lips.
A lip liner prevents your lipstick from smudging. Apply lip liner and lip cream as the base of your lips. Start drawing an X on the top of your lips for a cupid bow effect, then trace along the natural lines of your lips.
Step 14: Apply lip color and gloss
Last but not least, complete the look with your pretty pink lipstick. Top it off with lip gloss for a plump and fuller lip effect.
To check out Lauren’s entire prom makeup tutorial, you can watch it here:
We all want our prom to be perfect and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event! I really hope either of these two prom makeup tutorials will be the perfect one for you. Because truth be told, while we want to look gorgeous on prom night, we still want to keep things natural, simple, and sophisticated.
Which look do you like best and why? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 22, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.