Prom Makeup Tutorial: Soft Champagne Eyes & Glowing Skin
It’s officially prom season! When I was in high school, I spent hours looking online for the perfect prom makeup tutorial, so I thought I would make my own tutorial this year since I am no longer going to prom (sad face). However, the fact that I’ve graduated will not keep me from playing with pretty prom looks.
What we are looking for in prom makeup:
- Longlasting/sweat proof: For any major event, including prom, we want our makeup to look flawless all day long. It’s probably going to be hot out, and once we hit the dance floor, we will definitely be working up a sweat. We don’t want to have our foundation and mascara running down our faces.
- Picture perfect: On prom, we take tons and tons of pictures, so we want our makeup to look as flawless in photos as it does in person. We don’t want that white flashback that can sometimes appear in photos. I would avoid using SPF foundation for these events, as SPF can cause that white flashback in photos. Also, be careful about using certain translucent setting powders, as they can also be the cause of this flashback.
- For this look in particular, I wanted to focus on glowy skin (as always) and a soft and subtle smokey eye. This look is perfect for beginners. If you aren’t comfortable with winged liner and applying false lashes, prom day is probably not a good time to give it a try. It can get very frustrating and can cause you a lot of unneeded stress on this already hectic day. If you have time, practice these techniques before, so on the day of, you’re already a master. If you haven’t practiced these more difficult techniques, this look will be very easy for you to accomplish.
Keeping these ideas in mind, here are the products I used for this look and how I used them!
I started this look by filling in and setting my brows. I find that applying my brow products before foundation works best for me as the product is less likely to smudge and it stays in place longer. I used the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown and ABH Clear Brow Gel.
Primers are extremely important for making makeup last all day and all night long. I recommend using a mattifying primer in the center/t-zone area of the face where we tend to get most oily. I like the Becca Ever-Matte Powerless Priming Perfector. It does feel slightly tacky on the skin, so I don’t like to use it all over my entire face. Once I apply this to the center of my forehead, nose, inside of my cheeks, and my chin, I will go in with a smoothing primer like this one from Make Up For Ever to apply to the rest of my face.
Since I can tend to have a lot of redness in certain areas of my face, I like to use a green color corrector to counteract this red color. I use these Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops. I blend this product on the red areas with my Beauty Blender. This will make sure that the redness will not show through your foundation.
Choosing the right foundation is very important on this special occasion. You want something that perfectly matches your skin needs. I recommend using a long lasting foundation like the Estee Lauder Double Wear. Unfortunately, the shade I have is too dark for my skin at the moment, so I used my Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation as it matches me better. The Covergirl foundation does have some SPF so I would rather use the Estee Lauder one for picture-taking events.
As always, I use and highly recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. I like to use a shade that is one to two shades lighter than my foundation. I apply this in a triangle shape under my eyes, on my eyelids, the center of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, and on my chin. This will bring light to the center of your face. I also use IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye for blemishes. I blend this all in with my beauty blender.
I immediately set my under eye areas with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I usually go ahead and set my whole face at this point, but for this look, I changed up the order a bit. I hold off setting my face for now.
Since I am going for a super glowy look, I wanted to use this cream highlighter like this one from Colourpop as a base for my powder highlight. Since it is a cream, I don’t like to apply it over a powder, so I will apply it to my face before setting it. I apply this with my fingertip to my cheekbones, tip of my nose, and cupids bow. Then I will go in with Becca Champagne Pop to set all of the same areas. I will then go and set the rest of my face with the translucent setting powder.
Blush and Bronzer
I used this Covergirl blush in Iced Plum and Mac Give Me Sun bronzer. I chose to apply my blush and bronzer after the highlight to make sure everything was blended flawlessly. Sometimes highlight can look like a streak if not blended well, so applying blush and bronzer after highlight can help avoid this problem. I also used Becca highlight in Rose Gold as a blush topper, to give me extra glow.
I started with a blank base – just my concealer set with a translucent powder.
I started with a light neutral brown like the shade Naked in this Urban Decay Naked palette. I used a fluffy blending brush to apply this into my entire crease area. This will make sure all of the following shadows will blend smoothly.
The next shadow I used is a darker brown shade like the shade Buck in this palette. I used a slightly denser blending brush and kept this shade lower and more precisely in the crease.
The next shade (and main focus of this eye look) is this beautiful champagne color from the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. I’ve had this palette for a really long time, so some of the shades have changed in the newer edition. I mixed the shades Silk Teddy and Nude Beach and applied them all over my lid area. I used a few eye drops to dampen my brush before applying these shadows. This allows for a more vibrant color payoff. (It looks much more vibrant in person).
I then took the shade Cocoa Puff and applied it to the outer corner of my eye. I used a smaller blending brush for this step to make sure the shadow stays where I want it. This step takes a few minutes as it involves a lot of blending as well as going back in the with the lid shades to make sure they don’t get blended away. Once you have it as vibrant and blended as you like, you can run some of the Cocoa Puff shade along the lower lash line and blend that as well.
I also took some of the champagne shades and applied them in the inner corner of my eyes. I used the shade Heaven on my brow bone. For finishing touches, I smudged some black coal liner along my upper lash line and a nude liner in my water line. I took the shade Sexspresso on an angled definer brush and ran it over the black coal liner and blended upward toward my lid. This gives the look a nice soft and smokey look, instead of having a harsh eyeliner line. I took a tiny bit of the champagne shadow and applied it in my water line on top of the nude liner. This really opens up your eyes. Lastly, I applied Benefit Roller Lash mascara. This mascara is not waterproof, but I would definitely recommend choosing a waterproof mascara for prom. Below, I have a picture of the look with false lashes and without. I think false lashes can really bring the whole look together, but if you aren’t comfortable applying them, have someone help you or just stick with mascara. They can be very frustrating to apply.
(with false lashes)
(without false lashes)
I would definitely using a setting spray to ensure your makeup lasts all day and all night. It will also help all of the powders adhere to your skin and look more natural. My favorite for oily skin is the Urban Decay Deslick Spray. They also have an all-nighter setting spray that I heard works really well.
If you’re going to prom, I hope you have an amazing time!
xo, simply jess