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Everyone Deserves A Princess Moment
My step daughter had her first Homecoming last month. Your first formal dance can be exciting and a little overwhelming. The key to a good Homecoming experience is having that princess moment. You don't want to be someone you arent, you want to express who you are. My step daughter is a beautiful girl but typically like to blend in or draw attention to herself so when she brought me this picture I knew this was definitely the look for her.

We started by blow drying her hair. I used a large round brush to the top of her hair to get volume and her hair to go towards the back. I did not blow dry the sides of her hair because we didn't want any volume on her sides. Then I straight ironed the back of her hair and ends of the top of her hair to blend it in. I used wax and bobby pins to slick the sides of her back to give her the faux Mohawk. For the top I back combed, teased the top hair back to create volume and height. I used a little oil to finish it off.

For her makeup I wanted a strong smoky eye and keep the rest light and natural. She wanted purple which worked well with her hazel eye's. I started with moisturizer and primer. She has some minor acne and some redness in her t zone and since this was an evening event I decided to use foundation (Laura Mercier Silk Cream in Peach Ivory) and chose one that would give her a dewy finish. I also contoured her face (Makeup Forever contour and highlight) lightly so it was sublets and not overdone. Nars blush in orgasmic just on the apples of her cheeks gave her a natural looking flush. For her eyes we started with an eye base (Cline Eye base in canvas) on her lid as well as under her eye. This helps prevent the smoky eye from bleeding down her face. I started with eyeliner on the waterline top and bottom then on the lash line top and bottom. With the darkest purple I smudged it over the eyeliner to set it and blur the line. Then I used a medium colored purple and applied on lid to the crease followed by a lilac color to the brow and I used the lilac to blend and soften the entire eye. Of course we finished it with several coats of black mascara. To finish the makeup I applied highlighter (Benefit High Beam) to give her an angelic sheen.

I finished her look with some fun edgy accessories to go with her faux Mohawk. Instead of classic heels I got her black booties. We bought a simple choker, she is not a jewelry person so we didn't want to go too far out of her comfort zone. She added a black leather jacket and a navy Hobo wristlet clutch. When we were done and she looked at herself you could see by her face that she had her princess moment.

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