DIY Tips for Achieving the Ultimate Look for Prom 2012 from Celebrity Hairstylis​t & Makeup Artist

With the arrival of the warm weather, one can be sure that there is only one thing on the minds of high school seniors everywhere: prom! Between securing a dress, shoes, bag, and accessories for the event, the cost can be difficult to contain. One money-saving option that has become increasingly popular is creating hair and makeup looks at home for the big night. Here, celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist and owner of Gocha Salon, Gocha Hawkins shares her favorite classic looks for prom that will flatter any style or personality.

Romantic Flair

Who can resist bringing a touch of romance to the party? With a look this delicate, the focus should be on emphasizing best features and keeping natural beauty a top priority, says Gocha. “This look has always been and will remain a popular option for young women because of its understated elegance. With a minimalistic approach to makeup and a simple yet defined hairstyle, young ladies can let their inner beauty shine and not spend the night worrying about touch-ups in the bathroom. This version of romantic makeup and hair involves flowing curls with flecks of pink and gold on the face for a luminous boost.”

Hair: To achieve soft curls, add a volumizing product for added texture. Important: comb the product through hair so that it is evenly divided from root to tip. Blow dry and take a curling iron (1 or 2 inch barrels will produce the desired effect) to small sections of hair. Throughout the night, the curls will loosen, so don’t worry about the appearance of tighter ringlets. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray (Gocha likes Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray with Natural Movement, $4.59 | Buy 2, Save $1 at Right before heading out the door, run fingers through curls and finish with a wax product to maintain shape and contain frizz (such as Bumble and Bumble Styling Wax, $23 at Sephora).

· Makeup: As this makeup style calls for pink and gold hues, it’s important to test out products as certain shades look better with specific skin tones. For instance, if skin is an autumn or a spring tone (golden undertones with greenish veins), a warm coral will be most flattering. If skin tone is a winter or summer (blue undertones with purplish veins), a pink with a hint of purple will make features pop. Use one product that doubles as a lip and blush tint (like Sephora’s Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain, $12) and swipe on lips and cheeks. Use a natural eyeshadow with flecks of gold and lightly apply black liner to the rims of eyes. Finish with a coat of mascara for the ultimate flirtatious eye flutter.

Glamour Girl

If the red carpet has taught us anything over the last few months, it’s that the chignon will always have a place in Hollywood’s go-to hair repertoire. And what’s more classic and glamorous than a bold red lip and smoky eye pairing? “Are you one of those girls who admire the old-Hollywood glamour of pinups like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, and Betty Grable? Go all out for prom with this fool-proof formal look. I would suggest sporting a modified version of the standard chignon by adding volume because this summer, it’s all about big hair! In terms of makeup, this style is all about red lips and smoky eyes,” Gocha explains.

· Hair: The best thing about this updo is that it will stay in place throughout the evening, so feel free to dance the night away. To achieve this look, start by prepping hair with mousse (Gocha’s favorite: Biosilk Silk Mousse, $11.62 at Tease hair at the crown, taking particular care if the texture is fine. Comb back into a low ponytail, looping it around itself and securing with bobby pins. To ensure that the style stays in place for the night, spray with a flexible hairspray that doesn’t leave hair sticky or stiff so that the look remains soft.

· Makeup: Dramatic makeup is the name of the game when it comes to glamour. Make sure to choose the right red lip hue for your skin tone. For autumns and springs, go with a warm red with an orange undertone; if skin is a winter or a summer, a pinky red with a bluish undertone looks best. Start by moisturizing, and apply lipstick with a brush. It allows for more control. After, blot with a tissue and add concealer at the corners of the mouth to ensure that there is no smudging. For the perfect smoky eye, use a palate containing different natural hues and prep the eyelid with foundation. Apply liner in the darkest color of the palate across upper and lower lash lines. Use the lightest color for above the eyelid, up to the brow bone. Blend with finger to smudge the liner and apply a few swipes of mascara to set the look.

Fashion Forward

Are you always the first one of your friends to sport the hottest trend from the runways? Why should prom be any different? Here, Gocha explains some of the best looks in makeup and hair from the spring and summer collections. “For the girl who’s always ahead on beauty trends, I’ve created a look that incorporates the cutting edge styles we saw on the runways for spring 2012. An updated version of the cat eye with pops of bold colors and a voluminous, messy ponytail bring together the best of fashion week beauty,” says Gocha.

· Hair: Nothing is more “right now” than a ponytail that sports high volume. Not only is this look easy to achieve, it’s perfect for a sticky summer evening spent sweating on the dance floor. Once out of the shower, allow hair to dry. Then, tease hair at the crown by applying hairspray while you run a comb through in short, quick strokes. After, simply twirl and pin back hair into a twist from front to back. Secure with pins and/or a small hair tie, depending on hair’s texture.

· Makeup: Two styles that looked great on the spring runways were the updated cat-eye (think singer Adele) and pops of bright eye shadows. For maximum impact, choose a color that complements your dress, rather than an exact matching shade. For the cat-eye look, use a liquid liner (like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $20 at Sephora) and draw a line from the inner to outer corner. If hands are a little shaky, go halfway from either side and meet in the middle. Use a cotton swab with makeup remover to create the right shape at the outer corner. Finish with mascara. Because the end result is a dramatic eye, keep other makeup to a minimum, using lip and cheek stains that are similar to natural coloring.

“Prom is about finding the perfect look for you by blending from classic variations of formal styles. The most important thing to remember is to be true to yourself and your personality and have fun with your look! Nothing is more beautiful than embracing your best features and feeling confident in your inner and outer beauty,” says Gocha.
  1. I am going to have my daughter read this, we just spent all day prom dress shopping and having a mani & pedi but we havent even thought of her hair yet

  2. great tips- they all look gorgeous!

  3. These hairstyles are beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful hair and makeup tips :)


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