If you’re feeling blue about Homecoming, you’re not the only one. The color’s been a popular choice this season for formals and dances.
MBB reader Cheyda is looking for makeup ideas to go with her blue dress.
I am going to my first formal dance (homecoming) in about a week.
I’m wearing a navy strapless dress with my hair down, and I have NO idea what makeup to wear.
I want it to be kind of dramatic, but not too out there. Plus, it needs to stay put.
Any suggestions as far as colors and brands?
Thanks a bunch!
How exciting! Dances are so much fun. Not only do you get to play dress up, but they’re also great opportunities to try new makeup looks.
It sounds like you want to be noticed without looking overly done. I got you.
Before we get into details, here are some things to consider:
Photography. Chances are you’ll be in some pictures, so you’ll want makeup that looks good in photos. When I do makeup for pictures, I wear a little more than I normally would. Natural, everyday-type looks, those done with a very light hand, can look washed out under flash photography.
Leading up to Homecoming, take a few practice swings at your look. Go from start to finish and ask friends or family (or use your camera’s shutter timer) to snap some test pictures with the flash. It’ll give you time to adjust your technique before the dance.
Long-wear products. If you plan to dance the night away, you’ll want your makeup to last, so primers, waterproof formulas and long-wear products (like lipsticks vs. gloss) are musts. Layering also helps increase wear time.
To go with your navy dress. I’m thinking a shimmery purplish blue smokey eye with pinkish nude lips and a sheer, matte pink cheek. What do ya think? I can see it now… The colors should pop without looking to matchy-matchy or melodramatic.
What you’ll need
- A shimmery peachy eye primer like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin ($17)
- A shimmery golden beige shadow with glitter like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Midnight Cowboy Rides Again ($16)
- A long-wear, shimmery blue eye pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Binge ($36, part of the Super Stash set)
- A shimmery purplish blue eyeshadow like Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Frigid ($18)
- A black eye pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero ($17)
- A waterproof mascara like Stila Lash Visor in Black ($12.50)
- A sheer matte pink blush like Chanel Joues Contrastes in Rose Dust ($40)
- A nude lip liner like MAC Cremestick Pearl Liner in Gingerroot ($14.50)
- A nude lipstick like Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Lady’s Choice ($18)
You can find drugstore alternatives (Sonia Kashuk makes some great ones) to most, if not all, of these products. If you’re interested, shoot me a line and I’ll send some suggestions.
- Start with a thin layer of eyeshadow primer over your entire eyelid.
- Next, dust a layer of the shimmery golden beige shadow over the primer and along the lower lash line with a something fluffy like the MAC 217 Blending Brush.
- Fill the lid using the shimmery blue eye pencil, and….
- …with the same pencil, line your lower lash line.
- Now, with the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, pat the shimmery purplish blue eyeshadow directly on top of the blue, drawing the color just barely into the crease. Blend away the edges with a MAC 217 using a windshield wiper motion in the crease.
- To blow out the look and really give it that smokey feel, load a MAC 214 Short Shader Brush with the shimmery purplish blue eyeshadow and use it to smudge the blue pencil you lined a minute ago.
- Make ’em notice those peepers by lining your waterlines (both upper and lower) with the black eye pencil.
- Curl your lashes, and apply two coats of waterproof mascara to both the tops and bottoms.
- Now for the apples of your cheeks! Smile and sweep the sheer matte pink blush on them using a fluffy blush brush like the MAC 129.
- Finish by lining and filling in your lips with a nude lip liner and one coat of nude lipstick.
All done, and ready to dance!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,