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Genius Beauty Tips for DIY Prom Makeup like a Pro ...

By Eliza

Prom is right around the corner and you're probably trying to decide how you're going to do your makeup and hair to go with that fab new dress you just bought. There are tons of really great ways to apply your makeup and the prom is one of the best times to try something new. Of course, the night is going to be long and you want your makeup to stay put through it all. Use the handy tips on this list to be the most gorgeous girl at the prom this year. did a great job of rounding up 15 essential tips that will have you doing your makeup like a pro in no time.

1 Prime if You Need to

eyebrow, hair, face, nose, lip,You want your makeup to look flawless all night, so prepping the skin correctly is essential. In this case, you’re going to need to know your skin type really well. Do you tend to get shiny throughout the day? If so, you should use a mattifying primer, which will keep oil at bay and refine larger pores. On the other hand, if your skin gets dry and flaky you can skip primer, but make sure you moisturize well before applying foundation.
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2 Use a Photo Friendly Foundation

eyebrow, face, lip, cheek, nose,You’re going to be taking photos all night, so you want your skin to be picture perfect. There are foundations out there that are specifically made to look fantastic in photos. The most important thing is to test the foundation before the night of to make sure it works for you. You can actually ask the employees at your local Sephora for small foundation samples to try out before buying.
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3 Match Your Foundation to Your Chest and Blend It down Your Neck

hair, eyebrow, face, red, nose,Many times, our faces can be either lighter or darker than our bodies. By matching your foundation to your chest and blending it down your neck, you are ensuring that everything is one, uniform color.
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4 Be Wary of HD Powder

hair, face, black hair, eyebrow, nose,Tons of brands now make finely-milled, loose silica powder, which is often marketed as “HD powder.” While these products are meant to give a “soft focus” effect to the skin, when used incorrectly, the results can be pretty scary. Ever see pictures of celebrities on the red carpet where it looks like they dunked their faces in baby powder? That’s the result of poorly applied HD powder. Silica powders dissolve when they come in contact with moisture, which gives a beautiful finish to the skin. When they encounter dry patches, however, they cling to them and create that ghostly, white cast you see so often in flash photography. We’re not saying that’s going to happen to you, but if you want to be safe, avoid them.
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5 Contour, but Don’t Go Crazy

hair, black hair, face, eyebrow, person,You probably always see your favorite Instagram or YouTube celeb practically paint their face with concealer to “contour and highlight.” But think about this: when is the last time you saw someone on the cover of a magazine or in a movie like that? Probably never. And that’s because real makeup artists don’t contour like they’re putting on war paint. Contouring should subtly sculpt the face, and when done correctly, it will look beautiful in pictures.
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6 Go a Bit Heavier-handed with Your Blush

hair, human hair color, face, black hair, eyebrow,Flash photography washes everything out, that’s why it’s okay to go a bit heavier with your blush. But don’t go too crazy, you don’t want to look like a clown. Try adding just a touch more than you normally would to your apples–and don’t forget to blend everything well.
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7 Fill in Your Brows

hair, clothing, hairstyle, dress, fashion,If there’s one occasion you should be filling in your brows, it’s prom night. Your eyebrows frame your face and pull your entire makeup look together, that’s why making them polished and defined is crucial. Use a light hand and fill in any sparse areas with a brow powder instead of a pencil (The waxy formula tends to catch light and flash back in photos). And of course, make sure you’re brushing everything out with a spoolie–no one likes sharpie brows.
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8 Prime Your Eyes

eyebrow, face, cheek, eyelash, nose,We can’t say this enough: An eyeshadow primer will ensure that your eyeshadow won’t crease and slide all over while you’re dancing the night away. Plus, shadows will apply smoother and more vibrantly.
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9 Choose a Color Palette That Complements Your Dress

hair, face, red, nose, black hair,You want your whole look to be cohesive. If you want to play it safe, stick to the same undertones of your dress when choosing the color palette of your makeup (so pair a warm toned dress with warm tones in your makeup, etc.). But if you’re feeling a little more daring, don’t feel like you need to match your makeup to the color of your dress exactly. Try playing around with complementary colors. For example, a blue dress can look awesome with a pop of orange lipstick, a purple dress will look stunning with smoldering, golden eyes. And if all else fails, you can never go wrong with a classic, black smokey eye.
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10 Define Your Lower Lash Line

hair, eyebrow, face, black hair, person,Shadow underneath the eye can be a scary thing—a bit too much and you can end up looking like you have a black eye. However, when done correctly, it actually opens up the eye and prevents your eyeshadow look from being too top-heavy. Use a small brush to sweep color very close to the lash line. If you have small eyes, leave the inner third blank, to create the illusion of bigger eyes. Make sure you’re blending everything out so there are no harsh lines. If you really want that extra pop, skip black and line your waterline with a nude pencil.
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11 Don’t Feel like You Need to Wear False Lashes

hair, face, person, beauty, photography,Sure, false lashes can really give your eyes that extra edge, but it’s your night and you need to do what feels comfortable to you. If you have a hard time applying them, or just find them uncomfortable, don’t wear them! You can give your eyes definition with multiple layers of mascara, without having to worry about lash glue and pesky corners lifting up all night.
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12 Line and Fill in Your Lips with Lip Liner

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13 Choose Your Lip Color Carefully

face, lip, eyebrow, hair, nose,There are no rules as to what lip color you should wear on your prom night. It’s important to keep in mind, however, how high maintenance the color will be. If you’re going for a nude, you can quickly swipe on a gloss or a lipstick and go. If you’re going for a more bold color, however, like a red or a hot pink, you’re going to have to deal with the upkeep all night. Decide if reapplying and making sure your lip color doesn’t smudge or get on your teeth is something you want to worry about all evening.
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14 Use a Setting Spray

,Setting sprays are a beautiful thing. A few spritzes of this wonder-product on top of a setting powder and your makeup will be locked into place—no need to worry about sweating your makeup off on the dance floor.
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15 Bring Products to Touch up

hair, eyebrow, face, black hair, nose,Unfortunately, makeup can’t stay looking as perfect as it did when you first applied it. That’s why it’s important to bring a few products to touch up throughout the night. We recommend carrying just the essentials, like concealer, powder, blotting sheets and your lip color.
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