Prom season is here and in full swing! We wanted to share a few simple but always stunning makeup looks to help you spark some ideas for the perfect look to match your dress, eyes and overall style. Most suggestions for Prom makeup is neutral, and barely there. Where we love a good neutral eye, we also think that since Prom is your chance to go all out with your looks, why not throw on some color! We will share a few examples on how to wear color without looking like a bad 80′s ad. Whether you win the crown or not, follow some of these guidelines and quick tips, and surely you will be looking like a Prom Queen in no time!
Add A Little Drama!
If you have a simple dress, you can afford to add some extra drama to your look with your makeup. Here are a few options for more dramatic looks. Don’t be afraid to add a punch of color or some glitter!
The trick to wearing a great colorful look is to keep the brighter shade on the lid and blend out with neutrals. Here the artist used a combination of products for this fun and festive look but we will provide you with some Makeup Geek duplicates to help you recreate the look. Begin by gently patting the shade Sea Mist over the lower part of the eye coming up slightly past the crease. This is a lovely blue/green color that has a slight shimmer to it so it works perfectly for this look. For the inner corner use the shade Pixie Dust and sweep the color up above the crease beginning at the inner corner and into the crease coming in 1/2 of the way. Make sure and put a small amount of the same shade under the inner 1/3 of the eye also. Now go in with a matte brown color, here the artist used the color Tease from the Naked 2 palette, but Latte would be a great shade as well. Feather the color on the outer 1/2 of the crease making sure to blend out any harsh lines. Bring the same shade under the eye from the outer corner coming in to where the lower lashes begin. You may have to go back in with the shade Pixie Dust and touch up the green. Line the lower waterline with an blue/green liner, here the artist used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Mainline. Curl you lashes and add your favorite thickening mascara. To finish the look put on a pair of thick lashes like Ardell’s #109.
If you want to add sparkle and glamour to your look then this is definitely the one for you. Begin by patting a medium grey shade like Stealth on the lower part of the eyelid making sure to stay below the crease. Run the same shade under the entire length of the eye as well. Next, using a fluffy dome brush and windshield wiper motions, place a darker grey like Graphite, or for a darker look you can use Corrupt, and blend the color into the crease. Use a smaller dome brush and a bit of the lighter grey and use to blend the color out slightly. You want to make sure you don’t bring the color up to high, you just want to eliminate any harsh lines. Then take flat, stiff brush and dip it into your favorite glitter (L.A. Splash Renaissance is ours at the moment) and pat gently onto the lid. To help avoid glittery fallout, hold a piece of tissue under your eye while applying the glitter. To complete this stunning look, add a pair of lashes like Ardell’s Demi Wispies to the top of your eyes and a few individual lashes on the lower lashes as well to add extra drama.
Simple and Sweet
The perfect eyes to pair with a princess dress, keeping it sweet, simple and elegant.
This sweet look is perfect for anyone who wants a charming and elegant look for their special night. With a fluffy dome brush, use a warm pink like Simply Marlena and work the color into the outer part of your eye keeping the majority of the color on the outer part. Sweep the color in slightly allowing it to fade as it comes into the crease. This color will warm up the shades we are going to apply over it. Next, with a flat, stiff brush and pat a shimmery white like Ice Queen over the lower part of the eye. Use the excess shadow on the brush and place under the brow bone as our highlight. Now go in with a soft brown like Latte and pat over the lower lid where the pink and white eyeshadows meet and up into the crease slightly. To add some depth to the look, go in with a darker brown like Mocha and gently sweep the color into the crease making sure not to cover the pink. You want to be able to see the pink peeking through the brown. Use the same dark brown and a small brush to line the upper lashline keeping the color close to the lashes. Bring the same dark brown under the eye as well very softly just to connect the top and bottom of the eyes. Place a shimmery light color like Shimma Shimma in the inner corner to open the eyes and make them appear brighter. Line the lower waterline with a white liner like Makeup Geek’s Cottontail. To finish, curl your lashes and add a good mascara. For an added touch of drama and romance, add a pair of lashes like the Ardell Romantic.
This striking look is simple to do and catches the attention of everyone around you. Begin by placing Gold Digger on the lower lid and bring the color up slightly past the crease. Run the same gold shade under the entire length of the eye as well. With a fluffy dome brush, sweep a soft brown like Latte on the outer 1/2 of the crease and blend out the color making sure to avoid any harsh lines. Place the same brown under the outer 1/3 of the eye. Wipe off that same brush really well and use a color close to your skintone to help blend out the lines and as a highlight under the brownbone. Use the gel liner in Immortal to create a winged liner on the top of your eye and to line your upper and lower waterlines. Curl your lashes and sweep on a couple coats of mascara. Add a pair of great lashes like Ardell’s Demi Luvies to finish this gorgeous look. (If you want a more intense gold color on your eyes, begin by using a gold base on the eye like the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold or any gold base)
Classic Cat Eye
Simple Cat Eye paired with a good lipgloss, how could you go wrong? This look is timeless and will look good with almost any dress you choose. Amp up the drama by flaring out the wing a bit more.
To create a good Cat eye I’ve found, starting with the wing, and working your way to the inner corner of your eye works best. I would suggest using a gel liner, as it goes on smoothly and is easier to create the fine lines with, perfect for a winged eye. Check out the quick tip below for some extra advice on how to apply. (Cut Crease Kitty Cat Look Step-By-Step)
This Kitten eye has all elegance of the cat eye, but with less drama. If you’re not quite that bold just yet, take the same approach as explained in the Cat eye but stop your line 3/4ths or ½ of the way to the tear duct. Bring the line down a bit on the lower lashline if you would like. This technique will elongate your eye and make it look bigger.
Quick tip: If you apply a pencil liner first you can create a smooth line easier, using it as a guideline when you add the gel or liquid liner. Sort of like coloring in the lines. When using gel liners, the brush makes all the difference. I would suggest using a bent liner brush. It has the perfect shape and angle to easily reach your eye and applies the liner effortlessly, it’s about as close to fool proof as you can get.
Not your average liner
If you are wearing a fun bright dress or really bold patterns, and still want a splash of color in your makeup look without it feeling too overbearing, keeping it neutral but wearing a colored liner is a great option. Here are a few examples.
This simple and sultry look has a perfect pop of color to catch everyone’s attention. To create this look, sweep a color that is a shade or two darker than your skintone over the lid. Here the artist used the shade Beaches and Cream. Use a fluffy dome brush and sweep the shade Mocha in the crease making sure to feather out any harsh lines. You may have to go back in with the first shade and blend out the lines. Use a small dome brush and place Bada Bing in the outer part of the eye to add depth to the look. Run the same dark brown under the eye. Now for that liner, you can use any shade as the possibilities are limitless. Here, Makeup Geek’s Electric was used. Starting with the wing, and working your way to the inner corner of your eye. Curl your lashes and add a couple coats of your favorite mascara to finish this amazing look!
For this look, use a neutral champagne shade like Shimma Shimma or Glamorous on the lid, staying under the crease. Use a fluffy dome brush and a soft brown like Latte and sweep into the crease blending out any harsh lines. For your pop of color line the lower water line with whichever shade will compliment your dress and eyes best. To add a bit more depth, you can apply a small amount of black eyeliner on the upper lash line, this step is completely optional. Lastly, throw on a few coats of your favorite mascara or a great pair of lashes and viola!
Quick Tip: To make your liner stay in place and last longer, apply a sheer layer of a similar colored eyeshadow right on top to help it set. This also helps tone it down, creating a softer look. Or on the contrary, pick a shimmer/glitter and make it pop even more!
If you are still new to makeup or unsure how/where to apply it, here is a great video where Marlena shares some of her favorite teen makeup products and how to apply them.
To complete your look here are some of our favorite products:
- NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss – “Beige” – (Amazon) (eBay) (Makeup Geek Store)
- L’oreal Voluminous Mascara – “Carbon Black” – (Amazon) (eBay)
- Milani Minerals Blush – ”Luminous” (Amazon) (eBay)
- Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeliner – “Black” – (Amazon) (eBay)
We hope this helped spark a few ideas on how to do your makeup for Prom. Don’t forget the best thing for any look though, your smile! :) Have the time of your life getting all dolled up, and dancing the night away! Stay healthy and gorgeous as always!!
Special thanks goes out to the lovely and ever so talented ilovemyaddiction, iheartmakeupart, pigmentsandpalettes, makeupbyhilary, olennka177, and MarilynMUA for their skillful and creative looks. Check out our Idea Gallery for more inspirational looks by them and others.