Last Friday night I attended my university’s annual Occupational Therapy Ball which was held at Victoria Park Golf Course. This night marked an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and hard work of my fellow peers and lecturers and boy did we celebrate hard! As I was getting ready for the event, I thought it would be nice to document my hair and makeup for future prom/formal/ball goers and remember the occasion for myself.
Firstly, let’s start with hair. For this occasion I decided to do a teased updo with a low bun so I was able to showcase the dress’s halter neck and elongate my face. To achieve the look I used a backcombing brush, bobby pins, a hair tie, dry shampoo and lots and lots of hairspray. By using dry shampoo, it adds texture to my hair and is able to hold the teasing better throughout the night. Overall this is a pretty easy hairstyle to pull off and doesn’t require many steps or complicated procedures so is great for those (like me) who aren’t very skilful with this kind of thing.
Moving on to makeup, I decided to do a bronzy/gold smokey eye and nude lip which I thought would compliment my dress nicely. There are however a few steps to this eye look so I have broken it down into 9 steps which hopefully will make it easier to follow and demonstrate. For this makeup look in particular, I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in “Bad to the Bronze”, the Urban Decay Naked Palette and some Makeup Geek shadows, both of which have amazing pigmentation and blendability.
To prime my face I used my favourite Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and foundation wise I decided to stick with my trusty Nars Sheer Glow and Radiant Creamy concealer, applying it with my Real Techniques Sponge. This foundation in particular is great for formal events as it doesn’t contain an SPF and gives a decent amount of coverage with a beautiful glow. To contour and highlight I used the same method as I talked about in my previous Contouring and Highlighting post and opted for a more neutral blush shade with Nars Douceur (which to my dismay is discontinued). To tame the brows, I used the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and Tinted Brow Gel and for lips I used MAC Angel and the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Nude to top it off. Finally, to set my all my makeup I applied the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and sprayed my face with MAC Fix+ for a dewy finish.
Here is the finished makeup look, I hope you found it easy to follow along with and hopefully some of you might find it useful for upcoming events or even when you’re going out.
Please do let me know if you liked this style of post and what some of your go to formal makeup looks or hairstyles are!
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