How to match your makeup to your prom dress

Choosing the perfect prom dress can be difficult. There are many stunning styles to choose from, including ones that end above the knee, strapless options, and, of course, the more traditional, Cinderella look.

The good news is you can look at prom dresses online and even try them on to help you find the perfect one. All you have to do is give yourself enough time.

But, choosing the dress is only one part of looking and feeling your best on prom night. You’re going to need to see your hairdresser to discuss your perfect prom hairstyle. Alongside that, you’ll want to consider the perfect makeup to match your dress.

Naturally, you can only do this after you’ve found the right dress!

Before you start, make sure you have plenty of time to practice. When doing your makeup for prom night you’re going to want to do it a little differently than normal. In short, you’ll need to balance your colours with those of your chosen outfit.

Start With Your Dress

The first thing to do is to look at the colour of your dress. One of the best ways to do this is to mirror the colour of your dress, or the glitter, in your eyeshadow. This can highlight the link between you and your dress while allowing you to keep the rest of your makeup soft and natural.

Of course, if you’re opting for a plain colour dress, especially one that is black or white, you’ll want your makeup to ‘pop’ a little more. The most effective way to achieve this is by using a bright and bold colour on your lips. Again, the rest of your makeup can be minimal although a golden bronze base layer is always a good option.

Consider Your Tone

Everyone has their own skin tone and you’re makeup needs to support your tone. The best place to start with skin tone is to look at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they are a blue colour then you have a pale skin tone. People with green-coloured veins have a warm skin tone.

Pale skin tones work best with pastels and pale pinks. They brighten your skin and add colour without making you look like you’ve undergone cosmetic surgery.

In contrast, darker, or warmer, skin tones can get away with brighter and bolder colours. Specifically around your eyes. This type of skin tone allows you to make your skin appear more golden while still retaining a natural look.

Be Adventurous

Prom night generally only happens once and you may never see many of the people again. In other words, it’s time to shine and that means being bold. Take a look in your wardrobe and you’ll see your favourite colours, it’s evident in the colour of the clothes you buy.

Identify one of these colours that match your dress and then take a bolder brighter version of it and use it in your makeup. You may be surprised at how good you look!

Just remember to give yourself plenty of time to practice.