You’ve finally completed high school!!! Thank goodness you’re saying, but really, you’ll miss these wonderful days (trust us). What better way to celebrate than to get dressed up with your friends for a night of beautiful dresses, fun hair and Formal Makeup. Okay, there’s more to it than that, but we like to focus on the preparations 😊. If your dress was too expensive and the hair design you’ve chosen is going to take hours, you may like to do your make up yourself. We’ve compiled a list of tips, to keep your formal makeup as fabulous as the rest of your outfit.
First, you’ll need to prime your skin. This means using great skincare as your base and adding a primer on top to keep it all in place. Try adding hyaluronic serum to your regime that morning, as it will instantly plump the skin (its job is too retain water) and then add Colorscience Primer on top.
Choose a foundation that you’ve worn before. You don’t want any fun surprises when you head to the bathroom for touch ups. You want to know that the foundation sits well on your skin, gives good coverage and matches your skin tone – including your neck and chest. Make sure you have your colour re-matched if you have a spray tan. A satin matte finish is our recommendation, as it’s still silky enough to look like skin, but the silica in it means it’s absorbing oil and preventing it from ‘slipping’ off your face. If you find a HD foundation, bonus! Your formal makeup will look great with flash photography.
Beware of HD powders. Unlike HD foundation, the powders can sometimes look too ‘powdery’ in photos. In person it’s wonderful as it gives a lovely airbrushed finish, but unfortunately this isn’t the same for photos. Stick to translucent powder as this will set your foundation without adding any colour to your perfectly matched foundation.
Beware of YouTube videos promising you chiselled Kim Kardashian cheekbones. Contouring is wonderful if done correctly, but we recommend only lightly contouring if you’re just learning. Use a cool toned powder underneath the cheekbones, under the jaw line and around the top of the forehead. You can also run a bit down either sides of the nose if you want the nose to appear thinner.
Use a highlighting powder (nothing too glittery) across the tops of the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, on the inner corners of the eyes and above the top lip. Stick to highlighting creams if your skin is on the drier side.
Blush can get lost in photography, so don’t be afraid to be a little heavy handed. When you smile you’ll be able to see exactly where the apples of your cheeks are and this is where you need to place the majority of colour. Apply with a small to medium sized brush and taper off towards the ear, finishing before the end of your brow.
We know it’s not exciting to go out and buy an eye primer, but this will be a lifesaver every time you wear eyeshadow. The last thing you want is your perfectly blended smokey eye creasing and smudging by 7pm, and this will prevent that happening! Place a small amount over the eyelids, blending in with a clean fluffy brush if you have one. It’s fine under any eyeshadow colour and can be purchased in different skin tones, so no one will ever know your secret.
When choosing your eyeshadow colours, you want something that will match both your skin tone and outfit colour, but that will also make your eye colour pop. This is where you may need some professional help, so head into your local makeup counter and ask for their advice.
If you’re dying to wear liquid or pencil eyeliner, make sure you practice, practice, practice. Eyeliner is applied after the eyeshadow, so it can sometimes feel like a bit daunting adding it to your masterpiece of colour. Imagine you’re drawing the line into your lashes, rather than above them. You’ll be adding mascara anyway, so it’s best to go as close as possible to your lashes.
False lashes are a great way to finish off a beautiful eye makeup. They define the eyes and add intensity in photographs. If you aren’t a master at applying them, we recommend heading into a beauty counter to have these applied before you head home to do your makeup. You could also consider lash extensions or lash lifts as a special once off with your formal makeup!
You’re either someone who skips/forgets to fill in their eyebrows, or you’re obsessed with your eyebrows. We’ve never really met an in-betweener. For special occasion makeup, they MUST be filled in as they complete the makeup and will look noticeably unfinished if they aren’t (especially in your photos). Use a powder for a soft finish or pencil/gel for a more defined shape. If brows really aren’t your thing, head to a salon for tint and shape (its life changing when done right).
Your lip colour will depend on your outfit, the look you’ve chosen for your eyes, and the colours you’re comfortable wearing. We find that when it comes to lips, most people head straight for the ol’ faithful colour they’re comfortable in. Which is completely fine, as long as it matches your outfit! We generally recommend pale, neutral colours when wearing a dark, smokey eye and a more vibrant colour when the eyes are left nude with say just eyeliner and mascara, or a slight shimmer on the lid. Really, there are no rules, if you practice your makeup look enough times, you’ll get to know what works together (and photographs well) so practice is key!
We’d love to say your formal makeup will stay on perfectly all night, but the reality is, weather, dancing, natural oils in the skin etc will all try their best to undo your hard work. Add a setting makeup mist onto your finished look then pop foundation (a foundation stick is the easiest), a compact powder and your lipstick in your handbag, you’ll be ready for all those trips to the bathroom mirror. Really though, your formal makeup will quickly become a distant thought once you’re there celebrating with your friends.
Enjoy your night and have fun celebrating with your friends!!
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