Saturday, 20 July 2013

Formal/Prom Makeup Tips

Saturday, 20 July 2013
I know it's a little bit late for proms seeing as prom season in America has just passed, however formal season is upon us here in Australia, and I've been receiving questions asking for tips on formal makeup.

If you've decided to do your own makeup for formal, good on you! Here I will share with you a few tips and suggestions to ensure the night runs as smoothly as possible for you.

  • Practice your makeup beforehand
    This is the absolute most important piece of advice I can give you. Particularly if you are trying something new or attempting a look you've never created before, make sure you practice at least once at home so you get an idea of how long it will take, and how it will turn out. Better to mess it up at home when you have no plans than mess it up on the night of your formal and have to stress about fixing it or starting again.
  • Take test photos of your makeupWhen you practice your makeup, be sure to take a few pictures with and without flash, just to check how your makeup will come out in photos. You will also notice that photos (particularly flash photography) lessens the intensity of your makep (meaning it shows up less), therefore you can afford to go heavier with the makeup than you would normally. Not too heavy though!
  • Do not use products that contain SPF or light reflecting particles
    I know, you hear it all the time, but there's a reason for that. If your foundation or concealer is high in SPF or contains light reflecting partciles, it's going to show up far lighter in flash photogprahy, causing your face to look ghostly and white.
  • Set your makeupIn order to avoid looking oily in photos (and in person) make sure you set your face makeup with a powder! It's also a good idea to use a primer if you have oily skin, just to help with staying power. You want your makeup to last all night!
  • Do your eyes first
    This is something that I often just completely forget to do - even on clients sometimes - but it really does help to save a lot of bother later on. This tip is particularly helpful if you're doing dark/smokey eye makeup where eyeshadow fallout tends to occur. Do your eyes first, then once you're done with them, wipe any eyeshadow fallout off your face, prime and apply the rest of your makeup as usual.
  • Make your lipstick last
    To maximise the staying power of your lipstick, blot and repeat! Along with filling your lips in with lip liner prior to applying your liptick, this well help to make your lipstick last a lot longer by staining it onto your lips. Simply do one layer of lipstick, blot with a tissue, reapply, then blot with a tissue again. When you're done, stick your finger in your mouth, close your lips, and slide your finger out. Sounds weird, I know, but it helps to stop your lipstick from getting on your teeth. This is particularly helpful if you're wearing red lipstick.
  • Bring your lip color and eyelash glue with you
    Regardless of how well you applied it, your lip color is bound to wear off throughout the night, just through eating and drinking and whatever else. Be sure to bring your lip color with you (whether it's lipstick or gloss), so you can touch up whenever your lips are starting to fade. Eyelashes also tend to have a nasty habit of coming up at the corners or falling off, so make sure you or a friend brings along some eyelash glue in case of emergency!

Those are all the makeup tips I can think of for now, but remember, the most important thing is to have fun and don't let anything ruin your night! Try not to stress out, and make the most of your night because formals are one of the best times to make good memories and take lots of pictures!

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All the best!

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