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Make-Up Help for School Formal (Prom?) 
17th-Nov-2012 05:53 pm

Hi girls!

My end-of-high school formal (American equivalent is prom, I think?) is coming up this Tuesday and I will be wearing AP's Twinkle Carnival. 
Problem is, I've never really worn make-up before aside from tinted lip balm and mascara; I have no idea on what to do. I've played around with blush and eyeliner but the overall look turns out too bold for Twinkle Carnival. 
Does anyone have any advice on what I could do?

This photo is almost true to my skin colour but my skin colour appears more yellowy at night which I hear doesn't work too well with pink clothing? :\ 

17th-Nov-2012 07:26 am (UTC)
FWIW you may be over-applying eyeliner and blush (or chose the wrong colour) if you think just wearing those two is 'too much' for the outfit - if done correctly, a really basic pared-down look is achievable so it seems 'polished' but not overwrought. You can also just go for a free makeover offered at a lot of boutique makeup counters and ask them to do something light and cute to match your dress.

Honestly though? If you feel super awkward about wearing more makeup you're not used to for a one-off night, don't even worry about it! It's already a cute statement dress that's a very light colour, so having glowing healthy skin, nicely done hair, and a tint to your lips + dash of mascara sounds stress-free to me. You're there to have fun, not to worry every hour if your makeup is slipping!
19th-Nov-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Hmm, that does seem to be the problem.

I've actually never seen free make-over offers actually in beauty-geared pharmacies or make-up counters in high end department stores. :S

I think I'll try keep it simple for now. Thank you for your advice.
17th-Nov-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
I would go with light foundation or tinted moisturizer, black or dark brown mascara, and a pink or clear lipgloss. Your face is lovely enough that you don't need tons. (:
19th-Nov-2012 08:41 am (UTC)
I went to the beauty-geared pharmacy and asked them about those two face-stuff, they recommended that I just use concealer and compact powder at most. Guess I'm okay without it then?

I took your advice and got a clear lipgloss. I love pink but sadly pink lip stuff looks bad on me. :(
17th-Nov-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
It might be super cute to play up the gold glitter in the dress it is ok to be a bit dramatic for a dance. :) but I agree with the other girls for sure.. less is more wear what makes you feel good.

Edited at 2012-11-17 07:36 am (UTC)
17th-Nov-2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Just some foundation/tinted moisturiser, a slight bit of eye-shadow on the lids (maybe a shimmery gold?) a light application of mascara, slight blush and then some gloss on the lips. It might just be because you're not used to it you think it looks too much. I've been wearing makeup a few years now and still don't really bother with eyeliner, it can be quite bold and takes a steady hand. I use a dark eyeshadow on an angled brush just above my lashes instead.
19th-Nov-2012 08:43 am (UTC)
Hm, I think that might be the case. I think I'll leave eye-shadow for another day since it seems really hard. Thank you for you suggestions.
19th-Nov-2012 10:13 am (UTC)
It is honestly the easiest thing to put on. You just put a little on a brush then brush it on your eyelid. You don't need to be particularly careful with it. Some people have linked you to 'advanced' tutorials with shading and multiple colours, but you don't need to do it like that.
17th-Nov-2012 09:34 am (UTC)
You have pretty face and don't need to put a lot of make up. I think you would look pretty with sparkling gold eyeshadow and soft pink lipgloss. If it's hard for you to make thin line with eyeliner, mascara would be enough :) But If you want eyeliner, maybe ask someone for help? Friend or cousin wchich uses it often may help you. It's hard to do it by yourself if you just started learning make-up.
19th-Nov-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you. :)

I think a gold eye-shadow might not go well with a yellow-y skin tone. >~< That also makes a pink lipstick/lip gloss look odd on my too. :( I love pink.
17th-Nov-2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
Wow that dress is gorgeous and you have a pretty face too! So I'm sure you will look super at your prom regardless!!! Will we get to see pictures? (Sorry if that sounds creepy, it's just, I want to wear loli to my prom but I'm still looking for inspiration xD)
19th-Nov-2012 08:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll reply to your comment with a picture if you'd like. :)
19th-Nov-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd love that!! :D
23rd-Nov-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
23rd-Nov-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
:O That is adorable! You look absolutely stunning! Thank you! :)
17th-Nov-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I agree that shimmery gold eyeshadow should work. When I had my formal, I had gold eyeshadow on. It almost felt like everyone had the smokey eye because so many of my friends had it and I was glad I had something different on. My makeup was following this:

The only thing was that I had a darker gold eyeshadow (more like a champagne), some black gel liner (which lined my top lashes), dramatic falsies, no blush and a pink/rose lip gloss. I also had a mineral foundation on. I can't tell the details because I had a makeup artist and I didn't actually do it myself. I have to mention that I didn't wear Lolita to my formal but I imagine that the makeup I had would work similarly for the dress you have, provided that you tweak it to your liking. So maybe skip the eyeliner or change it for a brown so it's not too harsh. I don't know what colour blush you have but if it's a very light pink, it should work out. Anything else might not work out with the pink of the dress and make sure you apply it lightly for a more natural look. Tinted lip balm would work perfectly for the natural look.
19th-Nov-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't think I have the hand to make that work on me. >~< None of my friends or my mum are familiar with make-up, too.
Thank you for the suggestion, though. :)
17th-Nov-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Looking at your skintone I would say skip the blush all together. I'd use a brown mascara and eyeliner for a softer look and a light pink over your lids (very very light, like almost not noticeable light), with a light shimmer of gold starting lightest and the center of your eyelid and getting a touch lighter just outside of your eyelid. Sweep a slightly sparky nude or champagne shade under your eyebrows. You may also want to define your brows a little bit as sometimes at night brows can seem thinner or more washed out. But do it very lightly and don't go outside the line of your brow. Good luck! You'll be lovely no matter what you do!
19th-Nov-2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds nice but difficult. I think I'll save it for another day. I think I can do the brows though. Thank you for your suggestion. :)
17th-Nov-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I would recommend going to a makeup counter at your local mall, and get the prettiest/well put together person to do your makeup, and tip them like 20 dollars.
If you can see them earlier and then go see them on the day of prom, it's even better. I know a lot of people do this around prom.
19th-Nov-2012 08:34 am (UTC)
Tipping is almost non-existent in Australia, actually. (Only in really high end restaurants, though it is usually an exception rather than a rule.) :) Though, I did the closest thing as to buy a product they've recommended me that I was happy with after I asked about face cream stuff.
18th-Nov-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'd say apply a BB-cream all over your face (great for something lighter than foundation and looks nice in photographs and prevents you from looking too yellow!) and then add a tiny bit of a baby pink blush on your cheeks. Try to avoid more reddy/purpley blushes and look for more coral/orangey pinks to match your skintone! (I think we have the same skintone so this is just what I found works on me xD)

I think really thin black eyeliner on your eyelids will look cute! Either use liquid eyeliner or a gel eyeliner + small flat+angled brush. The latter is going to be a lot more expensive but it's easier to apply on your eyes. I recommend the MAC gel eyeliner which is good value for its quality.

If you have a gold/glitter eyepencil or shimmer, a little line of that under your lower lid will look cute and add some sparkle there. If you want, add some light brown to the corners of your eyes and lower eyelid (but taper it off and don't cover the whole lower eyelid with it...)
And then eyeshadow something like this:
Amo is using red eyeshadow on this but I think a light brown would look cute with your dress. Avoid pink eyeshadow until you get more experienced, it doesn't look so good on us Asians unfortunately so its harder to get right ^^;;
19th-Nov-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow, that was very helpful. Thank you!

I don't have any BB cream, eyeshadow or special eyeliner and it's a bit too late to buy any now since I just told Mum I'm done with shopping (before I saw your comment). :(

I'll try make do with my normal blank and brown eyeliner and pink-pink blush.

Do you have any tips on how to prevent the eyeliner on the top lash line from smudging onto my bottom lash line when I blink? I always end up looking like I have bruisesunder my eyes.
19th-Nov-2012 10:46 am (UTC)
I think it's just a matter of getting used to it! Make sure you let it dry properly first before you blink too hard c:

Some people have recommended eyeshadow primer to me before to fix eyeshadow in place but I found Asian eyelids are kinda...more plump/squishy than caucasian eyelids that it really didn't work well xD;

I avoid mascara altogether since my eyelashes are so short, you might want to do that if it's creating a lot of smudges for you. False eyelashes do the trick if you have any lying around c:

Good luck!
19th-Nov-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
I would probably say for the eyeshadow, go for a gold colour matching what's on the dress.

For something simple try this:

Apply the gold eyeshadow onto the eyelid up to the crease of your eyelid. Then add a thin or thick line of eyeliner along your lash line. For under your eyelashes on the lower lid of your eye,
add some of the gold eyeshadow. Add a highlight (white or a skin tone eyeshadow) to your eyelid just under your eyebrow. Blend the gold and highlight so it's all blended.

Add mascara and you're done. :)

Try that. :)
21st-Nov-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
here's what I would do.
-bb cream or foundation (highly recommend bb cream)
-light pink/rose blush. I like PUR rocks because you can put them on very heavy for a rose blush, or lighter as an all over pearly shimmer, or somewhere in between.
-mascara in brown.
-gold eyeshadow
-light pink or rose lip gloss.

This would be an awesome look, it would match your dress, give you a really pretty fairy-like glow and it's also really hard to mess up because the colors are subdued and makeup is light. I don't think heavy eyeliner would work so well with this look anyway, I am a super heavy eye makeup fan and I don't think even I would do it. if you have pencil eyeliner and feeling like playing with it I would try just lining your top waterline (sounds scary but it's not bad) or just using it normally really lightly just to make your eyes pop. I rarely do my top waterline but when I do it REALLY makes my eyes pop. but I'd definitely practice a lot beforehand bc eye makeup is hard.

Edited at 2012-11-21 06:34 pm (UTC)
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