Bold, saturated hues are fashionable for prom eye makeup.

Eye Makeup Ideas for Prom

by Angela Bakke

Prom is more than just a magical night of dancing and fun, it's a once-a-year opportunity to wow your classmates with your sense of style. After you have chosen the perfect dress and stylish accessories, polish your look with some knock-out eye makeup. From glittery and shimmery eyeshadows, to bold and sleek liners, and multicolored mascaras, your eyes can be the perfect complement to your magical evening.

Colorful Smoky Eye

In a sassy, fashionable way, bring out the colors of your dress or add a pop of color to a neutral dress with a bright smoky eye. A smoky eye is typically created using black or brown; but using bright, vivid hues instead has the same dramatic impact with a more playful look. The trick to this playful spin on the smoky eye is color selection and application.

If you're wearing a lavender dress, use a deep purple eyeshadow on the entire lid -- up to the brow bone -- as well as under the bottom lashes. When using a powder-based eyeshadow, lightly wet your brush to help the color stay in place. If you are wearing a dark neutral dress, use sapphire blue or green to infuse some color into your look. Match your eyeliner to your eyeshadow color and stick to black mascara. Be sure to keep lips and cheeks neutral when wearing vibrant eye makeup.

Fresh and Fancy

Balance your eye makeup with neutral/nude colors when you want a bright lip -- poppy red or fuchsia pink -- and strong eyebrow. This is a great makeup look if your dress is a neutral color with sleek lines and you want your makeup to complement the style. If your dress is soft and feminine in pale and pastel hues, or features a floral print, match it your eye makeup. Opt for eyeshadow colors that won't detract from your dress such as petal pink, neutral browns or champagne. Warm, earthy eye makeup colors such as copper, terra cotta and peachy-pink are a beautiful complement to a bright dress in teal or emerald green. These looks are sufficient without any eyeliner and just a swipe of black mascara.

Classic Glam

Create the classic, bombshell look with a black liquid cat eye, and extra-long and lush false eyelashes that have a dramatic fan shape. Go with bold brows and red lips for an old Hollywood-style statement that's very prom appropriate. Wear this eye makeup with a sultry, black satin, pencil-skirt-cut evening gown or a retro, A-line full-hoop skirt.

Sparkles and Shine

Aside from New Year's Eve, there is no better time to break out your glitter and sparkle than prom night. It's easy to go overboard when it comes to a shimmery eye, so use it sparingly. It's best to use an eye-safe, cream eyeshadow that has a high-glitter content or a loose glitter specified for eyes. Prepare the eye with a foundation or primer so the glitter stays in place. Glitter is great because you can go for big, bold colors such as purple or red just as easily as a warm metallic colors such as rose-gold.

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema,, ReelzChannel, and

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