I went out the other night for my architecture school’s formal and my roommate’s birthday. I was surprised when they said they wanted to go out for dinner before formal after I had just taken my day makeup off, so I had all of about twenty minutes to get ready. Despite that, I still thought this turned out well and decided to recreate this.
I think this would probably be a good prom look, and is easy to recreate depending on your eye and dress color.
I’m using this look for Day 8 of the Instagram #100daysofmakeup challenge, which I’m trying out. Come follow me on Instagram here!
So step one: The base. I start out with a Supergoop CC cream because this seems to be one of the few things that works well as a long-lasting primer. Most actual primers and foundations break up a bit on my nose after a few hours. I used the Anastasia concealer in 3.5 under my eyes more as color-correcting. This color is darker than my skintone, but it actually manages to cover my dark circles well and evens my color. I then mixed the CC cream with the L’Oreal Infallible makeup and e.l.f. Illuminating Primer. Because the CC cream has physical SPF in it, I normally wait a few minutes for it to sink into my skin, even though we were leaving after 8 PM and it was getting darker.
Step two: The eyes. Normally I like doing eye makeup last, but needed to use the waiting time.
I started with the original Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion, followed by a transition color, which is BareMinerals Rhyme.
Next, I took a Fyrinnae shadow called Sloth Snuggles, which is a shimmery purple-brown, and used it mainly on my lid and blended it into my crease.
I added a darker brown-purple with sparkle, Fyrinnae Steampunk, into the outer corner and up into the crease. I didn’t really have time to blend these shades out, but the transition shade really helped these look okay.
Step three: Finishing the face. I’ll usually only conceal my under-eye circles a bit more, if anything, and don’t go over my acne because I don’t care if it’s fully covered or not. Since I was short on time, I didn’t want to try anything else. I used the Anastasia concealer in 2.5. I used the Maybelline Fit Me powder in 130 to set my face, and then the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer in Medium as a contour. I only highlight under my cheekbones, up to my temples, and then only sometimes along my jawline. I usually keep my contour a bit higher along my cheekbone and then curve it upwards to better fit the planes of my face. Because this bronzer is red-based, it acts almost like a blush in that area.
For my cheeks, I went with the Balm’s Fratboy blush. I wanted something a bit lighter and pink because my dress was red, and I didn’t want to have my blush match too much. I finished it off with a bit of the Nyx Illuminator in Ritualistic for a very soft, light glow, mainly on my cheekbones, nose, and browbone.
Step four: Finishing the eyes. I used Sloth Snuggles and Steampunk on my lower lashline, and then highlighted with Fyrinnae’s Polar Bear, which is a sparkly white-yellow gold, in my inner corner.
I used the Clio Kill Black liner for a soft wing, and the Rimmel VolumeFlash ScandalEyes mascara.
Step five: The brows. I normally just use a pencil to fill my brows in, and that was fine today. I used the Universal Brow Pencil by Ofra.
Step six: Lips. With six hours of eating and drinking, I wanted something long-lasting. And since I had a red dress and red glasses, I decided that red lips would be overkill. Enter the Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in Committed.
The finished look:
What I love about this look is that it’s versatile (I originally thought I’d be wearing a black dress, but changed my mind at the last second). I love purple for my green eyes, and these more muted shades act kind of like a neutral. If you go for a different dress color, you can still change the colors using what you think works well with it, or you may want to just use browns or neutrals.