You've got the dress, the shoes, and the jewelry set, but how do you decide on your makeup for prom? Keep reading for tips on how to choose the best makeup for your dress based on color, fabric, and style!
If your dress is busy with print or pattern, makeup may need to take a back seat. Most prom gowns are designed with multitonal fabrics which pick up a lot of light. For these light-reflective, glittery styles, use makeup with a subtle satin or pearl finish instead of the obvious glitter and sparkle. The slight sheen in the makeup will complement the fabric without going over-the-top.
Showstopper gowns seem to remain the trend of choice for prom season. Let vivid dresses stand out by sticking to universal shades (taupe, gray, black, mauve, peach, and pink) on your face. For nude or neutral colored dresses, you can have a little more fun—go for a rich plum, emerald, or navy smoky eye! Since lips are the most touched-up throughout the evening, keep them neutral and as maintenance-free as possible!
Themed dresses are always a fun way to experiment with a different look: Vintage, futuristic, classic Hollywood, grunge/punk, and high fashion are the most popular prom themes. Makeup becomes important in the overall styling, so take care to research your style thoroughly. Red lips and cat eyes are a classic nod to Hollywood glamour and vintage beauty, while metallic and dark colors reference futuristic and punk themes—explore and have fun with it!