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15 Bold Makeup Ideas For The Best Prom Ever

Forget about the dress and let your face take ~center stage~.

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1. Use glitter, glitter, and more glitter for an ethereal lewk that'll have everyone gasping at your makeup wizardry.

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Cop the look with Danessa Myrick's Metal Pigment in Daydreaming — or Sigma Beauty Loose Shimmers are also good options. Apply primer beforehand for a long-lasting look!

2. Dip into the adventurous pool with wispy graphic liner that says, "Hello, I'm here to play!"

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Use a super precise liquid liner like Shu Uemera's Waterpaint Ink with varying pressures to create depth along your lines. Keep makeup wipes on hand for do-overs and pack on the pigment with a matte lippie!

3. Use contrasting-yet-complementary colors to outline your peepers and slay from all angles!

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Create this look with Urban Decay's Beached Eyeshadow Palette, using the bright blue "Double Dip" as your underliner. Dust your face all over with champagne bronzer/highlight and finish with a satin or glossy lipstick.

4. Or stick to one color and ~go for the gold~ with a clean double-ended cat eye.

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Here's a video tutorial for a slightly modified version. All you need is Stila's Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in La Douce and precision Q-tips coupled with micellar water to sharpen lines.

Lastly, don't forget to take your victory lap!

5. Instead of your classic red, make a statement with lilac lips and matching ~cosmic~ purple-and-blue gradient eyeshadow.

Get this lewk with BH Cosmetic's Supernova Eyehshadow Palette and Fenty Beauty's Mattemoiselle Lipstick in One of the Boyz. Fill in your brows but keep them slightly feathery, and don't forget to pop your fave highlighter all the way down your nose!

6. Or go off the deep end and paint your lips (and eyes!) a pretty teal, and then go the extra mile and draw some constellations for a complete work of art. Yep, your face will belong in a museum by the end!

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Use Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Bump for the stars and constellations and ABH Liquid Lipstick in Insomniac!

7. Shift the color party over from your lids to your brows and give your face a bolder ~frame~.

If you want to rock colorful brows, use Kat Von D's White Out Super Brow Promade to "bleach" brows before using your color of choice, and then blend out accordingly for different pigment levels — violet or lavender, what will it be??
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If you want to rock colorful brows, use Kat Von D's White Out Super Brow Promade to "bleach" brows before using your color of choice, and then blend out accordingly for different pigment levels — violet or lavender, what will it be??

8. Adorn your visage with the cutest lil' pastel hearts, freckles, and juicy lips for an updated romantic look.

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Find the pointiest brush you own and dip it into gel pigments like NYX's Vivid Brights Crème Colors to create little hearts. Same goes for the freckles, or you can use pencil liners for a similar effect — just use a veeerrry light dotting motion! Top with high glossy lips (NYX Butter Gloss and Milk Makeup Lip Vinyl, FYC).

9. Slay a ton — not a bit — with all-over, color-coordinating shimmer.

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Fenty allllll dayyyy. Take your Killawatt Highlights and sweep Sangria Sunset across your eyes and Sand Castle on your cheeks and top off your lips with some shimmery goddess-esque Lip Luminizers.

10. Go all out with a colorful grungy statement that comes from just one palette — because who has time to be mixing and matching?

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Use ColourPop's Perception Shadow Palette. Kristi used Revenge and Played Out in her creases, Sassy, Shade, TF, and Unbothered on her lids, 14, I.E., TF, and Revenge/Culture on the lower lashline. Check out the full tutorial here.

As an aside, I personally love this product and it's currently the only palette I keep at my desk whenever I need to do my makeup for after-work events — which is a lot, because I can't be bothered during the morning — because the color range is so damn versatile!

11. Pack the pigment onto and around your eyes, but with just two colors, so it's *powerful* but not overwhelming.

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The Natasha Denona palette used for this look was a holiday edition, but Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette (Risqué and 24K, perhaps?) or Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette (New Money and Chocolate Gold) would work just as well! Wet your brushes for maximum color payoff.

And fill and sweep brows up with a gel like Glossier Boy Brow!

12. Black wings are great and all, but what about this multicolored, dotted masterpiece to switch things up? No art degree needed.

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Alternate dotting with NYX Vivid Brights Liners in Sapphire and Blossom, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, or whatever shades/products you'd like! Urban Decay's Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners and Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL Ink Eye Liners also work well!

13. Create a half moon of stars lining the top of your brow to your cheekbones — that is, after you apply a bomb highlighter for sparkly effect.

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Milk Makeup's got you covered for all of your temporary tat needs, whether you're feeling stars, moons, hearts, or whatever.

14. Speaking of temporary adornments, dot some face glitter/sequins to accessorize your makeup, 'cause why not?

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15. Gloss up your lids and transform into a bonafide #dewydumpling.

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My coworker and fellow beauty writer Patrice wrote about layering Danessa Myrick's ColorFix Glazes to create a super easy, super bomb glossy lid.

Otherwise, layering Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow and Milk Makeup's Eye Vinyl might work too. Or Button London Glazen Eye Glosses are great too!

Now you're ready to be all like...

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