Sorry, I know this will be too late for many people, and I’ve been meaning to write it for about a month, but I have been BUSY. This applies to more than just prom though, so hopefully it will still be useful.
There are three main things to remember when considering prom makeup:
- Long Lasting
It’s important to prep your skin first with decent skin care to ensure that your make up will look fresh and stay looking fresh. Ensure that your skin is well hydrated otherwise foundation will stick to any dryness.
Here is where primers come in handy, chances are you will be wearing this make up for a long time so a decent primer will really help it stay in place. I wouldn’t recommend investing in a primer for prom if you’re never going to wear it again, but if you have oily skin you will find it extremely useful.
Think about what your make up will have to endure, if you’re going to be eating and drinking, consider how that might affect what you want to put on your lips, you don’t want to be worried about touching up the whole time.
Likewise, don’t pick makeup that you know will not last, stay away from smudgy eyeliners, cakey concealers and mascaras that melt down your face.
Hopefully you will be able to look back on these photos and love how young and beautiful you looked, so remember that and don’t do anything too drastic. If in doubt keep it youthful, pretty and uncomplicated, don’t use dark shades unless you know what you’re doing and don’t try and stick on a pair of 2 inch false eyelashes if you’ve never worn any before.
That being said, it’s a bit of a last hoorah so if you feel the need to go all out and try something new go for it. Just make sure you’ll be happy on the night.
Memories fade, facebook photos don’t. Be aware that flash photography greatly changes the way make up looks. Titanium dioxide (found in SPF, inc. skincare, bases and highlighters) is the big culprit, so needs to be avoided if you don’t want to have spent ages fake tanning and then have a bleached out face in all your pictures.
Another thing to consider is highlighters. I am a big fan of a bit of highlighter, I think it can really lift a face, but the whole point of these products (especially liquid formulations) is to attract light and so any areas will bleach out in flash photography. Definitely avoid mixing highlighter with your base be very aware of where you do put it and the photographic consequences.
All that remains to be said is that if you are one of the very few people who has not had their prom, I wish you a fantastic night, and to everyone else I hope this post wasn’t a complete waste of time.