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5 Tips To Make Your Prom Makeup Last All Night

Keep your look together throughout the entire event with these helpful tips.
April 06, 2022

Whether it was good or bad, everyone remembers their prom. After all the work you put in through your high school years — not to mention all those classes and exams — you deserve to have a special night to celebrate it all. 

With that special night comes a special look and that includes makeup that you’ll want to look back at in years to come and be proud of. And nothing ruins a perfectly gorgeous face than smeared eyeliner, running mascara and spotty blush. So, how do you get your prom makeup to stay in place all night so that your social media photos are double-tap worthy? Follow these tips below and you’ll keep your makeup look intact for the prom and the afterparty.

1. Prep Your Skin Correctly

The key to any beautiful makeup look is properly prepped skin. If your skin isn’t cleansed, exfoliated and moisturized, you won’t have a smooth base for your makeup. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin and exfoliate in order to create even texture and rid your skin of any dry patches. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner will help you remove dead skin cells from your complexion to reveal glowing skin. Follow up with a moisturizer that’s best suited for your skin type, and your skin will be hydrated and ready for makeup.

2. Choose Your Foundation Wisely

Full-coverage foundation is often the go-to for full glam events like prom — but remember that you still want your prom photos to be representative of your authentic self. Don’t be afraid to opt for a lighter or even a tinted moisturizer if that's what you typically wear or if you’re new to wearing makeup all together. 

Pre-prom day, try out a few options and take note of what they look like after a full day of wear. It’s all about finding what works best for you, so be sure to test out your options well before the event. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder is always a great option as it provides a matte finish, but works beautifully for all skin types. It’s also super lightweight on the skin as well as sweatproof, transferproof and has incredible lasting power of up to 24 hours. 

3. Set Your Base 

In order to make sure your face makeup looks great be sure to set it in place with a setting powder and a setting spray. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Setting Face Powdeis a great option to lock in makeup because while it sets the foundation and mattifies shiny areas, it’s ultra-light and won’t leave you looking cakey. 

It’s also a great idea to keep a pressed powder like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Face Powder in your bag for touch-ups during the night. Opting for a pressed powder to take with you is ideal because it’s convenient and not messy. Finish off your base by applying the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Oil-Free Setting Spray to ensure your makeup is smudge-proof and any excess powder is seamlessly blended into your skin.

4. Opt for Waterproof Formulas

There’s nothing worse than applying a full face of gorgeous makeup only to look in the mirror a few hours later and find that your mascara has smudged and you’ve got raccoon eyes. Avoid this makeup mishap by opting for a waterproof formula like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous, Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. Not only will this mascara stay put, but it gives your lashes a full, long, separated look. Even in a full face of glam your lashes will still stand out. 

5. Use Multitasking Products 

Rather than having to pack a makeup bag stuffed to the brim with products, switch to just a couple of multi-use products. We love the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint to add a flush and natural glow to your lips, cheeks and lids. The lightweight formula is infused with aloe so it's hydrating and easily blendable.

In a pinch, you can also use your lipstick to touch up your lips, dab on your cheeks in place of traditional blush, and even on eyelids if you want. The L’Oréal Paris Les Nus by Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick collection offers 12 smooth and creamy formulas that don't feel greasy. 

Next: How to Pick the Perfect Prom Hair Accessory

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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