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Makeup can give you that special finishing touch for any prom look, so you can stand out from the crowd. Whether you are going for a low-key or high-fashion look, you want to make sure your makeup is done to perfection.

Although it would be lovely to have a professional come and do your makeup for the big night, this is not an affordable luxury for most people. We've got a few quick tips and tricks to help you take charge and get prom ready in no time, no stress.

Dress to Impress

You've probably spent a lot of time finding your dream prom dress, so it's important to centre your makeup look on it. Your makeup and dress should always compliment one another, rather than compete for attention.

For example, if you were wearing prom dresses in bright colours with embellishments such as this gorgeous number from JJ's House, a complimentary makeup look would be matching red lipstick with light eye makeup.

A heavily made-up eye area would be too busy for this style of dress and completely overdo your overall look.

If you're wearing a plainer style of dress like this JJ's House velvet gown, you can combine sultry, smoky eyes with your red lipstick as it's a makeup look that compliments the material and these styles of prom dresses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mirrored Magnificence

It might not usually be a good idea to copy other people's work or ideas, but when it comes to makeup looks, it's practically a recommendation!

We often see celebrities or models made up in a way that we think will suit us too – prom can be the perfect place to try it out!

The key to making this look work can be summed up in one word: practice! If you leave it until prom day to try it out, chances are it will be a complete disaster – it might look like a mess or just not look as good as you thought it would.

Prom night is not the time to work this out.

If you want to mirror the look of your favourite celebrity, practice and preparation are the best ways for you to get there.

Testing 1, 2, 3

One of the biggest things most people forget to do is make sure their makeup looks good in pictures. This is something that again is best to practice and prepare before the big night.

Flash photography can wash out your skin and makeup, and can make you look pasty and startled! You would be shocked to know what the biggest culprit for this is: moisturiser – or more specifically, moisturiser with sunscreen in it.

The sunscreen reflects the flash, completely washes out your face and mismatches the tone from your body.

Make sure you plan ahead and check to make sure the face cream or foundation you use on prom night does not include sunscreen. If it's only a small amount, you can try and take photos to test how reflective it might be.

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So, in today's instalment of bizarre Instagram beauty trends that leave us confused, we give you – yellow blush. 

The bold look has been popping up all over the site and beauty bloggers have started sharing their own interpretations.

 

Yay or nay ? #yellowblush #makeuptrend #trending #Nishsays #makeupjunkie

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Love it or hate it, people are making a pretty convincing argument in favour of the non-traditional colour. 

Brooklyn-based makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes assured Allure that the bright colour is actually a universally flattering shade.

Yellow hues occur naturally in most skin tones, so essentially, the blush is just bringing out what's already there. 

Some make-up enthusiasts have teamed the blush with a dramatic eye.

While others have opted for a toned down look.

 

Looks like my amazing vegan lunch is giving me some after glow, but it's actually just yellow blusher!

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So, whether you're looking for a fun festival look, or a simple healthy glow, yellow blush might be the thing missing from your make-up bag. 

And we have to admit, we're not hating it.

Feature image: Instagram

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Now we’ve seen a lot of odd make-up trends in our days, but making yourself look ill is definitely one we have yet to encounter…until now!

The trend, known as ‘me no shita chiiku’ is really popular in Japan writes Refinery 29, and sees women applying their blush not just on cheekbones, but actually underneath their eyes too.

A quick search on Google of the term ‘Byojaku’ will show you that this ‘sickly’ look is very much a trend with the wearer appearing vulnerable and quite child-like, which it seems is the aim of the look.

However, illness isn’t the only look many Japanese women go for when they apply blush under their eyes as blogger RinRin Doll explains: “Rather than a sick look, the blush brings a more youthful and innocent look to the face.”

Hmm, we think we’ve spent far too long learning how to conceal our under-eye baggage so we may give this trend a skip – would you give it a try?! 

Here is Rin Rin Doll doing a tutorial on her popular make-up look:

 

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If your make-up bag weighs the same as a bag of flour, then it’s quite likely you have products in there that you probably forgot you even owned.

While it’s okay to have nearly every beauty product on the market lying around the house, there’s no need for you to carry everything with you on a daily basis.

Here is all you need to stay fresh for a day:

Concealer
Where would we be without it? Concealer hides a multitude of sins, from nasty blemishes to unwanted dark circles.

Mascara
A good coat of mascara can instantly transform your face.

Blusher
A bit of blusher on your cheeks can make all the difference in the world. It will make you look rosy and alive.

Lip balm
There’s nothing worse than having cracked lips. Not only are they sore, but they’re also not pretty to look at.

Liner
One to shape your eyebrows and one for your water line – pencil liner is a God-send really.

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If you get a bit carried away with the alcohol tonight, chances are, you’ll wake up to a horrible ‘hangover face’ tomorrow. But dull skin and tired eyes aren’t something you have to live with. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to fix the dreaded hangover look.

Precautions before snoozing off
This will make your job much easier in the morning. Remember to take your make-up off before hitting the sheets. If you can, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration at night.

Begin with the eyes
Apply cucumber slices to your eyes or press the curved side of two cold spoons down your lids to reduce puffiness.

Keep it natural
Use natural colors around your eyes to make them bigger and brighter. Dark colors will only put emphasis on irritated and red eyes.

Tint and blush
Sweep a bit of bronzer and blush onto your face. This will make you look alive and full of color.

Smile
A smile is the best make-up a girl can wear!

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We’ve all heard of the power of contouring, but most of us have no idea how to do it.

It’s all about creating an illusion and it’s so simple – all you need to know is your face shape and the right technique for it.

Oval shape:
You don’t need to contour. Lucky you!

Heart shape:
Soften a prominent chin by blending highlighter around it and along the jawbone to balance out your face. Brush a slighter darker skin colour powder to the lower part of your cheeks.

Long shape:
To widen your face, brush blush to the apple of your cheeks and extend it out towards your ears rather than your temple. This will help create the illusion of width.

Round shape:
To make your face appear thinner, apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks. Dust a slightly darker flesh-coloured powder below your cheekbones down to the jawline and blend well.

You can thank us later…

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