I’m back with a long awaited tutorial! I have been wanting to do this series for ages, but with mountains of schoolwork something this intensive wasn’t exactly ideal. But I am officially done my exams as of today so be prepared to see a lot more activity on this page! Today’s tutorial is my first prom makeup look. It’s a glam yet sophisticated bronzey smokey eye that would suit any eye colour and tons of dress colours. It’s been awhile since I went to prom and I wasn’t as into makeup then so I didn’t do my own. If I could do it over with the makeup knowledge I have now, I think it would be fun to do it myself. I actually went to prom twice, once when I was 15 and then again at 17, so I got the full prom experience you could say. I had my makeup and hair done both times and it was definitely fun to get all glammed up for the day! I hope that this tutorial inspires you for your prom or any other special occasion. I also have some tips to make sure your prom is awesome 🙂
First off I’ll say, that this is not a no-make-up make-up look. It’s prom, so glam is completely acceptable. This look is still natural in tone, so it won’t look overdone.
In the weeks leading up to prom there are a few things that you can do to ensure a good make-up day on the day of prom. Number one: if you are testing out any new products for prom day, test them out well in advance. You don’t want to break-out or react on the day of because that’s just not a fun time for anyone. This includes makeup and skincare products. Make sure you are taking great care of your skin (all the time) but especially around prom. Find a routine ahead of time if you don’t already have one and stick with it. As well, if you’re doing your own makeup, practice ahead of time! Know what look you’d like to create, and practice it well-ahead of prom. If you try it the day of and it doesn’t turn out, it could really ruin your day. If doing your own makeup is too stressful, then don’t feel guilty about getting someone else to do it, it is a total glamour day after all. Do what you’re comfortable with.
To start you’ll want clean moisturized skin. Once that’s done it’s time to prime. You should try and find a primer that works with your skin needs. For example, a green tone correcting primer for redness or an oil control primer for people with oily skin types. I’m using my usual, which is a combination of 2 ELF Mineral Face Primers, one for tone correcting (green) and one to brighten (purple).
I pump a small bit on the back of my hand and then dot it all over my face. I press it into my skin until it’s all absorbed and I can’t see any purple or green left on my face.
The next step after priming is foundation. For any event with lots of pictures it’s best to pick a foundation with low or no SPF, as it can cause white cast in pictures. I chose Revlon Colorstay as the base for this look because it only has an SPF of 6. I think your skin is the most important part of any makeup look, but especially for prom. For this look I’m going for luminous, glowy skin, so I mixed an illuminator into my foundation to add a little extra to my skin. I used the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light, as it is sort of bronzey and goes well with this look. I just put a little on the back of my hand and then dotted it on my face, just like I did with the primer.
After dotting it on my face, I used a damp Real Techniques sponge to press it into my skin. By pressing the sponge, it gives more coverage as opposed to using the sponge to swipe the foundation over your skin. Depending how much coverage you need or what, the method is up to you. I used to sponge because it adds to the dewy look I’m going for. I kept pressing and slightly swiping until it was all blended up to my hairline and down my neck. Blending down your neck is an important step, especially with a lower neckline dress, so that you don’t get any harsh lines. If you’re unsure about matching your foundation, go to a makeup counter and ask them to match you.
After you’re happy with the foundation, it’s time for concealer. I used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer to cover some dark circles and to cover a couple of blemishes. this concealer isn’t super heavy, so it doesn’t get cakey using a little more. I then used the pointed end of the RT sponge to blend it out.
This does conceal, but it doesn’t really brighten on me, it doesn’t come light enough, so I figured out my own method to brighten. To brighten I used the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk to highlight and brighten. For anyone with darker skin than me, this may be too light and you could use a lighter concealer instead, but it works perfect for me. I lightly drew it under my eyes, down my noses, on my forehead and cupid’s bow. I later added it to my browbones as well. Since it has a waxy consistency, it’s best to blend with your fingers. I then used Bare Minerals Concealer in Bisque on a fluffy kabuki to set my undereye area to make sure it stays put.
Once that is all blended out, it’s time for brows. I keep my brow routine very simple, using a small angled brush to fill in gaps and even them out. I use the ELF Brow Kit in Medium and only the wax side. You can see in the picture below what they look like all filled in. Brows are essential for prom, as you’ll be taking lots of pictures and your brows help to frame your face.
To contour I’m going to use the ELF Contouring Bronzer in St. Lucia and an ELF Bronzing Brush and apply bronzer to my cheekbones, around the edges of my face and under my jawline. I also contoured under my bottom lip and my nose. Contouring is really important to add definition to your face along with colour. The most important step with bronzer is to blend, blend, blend so you have no harsh lines and it looks natural. Bronzer used right makes you look healthy and glowy. The picture below is the contouring before I blended it out.
Next is blush. I used the blush from the other half of St Lucia duo. It’s a slightly shimmery peach and it adds glow and warmth to the face. For prom I wanted a healthy flushed look to the cheeks, but nothing too harsh. If by accident your blush or bronzer is too harsh, just run the RT sponge over it to soften it.
The second last face step is to highlight. I used Benefit High Beam on the tops of my cheekbones and down the centre of my face applied with an ELF Blush Brush. It adds a subtle glow that really pops in pictures. It’s important to build this up slowly or risk looking like a disco ball.
Lastly, it’s time to set your makeup. This is really important to make sure that you look flawless all night long. I used both a setting powder and a setting spray. This is especially important for people with oily skin, so that your makeup doesn’t slide all over your face. The setting powder is the ELF HD powder which not only has awesome setting power, but it’s great for photos as well. I then added the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray to set and to add a dewy look to the skin.
Here is the finished face portion. You can see that it still looks really natural and not overdone.
Finally, we’ve made it to the eyes. Firstly, prime your eyes with whatever primer you like to prevent creasing. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, as that’s what I had on hand. I then added tape to the corners of my eyes, so that I would end up with a strong edge. Doing this quick step really adds polish to any eye look. To achieve a bronzey look, I’m first going to use the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. This is super pigmented and very long lasting so it’s perfect for prom, you won’t need to worry about it moving or fading. On a flat shader type brush, I put this all over the lid and slightly up into the crease. Once it was all over the lid, used a blending brush to even up the edges. It’s okay if it’s not perfect because there’s alot more blending to come.
Next, I’ll use the ELF Endless Eyes Palette in Natural for my transition shade, my first crease shade and my brow highlight. I used the 3rd shadow in the top row as a transition shade, just above the crease, where the color tattoo ended. The 2nd shade in the bottom row was used to darken up the crease and the outer v.
That really wasn’t dark enough, so I looked for some darker browns. I used browns out of my Too Faced A Few of my Favorite Things Palette, but any browns will do. I know this is limited edition, but there are tons of colours like the ones I chose, I just didn’t have anything else. To really smoke out the crease I mixed Dark Chocolate and Woolen Mittens. After I got that all blended out, I removed the tape and used the same combination on a smudge brush for the outer half of the lower lashline. In the inner half I just used Woolen Mittens by itself. I then blended the edges where the tape was to soften it slightly.
To add to the smokey effect of this look, I took the NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Black and drew closely along my lashline winging slightly upwards and then smudged it with a smudge brush. To amp up the bronze I then took a NYX Eyeliner in Golden Bronze and drew over where the black was and smudged that out as well. I took the same liner in my waterline and to the outer 3rd of my lower lashline. Using this in my waterline really makes the green in my eyes pop and would suit many other eye colours.
To finish the eye look off, I added one coat of Benefit They’re Real mascara.
If this is enough for you, you could stop right there and end up with this:
But since it’s prom, I use it as an excuse to be glam. So if you want to wear false eyelashes, here’s your chance. The pair I used are just a cheap pair from ELF that I cut down slightly to fit my eye. They are quite dramatic for my taste, but you get an idea at least.
You have lots of options for lip colours, but I would go with something light that won’t compete with the eye look.
First option is a coral lip (Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom with NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel over top)
ELF Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude
Here’s the finished look!
I hope that you enjoyed this prom look! Let me know in the comments below what you’ll be wearing to prom 🙂
Bye for now!