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Spring is officially here, which means two things: You can finally shift your winter clothes to the back of our closet and, more importantly, prom is just around the corner! With dress shopping swinging into full gear, there’s a good chance that you’ve already selected your shoes and a clutch to match—and maybe you’ve even looked at the most popular prom hairstyles for 2019. But what about your prom makeup? You won’t want to sit down at your vanity and wing it on the night of, we recommend researching the biggest prom makeup trends for 2019 so you can make an educated choice. From rainbow eyeliner and brightly pigmented warm eye shadows, to metallic lipstick and cut creases, you have plenty of options when it comes to pretty prom makeup. Below, we share 21 prom makeup looks to consider. Read on and choose your favorite—or mix and match a few!
You can’t go wrong with skin that glows—and that all starts with the right skin care routine. Prep for prom by using a face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, then apply a hyaluronic acid moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin. Before you reach for your foundation, use a radiant finish primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer, which will pair perfectly with the L’Oréal Paris Pro Glow Foundation. Finish off your glowing-from-within look with a few drops of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops on the tops of your cheekbones. After that, you’re ready to glow all night!
With so many technicolor eyeliners out there, it’d be a shame not to incorporate them into your biggest night out. All you have to do is use a few different shades of liquid eyeliner to line your lash line evenly. You can choose to actually emulate the rainbow or pick a handful of liners in coordinating shades to create an ombré effect. For example, if you’re wearing a dress that’s in the blue, green, or teal families, try using your cool-toned eye makeup for a gradient that matches your dress. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner, which comes in shades like electric blue, green, and teal.
When the weather starts warming up, you’ll notice that warm makeup shades seem to instantly trend, too. Our favorite for prom? Peach! Peachy makeup looks are undoubtedly big right now, and peach shadow is perfect for creating a soft prom makeup look. All you need is the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Shopping Spree to add a peach accent to your smoky eye. Pair your eye makeup with a peachy blush, such as the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Just Curious, and your peachy prom look will be complete.
Want to add a professional makeup artist touch to your prom makeup? Look no further than the cut crease. Using the colors of your choice, you’ll need a creamy eyeliner, a few eye shadows in the same color scheme, and an almost-white shadow to use as a highlight. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Stacked Heels palette to create your cut crease using pretty purple shades. Here’s how to get the look:
Start with the lightest shadow—not including your highlight—and use it to create your base. With a fluffy eye shadow brush, apply an even dusting of shadow over your entire upper eyelid.
Next, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple to sketch a sideways V shape from the outer corner of your eye toward the middle of your crease. Make sure that the line is thicker toward the outer corner and thinner along your crease.
Use a blending brush to blend the eyeliner out toward the outer corner of your eye without disrupting the sharp bottom edge of your cut crease. To give your crease more definition, use the darker colors of your quad to blend above the line without getting any shadow on the underside of the crisp cut.
To finish your look, use the almost-white color to highlight just under your brow bone. Top your lashes off with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara and you’re ready to slay!
Now, remember: If you choose to go with this method, you’ll want to practice it a few times leading up to the big dance, as this particular statement eye requires precise blending to look just right. For a more in-depth tutorial on how to create a cut crease look, read our article, How to Create a Cut Crease.
Here in 2019, we’re mad about metallics. From metallic eyes to metallic highlighters, we’ve tried just about every look in the book. But now, metallic lips have hit the scene and to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. For serious shimmer, get your hands on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic collection, which offers four beautiful, metallic lip colors. Trust us, with a pout so pretty, you won’t even need to deck yourself out in jewelry!
If your friends all say you have a bold personality, perhaps a bolder eye makeup look will be what you want for this year’s prom. We say, go for it! One of the most on-trend eye makeup looks of the season is the sunset eye, and with just a few tips it’s easy to recreate yourself. For a full tutorial on sunset eyes, head to our article, How to Create a Sunset Eye.
Another eye makeup look that’s everywhere right now, which we also happen to love, is pretty pastel eye shadow. For this look, choose a pastel shadow in a shade that complements or matches your prom dress. For example, if your dress is a shade of pink, pair it with a pastel pink shadow, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Always Pearly Pink. Or, if you’re wearing a shade of blue, pair it with a pastel blue eye shadow, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Timeless Blue Spark. With this look, the options are endless, so go ahead and customize it to match your outfit.
For a more understated but still trendy lip look, consider matte, nude lips. The matte lipstick shades of today come in a variety of nude tones, so you can find one that complements both your skin tone and your dress. Once you do, you’ll also want to follow these steps to apply:
Using a gentle lip scrub can help prep your lips for more even application—and help your lip color last longer. You can also use a face scrub that doubles as a lip scrub, such as the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub.
Don’t skimp out on lip liner! Using the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Matte’s It, gently trace around the outer edges of your lips. You can also fill in your lips completely for even more staying power.
Next, coat your lips in a gorgeous dark nude lip color, such as the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in All Out Pout. Pucker up and you’re all set!
Certain looks are classics for a reason! A black cat eye is one of those, it’s timeless and will go well with whatever you’re wearing. Of course, mastering a cat eye isn’t the easiest thing ever. That’s why we’ve rounded up 7 Hacks for the Perfect Cat Eye.
We happen to think that a set of bold, filled-in brows will pair perfectly with any makeup look you’re going for. Not only that, but thanks to new long-lasting products, you can expect your eyebrow makeup to last through the entire night—even if your night is guaranteed to involve working up a sweat on the dancefloor. What’s more, filling in your brows doesn’t have to be a laborious process: Just fill in sparse areas with the L'Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel, then use the included spoolie to comb through your brows for a natural-looking finish. Voila!
As we said, we love metallic makeup! If you don’t want to opt for the aforementioned metallic lip look, try it on your eyes instead. The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow comes in three lovely shimmery shades, so you can add a bit of metallic sparkle to your lids.
If you’re looking for a makeup look that won’t look outdated a few years down the line—remember, it will be preserved forever in your prom pictures—consider our favorite go-to eye makeup look: the smoky eye. What’s great about the smoky eye is that in addition to pairing well with every outfit and also being timeless, you can customize it to be as dramatic or as subtle as you wish. To help get you started, here are 8 Tips for the Perfect Smoky Eye.
Of course, you can never go wrong with a dark purple lip, and adding a matte finish into the mix will just kick things up a notch. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Deeply Disturbed or Roseblood for a dramatic, eye-catching lip color.
For a softer, more subtle eye makeup look, you can’t beat pale pinks. We particularly love a pink eyeshadow look that also has a bit of shimmer. Here’s how to get the look:
To ensure that any eye makeup look will last, you’ll want to use an eye shadow primer on your upper eyelids.
Using the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avenue Des Roses, dust the lightest shade of pink onto your lids.
With a thin eye shadow brush and the second lightest pink from the palette, blend the color onto the outer corners of your upper eyelid and along your bottom lash line.
Line your top lash line with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black, then add a few coats of the L'Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara in Blackest Black. Simple and oh-so-pretty!
For a more intense glam look, why not try silver glitter? Don’t be intimidated, here’s How to Pull Off Silver Glitter Eye Makeup.
Editor’s note: We have a feeling you might also need to know How to Remove Glitter Eye Makeup!
It is spring, after all, so it’s the perfect time of year to rock a brighter eye makeup look. Orange shades have been trending on runways and in fashion magazines alike, and we’d encourage you to try the orange eye makeup look for yourself. You could try an orange eyeliner look, or go for orange eye shadow—it’s all up to you.
You’ll surely be wearing your favorite fragrance on prom night, but have you considered scented beauty products? A chocolate lipstick—one that both smells and looks like chocolate—is the perfect pick. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick, which comes in six yummy shades.
Adding a pair of false eyelashes for prom night will elevate any eye makeup look you’re going for. When it comes to falsies, one of the best and trendiest options is magnetic eyelashes. Rather than the old-school glue-on lashes, magnetic lashes are—you guessed it—magnetic! They are comprised of two stripes of lashes, one that goes on top and one that goes on the bottom of your natural eyelashes, and they connect via a magnet to stay in place. Don’t worry, they’re not as difficult to apply as they might sound. But as always, we’ve got your back with an in-depth tutorial. Here’s How to Apply Magnetic Lashes.
Coral is the color of the year, so it makes sense that you may want to incorporate it into your prom look. If you don’t have a coral dress, the perfect way to do that is with your makeup. Rather than wear your typical pink blush, why not give coral a spin? First things first, you’ll want to pick up the L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Coral Lift. Next, it's a good idea to read up on exactly How to Wear Coral Blush.
Also known as the lived-in smoky eye, the sheer smoky eye is a more wearable and understated version of the classic eye makeup look we discussed earlier. This is a great eye makeup option if your dress is on the bolder or brighter side, and you’re trying to keep your makeup look minimal without going too understated. Does that sound like exactly what you’re going for? Here’s How to Create a Sheer Smoky Eye.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention blue eyeshadow in this round-up, since it’s one of the trendiest and coolest colors of the moment. Even if your dress isn’t blue, this eye makeup look can really make your eyes pop—and pair well with whatever you’ve chosen to wear. Not sure which blue hue to choose, let alone how to apply it for yourself? Here’s How to Wear Blue Eye Shadow.
And just like that, you’ll be able to dance the night away and look fabulous doing it! For more prom ideas, here’s Your Prom Fashion and Beauty Checklist.