Spotty, oily skin could ruin an otherwise perfect prom, so your preparations should begin well in advance of the big night. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out impurities, and embark upon a thorough cleansing, toning and moisturising regime.
Avoid over cleansing too close the the actual night, as that tends to irritate the skin and produce a red rough appearance. A couple of days before, only employ a mild facial cleanser twice daily, to keep face clean and fresh.
When it comes to choosing foundation, the most important factor is to find one that matches your skin tone. To do this, go foundation shopping in natural daylight, and test foundation against your jaw line, not the backs of your hands! The skin on your hands won't necessarily be the same color as the skin on your face, so make sure you don't make this common mistake! Apply a couple of shades on your face near your jaw, take a mirror and head outside to double check the perfect color to match your neck.
Next, research that your foundation matches your skin type. If you have oily skin, you'll want to select a matte foundation that will soak up extra moisture; if you're lucky enough to have dewy skin already, a light, shimmery foundation will be all you'll need.
For an event like a prom, you may also want to try out a skin-highlighting product such as Benefit's High Beam, or Revlon's Skinlights. These give your skin that dewy, fresh look - straight out of the bottle!
Prom Night Eyes
Glitter eye shadows can help add a little glamour to prom makeup, without going overboard. Resist the temptation to match your eye shadow to your dress: instead, go for a color that compliments your skin, hair and eye color, and doesn't dominate your overall look.
Another nice prom makeup expression is to draw your eye liner over your top lid for a sexy, starlet look reminiscent of Briget Bardot or Elizabeth Taylor. This can be a tricky look to perfect, so it's a good idea to get some practice in before the prom!
Prom Makeup Lips
Keep your lips kissable by piling on plenty of lip balm prior to the big event. On the night itself, make sure your lipstick lasts by bringing your foundation down over your lips first, outlining with lip liner and then coloring in the lips themselves with the same liner. Now add your lipstick to your prom makeup sceme, blot once and powder, then apply and blot again. Your lipstick should last all night, but carry a little extra in a small makeup bag for those necessary touch ups.
For added "glam," slick on a little lipgloss for that full, pouting look, and you're good to go!
Aside from your wedding day, prom night is one of the most significant events of your young life and your prom makeup is equally important.
Whether you wear makeup regularly or are making a special effort for prom, you'll want to be sure that your look is flawless. Here are a few tips to help you look back on those prom night pictures with pleasure rather than embarrassment.
Choosing the Right Look for Your Prom Makeup
Many girls make the mistake of choosing prom makeup which is dramatically different from the makeup they normally wear. While tempting to go all out with an amazing new look, or to pile on the products for a flawless appearance, try to resist going overboard. Prom is not the time to try something new: instead, your aim should be to look like a more glamorous version of yourself: choosing makeup you'll be comfortable in, but which will still make you look your absolute best.
To achieve this look, stick to what you know, but add a few extra little touches for that all important wow-factor. That could simply mean using a sparkly eye shadow rather than your usual mat, or adding a sexy shimmer to your lips. However you choose to do it, you'll want to make sure that your friends (and your date!) still recognize you when making your grand entrance!