Beauty School: Prom Makeup Non-Teens Will Love Too

Prom is coming up! I’m super excited, but I have no clue how to do my makeup. I need a beauty look that will photograph well, won’t come off on the dance floor, and won’t look too “mature”. HELP.

Prom is the ultimate party! I’ve given you a few looks below to choose from, but remember, the most critical beauty tip is to be confident! Nothing is more gorgeous.

Look One: Dancing Queen
Inspiration: Heady days of disco, Studio 54, and ’70s glam rock, but toned down for a more refined interpretation
How To Get It: Tidy and emphasize the brows. Draw along the upper lash line with mahogany eyeliner, working the tip between the roots of the lashes to add volume. Use a synthetic brush to apply beige-gold cream eyeshadow from the upper lash line to the socket crease, blending it just above the crease. Using a natural brush, layer gold glitter over the top, pressing it with the brush so it adheres to the cream underneath. Using a pointed eyeliner brush, apply a line of cream and glitter just beneath the lower lash line. Brush a neutral highlighter over the browbone, apply false lashes, and curl and coat with mascara. Make sure there is no trace of glitter on your cheeks before applying light reflecting foundation to even skin tone. Keep cheeks and lips natural — eyes are the star here.

Look Two: Smoky eyes with a twist
Inspiration: Ultra-glam (almost red carpet!) style, but with a modern and fresh take
How To Get It: Don’t be afraid to use color on your eyes! Midnight blue and sapphire look stunning if you have blue or hazel eyes, while violet-blue with purple undertones enhances green eyes. Start by neutralizing any redness on the eyelids with a touch of concealer or eye base. Outline the eyes with electric-blue eye pencil, drawing along the upper lash line and underneath the lower lash line close to the roots. Use a smudger to blur the line under the lower lashes. Draw along the inside rim of the lower lid with black eye pencil. This gives the sexy elongated look. Use a synthetic brush to apply smoky midnight blue cream shadow over the lid, blending it outward at the outer corner and taking it a fraction above the socket crease, so that you can just see the color when your eyes are open. Blend a little neutral highlighter onto the browbone, curl lashes, and apply mascara. Keep the rest of your face fairly neutral with light-reflecting foundation and a dewy lipgloss.

Look Three: Bold lips
Inspiration: Retro movie stars and celebrities from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s
How To Get It: Prepare your lips well. Dab foundation around the lip area and over the lip itself. This tones down any redness and ensures the line of the lips will be sharp and defined. Use a matching waxy lipliner to prevent any bleed around the lips. Spend time drawing the outline, making sure the lips are completely symmetrical and the bow is even. Fill in the lip with the pencil to hold the lipstick in place and ensure it lasts all night. Go over the pencil color with a lip brush working it into any creases. Paint on the lipstick using a lip brush for precision, starting in one corner and working inward. Add a dab of gloss in a clear or slightly lighter shade at the center of the lip and press together to give the illusion of fullness. Your face can be finished with a light-reflected foundation, neutral eyes (think beige, taupe, and soft peach), and luscious lashes.

Jemma Kidd is a world-renowned makeup artist who has painted the faces of Naomi Campbell and Jerry Hall, and now she’s here to solve all of your beauty dilemmas. Not only does she have two makeup lines of her own — Jemma Kidd Make Up School and JK Jemma Kidd — she’s also worked with Max Factor, Rimmel, and Stila. Yes, she’s a total beauty guru. Have a question for Jemma? Email it to!

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