Monday, 21 May 2012

Prom Make-Up Look...

Just a few weeks ago it was my baby sister, Amelia's, first ever prom and she was so excited, especially because she knew that I'm such a beauty enthusiast and had promised to do her make-up for her.

Amelia spotted her dream prom dress on a Mango advert in December (Kate Moss was wearing it so obviously it looked AMAZING) and she decided she had to have it. Blood-red, floor-length, Grecian-style, plunging neckline, thigh-high slit, it was a big deal trying to get our mom to agree that she could have it as it was apparently 'a bit too grown up for a sixteen-year-old'. Dad's always on our side, so we showed him the dress when we were shopping in the Bullring in Birmingham and as he is usually in charge of giving us treats he said that she could have it as one of her Christmas presents, which was genius because only a huge meanie takes a Christmas present away from a child and even my mother isn't THAT MUCH of a monster *onlyjokingmomyouarebeautifulweloveyouverymuch*. Anyway, the dress was a total HIT at prom and my sister looked absolutely amazing and so did her friends.

My sister's always had lovely long dark hair and we decided that it would look best in a far-side parting, curled and swung around onto one shoulder. However, unfortunately, the hairdressers didn't quite follow our instructions (in spite of the pictures we supplied them with of Kourtney Kardashian) so my sister ended up with ever-so-slightly wavy hair with a side parting and a little bit taken from by her ear pinned back. In all honesty, her hair looked lush, shiny and healthy so we couldn't complain at all, regardless of the fact it wasn't what we'd asked for...

See, not even similar hair, but it looked nice nonetheless. Whilst my sister was getting her hair 'did' I was pulling her face in all kinds of random directions with make-up brushes and eyelash curlers and tweezers and so on. All of the prom-goers finished school at 3.35pm and had to be back at the school for prom by 7.00pm and in between that their double-decker bus which they had chosen over a limo was picking them up from a friend's house at just 6.00pm. Which, when you consider travel time, left my sister only about an hour and a half to actually be getting ready. Hence me having to do her make-up while her hair was getting 'did'.

So, what did I use to create this Prom Make-Up Look? Well, we decided that we wanted quite a dewy finish to her foundation to keep her look youthful, so I began with some of my favourite benefit MoonBeam all over her highlight points (cheekbones, below eyebrows, cupid's bow of lips and length of her nose). Since my sister NEVER wears foundation and has amazing skin without it, we decided we'd just go for a thin layer of Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfector applied with my benefit foundation brush. To matte up her forehead I dusted my benefit Hello Flawless powder foundation lightly over her skin and left it at that. Using my Royal and Langnickel blusher brush, I packed on a load of Nars blush in the shade Orgasm. I used quite a lot as make-up can look a bit sparse under the glare of prom-night-photo-flash, in some of the pictures you can't even tell she has any on, but in person she looked nice and rosy. I took my Hoola bronzer by benefit and layered it beneath her cheekbones, either side of her nose, the temple areas and beneath her jawbones in order to contour her face. I used some of benefit's BrowZings in order to create a bolder brow (we're all about the brows in our family!) and got started on her eye shadow. Patting on a bit of Urban Decay's Primer Potion, her eye was now ready for the smokier colours in Urban Decay's naked palette. I started with Virgin all across her top lid, up to her brow, into the inner corners and onto the lower lash line. Next, I used a blending brush to dust some of Gun Metal from about two thirds into her eye getting darker towards the outer corners, creating a kind of smoky cat-eye shape. To make this more intense, I used Creep on her outer third of her eyes, buffing it into the crease of her eye fading towards the middle. I also used a smudger brush to give a smoky line on her lower lash line. Finally (shadow-wise), I packed a splodge of Half Baked right on the center of each of her lids, to add dimension. Taking my Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl eye liner, giving her a tiny flick at the outer corner, lining her lower water line and buffing this out slightly with the smudger brush from before. We used Eyelure Individual Semi Permanent Lashes, for a more natural false lash look, and we piled on layer after layer of benefit's They're Real mascara after curling the lashes together. To finish, I used Topshop Lipstick in Blush across her whole lip.

Isn't she lovely??? Haha, I was so proud of this face I painted. Finally, we had to add the finishing touches of the nails as my sister is a TERRIBLE nail biter. We used some Elegant Touch false nails and painted them in a No7 varnish in a lovely semi-matte effect gold colour. She was really happy with the novelty of long nails.

So to conclude I think I definitely made my sister more beautiful than she has ever been before! Haha. No, I know she's beautiful as it is, but prom night was pretty huge for her as she looked so glam. Here is a collection of a few of my favourite pictures of her throughout the night...




And before we knew it, with all the crazy excitement, it was over! My sister had a fantastic night and I know it seems like I'm bragging (BECAUSE I AM) but I really do think she looked amazing. She's quite possibly the most beautiful person I know in real life. But enough of the gushing *oo-ermadam*.

How did you do your make-up for prom? What was your dress like? Do you have any hilarious prom-night memories you'd like to share? 

Love and snuggles


  1. Stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, wow, pretty, amazing!

    You did brilliant on the make up and the dress is gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I love doing people's makeup. I spend like, an hour on my own makeup sometimes, just because I enjoy doing it more than going out for the event that I'm doing my makeup for. Haha.
      I'll tell my sister about all your kind compliments :)