DIY: Top Tips and Tricks for Doing Your Own Prom Makeup

Doing your own makeup for prom doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow this foolproof guide for getting pretty for prom.

You’ve styled a fierce outfit and will have bae by your side—what else could make prom night even better? A knockout beauty look, that’s what. One that will stand out all night and in your digital memories. Don’t stress, you’ve got this! Rise to the challenge by unleashing your creativity combined with tips and tricks that make it easy to learn how to do your own prom makeup.

Face forward

With an evening full of selfies and group shots ahead, every prom makeup tutorial should start with getting your skin ready for a close-up. For DIY spa-worthy prep, incorporate a clay-based mask into to your usual skincare routine. Use it after cleansing and before applying moisturizer, and choose a mask based on your skin type and needs to help control shine, smooth an uneven texture or pump up a glow. Next, call on concealer and foundation to enhance your skin tone. Start with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer for strategic coverage. The non-greasy, waterproof formula can be blended under your eyes, around your nose and mouth and over any imperfections calling out to be silenced. It’s also transfer-resistant and comes with an XL doe-foot wand that makes it ideal for use anywhere on the body. Follow with foundation that offers customizable coverage. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation merges a lightweight texture with a long-wear finish that can be built from medium to full coverage. The formula also contains three oil absorbers to create a fresh complexion while resisting sweat and water. The range of 30 shades is designed to stay true for 24 hours, so you can stay snap happy all night long!

Lip service

Whether you’re crunched for time or looking for a one-and-done beauty solution, a strong lip colour is always the right answer. There’s also no wrong way to coordinate your prom outfit to your lip-colour choice. If your dress happens to be black or metallic and adheres to a sleek silhouette, you could play up the glam vibe by choosing a rich-red shade. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 2-Step Lip Colour delivers the ultimate intense pigment with maximum comfort, thanks to the moisturizing Pro-Seal Balm. There’s no need to reapply the long-wear formula or worry about fading, bleeding or transfer. Or, if you’re wearing something with a carefree spirit (rainbow-stripe sequins, perhaps?), a bright-fuchsia lip would be a pitch-perfect accessory. Providing a luxe, velvety texture, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss makes it easy to apply a vibrant shade with precision. Use the sculpted wand applicator to work from the centre of your mouth outwards to the lip line. Securing a game-changing lip shade is all about finding a tone that boosts your complexion and your self-confidence. The only non-negotiable element is getting lips to a smooth, soft state first. Use a gentle lip scrub followed by a light layer of lip balm to eliminate flakes and maximize hydration before applying any strong lip colour.

Lookout point

The best part about doing your own eye makeup for prom is that you can truly make it unique—keep it as simple or as elaborate as you like. Eyeliner is essential no matter which route you take. Look for a creamy formula that glides on easily but sets to a smudge-proof finish with staying power, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner. You can use it to trace along the waterline for subtle definition or build up a thick line with a slightly winged outer tip for a bold effect. For the most intense drama, consider a classic smoky eye…with a modern-day twist. L’Oréal Paris La Petite Palette Eye Shadow offers a range of pre-coordinated shades that pair easy-to-wear neutral tones with a pop of flattering colour. Those with blue or green eyes can play them up using the vibrant teal in the Optimist palette, while the light plum in the Nudist assortment is a powerful way to add depth to brown eyes. Looking for something more unexpected? The sizzling shades in the Maximalist palette are a surefire win for anyone. With eyes taking centre stage, you’ll want to choose a soft lip colour for beauty balance. Choose a creamy long-wear lipstick blended with vitamin E, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge, to enhance your natural lip tone.

Lasting love

From radiant skin to a smoky eye or bold lip, once you’ve invested time in creating a beautiful prom makeup look, it deserves to be protected. Use L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Setting Spray to maintain a fresh-looking face while preventing makeup from melting and fading. To control the shine on oily skin, try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock. The micro-fine translucent loose powder provides a matte effect and blurs imperfections and can be used to set makeup, bake concealer and transform lip products.

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