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Make Me Up: School Formal Looks

Take the guesswork (and panic) out of your school formal beauty look and start with your own style. You'll look best, and feel the most beautiful and confident, when you're comfortable in your own skin. Take our short quiz below and figure out which beauty look suits you most — are you romantic, playful or fierce?

What's your normal makeup routine?

a) Usually just some mascara and a swipe of lip gloss; sometimes no makeup.
b) Always with eyeliner and mascara, but I'm usually out the door in 15 minutes.
c) It's all about defining my features, and well groomed brows are a must!

What kind of dress will you wear to the formal?

a) I love A-line dresses with a full, poufy skirt and a sweetheart neckline.
b) Something colourful and trendy.
c) I like body-hugging styles that show off my shape.

On the night, your Instagram snaps will be of:

a) Styled images of your dress, makeup, nails and shoes.
b) Pictures of you and your friends throughout the night.
c) Selfies.

Mostly A's — Soft & Romantic

It's about a fresh-faced glow and shimmery skin, like Kate Upton. The key to this look is to use mineral-based foundations and creamy shadows and blushes to get your skin looking like it's softly lit from within.

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    Advanced Mineral Makeup by Napoleon Perdis

    Combines natural mineral ingredients with light-diffusing elements for truly invisible coverage.

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    Blush Patrol by Napoleon Perdis

    The shimmering gold flecks in this power blush leave skin with a radiant glow.

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    Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow by Bobbi Brown

    Let your natural beauty shine with this sheer and lightly pearlised eye shadow.

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    Black Smokey Eye Mascara by Bobbi Brown

    Build volume lash by lash and get thicker, fuller, bolder lashes in a single super-saturated stroke with this kohl-pigmented mascara.

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Mostly B's — Fun & Playful

You're about the experience, not the prep; and you don't mind a smudged eyeliner every now and then. Get inspiration from Insta-girl Mimi Elashiry, who looks flirty and playful with dewy skin and winged eyeliner. Get the step by step guide to her look.

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    Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation by M.A.C.

    Provides a light-reflecting, natural satin finish which makes skin appear refined and softly lit from within.

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    False Lashes Mascara by M.A.C.

    Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara's key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look.

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    Liquid Eye Liner by M.A.C.

    A liquid liner formula packaged with a unique brush applicator for easy control and allows for a quick and precise application.

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    Patent Polish Lip Pencil by M.A.C.

    The colour and shine of a gloss, instantly achieve a luscious shine with a single swipe.

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Mostly C's — Fierce & Edgy

Flawless skin, well-defined features and probably a Type-A personality. Look fierce like actress Emily Ratajkowski and go for a sharply contoured look. 

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    Flawless Contouring Palette by Laura Mercier

    Define and highlight your features with five contouring cremes which help sculpt the face allowing for a natural flawless application.

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    The Lightbulb Foundation by Shu Uemura

    This fluid, creamy foundation comes with a revolutionary sponge, crafted in light bulb shape that is designed and shaped for tapping and creating a glowing finish.

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    Brow Kit by Bobbi Brown

    An all-in-one kit for well-groomed brows (and a more polished look).

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    Magnif-Eyes Mascara by Napoleon Perdis

    A triple-threat mascara offering exceptional volume, superb length and you-go-curl bounce.

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