5 Essential Tips For Doing Your Own Formal Makeup

Doing your own formal makeup is something many senior students are having to currently consider with the uncertainties around Covid-19 and changing restrictions. And while it may seem intimidating at first, achieving a gorgeous and polished makeup look you’ll love really is possible. Need some help? Here’s our guide to creating a look that stays on fleek, all night long. Just remember – practice makes perfect!

Choosing Your Colour Palette

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So, you’ve picked your dress? That’s great! Now let’s pick out a formal makeup look that will complement your gorgeous gown. It’s important to select a workable colour palette that will not only go with the dress but will also suit you and complete the look you’re trying to achieve.
If you’re wearing a bright, bold dress, you may wish to choose a more neutral eye look and a complementary bold lip to make the colour scheme pop! It can also be handy to consider what accessories you’ll be wearing. If you’re wearing a black dress and bringing that pop of colour in with a violet clutch and matching shoes, why not bring that colour up to eye level as well? Distributing the colour like this is a trendy way to create a coordinated, polished look.

Preparing Your Skin – Master Your Complexion

While you’re well on your way to planning your formal makeup, you also need to start thinking about the steps to take to prepare your skin for that makeup. For young skin, this can be done up to 3 months in advance to achieve flawless skin. Your skin type may impact how you do this. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water, using a cleanser twice daily suited to your skin type, wearing sunscreen and moisturising. Gentle weekly exfoliation can also help rid of dead and flaky skin that makeup may otherwise cling to.
Oily skin types should do a final exfoliation 1 to 2 weeks before the event to allow time for the settling of any redness. Despite the presence of oils, hydrating products, such as light moisturisers and hyaluronic acid, should be used to properly hydrate the skin, as a lack of hydration causes overcompensation in oil production.

Dry skin types should make use of a gentle daily cleanser as well as moisturising products, incorporated into your skincare routine to keep the skin hydrated.

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Securing Your Look – Priming and Setting

Before you start applying your makeup, it’s important to set up a base for the makeup to sit on, to ensure a smooth application that will last all through the night. Different skin types may need to consider different products to account for the way their skin will take to it.

Oily skin types require more primers and powders to limit excess oils breaching the application of the makeup. Blotting sheets are also a handy tool to have on hand for removing excess oils that may emerge with wear to keep the look matte.

Dry skin types should avoid any products that may dry the skin further. Facial sprays, including face mist, primer spray and setting spray, can be a useful tool to carry for refreshing your face whenever it feels dry through the evening. Combination skin should take note of which areas of the face are more prone to dryness or oiliness and use the above tips accordingly. Test the primers and setting sprays prior to the big day to see what works best for you.

Building the Right Tool Kit

Before you delve into your makeup palettes, do you have the right tools to achieve your formal makeup look? It’s important to make sure whatever brushes and sponges you have can get the job done to standard. Consider what products will need different application methods and whether you have a suitable tool. The best way to make sure you’re not stumped on the day is to do a couple of practice runs, getting familiar with your tools, how to use them and whether you are in need of anything else. A bit of makeup brush research can go a long way to figure out what brushes or sponges you need to achieve the effect you’re after.

Ensuring You’re Photo-Ready 

Sometimes the camera can have issues capturing that same beautiful face of makeup that is staring back at you in the mirror. Flashback can be caused by the way your makeup reflects the light back to the camera, and it can create a ghostly white appearance on your skin when you look back at the photos. To prevent this disappointment, check out some of the ingredients in your products. SPF can be one of these products that sabotage capturing you stunning formal makeup. To make sure your memories are perfectly captured, try to use less reflective products, such as matte formulas and light-diffusing face powders. 
Once your formal makeup is complete, take it on a test run by snapping some selfies (with and without flash) and checking for any chance of flashback. If you do find any, try dusting off any excess powder, blotting off some of the problematic product and/or applying a different powder to mask the glow.

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Need Some Help With Your Formal Makeup

Our team here at Twidale have experience in creating flawless looks for your special occasion – head to Instagram @Twidalehairandmakeup for inspiration for your own glamorous look!  We’re always thrilled to be part of your special day. To make any enquiries about hairdressing or makeup bookings, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you!