10 Cute Makeup Looks to Recreate for Prom

May 11, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Picture of two models with graphic eyeliner makeup
It’s prom season, and as important as it is to find a dress you love, it’s equally essential to find a makeup look that complements it. Whether you’re doing your makeup yourself, getting ready with friends or hiring a makeup artist for the big event, there’s no shortage of beauty inspo for you to emulate. Here, we found 10 camera-ready and super cute makeup looks that will help you make your best impression on prom night.

Cute Makeup Looks for Prom

Gilded Glamour

It’s safe to say that nobody will outshine you on prom night if you arrive with this makeup look. Gilded lids, fresh matte skin and nude lips are opulent and fun, especially when paired with a matching gold prom dress. To get your base looking as smooth and flawless as possible, we recommend reaching for a matte foundation with full coverage, such as the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Pearly Lids

A wash of lavender shadow and a scattering of faux pearls across the lids gives your prom makeup a dreamy, romantic vibe. We envision this look paired with a matching purple, baby pink or white dress. To recreate the eye makeup, try applying the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Donut all over your eyelids, then attaching the Half Magic Face Pearls with lash glue for some added gleam.

Flushed Cheeks

A soft eye and pinky-nude lip are a dreamy complement to sugary-sweet, flushed cheeks. To mimic creator Camila Derizans’ glowing pink cheeks, try dusting on the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Blush in Amore

Ombré Red Lip

An ombré red lip and shimmery yet neutral eye is a classically glam combo that would stun with a black or red prom dress. For the pop of bright red color in the center of her lips, creator Lauren B. Brown used the NYX Professional Makeup Powder Puff Lip Cream in Crushing Hard.

Bejeweled Cut Crease

For a look that’s equal parts soft, glamorous and elegant, we love this bejeweled cut crease paired with luminous, glass skin. For a complexion that looks radiant and doesn’t have the dreaded flashback effect under cameras, we recommend the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation.

Subtle Smoky Eyes

A hint of shimmery, duochome eyeshadow brings light to a smoky eye and can complement your dress color. To make your lashes stand out against the smokiness, slick on two to three coats of the Maybelline New York The Falsies Surreal Extensions Mascara.

Precise Winged Liner

A precise black line looks dramatic and doll-like against stark white eyeshadow. To get your wing as thin and sharp as possible, use a fine-tip liquid eyeliner like the Urban Decay 24/7 Inks Liquid Eyeliner. Its paintbrush-like tip and ergonomic handle give you the most control when you’re drawing on your cat-eye.

Rosy Soft Glam

If natural-looking makeup is more your speed, you’ll love this soft glam look. Rosy tones and a sleek wing on the eyes complement glowing cheeks and high-shine lips. Toss the NYX Professional Makeup Fat Oil Lip Drip in Missed Call in your bag to keep your lips glossy all night — the miniature size is just right for a clutch. To sharpen your wing, reach for the Lancôme Idôle Liner.

Bold in Blue

Cobalt blue eyeshadow makes for a striking monochromatic look with a blue dress or offers a pop of color to a neutral gown. To keep the attention focused on your eyes, opt for light, glowy makeup on the rest of the face and a neutral, glossy lip.

Purple Sunset Eyes

The NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Color Palette in Festival has all the pink and purple shades you need to recreate this vibrant, sunset-inspired eye. Paired with a deep purple or hot pink dress, you’ll look and feel regal for prom night.
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