The Biggest Prom Beauty Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Prom night is a big moment and you want to look flawless. As well as a stunning prom dress, a great beauty look is essential. You want to be able to look back on your photos with pride in years to come. That means avoiding that tell-all 'cringe' when you remember how you styled yourself! For prom, it's always better to look classic and quite natural. That doesn't mean you have to ditch the glam completely. A stylish eye-shadow look and glowing skin make all the difference.

To avoid the worst prom beauty mistakes, we've put together some of the common errors. These can turn your prom night into a nightmare rather than a dream! If in doubt, keep things simple and focus on highlighting your natural beauty. You don't need to go over-the-top with lots of treatments or makeup. Present the best version of yourself and bring out that beautiful glow. Create a look that makes you feel gorgeous and confident. It's also essential that you feel ready to maintain your hair and makeup during the night. This will keep it looking polished as the hours pass by. 

Without further ado, here are some of the biggest beauty fails you could make. Now that you know, it's much easier to avoid them and keep your makeup and hair looking flawless!  

Don't do any beauty treatments on prom day

Book any beauty treatments at least a few days before prom day. That gives your skin and anything else time to recover. For example, having your eyebrows waxed or threaded. Have this done a few days before so the skin isn't irritated or red after the treatment. The same applies to any facials, teeth whitening or tanning. If they are done a little in advance, you have time to recover. You can also fix any errors after they happen without being in a time crunch. 

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Avoid heavy spray tans

Bright orange spray tans have to be the worst of all beauty blunders. This is a top mistake many teens make on prom night. A golden glow certainly makes your skin look radiant. Jumping into the deep-end and over-tanning have the opposite effect. Instead of using a heavy spray tan, try out a gradual tanning solution. This has the benefit of being more subtle and adaptable. It's also easier to apply yourself at home. Remember that you don't have to tan. Very pale skin can look luminous and gorgeous. Exfoliate and moisturize, and then let your natural skin tone glow. 

Complicated hairdos take more work

If you're getting your hair done professionally, be aware of the maintenance involved. Complicated hairdos can look beautiful. They can also fall down or unravel over prom night. Especially if you have plans to hit the dance-floor! If you aren't confident with styling your own hair during the night, keep your hair simple. Loose waves, a chignon bun or braids are all pretty ideas. These have minimal up-keep. Carry a small brush and mini hairspray with you, just in case you need it. Complex hairdos tend to date quicker too, so keep that in mind when picking out the style.

Don't go for a very dramatic makeup look

Prom should be about embracing your own makeup skills, but it might not be the time to experiment too much. Dramatic makeup can quickly go from fashion-forward to over-done. To avoid this, pick either a bold lipstick or eye-shadow. Avoid having both as a focal point. It's always easier to keep eye-shadow looking good during the night. Pick light illuminating shades such as silver, gold, beige, champagne. Keep the look natural but add a fresh pop of color. Don't forget to add some color to your face. A touch of contour and highlighter adds the right amount of detail.

Make sure your foundation is a match

There is nothing worse than a foundation that is the totally wrong color for you. If you have already found your perfect shade, make sure you use it on prom night. Now is not the time to try out a new product if you're already happy. If you're not sure, ask at your nearest beauty counter for advice. The staff can assist you to pick out your perfect foundation match. Check the color in natural light and in test photographs before prom night. 

Don't get a new hair cut or color

Unless you're unhappy with your current hair cut or color, don't try a new one for prom. It can be easy to end up disappointed if it isn't how you imagined. Worse still, such a big change is hard to reverse in time for the big night. If possible, stick with your hairstyle and the tone it is as the night approaches. It is a good idea to take a trip to a salon. Ask them to trim any split ends and make sure your hair is in top condition.

Don't experiment with skin care

On the lead-up to prom, it's best to stick with your skin care routine, provided it's working well. Changing products a week or less can cause a reaction. Our skin can take time to adapt to new products. Many people break out or it sets off their acne when they switch what they use. Be careful if you introduce a new product and give your skin time to get used to it before prom. This will keep your skin clear before the big night. It is a great idea to use the occasional face mask. Try to fit one in each week before prom. If you use the same product, you shouldn't have any problems with harsh reactions.