Outfit –The First (And Most Fundamental) Step
Believe me when I say that I could fill this page with talk about what to wear on your prom night –there are a gazillion and one options and choosing what to wear can be a sartorial nightmare! For the sake of simplicity, let's assume that you'll be wearing a dress –but what style? A-line, bodycon or floor-length gowns are popular choices.
An A-line dress (a dress that flares out from a fitted waist) is a classic style, perfectly suited for a special occasion. What's more, this timeless design is popular and so the choice of colours, fabrics, prints and patterns is practically endless.
A figure-hugging bodycon dress exaggerates the shape of its wearer –perfect for those with a straight/boyish frame who lack natural curves. It's also a simple design which looks great contrasted to elaborate hair, shoes, nails, makeup and accessories.
For individuals who want to channel gamine glamour, a floor-sweeping gown practically oozes timeless allure and sophistication –it can hardly be called a ‘frock’! This style of dress is slimming; gives the illusion of added height and looks instantly red carpet ready.
Once you've found a flattering frock, everything else falls into place, right? Pfft, as if! Unearthing a dress to suit your shape, taste and pocket is only half the battle. There are still shoes and accessories to find, a hairstyle to decide upon and a show-stopping makeup look to perfect... But fear not dear fashionista, we've got that covered too! So read on...
Your shoes and accessories provide another opportunity to express your individuality and passion for fashion. Whether you prefer the classics (a plain stiletto paired with simple studs) or something with more va-va-voom, know this: a statement shoe with a bit of bling is never a bad thing!
With certain dresses, heels really are a must –but not always! It’s summer and heelless sandals are a great choice for tall girls who don’t need or want the extra inches, or those who can’t walk confidently (and comfortably!) in anything but flat shoes. Sandals embellished with jewels, studs or sequins are best for a special occasion such as prom and look fabulous paired with a maxi dress or Grecian style gown.
Tanning –24-Karat vs. 24-Carrot!
In years gone by it was the "in thing" to forgo tanning and instead keep your skin as pale as
possible. I put it down to the great vampire craze of 2008! That's no longer the case. This year sun-kissed skin is stylish. Sunburnt skin, on the other hand, is not –nor is it safe! Don't subject your skin to the mercy of the sunbed; testing the hand of chance. Spray tanning is a healthy alternative to achieve a long-lasting golden glow.
And what are the 3 golden rules of tanning my sun-kissed senoritas? 1) call upon a trained professional for an enduring, streak-free application, 2) thereafter, keep showers to a maximum of 10 minutes long using warm (not hot) water, and 3) arguably the most important rule, choose a shade that is ever-so-slightly darker than your natural skin tone... Steer clear of toffee bronze my alabaster
Nails –Add Polish To Your Look
This season’s top fashion colours are bright, from poppy red to emerald green with a whole rainbow of colours in between. Perhaps you’d like a set of gel nails painted in one (or possibly several) of
these spring-time hues or maybe you prefer a traditional manicure with a lick of trendy polish. The decision is yours!
Hair –Your Crowning Glory
The hairstyle you choose can make or break your outfit. Do you go straight and sophisticated? Whimsically wavy? Or curly and care-free? I guess a lot depends on your personality and (of course!) on the rest of your look.
Whatever style you decide upon, be sure to give it a test drive before prom night. Even the simplest
hairstyles can go horribly wrong amongst the excitement and hysteria of getting ready. Bear in mind that your prom night is also about having fun. No teen in her right mind wants to make countless trips to the bathroom in order to fix her hair or touch-up her makeup. A low-maintenance style can not only look stunning, it can also make your night far more enjoyable!
Makeup –The Finishing Touch
As with your hairstyle, there are infinite options when it comes to makeup colours and combinations.
If you prefer a natural look that is ‘barely-there’, applying your makeup on prom night can be as straightforward as a dab of nude lipgloss, a tickle of your blusher brush against the apples of your cheeks and a swish of the mascara wand –especially for those with flawless skin who don't need to apply foundation or concealer, the lucky devils!
To take things up a notch, opt for a more noticeable lip gloss or lip tint (coral or brown sugar), a muted eyeshadow (cocoa, apricot or pewter), lashings of velvety mascara, eyeliner and a little rosy blusher.
And for all out evening glamour (forgetting that you're still in your teens!) slick on a fiery red lipstick (or a deep crimson), winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow for a smouldering look that's hot, hot,
Remember, makeup isn't a mask used to hide behind. It's a fabulous aid to enhancing your natural beauty. What is your best facial feature? Your eyes? Make them "POP" with white pencil applied to the inner corners. Your lips? Keep them soft and smooth with a hydrating lip balm used as a base beneath your lipgloss, lipstick or lip tint. Your flawless complexion? That doesn't need to be caked in foundation to look its best and only needs a good moisturiser or hydrating primer. Or how about your naturally round cheeks, like those of a cherub? That require only a flurry of blush powder to look unmistakeably angelic.
Alas, My Parting Word...
No matter what overall image you decide upon; fun, flirty, glamorous, romantic or sweet, go with it and forget about it at the door. Prom night is the time to let your hair down and have fun. I sincerely hope that you do just that and have a truly unforgettable evening!