Prom 2011: Makeup Trends & Tips

Doing your own makeup for the prom doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little practice, you can create your own perfect look.
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Start by creating a flawless base. Prep your skin by putting on moisturizer before anything else. Then, use a good primer such as Dior SkinFlash primer. A primer like this works wonders and will hold your makeup in place. 
Next, use a concealer to cover up anything you want to hide, such as dark circles under your eyes or blemishes. Follow up with a really, really good foundation, like Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This foundation is designed to make a girls’ skin look great in person and in pictures. Finally, dust on some lose powder to set your foundation and cover up any shine. 

Cheek Tip: Add some blush and luminizer to the APPLES of your cheeks for nice glow. 

One makeup trend that’s really hot right now is the smoky eye, which is all about using a mixture of light and dark shades, and blending them well (Marie Claire offers some great step-by-step instructions). It’s a runway classic, and celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Beyonce are always rockin’ it. It’ll make your beautiful eyes really stand out. 

Eye Tip: Using an eyebrow pencil to define your eyebrows and fill in any patches will pull your whole look together, along with a soft-colored lip gloss.  

You don’t have to use the standard black and gray eye shadow combination—a smoky eye can be created with just about any color scheme! Check out Bianca’s video at which shows you how to create a blue smoky eye (kind of like the one Selena Gomez has in the photo).  Just by following Bianca’s tips, you can match your smoky eye to your dress. If you have a purple dress, wherever Bianca tells you to put blue, put a nice plum shade instead. 
Don’t forget about your lips either. And it IS prom, which is a great reason to get a lil’ bit bold. If you’re wearing a red dress, feel free to rock that matching red lipstick you love. A magenta colored dress looks fabulous with magenta lipstick, and an orange dress looks fab with a reddish-orange lipstick. Before you apply your lip color, exfoliate your lips to make them smooth, and use a lip liner to help prevent the lipstick from fading. 

Lip Tip: Add some clear lip gloss to the center of your lips to give them a fuller appearance. 

Whatever look you choose is up to you, and the possibilities are endless. It’s your prom, so be sure to have fun with it!