Published:  12:00 AM, 20 March 2017 Last Update: 12:31 AM, 20 March 2017

Essential tips for doing your own prom makeup

Essential tips for doing your own prom makeup

We get it-prom preparations are not cheap. But DIY prom makeup can totally help cut costs. After buying your dress, booking a limo and getting your hair done, sometimes coughing up even more cash to get your makeup done just doesn't seem worth it. You may be thinking: "Why am I going to spend all this money just to have it on for a few hours?" Or maybe you're nervous you're makeup will end up looking like a disaster, even though it's been done by a pro (which has been known to happen). Just because it's prom does not mean everything needs to be done by a professional. But getting your makeup just right can seem quite overwhelming. There are so many things to take into consideration: the color of your dress, your skin type, the weather, what products to use, etc. On the other hand, the greatest benefit is that you'll be able to experiment with different products and colors and practice before the big night-so everything will go smoothly for the main event. We've rounded up some essential tips that will have you doing your makeup like a pro in no time.

Use a photo friendly foundation: 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, like Makeup Forever's HD Foundation. 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.
Match your foundation to your chest and blend it down your neck: Many times, our faces can be either lighter or darker than our bodies. By matching you

r foundation to your chest and blending it down your neck, you are ensuring that everything is one, uniform color.
Be wary of HD powder: 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.

Go a bit heavier-handed with your blush: 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.

Fill in your brows: 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. And of course, make sure you're brushing everything out with a spoolie-no one likes sharpie brows.

Prime your eyes: 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. Choose a color palette that complements your dress: 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.

Line and fill in your lips with lip liner: No matter the lip color, you want it to last. By lining and filling in your lips with a lip pencil, you're not only defining them, you're also creating a base that will make everything last longer and preventing your lip color from bleeding.

Choose your lip color carefully: 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. Bring products to touch up: 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. The writer is a beauty expert & contributor at

-Angelica Di Guglielmo

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