10 Prom-Pretty Makeup Looks

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10 Prom-Pretty Makeup Looks
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Prom is one of the biggest nights of the year, but even when you have the perfect dress, shoes, jewelry and hair style, there’s one thing that can make you stand out from every other girl on the dance floor: a killer makeup look. Whether you opt for something super glam, bold or a little more toned down, these 10 makeup looks just add the icing on the cake for your perfect night.

Rosy and Romantic
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Rosy and Romantic

For a look that’s both youthful and stunning, play with shades of pink all over your face, like actress Saoirse Ronan does at the 2011 Met Ball. For eyes, stick with a nude shadow, just a coat of mascara and black liner along the top lash line only. Add in a soft peach cheek and a rose- or berry-colored lip, and you’ll be sure to bring the romance on this special night.

Sexy and Smoky
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Sexy and Smoky

For a look that’s a little more dramatic, you can’t go wrong with a smoky eye, like the one actress Emma Stone shows off at a movie premiere in London. Apply your shade of choice across the entire lid, then dab a shade darker into the crease of each eye. Finish it off by smudging and softening eyeliner along the top lash line. Keep the face and lips toned down so all attention stays on your eyes.

Classic and Chic
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Classic and Chic

Bring some Old Hollywood glamour to your prom with one of the most classic looks around: a bold red lip paired with a sexy-yet-elegant cat eye, like the look singer Taylor Swift rocks here at a music festival in Las Vegas. To ace the cat eye, line lids with liquid black eyeliner, then extend the line out and up until you reach the desired length.

Big and Bold
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Big and Bold

If you’re hoping to make a major statement on the big night, there’s no better way to do it than with look-at-me eyes. If you dare, cover lids with a jewel-toned shadow — like actress Elle Fanning does at the 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards — and add a pair of false lashes for an extra pop. Keep lips and cheeks neutral to avoid looking too intense.

Magnificent Metallics
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Magnificent Metallics

If you’re ready to go full-on glam, a gilded or metallic lid is just the way to do it. Blend gold, silver or bronze shadow across the entire lid — the more pigmented, the better — and define eyes with black eyeliner along both lash lines. Finish it off with a heavy dose of mascara, like singer Katy Perry does here at a charity benefit in Los Angeles, to keep your eyes from getting lost in a sea of metal.

Nearly Naked
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Nearly Naked

A barely-there look is not only effortlessly chic and totally on-trend, but it’s also one of the best ways to highlight your natural beauty, like actress Chloe Moretz does here at the 2013 People's Choice Awards. Be sure to prep your face with primer and moisturizer to create a smooth surface for lightweight foundation, and opt for a neutral eye, soft brown eyeliner, and just a coat or two of mascara.

Pretty Pastels
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Pretty Pastels

Spring gives you the perfect excuse to rock lovely pastels at prom, whether it’s lime green eyeliner, soft-blue shadow or creamsicle-orange lipstick — like the one actress and singer Selena Gomez shows off at the 2013 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. To avoid looking like an Easter egg, opt for just one pastel at a time; if you’re wearing a bright liner, for example, go for toned-down shadow and lips.

Shimmer and Shine
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Shimmer and Shine

If there’s one night to sparkle, prom is definitely it, which means you shouldn’t hold back on beautiful, shimmering eyes. Sweep your shadow color of choice — though one on the lighter side, like a soft pink, silver or gold, looks best — across your lid, top lash line and right below the bottom lash line. Lightly dab the shimmering shade on the inner corner of each eye, like actress Blake Lively does here at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, to enhance the effect.

Look-At-Me Lips
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Look-At-Me Lips

If you want to keep things simple yet stunning, play up just one part of your face: your lips. Pair barely-there eye and face makeup with a bold or bright lip — like the one actress Dakota Fanning pulls off at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A shade of fierce fuchsia, popping pink or true red will look amazing on most skin tones (as long as it doesn’t clash with your dress, of course!).

Gorgeous and Glowing
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Gorgeous and Glowing

For a just-home-from-the-beach glow, apply a tinted moisturizer all over, then dust a luminizing or mineral powder over skin to create a fresh and dewy style. To complete the bronzed look — like the one actress and singer Miley Cyrus shows off here at an event in Century City, California — sweep a light layer of bronzer over cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose, and opt for a golden-brown eye and coat of mascara.

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