Prom Makeup for a Fairytale Night!

The right prom makeup can get you flawlessly through your night. After all, going to the prom is a big deal!

Finding the perfect dress to wear and planning out your evening are absolutely essential!

Just as important is to select the appropriate makeup to wear for the evening well before the event.

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Many young women opt to blend their makeup to match the clothes they’re wearing. This is a prom makeup mistake! Which makeup colors look best on you depends on your hair color and skin tone.

If you can, it's best to choose a dress color that coordinates with either of these. Makeup colors can be chosen from the colors in the speckles of your eyes. These are your natural colors that will look best on you! You'll want to create the perfect notes of colors to accent your and your dress. It's all about style and coordination baby!

There is no one size fits all when it comes to the prom makeup you choose to wear. You will want to take extra time in application however, no matter how little makeup you use.

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Prom Makeup for a Fairytale Night

Before Makeup

Before you start your prom makeup, apply your daily moisturizer and allow it to set for at least ten minutes. If your makeup has a tendency to wear off during the day or you have a habit of touching your face a lot, you might want to wear a makeup primer. If your eyes are your main concern, then use an eye shadow primer only. Allow primers to dry thoroughly before applying makeup.


Getting ready for prom can be exhilarating, but remember that this is supposed to be fun! You want your skin to look its best, so make sure to find the right foundation for the big night. If you're not used to wearing makeup, try a tinted moisturizer. This will give your complexion sheer coverage with a subtle hint of color. Make sure to apply tinted moisturizers on a clean face and blend well into the throat for natural looking skin.

If you're used to wearing foundation, find a moderate coverage foundation. Again, be sure to include foundation makeup on your neck and throat. Make sure to blend, blend, blend! If you're worried about your foundation wearing off, try Revlon ColorStay Foundation. Most important is to find a color that matches your skin tone.


Choose shadows that compliment your skin and make your eyes pop. You’ll need three basic eyeshadow colors to play up your prom makeup. Use a neutral color from the eyelash line to the brow line, use a darker color in the crease of your eyes, and use a lighter color on your brow bones and inside your eyes near your inner eyebrow. These tips will make your eyes really stand out. Try not to rub your eyes unconsciously during your evening. You don’t want to rub off your prom makeup art work!

If you are unsure about which colors look best on you, check here.

Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner’s should be used for special occasions. They can make the eyes appear much larger and are generally give a more seductive look. Liquid eyeliner should be used to accentuate the lash line only. If you have dark features, use black, dark navy blue, or deep brown liner just above the upper lash line. If you have lighter features, try a medium to dark brown liner. If you want a more informal look, simply smudge the liner outwards with a q-tip or eyeshadow brush.

Pencil Eyeliner

Use a dark pencil eyeliner in the rims of your eyes. Extend it slightly outwards beyond the outer rim to make your eyes look larger. To make your eyes really pop, use a white pencil eyeliner on the top of your lids instead of using a black liquid liner. White colors highlight and light up your face!

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Curl Lashes

Before you apply mascara, be sure to curl your eyelashes first. After you’ve curled them, then apply two or three coats of mascara. Allow it to dry thoroughly between coats. Choose basic black mascara if you have dark hair and dark eyes. Use dark brown mascara if you have lighter hair color and blue, green, or hazel eyes.

Got Freckles?

People with freckles generally hate them. If you want to cover your freckles, use mineral makeup. Mineral makeup is great for concealing all kinds of skin discolorations or imperfections. You can also hide darker spots with concealers or cover cremes. Draw attention away from your freckles by playing up other qualities. Accentuate your eyes with bossy bold colors like blues and browns. Add a pretty pink or peach blush to your cheeks. Add a bronzer to your neckline, shoulders, and chest if you have a low cut dress. These steps help hide freckles and will ensure your prom makeup is perfect.

Sexy Eyes

Want a sultry look? Try an all over neutral color with a darker shadow in the crease of the eye and below the bottom lashes. Apply your shadow from the outer corner of eye to the inner corner. Use a bit of shimmer makeup on top of your makeup for a more dramatic effect. Shimmer is in! Don't want to go dramatic? Try using different color trios of pink or sparkling peach.

False Eyelashes

You may want to pull out all the stops and be thinking about wearing false eyelashes for your special night. False eyelashes can be a lot of fun to include in your prom makeup. There are so many styles to choose from! They are also very inexpensive to buy. They are a bit harder to apply so if you need some help, please read this page.

If you are looking for different style lashes, there are false lashes found in many styles. If you choose to wear them, put them on before you apply other eye makeup.


Don’t ruin your prom makeup by wearing glitter. While glitter is cool for a night out on the town, shimmer is the ‘in thing’ to wear cause it looks totally natural. With all those gorgeous dresses and pretty faces to contend with, you'll want to be the one who stands out! Find a body dusting powder or a bronzer with shimmer in it and dust lightly over shoulder and neck area. Even it out by putting some on your arms and on the back of your neck if your hair is up. Shimmer powders will look more natural under prom lights than body gels with glitter. Shimmer makeup will make your skin look luminous!

Set Your Prom Makeup

You've got your dress, shoes, and your date. Your prom tickets are carefully tucked in your evening bag. Your makeup is beautiful and the colors you chose look great! But with all the prom pictures about to take place, and the hours of dancing under the bright disco lights, you need to set your look so your makeup doesn't get ruined. Use a loose, translucent powder. Lightly dust it over your entire face and throat, then sweep the areas with a big makeup brush to remove excesses. This helps set your prom makeup for the night!

Perfect Lip Color

If you’ve chosen to accentuate your eyes using deep colors, use a lighter color on your lips. Try a natural muted tone or neutral color lip liner and blend into your lips with your fingertips. (or use a lipstick brush). Apply lipstick colors that look natural with your lip color. Good colors to choose are mauve, burgundy, and rose. Use a lipstick brush to apply them instead of using the tube. Brushes give a more professional look! Add a high shine gloss for extra shine! Add a splash of lighter colored lip gloss to center of bottom lip and your lips will look larger and oh, so sexy!

If you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup for the prom, try lining your lips with a neutral color and simply add lip gloss only. You'll look fresh and naturally beautiful!

Pucker Up

You never know when you might get a kiss! They can come at the most awkward times. Be pucker ready by taking good care of your lips well before prom night. Use lip moisturizers at night before you go to sleep and one in the morning when you wake up. Then try and use them during the day as much as possible. You don’t want your lips to peel the night of the prom! Peppermint oil can be used to revitalize your lips. Wear lipsticks, lip moisturizers, and lipgloss during the day to lock in moisture. Do yourself a favor and don't buy glosses that have flavor though. You'll be tempted to lick or bite your lips. That actually dries lips out instead.

Everyone too, wants full lips! Use lip plumpers to help offset smaller, narrower lips.

Natural Makeup

Want your prom makeup to look more natural? Use a brush appropriate for the product application. Use a large, puffy brush for loose/pressed powder application. Use a blush brush for blush and have at least two different sized shadow brushes, preferably one medium brush for all over color and blending and one smaller angled brush for the crease and lower eyelash line. Makeup application with brushes looks much more natural than fingertips or tiny sponge applicators alone!

Tan Skin

You want to look tan for the prom but you might not have the money or time to go to a tanning bed. You can still get a good tan if you use sunless tanning lotions. Sunless tanning lotions should be your first choice, as some bronzer brands have been known to rub off. If you're determined to use one though, you can find them at most drug stores or online. Since bronzers come in a variety of shades, you’ll have a lot to choose from.

Try a couple of different shades to see which one matches your skin tone the best. Do this in the store as inconspicuously as possible if you can! Do a patch test on your arm/leg to test the color. Spray a tiny bit and rub into skin. Whichever shade looks most natural without looking orange is the shade you should use. If you’re buying online, choose a medium toned bronzer.

And that's it! Now you're ready to make up your mind about your prom makeup! Be prepared and you won't sweat the small stuff! Your night will be filled with enchantment!

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