7 Beauty Tips To Help You Survive Prom Season

If teen movies are to be believed, prom is an epically big deal. On this storied night, geeks shed their dorky exteriors and that no-good class bully finally gets knocked down a few pegs. To make sure your prom goes the way of Drew Barrymore's character in Never Been Kissed—and not so much Sissy Spacek in Carrie—check out this Birchbox-approved beauty advice:

Create Your Cinderella Moment Make like She’s All That heroine Laney Boggs and embrace a pre-prom makeover. For a little transformation inspiration, check out this VIP advice from Mally Beauty founder and celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Here, the pro recreates three red carpet looks from some of our favorite actresses.

Master Blush Application Well-placed brush strokes give your skin a lit-from-within sheen and help fake sculpted cheekbones. But applying this beauty essential is easier said than done. Because you’ve already got a zillion other things to worry about (like corsages and limo reservations), we put together a step-by-step guide to take the guesswork out this tricky task.

Wrangle Your Spirals Listen up, curly girls! You don’t have to use damaging heat tools and chemicals in pursuit of a frizz-free evening. Instead, keep your ringlets in perfect place with this diffuser tutorial from Birchbox senior editor (and fellow curly Sue) Cristina.

Spotlight on Your Eyes An evening this monumental calls for bold eye makeup. Smashbox’s Global Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor shows you how to create a classic smoky eye..

Prevent a Lipstick Crisis When you break into a big grin because you were voted prom queen, you do not want bright pink lipstick on your teeth. Watch our social media director Rachel (aka RJS) learn how to avoid common mistakes and apply it perfectly.

Do Makeup Damage Control Okay, so you went a little overboard with red lipstick or glittery shadow. Don’t panic! We asked celebrity makeup artists for their top fixes for the biggest beauty blunders.

Lock It Up Your makeup looks stunning, so the last thing you want is to have it fade away a few hours later. Watch our techniques for making your makeup last before you head to the big event.

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