Getting ready for your matric dance is an exciting process. You have to choose the perfect dress and match it with the right shoes, and your date's tie has to match the colour of your dress exactly. The final touch is your makeup, but a smokey eye can be difficult to achieve if you do not know how to apply makeup. Below are some top tips for matric dance makeup that will wow the crowds.
Exfoliate for extra pizazz
Exfoliating and moisturising your skin before you apply your makeup will help to eliminate any dirt or clogged pores that could cause your concealer to become clumpy. Use an exfoliator that is gentle on your skin but one that will make it clean and feeling fresh and soft.
Exfoliating your skin at least an hour before you apply your makeup will give your pores time to rest and your skin's redness time to calm down. Choose one that has soothing properties such as lavender, chamomile or rooibos. Once you have exfoliated, apply a serum or moisturiser to keep your skin supple and radiant.
Give yourself a flawless start
It is vital to start the process of applying your makeup with a clean and moisturised face. This way, your skin will easily take on any concealer or corrector sticks that you use. Once you have washed your face and applied non-greasy moisturiser, you should look for a concealer with the right tones for your skin.
Pink tones neutralise pinky-blue dark patches on the skin and peach tones neutralise purple-brown darkness on the skin. If you want to brighten your eyes and look fresh and ready to party, then use a yellow-toned concealer under your eyes. It should be one shade lighter than your skin tone and remember to apply powder over your concealer or base for a flawless finish.
Be a blushing beauty
If you know how to do makeup, then you will know that a subtle touch of blush on your cheeks after you have applied your powder works wonders for creating a radiant glow. The best way to apply blusher is to smile and then apply to the apples of your cheeks.
You will need to blend towards the hairline and then downwards to soften the colour. You can include a bronzer when applying blush as it will give your skin a golden, dewy glow under the right lighting. Be sure you do not use too much blusher and bronzer as it can make your face appear cakey and flushed.
Catch everyone's eye
Eye makeup is an important part of knowing how to apply makeup, and can make or break a look. You should base your eye makeup choice on your style of dress and your hairstyle. Are you going for a classic, vintage look? Then try a stylish winged cat's eye look. If you are opting to stay more modern, a smokey eye is your best option.
A basic method for applying eye makeup is to use a light coloured shadow and apply it from your lashes to your brows with a brush or sponge. A medium colour will then be applied to the lower lid and swept up to the crease. Use a pearlescent white shadow for extra definition. Be sure to practise drawing in the cat's eyeliner way ahead of time so that you can get it right on the day without any stress.
Ramp it up with a red lip
Red lips are like little black dresses, they never go out of style. If you have pale skin, opt for a red with orange tones in it to warm up your skin, and for darker skin a red with blue notes to highlight your pearly whites.
If you want your red lips to really stand out, go for the no-makeup makeup look of natural looking fresh skin, mascara, shaped brows and a simple cat's eyeliner. This is a classic, glamorous look that is suitable for any dress and any matric dance theme. If you want to add a little extra va-va-voom to your look, add a slick of gloss over your red lipstick so that your lips stay moisturised and shiny for the rest of the evening.
Practice makes perfect
It is important to practice all of your makeup before the big day, this will allow you to ensure that it is done flawlessly on the night of your dance. Start off by exfoliating to provide the perfect blank canvas, then move onto applying concealer and base for a dewy look. Bronzer and blusher will help to give a radiant glow and remember to match your eyes to the style of your dress. All that is left is to apply your red lipstick and you can dance the night away looking and feeling like a goddess. You can find all of these products at Canal Walk, your one-stop-matric-dance shopping experience.