Formals, Makeup

3 Formal Makeup Looks to Try This Year

Here at Twidale, we love creating unique formal makeup looks for our beautiful clients. Each year, we see new trends emerge, and in 2022, we’re seeing more radiant finishes than ever before! Satin finish foundations, luminous highlights and dewy setting sprays are all popular choices for school formals this year. Whether you have inspiration photos or you’re just looking for an expert makeup artist to coordinate your final look, you can place your trust in the stylists at Twidale. Here are three formal makeup looks you can try out for your formal this year.


Natural Shimmers and Gloss

This first look is all about creating a beautiful glow-from-within. You can create this look by using a liquid foundation with a satin finish and incorporating eyeshadow hues that match your dress.

A satin finish foundation offers the perfect balance between dewy and matte foundations. For those that struggle with oily skin, using a satin foundation means you won’t have to worry about blotting paper or powdering your face throughout the night. With a look like this, you have freedom to experiment with iridescent eyeshadow, foiled highlights and shimmery blushes. Using a nude glitter lipgloss to complete the look makes it easy to retouch after your formal dinner.


Red Lips

Bold red lips are a timeless formal makeup look universally flattering on every complexion. Pairing it with a nude matte eyeshadow base and some fearless winged liner will be sure to turn heads at your formal night. For all the minimalistic or traditional makeup lovers out there, classic formal makeup looks with bold lips are perfect for you.

For a more dramatic spin on this look, gently press on loose glitter over the lips for an eye-catching sparkle. Alternatively, you can opt for any bold lip colour to stand out from the crowd. And finally, apply a set of fluffy, dramatic false lashes to level up this super fun and trendy formal makeup look.


Cool-tone Smokey Eyes

This formal makeup look is a must for girls wearing silver on their formal night with cool undertones. Or, if you have a winter formal date coming up, this might be the perfect look for you. After creating a luminous base, opt for cool-tone shadows, blushes and highlights. Swap out gold eyeshadows for silver and look at using deep purples in place of reds and pinks. For the eyes, you can use deep ashy browns in the outer corners, or create a more dramatic smokey effect with shades of deep grey that smoke out your lashline. We recommend using a charcoal pencil for eyeliner so that it’s easy to smudge and blend into your shadow.

Once you’ve created your smokey eye, balance this out with a frost white shimmer shade to highlight the inner corner, tip of your nose and cupid’s bow. If you’re feeling confident in your makeup skills, you can even try bringing in the liner to create a small cat-eye effect in your inner corner, creating an even sharper contrast. Finally, fill in the brows with a deep pomade to frame the face and set the look with a shimmer setting spray.


Book In For Your Formal Makeup Look With Twidale

There’s nothing we love more than seeing you glow on your formal night. Getting your makeup done by a professional makeup artist is what makes formal nights so special. If you have a formal, semi-formal, or any other special occasion, we can help you look and feel amazing. At Twidale, we also offer full hair and makeup services, including bridal packages. If you’ve been inspired by any of these formal makeup looks, get in touch or book an appointment with our stylists today.