Choosing Makeup and Hair for Your Prom Dress

You’ve found your dream dress—whoo hoo! Now comes the fun part: picking makeup and hair to go with it. We’ve got beauty inspiration for every style, from look-at-me sequins to retro glam.

Edgy, Sparkly, Trendy

If your ensemble is va-va-voom, let it take center stage and tone down your beauty look.

Makeup: Keep lip color natural with a berry hue like fresh Lip Tint. For eyes, opt for an understated metallic like Jouer’s Organza Crème Shadow and just a few coats of defining Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara. Instead of vampy red, try a neutral shade—RGB’s Beach is perfect. And anytime you have a plunging neckline, it’s good to keep fashion tape handy.

Hair: Slicked back ponytails look clean and polished. After blow drying, use Sedu’s Revolution Flat Iron to make hair pin straight. Apply a couple pumps of Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime for shine and then use a clear elastic to secure hair tightly in the middle back of your head. Finish by taking a piece of hair from the pony, wrapping it around the elastic, and pinning it underneath.

Sleek, Minimal, Elegant

Take a cue from style icons Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly and pair dramatic makeup with a classic silhouette.

Makeup: Go for a classic smoky eye using a light champagne like stila’s Kitten paired with a dark chocolate like Espresso in the crease. Complete the eyes with loads of Benefit’s BADgal Lash Mascara. Finish the look with sparkly nails (we love essie’s Luxeffects and a sophisticated spritz like Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie.

Hair: A refined dress demands a modern updo. Try sweeping your hair off to the side in a romantic topsy-tail chignon. To get the look, watch our video and be sure to have plenty of pins and hairspray on hand.

Girly, Flirty, Flouncy

Makeup: Pair your super-feminine dress with lustrous lashes. For maximum effect, we like Faux’s Bianca Lashes. Brighten up lids with RMS Beauty’s Cream Eye Shadow in Magnetic and create a healthy flush with theBalm®’s Downboy shade. No girly outfit is complete without a swipe of gloss—we’re partial to Jouer’s semi-sheer Birchbox Pink for obvious reasons—plus a dose of Kate Spade’s charming Twirl perfume.

Hair: Channel Veronica Lake and other screen sirens of the ‘40s with cascading loose curls. Get the look with hot rollers—watch our video tutorial for tips. To make sure the style stays, but still has plenty of movement, finish with Oscar Blandi’s Lacca Hairspray.

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