There are very few times in life when you get to wear a truly glamorous, jaw-dropping dress. The prom is one of those special days; it's the end of all the hard academic work as a student and the celebration of an accomplishment, and of course you want to look your best. But how? This is a special occasion where the same dress, hair and makeup will have to work for pre-prom pictures, a special dinner, and a few hours of dancing, so you'll want to pick a style that is comfortable and easy to maintain as well as flattering. Choosing the proper prom dress style for your body type is important if you want to look your best at the prom. All prom dresses can be nice, but putting the right prom dress style on the right body type can make a nice prom dress, fabulous.
Here are the basics:
Don't leave shopping for the Prom dress until the last minute. Look through magazines and watch Red Carpet specials, and pay attention to which style photographs and moves well. Look through the closet for a guide as to what styles and colors have worked for you in the past. Plan a budget for the prom dress and begin saving as soon as possible. Be sure to allow extra cash for small accessories like hair clips, panty hose, and make-up. When you finally make it to the store, bring a camera and a reliable honest person. Keep an open mind. Try on lots of different styles of dresses in a variety of cuts to find the one style that works best on the figure. A slim figure, may look best in a sheath-style dress that shows off the silhouette. A curvy figure, might want to consider an A-line dress that will highlight the waist, minimize the hips and thighs, and slim the body in the right places. A short and petite figure should try a short cocktail dress; if you prefer a longer style dress though, look for a short dress that fits longer, it will fit better without being too long.
Once you have narrowed the choices to one particular prom dress style, try on that style in a variety of different colors and finishes, you might love one that you would never thought to wear. Look for a glamorous shade that suits your skin complexion: cool colors for pale shades and warm colors for olive or darker skin tones. When choosing a fabric finish, keep in mind that shinier finishes will tend to show off figure flaws while matte finishes will diminish undesirable features.
When considering hairstyles, magazines and the fashion community are an excellent resource: cut out (or print) pictures with hairstyles to consider, then get the hairstylist opinion. Consider what part of the prom is most important for you: are the pre-prom pictures what you're most excited about? Or are you likely to be showing off on the dance floor? Choose a structured or more relaxed style prom dress accordingly. Always keep the style of the dress in mind, and purchase hair accessories well in advance.
Makeup is the area with the highest possibility for error. On Prom night, put the dress on before applying make-up or styling hair, then drape a towel or put on (and button up) a shirt over the dress to prevent accidents with food, drink, make up, hair spray, etc. This will prevent any smudges or product stains on the perfectly glamorous prom dress. The Prom is a highly photographed event, so foundation is not optional, but keep in mind that this is taking place in spring/summer. Tinted moisturizer and powdered mineral foundation will cover without being heavy in the heat. Eye and lip make-up should be applied as usual. If you want to experiment, try it out well in advance and continue perfecting it. You don't want to make makeup mistakes, that will only add on to the stress of prom night. The final key to a flawless appearance is maintaining it throughout the night! Bring a clutch with only the bare daily necessities (cell phone, ID, etc.), and include a powder case, lipstick, and bobby pins. Re-apply powder and lipstick and check for problems before the date arrives, prior to leaving the restaurant, and then several times at the event.
Remember that photos of this night will last for many years to come: Look for what really suits you, not just what is popular.
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