Your high school graduation is a very important occasion in your life, so attend it looking your best. When fixing your makeup for a high school graduation ceremony, it is important to remember the formality of the occasion. Couple this formality with the fact that pictures from your high school graduation will be a permanent part of your life and you will realize the benefits of getting your makeup look decided on well before the big night.
Foundation, Bronzer and Blush
Use your normal foundation for your graduation day makeup; do not make the mistake of trying to add an instant tan by upping your coverage a shade. The better way to add a slight glow to your skin is through the use of a powdered bronzer. When you apply the bronzer, take some of the powder on your brush and shake the excess back into your powder basin or on to a tissue. After the loose particles have been removed, apply bronzer to your forehead, nose and upper cheeks before brushing the trace amounts remaining over the rest of your face. After the bronzer, you should not require a blush, but one can be used if you desire. Apply a very minimal shade to accentuate your cheekbones; don’t try to sculpt a new set.
Use mascara that you know will lift and separate your lashes with one application. The perfect product varies from woman to woman, so use the brand that gives you the best results. If you choose not to wear eye shadow, it is best to use only one coat of mascara to help maintain a natural look.
Eye shadow and eyeliner should be worn minimally. Stick with neutral eye shadows in shades of light brown, coral and beige, and apply them strategically to enhance the eyes without overwhelming. Consider lining your eye with your darker eye shadow instead of applying eyeliner. Also, unless you have a deeper complexion, avoid using a deep brown or black eyeliner as these are typically quite conspicuous. Instead, opt for a cocoa or olive shade that will bring out your eyes without overwhelming them.
When it comes to lipstick, a lot will depend on your cap and gown colors. For instance, pairing red lips with a red cap and gown could end up looking slightly clownish, while the same lips would look stunning on a girl with school colors such as black, hunter green or royal blue. No matter what your cap and gown color, lipstick shades such as coral and salmon easily coordinate with numerous looks. If you are completely unsure about lipstick and uncomfortable with the idea of using it for graduation, apply a clear gloss to accent the lips and forgo the color altogether.
Planning out your graduation makeup ahead of time and then having a few practice makeup sessions prior to your actual ceremony can ensure you look great from the start of your graduation day to the final march.