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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.


Sorry MAC fans, but if you have been lusting after their oh-so popular Spice liner and were expecting Santa to pop one under the tree for you, think again.

The favourite of make-up addicts everywhere because of its universally flattering appeal, Spice lip liner has become the brand’s most-wanted product ever. The massive increase in the pencil’s popularity is a result of the queen of the Instagram pout herself: Kylie Jenner. 

The 18-year old reality TV star has revealed that she counts on the liner to help her perfect that famous pout.

Before Kylie confessed to using lip fillers to obtain her famous pout, she was attributing it to her makeup artist’s serious skill with a lip pencil. Big sister Kim has also revealed that she still relies on the famous brand despite having an enhanced smile.

She is known to blend a number of shades together when contouring her lips, but her favourite is Spice though, just FYI. 

So much so that MAC shops around the world have were experiencing something of a supply crisis earlier this year.

While you can find it online, it may not be available for very long. With Christmas just around the corner, people are planning on stocking up. So if you know someone in your life that is expecting a beauty haul for Christmas, then you better order one now. 

However, if you are one of the unlucky beauty addicts who can’t get their hands on the liner of the moment, have no fear. 

NYX have a liner that is supposedly the closest thing to the MAC original. The Peekaboo Neutral lip pencil is available online for just €5. 


Permanent makeup is something that has been around for a number of years now. However, the trend of fuller lips and brows are tempting some people to go to extremes in their quest for brows that are on point.

In the past people have been sucking on bottles trying to achieve a fuller pout. Cosmopolitan beauty editors are considering this a possible upshot of a certain almost legal reality TV star’s infamous pout.

Now people are going for actual lip liner tattoos. These can last for between 8 and 10 years. Years!

Last week a Cosmopolitan Australia beauty editor had the outline of her lips tattooed to make them appear fuller in order to avoid getting fillers. The salon she visited offer a “Kiss Me Lip Tint Tattoo” treatment, but they are also apparently well known for their brow tattoo treatments.

In order to get the tattoo to complement her natural lip colour, the tattooist blended together three different shades of pink.

The editor was very pleased with her “subtle results”. Despite the minor scabbing that occurs whenever someone gets a fresh tattoo.

Not only does the treatment last for almost a decade, but the cost is nothing to laugh at either. Initially the tattoo will cost over €800 with touch-ups, every 3 to 5 years, costing an additional €230.

We were having some serious 90s flashbacks at the thought of intense lip-liner adventures but some of these after photos do prove subtlety can be achieved.

However, as is the same when people consider any type of tattoo, they are being encouraged to consider all precautions because skin health is a top priority.




Even though it may seem like more hassle than it’s worth having a clean make-up bag. It’s not only important hygienically but it can be a time saver too. Here are some great tips to ensure that your make-up bag stays squeaky clean:

Whether its eyeliner or lip liner regularly, sharpening pencils can prevent a messy bag but also ensure clean lines around the lips and eyes.

A simple way to manage your liquid foundation leaks is to regularly use your multipurpose make-up remover wipes.

Brushes instead of sponge applicators
Brushes are not only easier to clean but tend to last longer too even after washing. Even though sponge applicators can create an even finish, they can lose their shape and texture after washing.

Clearing out your bag
It may seem obvious but having a good clear out and dumping old products ensures great hygiene but also better application when it comes to your make-up. Regularly scrubbing your bag with washing up liquid can also prevent the build-up of germs.



If you want to give your lips an instant plump, you don’t need to put in as much effort as you think. With these five simple steps you can have lips that are as perfect as Angelina Jolie’s……. well almost.

This is a crucial step before any lip application. Use a damp toothbrush or use a clean and small mascara wand to get rid of any dead skin cells on your lips.

A good lip liner will give your lips definition that will get you noticed almost almost immediately.

Apply your lip color with a lip brush to make sure it penetrates deep into your lips.

Put a shiny gloss right in the middle of your lips. This will make the middle part more noticeable and your lips a full rounded appearance.

To have a perfect pout, the edges of your lips must be clean. Use concealer to tidy up and watch your lips pout almost naturally.



There’s nothing worse than seeing someone desperately fail at pulling off  Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘red lip’. In fact, dry and cracked lips look terribly under any lip color, not just red.

Here are a few guidelines to follow for the perfect lipstick – read them, treasure them and pass them on to your mates.

  • Always exfoliate your lips before applying makeup. It will get rid of any dead skin lying on the surface.
  • Before lipstick comes lip balm. It will keep your lips soft and moistened under your lipstick.
  • Remember to fill your lips with lip liner before you apply your lipstick. This will make the color last longer.
  • Line your lips to give them some definition.
  • Apply your lipstick with a lip brush to let the color really get into your lips.
  • For a non-surgical lip augmentation, apply a bit of highlighter to your cupids bow. This will give you a sexy pout.
  • Avoid getting lipstick on your teeth by poking a (clean) finger into your mouth.
  • Use cotton bud to clean up around the edges of your lips.
  • Finish up with translucent powder so that the lip color lasts longer.

And most important, remember to smile.