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Stunningly Simple Prom Makeup Ideas You Can Totally DIY


While we all love a bold makeup look, sometimes simple is where it's at. Whether you want your dress to be the star of the night or you’re simply feeling a natural makeup look, we’ve got all the prom looks you need to rock this prom season–without the hassle.


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1. Bronzed & Beautiful

You don’t need a crown on your head to give off major royal vibes. Instead, play up the shimmer with glowy bronzer and eyeshadows in metallic neutrals. Top your lids with shimmery cream shadows, like NATURE'S CARTEL Eyeshadow Trio in “Champagne Scandal,” “Tan Lines From Tahiti,” and “90's Nude.” Start with “Champagne Scandal,” then slowly build up the pigment with the gorgeously bronze “90’s Nude.” Finish with a swipe of “Tan Lines from Tahiti” on your upper and lower lash line. Give your brows a thickening boost using a waterproof eyebrow gel like BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel to complete the look.


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2. Glow Up

Skipping bold colors for the night doesn’t mean your makeup look has to be understated and boring, especially not when you’ve got gold on your cheeks. Keep all the attention on your sun-kissed glow with natural brows and soft pink lipstick. To capture this look on prom night, snag a buildable highlighter like MAKEUP GEEK Highlighter in Nightlight. Swipe it onto the high points of your face, concentrating on the tops of your cheekbones, your brow bones, and the inner corners of your eyes. Contouring your cheekbones adds easy depth to your look, making your cheekbone shimmer even more prominent. Not sure where to start with contouring? Check out our go-to guide on how to contour and prepare to become a contouring pro.


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3. Pink Sunset

Skip subdued and head straight to glam with a brilliantly simple eye makeup look that pays homage to a tropical sunset. To capture this look, you’ll need an eyeshadow palette with maximum staying power, intense pigmentation, and enough pink shades to pack a punch. We’re reaching for VIOLET VOSS Berry Burst Fun Sized Shadow Palette, which offers multiple finishes, so you can shine in brilliant metallic or create a magically matte look. Start with a soft neutral peach shade across your eyelids, then ramp up the color with a bright berry eyeshadow. Add rose gold powder to the inner corners of your lids and you’re all set!


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4. Hot Pink Pout

Electric pink finally gets its time in the spotlight with a simple makeup look that gives us major tropical vibes. The combo of bold lipstick and shimmery rose gold shadows and highlighters is simple, but lands a powerful pink punch. Get the look by nabbing a pink lipstick that’s playfully pigmented as bold as it is long-lasting, like FINDING FERDINAND Flamingo-A-Go-Go Lipstick. Play up the semi-shine with a body shimmer lotion that’s anything but subtle. SOUTH SEAS SKIN CARE Mother of Pearl Illuminator will leave you with glowing skin, and you can even use it to highlight your cheekbones in a pinch.


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5. Summertime Fine

Bring on the summer vacation vibes with a natural look that plays up full lips and sun-kissed skin. A few swipes of mascara and minimal eyeliner makes this an easy prom makeup look you can nail in just a few minutes. Start with a matte lipstick, like TOUCH IN SOL Pretty Filter Soul Velvet Lipstick in Seoul Rose, and then top off with shiny lip gloss. Finish with a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.


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6. Red Lips & Nude Lids

This makeup look is so simple yet so chic, relying on the perfect shade of red lipstick and a matte brown shadow to create a makeup artist worthy look. After priming your lids, tap on a nude shadow like REALHER Eyeshadow in "Incomparable” all over your lids. Then swipe on a red lipstick that complements your skin tone for the ultimate It-Girl prom makeup look.


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7. Fresh Faced

If you’re over prom makeup ideas that require multiple eyeshadow palettes and a collection of brushes, then you’ll love this super simple makeup look. Neutral lids, a deep red lip stain, and thick eyebrows highlight your natural beauty and keep the focus on your outfit. Grab a neutral lip color, like TARTE Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in “Festival” or TARTE Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in “Front Row” depending on your skin tone. Swipe a lengthening mascara on your eyelashes for a gravity-defying curl.


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8. Copper Smokes

While traditional smoky eyes rely on dark grays and browns, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to prom makeup. Swap in shimmery coppers and rose golds for brilliantly bronze eyes. Using an eyeshadow palette like CATRICE COSMETICS The Precious Copper Eyeshadow Palette, start with a neutral rose shade and then build on deep shimmery browns across your lids and up to your brow bones. Use the rose copper shades as shimmery highlighter on top of your brow bone, then snag a copper highlighter to keep the glimmer party going on your cheek. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to applying highlighter for a few easy makeup tips.


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9. Nude Natural

Whether you want to keep all eyes on your prom dress or you’re taking the night off from colored shadows and lips, you can’t get more sophisticated and minimalist than nude eyelids and lips. We love the nude trio of ABSOLUTE NEW YORK Eye Crayon in "Royal Plum," "Champagne," and "Cafe Latte." Create depth by layering “Champagne” along your lashline and then “Royal Plum” along your lids and into your crease. The trick to nailing the perfect nude lip is making sure your lips are properly moisturized, so use a lip balm before applying your lip color–or just let your natural lip color shine through.


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10. Pop of Color

It’s not fair that orange is limited to traffic cones, pumpkins, and autumn leaves. Rescue bold orange from its PSL confines with a bright orange eye makeup look and black winged eyeliner combo that proves simple doesn't mean boring. Swipe on your favorite shade, like the peachy orange "Nectar" from MAKEUP GEEK Peach Bellini Eyeshadow Palette, all over your eyelid and blend using your favorite eyeshadow brush. For extra drama, top off with false eyelashes and get ready to own your big night.



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Article Last Updated February 7, 2020 12:00 AM