prom makeup look

Everyone knows attending your prom is a mile stone in life that you will remember forever, but how do you make sure your make up is going to last as well? Here at ELF we have picked a selection of primers that we think will help preserve your make-up for a flawless photo finish.

Mineral Infused Face Primer

elf face primer prom look

The best way to insure a smooth even base to apply our make up to is to start your priming routine with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. This Face Primer helps to prevent excess oil build up when wearing makeup and flaky dry skin. It helps to shrink pores and even out fine lines before starting your makeup routine.

This primer comes in three different shades. The shimmer in the Radiant Glow has an aluminizing effect on dark circles under the eyes and evens skin tone. This product is concentrated so you don’t need a lot of product during application; a little goes a long way which also makes this product great value for money! Unless you are covering problem areas I advise to apply to the cheek bones and anywhere you would naturally contour your face. Don’t be alarmed when you see the shimmer when first applying, after building up your desired look the shimmer will only show through the make up as a flattering healthy due complexion.

The Corrective Green shade is perfect for those who suffer from red pigmentation or spots. Its green tint helps counteract the redness in your skin creating a balanced skin tone for makeup application. To get the best out of this product I would recommend cleansing the skin before applying the primer. This way you are getting rid of any previous make up residue, any excess oil or any impurities left on the skin.

elf little heartElf Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to go bold with your make up but either make a statement with your eyes, or your lips

Eyelid Primer

eye primer prom look

This product creates a great shimmery base to apply your desired eye shadow on top of. This primer will provide added shimmer to a matt eye shadow creating perfect party eye makeup. The base for this primer is metallic and would work well for a metallic smoky eye which gives a glamorous eye flutter to this year’s Gatsby look.

Very little of this product goes a long way and can be applied with a clean finger or the attached applicator. We like using our fingers to make sure the surface is smooth and well blended creating the best base possible for your eye makeup. Available for a great price of £1.50 and comes in four fabulous shades. The shade Sheer is great for a neutral base while the three metallic colours add sparkle to your eyes and are perfect for evening looks. This formula is light weight, quick to dry and creates a perfect smooth platform to avoid any creases appearing on the eye throughout the night.

elf little heartElf Quick Tip: Take make up inspiration from celebrities after all, these looks have already been trialled and tested.

Studio Mascara Primer

mascara primer prom look

This is a great product to add to your priming routine. Nobody likes clumpy eyelashes on their prom night and this product provides a base for mascara to sit and glide on top of so that lashes don’t stick together and look thicker and longer. With this primer base you need to leave time for the product to dry before applying your mascara. An extra tip is to use a mascara wand to comb through your lashes after the product had dries to lengthen your lashes further. This formula is enriched with pro vitamins, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein which enriches the lashes making them stronger and healthier.

Lip Primer & Plumper

lip primer prom look

Everyone wants their lip colour to last the night and with new technology we have amazing lip colours with great staying power but there is another precaution you can take. This Lip Primer is designed to lock in your chosen colour achieving long lasting pigmented colour so your picture perfect for those memorable moments you catch on camera. Whilst creating a smooth base this primer is designed for no smudging and pigment bleeding keeping your desired lip shape all night. The cinnamon scented Plumper enhances your lips with a subtle plumping tingle effect for larger looking lips. This plumper is a great finisher for any lips making them appear fuller and luscious.

elf little heartElf Quick Tip: Apply lip colour with a lip brush – your colour will last longer!

Studio Zit Eraser

zit zapper prom look

Not quite a primer but a great preventative, the Studio Zit eraser is designed to be used in the upcoming weeks before a special event.  Infused with acne fighting ingredients, this formula is designed to treat acne and prevent new blemishes from forming. Enriched with witch hazel and tea tree, we advise you cleanse thoroughly before applying to get the best out of this product. Application is as often as desired in order to create that flawless skin everyone desires.

elf little heartElf Quick Tip: A handbag essential are our Shine Erasers perfect for blotting before any snap shots are taken!


That’s our recommendation on primers for prom. We hope everyone enjoys their special night and don’t forget, if any of you are wearing ELF products to prom, we would love to see your looks. Tag us in your pictures at @elfcosmeticsuk.

Don’t forget to have fun 🙂


**Special thanks to Clarisa Designs for the image props


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