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You’ve almost made it to the end of the school year—congrats! With test-taking and study sessions nearly behind you, you deserve something to look forward to—like a perfect prom night. The whole shebang: a cute date, a close group of a friends, a stunning dress, and a flawless makeup look. And we want to help! While we can’t offer you much assistance in terms of accepting a promposal or securing a limo, we can certainly lend a hand in making sure you look your best. To ensure you’ll be the belle of the ball, we’re sharing our best prom-centric beauty tips. Read on to find out five prom must-haves, from an eye-catching prom dress and accessories to our best lipstick for a long-lasting makeup look and our best dry shampoo for dark hair to help refresh your blowout.
First things first, you’ll need to get your hands on your dream dress—otherwise you won’t be able to choose a coordinating lip color. Instead of heading straight to the hottest store you know, try shopping in a store your classmates are less likely to frequent. That way, you can avoid showing up to prom in the same dress as everyone else in your friend group. To stand out from the crowd while remaining prom-appropriate, consider embracing a bold color or captivating cut. Additionally, look for something that suits your style—not necessarily what’s ultra-trendy—after all, you won’t want to look back on pictures and barely recognize yourself.
Whether you’re sipping on punch or chatting it up with your BFFS, a prom-night lipstick has its work cut out for it. That means glossy balms and sticky glosses are definitely a no—you don’t want to leave your lip color behind on a glass or blot it all off at dinner. Stick with a long-lasting option, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolates Scented Liquid Lipstick. (As a bonus, this lipstick even smells like chocolate—so it’s totally suitable for a romantic night.) Toss it in your clutch for touch-ups—just in case—and you’re good to go.
Your lips aren’t the only part of your look that needs to last—it’s important that the rest of your makeup stays put too. No one wants runaway mascara or fading foundation, especially not at prom. Once you’re finished getting made up, use a few spritzes of setting spray to guarantee your makeup is in place for every photo op. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.
Editor’s tip: Extra concerned about how long your makeup will last? Add a face primer to your routine, too! If you plan to be dancing up a storm, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer to keep your face from getting shiny.
Layered necklaces, chunky earrings, or a bunch of rings are great options—just choose one to focus on so as not to overwhelm the rest of your outfit. A glitzy hair accessory is another perfect pick—you won’t have many other opportunities to rock a tiara!
After a night of dancing, your makeup isn’t the only thing that might look worse for wear—without primer, that is. No matter how lovely your blowout is to start, your hairstyle is likely to end up looking a little less than perfect by the end of prom. And of course, as you know, the end of prom doesn’t signal the end of the night. You still have an after party you need to look good for! To breathe new life into your blowout before heading to your next event, use dry shampoo. Look for one that can be used on dark hair without any residue. Need a recommendation? Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT LongWear Spray or L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo.
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