2012 Prom Makeup Trends and Tips

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When searching for the perfect 2012 prom dress, it is important to envision your entire look. Thinking ahead of what you want your prom makeup to be like might can help in deciding what prom dress you want. Below are some prom makeup tips as well as some 2012 prom makeup trends and dress suggestions for each trend. No matter what you choose, matching your prom makeup to your prom dress will ensure you look your best on your prom night!

Play Up One Feature:

Don’t go overboard on your prom makeup just because it is a special event. Try accentuating one feature like wear a brightly colored lipstick or do a sexy, smoky eye.  Then, make the rest of your prom makeup more natural. Trust us, you will look amazing by just playing up one feature!

Looking for the perfect prom dress to wear with this season’s popular bright coral lipstick trend? Check out this fun, coral prom dress by Sherri Hill.

Night Moves 6410 Prom Dress

Prom Dress Night Moves 6410


A trend we love for 2012 prom makeup is metallic makeup.  Take a break from the typical smoky eye and go bold by applying a metallic hue to the eyes. Popular shades are always gold and bronze but silver and white metallic colors were seen all over the runway for spring.  Be sure to use an eyeshadow primer for this look to keep your eye makeup fresh all night. Use a shimmery powder eye shadow or a cream eye shadow in a lighter metallic shade all over the eye and then a darker metallic color in the inner creases and blend. Finish with liner and mascara and use a shimmery rose, nude or peach brush depending on the metallic shade you choose.

If you are wearing the silver or white metallic eye color trend, Sherri Hill prom dresses like this fun and flirty strapless prom dress in light pink would make the perfect match!

Sherri Hill 8434 Dress

Prom Dresses Sherri Hill 8434

Do a Cat Eye:

Want to go a little more dramatic for your prom makeup? Do a sexy cat eye! Brush your eyes with a white shimmery eyeshadow and get out the eyeliner of your choice (we prefer a gel liner). Use those art skills you learned in school and draw a line from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner and make a small flick to make the liner look like a wing. Tip: rest your arm on a table so it is steady and start light. You want to get the line right first. You can always go back and add more liner on top of this to darker it up later! Keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Wear a light nude or pink color lipstick or lip gloss and a soft pink blush and let your eyes do the talking!

Want a sexy prom dress that matches your dramatic cat eyes? Try this glamorous but sexy fitted prom dress by Night Moves.

Night Moves 6239 Prom Dress

Prom Dresses Night Moves 6239

Bronze and peach:

Be a bronzed goddess on your prom night with a pretty bronzed face and flushed cheeks. Don’t think that you have to go outside and sun before prom. Stay safe and ensure an even glow (no sunburn) by going faux! Get a spray tan a few days before the prom and complete the look on prom day with a bronze powder on your cheekbones and décolletage. Remember, don’t choose a bronzer that is too strong.  A bronzer should be no darker than two shades from your skin stone. Finish your bronzed face with a peach or apricot blush. For the eye, wear a gold shadow, dark eyeliner and lots of mascara! You are sure to look like you just had a tropical vacation!

Wear a white prom dress to make your bronzed skin really stand out like this gorgeous white dress by Sherri Hill with a keyhole cutout and ruched bust. Just be sure to not overdo and don’t wear your dress while applying makeup!

Sherri Hill 2845 Prom Dress

Prom Dresses Sherri Hill 2845

Dewy Skin:

Make your gorgeous skin the focus on your prom night. Play up your skin by using a highlighter on the highest points on your face to create dimension or all over to brighten up your complexion. Put on a rose colored blush or pale pink blush over the highlighter. On the eyes, put a little highlighter on the browbones and inner corner of the eyes. Use a light, shimmery eyeshadow, a little eyeliner on the tops of your eyes only and mascara. A bright pink gloss would complete the look and make you fabulous!

Wear a strapless prom dress like this short prom dress by Mori Lee Sticks & Stones in a light hue to look so sweet and pretty! Put some highlighter on your collarbone to really make your skin glow!

Mori Lee Sticks and Stones 9101 Pro mDress

Prom Dresses Mori Lee Sticks and Stones 9101


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