Be Radiant at Prom!

I remember contemplating my prom makeup like it was yesterday.  Cliche?  Maybe.  True?  Definitely.  I wanted to coordinate my makeup look with my dress, which isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but it isn’t always the way to go.  My advice to all you ladies getting ready for prom (I apologize if your prom already passed!) is to let yourself standout.  Coming from the style editor of Collaboreight, it may sound a bit strange, but prom isn’t about the dress, the hair, or the makeup.  It’s about you.

When I watched this prom makeup tutorial, I immediately wished I could go back and re-do prom.  Regardless of dress color, skin color, or hair style, this natural-yet-glowing look will have you standing out for all the right reasons.  Check it out!

Events such as proms, formals, and weddings create such a catch 22.  You want to look awesome and stand out, but you have to be careful because photos taken that day will be treasured (or feared) for the rest of your life.  The key to looking great now, and still looking great when you look back on those photos ten years from now, is to avoid major trends and keep everything classy.  This doesn’t mean go Plain Jane – there is a middle ground between that and the fluffy veils and poofy sleeves of many 1980s wedding gowns.  Some styles don’t change very much – you most likely won’t regret choosing between a sweetheart neckline or a scoop neck.  Some styles come and go like seasons – will you regret wearing sleeves a la Kate Middleton in your wedding photos?  Will you be happy about your choice to go with an ombre gown?

You might be wondering how you could possibly know what you’ll think of these trends a few years down the line, and I have a simple solution for you.  If you feel confident and comfortable in it, chances are you won’t regret it.  Stay true to yourself and what you like – don’t choose a dress simply because it’s what’s “in” right now.

The same spiel goes for makeup.  If you’re not the kind of person to do your makeup on a regular basis, you may not feel comfortable using a lot for prom and that’s okay.  If you’re comfortable, it will show in your confidence.  You’ll rock the room, your photos, and you’ll love every minute of it.

About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

2 comments on “Be Radiant at Prom!

  1. Holy cow! The change in her lashes after she applied mascara was incredible! Why can’t I get mine to do something like that? Are there different application techniques?

    • Different mascaras (and their wands) and different techniques will create different looks with your eyelashes! It’s almost an art on its own, haha.

      She used Maybelline One by One Volume Express Mascara, which is a volumizing mascara. Some mascaras aim to lengthen, some aim to thicken, or curl, or separate, etc. Volumizing, in my opinion, will give you the boldest look.

      When applying mascara, be sure to move the wand horizontally back and forth along the bottoms of your lashes (MakeMeUpErica does this is the video). This helps to coat and separate each lash to give you a flirty, bold almost fake-eyelash look.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

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