Getting ready for the most important night of your life? The perfect prom makeup can complete your gorgeous outfit and instantly boost your confidence.

Whether you're going for a dramatic prom queen makeup look or prefer a more simple and romantic makeup look, we've got you covered! 

Here are a few stunning prom makeup looks, that will inspire you to try out something new.

Halo Spotlight

Halo spotlight makeup is probably the most quintessential look when it comes to looking glam.

Glam Halo

This 'halo' technique adds a 'spotlight' effect by applying a darker color (usually matte) on the inner and outer corner of the lid and a marshmellow-y or glowy shade in the middle (usually glitter).

The matte shapes, defines and contours the eyes while the textured shadow bring luminosity and light to the center of the lids.

Champagne Halo

Duochrome, glitter, metallic all work well for the center lid color and really add a luminous glow to the eyes!

Lilac Halo Cut Crease

The halo spotlight eye makeup can have a soft glam effect using earthy, feminine shades such as taupe and mauve for an ethereal feel.

Mauve X Gold Soft Glam Tutorial

Or, you can turn it up with dark shades such as red and violet for a dramatic and sexy look.

Sexy Halo Makeup

Applying the center 'halo spotlight' with precision can really amp up the effect.


Carve out your cut crease halo, with the most amount of product in the center of the cut crease and have it feather out into a 'v' shape with the least amount of product as you get closer to the lashline. This gives the beautiful illusion of a glistening 'wet' like effect! 

Pink Halo

The glitter cut crease is a popular makeup trend. This is taking your normal spotlight halo and just adding a swipe of glitter to the center of the crease.

Glitter Halo X Double Winged Liner

It's kind of like a faux cut crease since you don't have to do all the work of a normal cut crease.

Desert Dusk & Electric Obsessions Halo Cut Crease

The halo glowy spotlight doesn't always have to be in-your-face dramatic. An earthy or bronzy halo is the way to go for that bronze goddess look with a golden hour glow. This versatile look compliments just about any look or outfit!

It's also a great alternative if you don't like bold colors or can't choose a complimentary shade to go with your outfit.

Neutral Halo Eyes

For something more dramatic, fun and with a lot of color, try the halo cut crease with  a unicorn or mermaid color palette! Champagne, lilac, rose gold and gilded lids are super popular for prom season so this look will make you stand out from the crowd!

Mermaid Halo Makeup Tutorial

Duochromatic Diva

Duochrome and metallics also compliment a spotlight halo very well when applied to the center of the lid.

Monochrome Glow

Duochrome eyeshadows contain light-catching pearls with a luminous finish that look different from every angle depending on how the light hits them. These shade shifting eyeshadows are perfect for prom!

Duochromatic Desert Dusk Look

However, duochromatic shades don't always have to be applied just using the  halo technique. Think outside the box and combine different techniques, looks and trends for an ah-maazing look!

Combine cool and warm tones for a truly magical look!

Unicorn Vibes

Instantly glam up your monochrome one-color looks with duochrome eyeshadows for a whole new look!

Shimmering Green & Blue Tutorial

Duochromes also look great on a dark base such as a classic smokey. The contrasting shades make the duochromes really pop and stand out. For something like this, you'd want to keep the rest of the look minimal so your eyes stand out.

Sparkling Chameleon

Prom Queen

Have you chosen a very simple and classic dress for prom? In this case, you can really get away with flashy accessories and/or dramatic makeup!

Quinceañera Makeup

Champagne, silver, gold, rose gold are all popular choices for prom season! They add that instant glam factor and compliment basically any outfit! Tszuj up your look with dramatic winged eyeliner and bold false lashes for next level glam.

Glittery Champagne Makeup Tutorial

Bronzed Glam

Accentuate your eyes with rhinestones and glitter in unconventional ways to add a bit of sparkle and flair to your look.

Blinged Out

Glittery Accent

Don't be afraid to go a little bit heavy handed with your contouring, blush and sculpting but make sure to blend so it doesn't look too harsh.

Contouring & Baking Routine

Glow Life

Flash photography can wash out and fade away all your hard work, especially anything with glitter or sparkles, that's why it's important to use matte contouring around any shimmer.

It's always a good idea to apply a bit more makeup than you normally would for any special occasion for this reason. That's why special event and/or bridal makeup is usually a bit exaggerated in real life but in photos, it always looks spectacular!

Edgy Cut Crease

The cut crease is one of the most sexiest makeup trends of all time!

Glam Sesh

The cut crease technique creates an illusion of bigger eyes and you can literally carve out any shape for your eyes. It also gives a polished and professional finish to your look.

Glitter Cut Crease


Chose soft and matte eyeshadows to apply on your crease and creamy colors on your eyelids. Bold black cat eyeliner will finish up your eye look, just make sure that the liner is thicker on the outer corner of your eye and thinner on the crease. This really accentuates the eye shape for a wider and more lifted effect.

Black & Silver Smokey

There's so many creative ways to wear the cut crease, too! For a glittery cut crease, keep the glitter below the crease and don't let it go near the outer 'v.'  This will ensure your photos also look great because the matte shades surrounding the outer edges (around the glitter) will add the right amount of definition and depth to your eyes. This is because glitter has light reflecting particles and if they're on the entire lid, they will wash out your look. For this reason, it's important to strategically place any sparkly elements. It's just like when you highlight your cheeks, a matte contour or blush is necessary to really make the cheek highlight work.

Dramatic Glitter Cut Crease

Cut creases can be worn so many ways! If you're not a fan of a harsh or bold looks, you can also wear a feminine color palette with a cut crease. You'll still get the same edgy feel without it looking too heavy or exaggerated. This is why glitter cut creases are so on trend right now.

Pink Cut Crease

Soft & Romantic

Soft, flirty and romantic makeup will beautifully emphasize your feminine personality. It is the ideal prom look as it accentuates your best features without overpowering your outfit and yet still has that natural and youthful appeal to it.

Soft Glam Vibes

This fresh and youthful makeup is great if you're wearing a bold or heavy dress and it's a good idea so you're makeup won't detract any attention away from your gorgeous outfit.

For a dewy look, mix a few drops of liquid highlighter together with your favorite makeup foundation for a healthy glowing complexion.

Dewy Glowy Look


For a bronzed goddess look, go for an earthy or neutral color palette for a glowing and healthy complexion. You can go heavy handed on the highlight as bronzed and sculpted skin go hand-in-hand with a great highlight. Apply false lashes for soft glam vibes. Finish with your fave mauve or nude lipstick.

Golden Hour Glow

You can go for a semi-cut crease for the illusion of larger, lifted eyes yet keep a neutral color palette so it doesn't look too harsh. Mauve, taupe, peach, beige and rose are a beautiful color palette for this look.

Lash Focus

Soft Smokey

Blending is the key to make this look soft and wearable. Feel free to add a soft accent color such as pink or lilac to add a bit of color and interest to the look.

Soft and Illuminated

Wearing soft, feminine hues such as champagne, ivory and blush hues will make sure you look pretty as a princess.

Amethyst Makeup

Forget harsh contouring and matte liquid lipsticks - they don't look very romantic but are too heavy for this type of look. Instead, go for a glossy lip in a mauve or dusty rose shade.

Soft Glam Cut Crease

For the eyes, choose a color palette that compliments your beautiful prom dress.  You can play around with complementary colors but keep the shades soft and pastel.

We hope this gave you tons of ideas to try to prom or whatever your next special event is! Let us know in the comments below, which look is your favorite? If you try any of these looks, do share them with us, we'd love to see your recreations!

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