Picking out your prom date, dress, and hairstyle are the easy parts. Prom makeup is the hard part! What colors are right for you? How much makeup is too much? How to apply it all? Well, we’re here to help. Here are 5 pretty prom makeup trends for 2014 plus the tools and tutorials to get the looks just right! You can mix and match multiple looks but please, don’t try them all at once!
1. Bold Lips
Bright lips have been a huge trend for 2013 and 2014. If you didn’t feel right about wearing this fire engine red lips during the day, this is your time! Right now, bright pinks, bold reds, and dark auburns or en vogue (they say orange is the latest hot color but they must be joking). You’ve got to find the right one for your skin tone and that works with your dress.
There are a few shades of red lipstick that work for absolutely everyone. Check out MAC’s Rihanna-endorsed Ruby Woo, their slightly darker vampy Viva Glam I, L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipcolor in British Red, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Stick Kate Moss Collection, or Covergirl LipPerfection in Hot as seen on Taylor Swift. If you’re not sure, visit MAC, Sephora, or your favorite department store makeup counter for a free consultation.
The best way to apply lipstick is not directly to the lip but with a lip brush that gets the color into every crevice for super saturated and long-lasting color. This retractable lip brush by Sonya Kashuk is perfect for bringing in your clutch for touchups. Be sure to blot well so you don’t leave any lipstick on your date!
2. Smoky Eye
Next to the updo, one of the most popular red carpet looks is the smoky eye. This glamorous look adds so much depth, intrigue, and emphasis on everyone’s best feature – the eyes. A smoky eye requires a light, medium, and dark shade plus liner and mascara. There are lots of kits out there or you can use a combination of eye shadows that you already have.
For the easiest way to get this dramatic look, check out this 3-minute smoky eye tutorial that requires minimal products and minimal skills!
3. Cat Eye or Kitten Eye
This vintage-inspired makeup look has been all over the red carpets this year! Lena Dunham looks amazing on this month’s cover of Glamour with an extra bold cat eye. The extra wing that goes beyond the eyelid is fun, mod, and perfect for prom! You can go for the dramatic and defined cat eye or the more subdued kitten eye.
The key to getting this look right is a steady hand, a little practice, and a super smooth eye liner. Use a high quality liquid liner like the highly rated Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, the tried and true CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner, in Very Black, or vegan and all natural Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Raven.
Glitter all over the body is for tweens or strippers but glitter on the eyes is fabulous! This is a different and dazzling way to highlight the eyes. This isn’t any regular glitter though. Use a specialized glitter shadow like LIT Cosmetics Holographic Glitter Kit in gold or dark silver. For a more subtle but still sparkly eye, just use a glitter liner.
5. Fake Eyelashes
Nothing brings out the eyes more than long. dark lashes. If you weren’t born with them, no problem! There’s no better occasion to wear false eyelashes than prom! If you love makeup and want to try it yourself grab Sephora’s Eyes the Limit Set for everything you need and follow a video tutorial. It’s not that hard at all!
If you want the look but are scared of don’t trust the combination of eyes, glue, and clumsy fingers, leave it to the professionals! Simply look up a lash bar near you to get gorgeous lashes that last a few weeks.
So do you have your prom makeup figured out now? You can’t go wrong with any one (or two) of these looks! If it’s not enough, there is so much help to be had at various makeup stores. MAC will give you a free makeover with a $50 purchase, which is a great way to make the most bang for your buck. Or if you’re determined to DIY, check out the amazing Lisa Eldridge for more makeup inspiration for prom and everyday.