makeup looks 5 Gorgeous Prom Makeup Looks to Try

Choose one of these hot picks to help you slay the special occasion.

February 23, 2022
Prom Makeup


For teens, prom is a pretty big deal. From the prom dress and shoes to the prom makeup and hair, the formal event is touted as one of the most memorable nights for high school juniors and seniors. 

But with endless makeup ideas and trends to choose from, planning your prom look can be an overwhelming experience. There are many major decisions to make —  not to mention, you’re going to be taking photos all night, so you’re going to want a gorgeous look that’s also memorable. 

Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, you can use it as an occasion to really go for the gusto. High school students should be having fun and leaning into looks that make them feel their best for prom night, so everything from classic or subtle looks to the most out of the box are on the table. Need some inspo? Keep scrolling for our top five prom makeup ideas — along with the best products to help you achieve them. 


1. Red Lips

Ask any makeup artist, red lips are one of the most classic and chic looks you can go for. Powerful red lips are so timeless. The look is universally flattering — it looks so great on so many skin tones and it doesn't date itself. For minimalists, especially, the experts at L'Oréal Paris advise taking a chance and giving the statement lip color a try in a a variety of finishes.

Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick. Just one swipe hugs your lips to deliver an instant blast of bright color with zero shine. Unlike other drying matte formulas, this lippie is so comfortable to wear, you’ll forget you even have it on. For a non-matte option, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Reds Of Worth Satin Lipstick. This lipstick collection comes in six different crimson shades that look flawless on all skin tones. What’s more, the formulas are moisturizing and budge-proof — meaning you can depend on them to last all night.


2. Glitter Lips

If you want an unorthodox look that delivers serious impact, try glitter lips. Who doesn’t love glitter? It’s super trendy and a fun way to add an eye-catching sparkle to your prom makeup.

To get the look, apply a lip gloss, such as the L'Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss Pomegranate Extract. Then, with a makeup brush, tap a small amount of loose glitter (one that’s safe for your lips!) onto your pout. Press on until you’ve achieved a shimmery finish.

3. Shimmery Eyes

Glittery lips not your thing? No worries — just go for a traditional shimmery eye makeup look for prom. From subtle shimmer to glistening glitter, there are so many effortless ways to dress your lids in sparkle. This will be a glam no one will forget about and for good reasons, too.

If you want to make your eyes pop, give the L'Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup a go. This liquid eyeshadow comes in a stunning range of high-shine hues that stay true all day long. Best part of all? You'll never have to worry about having to deal with annoying fallout.

The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Metallics Eye Shadow is another great shimmery option that will turn heads. The cream pressed powder formula creates a coveted foiled finish and is extremely buildable, allowing you to create a range of dramatic and intense looks.

Finish your eye makeup look with a flick of the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner. Then, wiggle the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara through your top lashes to add emphasis to the look and make your eyes appear bigger. 


4. Disco Makeup

For prom night, throw it back with a seriously groovy glam as an ode to the ’70s. From the bedazzled lids to colorful eyeshadow to spider-like lashes, there are so many incredibly stunning elements to try from the retro trend.

Add some vibrancy and color to your eyes with the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow. It has everything you need (four shades and finishes) to really make your eyes stand out.

And since you’re likely going to be in front of the camera all night, you’re going to need to tie your look together with a photo-friendly foundation, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder. The cult-classic formula provides a filter-like finish and feels super breathable on skin. Plus, it won't transfer or sweat off as you dance the night away.


5. Embellished Looks

When in doubt, pull looks from Pinterest. According to the Pinterest Predicts Trend Reports, crystal and pearl embellishments are among the biggest trends of the year. And judging by our social media feeds (and must-watch TV shows), adding sparkly embellishments to your makeup is a surefire way to make your look more glamorous. You can keep things subtle or you can go with an over-the-top style — there’s no wrong way to rock this look if it makes you feel good.  

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Written and photographed by: Sophie Dweck