Lessons from the Pros: Anti-Prom Beauty

Stickers, glitter, and your pastel dream mouth. This is pretty much the best anti-prom beauty guide ever.

So you’ve probably scored the dress and the teeny tiny flask that you’re sneaking in with it. All that’s left is the fun part: MAKEUP. We tapped our friend and actual makeup wizard Ashley Kucich for party looks that are way more fun than the party is gonna be. Don’t worry–she made it easy for us with a step-by-step guide.

Pastel Lips

Bonus if they match your dress! Keep the rest of your face fairly neutral and matte so these really stick out.

Love is a Battlefield Sequin Ruffled Dress

1. Use a primer that already has color in it (I used MAC Paintpot in Indianwood) and smudge that on the eye with finger or a flat brush
2. Use a shimmery brown shadow to add depth to the out corner of the eyes (I used Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze. This is a dual product you could use for cheeks or eyes)
3. Use a mascara that gets all the way to the root (I used It Cosmetics Tightline in Black)
4. Fill in the brows with a color similar to your own using tiny hair like strokes (I used Anastasia)
5. For foundation (I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk), apply using a buffer brush to get a seamless finish
6. Powder lightly with a translucent powder (I used Laura Mercier in Medium Deep)
7. For the lips I mixed a (Limecrime limited edition shade and a dark pink shade together to make the perfect pinky purple)

Stickers>Actual Makeup

No longer relegated to the scrapbooking section at Michaels, we pulled these right out of your childhood dreams. Now just stick ’em on your face.

Come Together Tee, Badge of Honor Relaxed Jeans, Bow Hard or Bow Home Slingback, Dress, coming soon.

1. Dust a gold shadow on the lid (I used Gold Nugget by Make Up Forever)
2. Using a blender brush, use a matte bronzer through the eye crease (I used Deep Golden Brown by Bobby Brown)
3. Use a gel or liquid liner to line the eyes with a slight wing (I used MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack)
4. Use a mascara that gets all the way to the root (I used It Cosmetics Tightline in Black)
5. Fill in the brows with a color similar to your own using tiny hair like strokes (I used Anastasia)
6. Using a flat make up brush, put a light coverage foundation all over the skin (I used Make Up Forever Waterblend)
7. Use a firm pencil eye liner (I used Mac in color duck) to add freckles. You do this by lightly pressing the pencil onto the bridge of the nose and along the tops of the cheeks
8. Without adding any product onto your foundation brush, tap that lightly over the freckles to make them appear more intrinsic
9. Using your finger, press a neutral pinky color onto the lips (I used RMS in Illusive) then press a little lip balm over the top to give a slight shine.
10. Add pretty princess flower stickers!

The Glitter Eye

If you’re gonna do glitter, you might as well go all the way with it.

Jewel for the Summer Embellished Bra, Kiki Leopard Mesh Dress

1. With silver eyeshadow create a cat eye shape (Iceberg Blue by Make Up Forever)
2. Use a glitter primer where you just placed the silver shadow (like E.L.F. Glitter Primer)
3. Directly over the primer, pack the glitter onto the eye keeping the shape you just created (I used Make Up Forever in Silver Multicolored)
4. Line the eyes with a gel or liquid liner, and wing out the corner
5. Smudge a dark grey shadow under the eyes ( I used Make Up Forever in Cement)
5. Apply mascara
6. Use tape (regular Scotch tape works) to remove fallen glitter
7. Apply foundation (like Make Up Forever HD foundation) with a beauty blender
8. Powder lightly with a translucent powder (I used Laura Mercier in Medium Deep)
9. Use a matte bronzer and dust the cheeks, forehead and chin (I used Deep Golden Brown by Bobby Brown)
10. Fill in the brows with a color similar to your own using tiny hair like strokes
11. Using your finger, press a neutral pinky color onto the lips (I used RMS in illusive) then press a little lip balm over the top to give a slight shine.

Makeup by Ashley Kucich

Photography by Jason Landis

Styling by Liza Ovakimyan

Model: Elysse