Eva Chen’s Prom Beauty Tips

Teen Vogue Beauty Director Eva Chen is known for her killer style and exhaustive product knowledge (not to mention her awesome blog). In honor of prom season, we sat down with the pro to get her top big night tips. From getting prepped to the latest trends, here’s what she had to say.

Take Your Time

The key to any special occasion is preparation. Most dermatologists say that it takes an average of three weeks for skin cells to turn over. If you start creating better habits about one month before an event, like doing DIY facials once a week or going to the gym more, you’ll have better skin and feel better too.

Runway Inspiration

Louis Vuitton’s spring collection was perfect for prom. The show was full of these beautiful, romantic dresses in dreamy pastels. The makeup was also gorgeous—models wore something like four sets of false lashes. For the hair, Guido Palau did a princess-like updo with a little bit of soft volume, and then they had headbands.

Gorgeous Locks

I always love the look of having Veronica Lake curls. Just really beautiful, really lustrous hair. Sometimes it’s a bit hard to cheat that, but the best advice is to really start taking care of your hair and do deep conditioning masks, like the one from Kérastase or Shu Uemura.

Say No to a Fake Tan

One thing is super clear from all the red carpet and runway shows: the crispy tan look is definitely not in fashion anymore. There’s a difference between tan and glow. Glow is when your skin is luminous, very lit from within, whereas tan tends to be flatter. It’s easier to replicate an authentic glow using bronzer—you can wash it off at the end of the night, and it’s almost completely risk-free.

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