Any special occasion- be it prom, a performance or dinner party- can send you into a frenzy to find the right dress, shoes and hairstyles. Makeup is usually the last item on the checklist but in my opinion, it’s the most fun and helps pull the look together. While many hire a professional makeup artist to achieve their coveted look, if you opt for the DIY route, here are some tips to help you look your best so you can be less worried about touch-ups and more focused on the event.
Having a good skincare regimen in place facilitates your makeup application. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating are basic steps that can help you achieve a fresh, youthful look. Proper exfoliation can also minimize the appearance of pores and ensures makeup does not cling on to dry, flaky patches.
*Note: While facials and microdermabrassion are excellent in enhancing your complexion, always schedule your appointment at least a week before your event to avoid an unwanted surprise.
Liquid foundation is a popular choice as it’s easy to apply, and can benefit all skin types. However, mineral makeup works especially well for those who have acne and cream foundation doesn’t melt as fast so it lasts longer.
Using a primer underneath your foundation and then setting your foundation with loose translucent powder makes it last longer and can keep oil in check.
You can spot correct imperfections with concealer. A concealer with a yellow undertone is great for counteracting the redness found on blemishes and scars while a concealer with a peach undertone is a good option for dark under eye circles.
Concealer can also be used as an ‘eraser’ to fix any mistakes- think eyeliner and lip color.
Use a brow powder on your eyebrows, and fill in only sparse areas to get a natural but defined look.
Whether you are going for a natural or smoky look, using an eye primer helps eye makeup from creasing and can even enhance the eyeshadow color(s). My personal favorite is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Water-proof eyeliner is a must to keep your eye makeup from smearing. My current liquid eyeliner obsession is Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
False eyelashes (falsies) are always a fun way to give that extra pop. If possible, try out a pair of eyelashes a few days before the event to rule out the possibility of having a reaction to the adhesive (glue).
If you don’t have false eyelashes or can’t wear them, a few coats of waterproof mascara should do the trick.
Powder blush flatters most skin types (except dry) and lasts longer. Dry skin can use a crème blush.
For long-wearing lip color without the fuss, lip stains are the way to go.
Most important, have fun with your look and embrace your unique beauty!