Jessica Hagy Apr 18, 2013
Prom: one of the magical times that it’s perfectly acceptable to consider your beauty strategy months in advance. Since prom season is underway, we have a sneaking suspicion that you may be thirsting for some evening makeup inspiration. While we never tire of a good smoky eye, sometimes your look calls for natural makeup that enhances, without stealing the show. Here are three subtle looks to inspire you, whether you’re prepping for prom, or just searching for some inspiration. Effortless Romantic 

This simple look, spotted backstage at Ralph Lauren, stole our attention thanks to its effortless glow. We love the emphasis on dewy skin, flushed cheeks and strong brows. A blush with peach undertones is a great way to capture this romantic style and this look would work well paired with loose, bohemian waves or a braided updo. Get the look: Since your skin is the star of the show here, make sure to put in the time to make it glow. Hydrate, prime, highlight, and make sure to check out our guide to a flawless face. Next, chose a blush with peach undertones (like Shu Uemura’s Medium Peach Blush or Korres Peach Blush), prep your brows, and add a swipe of mascara (like Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra-Stretch) on your upper lashes.  Golden Glow 

Take sun-kissed simplicity from day to night with an emphasis of bronze around the eyes and a healthy dose of mascara. This look would be perfect with sleek strands or a textured ponytail. Get the look: Bronze tones are the most important aspect of this look, so give extra attention to your bronzer and shadow. Try a bronzer with a touch of shimmer, like Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer or Urban Decay Baked Bronzer, to give your face an added glow. Add a bronze shadow to your lids (we like Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow in Bronze Haze), a generous dose of Mascara Voulme Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll by Yves Saint Laurent or 29 Cosmetics D'Vine Mascara to your lashes and you’re a bronzed bombshell. Fresh Femme 

Okay, we can’t call cat eyes completely natural, but we think Kate Bosworth’s look is the perfect example of evening makeup that looks fresh, feminine and soft without being too “done.” This elegant look would work especially well with a low chignon. Get the look: Flirty eyes, pink cheeks and a subtle pout are the highlights of this look. Go for a liquid liner, like Lancôme Artliner or By Terry Ligne Blackstar for the perfect cat eye. For a soft pink flush, try Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance on your cheeks and a swipe of Charlotte Ronson’s Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss on your lips. Photos: Vogue; All Things Elegant; People


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