by Zya Kelly
As prom is coming up this weekend, girls have already started looking for dresses, shoes, hair and makeup ideas to ready themselves for the big night.
Most people get someone else to do their makeup for prom or think they have to have top-notch high-end makeup products to have a well-done face, but that is not always the case. If you use good techniques and make good use of the products and materials you have, your makeup will come out just as clean as if it were high end.
When thinking of ideas for your style of makeup, your dress should come into play. Some people make the mistake of trying to have their eyeshadow the same exact color of their dress, but that’s not what you want to do. Your eyeshadow should be a neutral color. You could also add a little bit of color using a shimmer or matte color, or you can even use colored eyeliner for a bold pop. Do not stress about the color scheme or how different your colors are. For example, during homecoming, my dress was white with gold sequins along the top of it. When I did my makeup, I used browns and nude colors for the main focus around the eye, and then used a gold shimmer as the base on my lid and added in other golds that would catch the light. You can also make a bold statement with color in other places like your lipstick or even your highlight shades. Don’t be afraid to stand out and use colors that you like.
Another common mistake made is thinking that dramatic makeup means you don’t have to blend. Blending your eyeshadow is the most important part of doing your eye makeup for any event. If you want to do a dramatic look, do it, but you have to blend it all the way out. Dark colors are supposed to stand out and pop, not look like a shape you cut out and glued to your eye. An easy way to make sure your eyeshadow is blended is to gradually add color to make it dark, don’t just jump straight in with the darkest color.
As far as your face makeup goes, you have to make sure your foundation matches your skin tone and your complexion. If you’re cool toned, don’t use a warm tone foundation and vice versa. One trick to know if you’re warm or cool toned is to look at your veins, if they appear a bluish purplish color, you’re cool toned, if they’re green you’re warm toned. If you have trouble telling, you are probably neutral. If you have warm undertones, your skin will lean more towards a peachy or yellow tint. If you want your foundation to be darker for a sunkissed look, you need to blend it all the way down or use a very light concealer to even it out. Foundation is pretty simple and self-explanatory, just make sure you blend and don’t use so much that you’ll look cakey.
The most important thing to remember while doing your makeup is that it’s not always going to be perfect. You have to practice over and over until you get a look that you’re fully pleased with. These tips have helped me out tremendously throughout my makeup experience and I hope you can apply these to your makeup routine and use them to your advantage!