Our Beauty Editor tells you how to save yourself some money and time on the day by doing your makeup yourself.
The Debs is a costly experience. Between the tickets, the dress and the glam, occasionally something's gotta give. The realisation that you may have to do your debs makeup yourself can be both devastating and daunting. Trust me, we all understand. But there's no need to be scared! With the make-up industry booming, more and more people are trying their hand at makeup. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your DIY job is flawless from your family pics to the breakfast table the following morning.
 
The Look
 
When you finally got your dress you envisioned Inglot’s famous brown smoky eye, and now you’re looking at your eye shadow palettes wondering where to start. If you're in need of some guidance, head over to Dublin native Chloe Boucher’s YouTube channel and follow her ‘Drugstore Debs Makeup Tutorial’. Hundreds of beauty TouTubers have easy to follow Prom, Debs and Bridal tutorials to both follow and get inspiration from.
 
Preparation
 
This goes without saying. Whether you pay €70 to have your lippie put on or you do it yourself, it’s going to look bad on chapped lips. In the few days before the Debs, be sure to drink lots of water, eat well, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizing is key.
 
Avoid SPF
 
This will be the one and only time that I recommend using a moisturizer, foundation and powder that don’t have SPF in them. Sunscreen reflects light rays which, in day-time we want, but in flash photography we don’t. That’s what gives your face the ‘paler than it actually is’ look in nightclub photos, which is not the look we are going for o the Debs. 
 
Use matte everything
 
A matte foundation is perfect for longer lasting looks, especially teamed with a good primer and setting spray, but this rule also stretches into the rest of your products. Using highlighter to control of where the light hits so you get that perfect flow is utterly pointless if your bronzer, blush and eye shadows already have specs of glitter in them. These will only catch the light and show up more than you want in those professional photos. Make sure to use your glitter and glow sparingly. 
 
 
Practice makes perfect
 
The reality of waking up on your Debs day with an over-night ability to contour is slim, so practice, practice, practice. Test out both your ability and the products – including lashes. Try on the dress and pull your hair into roughly the style you want to get the full picture of the finished look. If you're not happy, tweak it. The most important thing is that you're happy.
 
At the end of the day, if you love it, then you’ll be happy.