Try these runway-inspired beauty looks for prom.
Prom season is one of the most exciting times of the year at Fashion Club, and we’re all about putting together the most gorgeous special occasion looks to inspire you. To find out the hottest hair and makeup trends to complete your prom look, we turned to the Spring 2016 runways of some of our favorite designers.
For Spring 2016, designers like FIDM grad Monique Lhuillier, Marc Jacobs, and Karen Walker are totally feeling the blues—as in blue eyeshadow and liner. Everything from the softest powder blue to the deepest navy is game, and don’t worry if your prom dress isn’t blue because this look will still work. Layer on different shades of blue like the legendary Pat McGrath did for the DVF show, or try makeup artist Val Garland’s technique for the Monique Lhuillier show—swipe a bold greenish-blue, like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L, right at the lash line.
For yet another season, designers and celebrity makeup artists are favoring a bold lip, but things took a sweeter turn for spring. On the runways of Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci, Jason Wu, and DKNY, we spotted model after model crushing it in candy apple red and bright bubble gum. The key to pulling off the look is precision (use a liner to prevent feathering) and, according to Yadim, who snatched faces at Jason Wu and DKNY, pairing the perfect pout with fresh, clean skin. Since it’s prom and you don’t want to spend the whole evening checking your makeup, minimize touch-ups by using a long-lasting lipstick such as Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Amazing 204.
Gigi Hadid killed it on the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 show, and a big part of that was because of her gorgeous, tan skin. Sunkissed skin had a big moment on other runways as well, including Isabel Marant, Ralph Lauren, and Balmain, where makeup artist Tom Pecheux mixed brown cream with bronzer and highlighter to give models a naturally tan sheen. Keep it simple by lightly brushing an all-in-one bronzer/highlighter/blush powder like L.A. Colors HD Mosaic Bronzer across cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of your nose (anywhere the sun would hit). And don’t forget your décolletage.
Rethink how you feel about French manicures because they’ve been totally reimagined for prom season. Instead of the traditional white tips, the digits at Monique Lhuillier, Tibi, Veronica Beard, and Cushnie et Ochs had updated versions with punchy colors (think turquoise and orange), negative space, angular tips, and even metallic silver at both the tip and the cuticle. DIY a modern French mani with a polish pen, such as Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art, to make it easier.
The twisted ponytails and knots we saw at countless shows were among our favorite hairstyles on the Spring 2016 runways—they were so simple, yet playful and fun. “I wanted something that would inspire the real women to recreate the look at home,” said Antonio Corral Calero, the hairstylist behind the twisted chignons at Marchesa. Try a disheveled twisted bun at the nape of your neck, as seen at Tory Burch and Rag & Bone, or pull your tresses up into a high ponytail, divide hair into two pieces, and twist all the way down, securing with a ponytail holder. Use a product like Malin+Goetz Sage Styling Cream to give you shine and hold.