This time of year, many a high schooler is counting down the days until senior prom, studying final-touch clutches as intently as calculus. I missed out on shopping for the perfect frock; instead, I was graduating via at-home correspondence in my pyjamas. Now I treat fancy-dress parties as the prom I never had, visiting vintage shops to linger over frothy gowns of days gone by. If I had gone to prom, I would have worn a poufy, tulle creation—nipped at the waist and flared at the hips—above layers upon layers of brightly coloured netting.
Others would surely swoon over glitzy heels as signifiers of the night’s extravagance, but I would’ve brought all the glory to my eyes. Just as side peplums and mullet skirts were a ferociously New Look at Christian Dior, sparkly technicolour lids modern-glammed otherwise classic silhouettes. Pulling it off is surprisingly easy if you’ve got time on your (very steady) hands. A little imagination and a handful of crystals are all it takes to make you feel like a present-day prom queen, no matter where the night takes you.
The Inspiration: Jessie J, Christian Louboutin and Christian Dior Spring 2013
The Tools: Swarovski Elements Crystal Flat Backs, $4/12. Make Up For Ever Flash Color Stick in Turquoise, $27. Sephora Collection The Shape Shifter, $14/kit.
Hannah Shows You How:
1. Use a small, flat brush to apply cream shadow. Begin just below your tear ducts in the inner corner, and trace a line halfway between the crease and brow bone in a large cat-eye shape. Fill in colour.
2. Squeeze a dab of eyelash glue onto a plastic surface. Next, use tweezers to dip the flat crystal backing in glue and wait 30 seconds so it becomes tacky. Apply a row of crystals along your upper lash line.
3. Continue adding crystals along your crease, then in wing-shaped rows above it until just below your brow bone. Finish with a few coats of mascara. Bat lashes, sparkle, repeat.