7 tips to get a step ahead for prom

12 May 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Advance planning for the end-of-school dance can help make your preparation stress-free so you can enjoy the big night without a care in the world.

The end-of-school dance is one of the most unforgettable experiences of high school. What’s not to like about getting all dolled up and dressed up to the nines (or suited and booted if you’re a guy) and having a fabulous time with your friends?

However, there’s a lot of planning that goes into looking your best and feeling confident, such as finding the right outfit, gathering a group, making sure your hair and teeth are in perfect condition and prepping acne-prone skin. These tips can make your preparation stress-free and leave you to enjoy the big night without a care in the world, with the only niggle being what song to request to the DJ.

1) Pick the perfect outfit. Selecting your dress or tuxedo can be fun but potentially stressful. There are endless colours and styles to choose from so it’s best to visit several shops to try on different looks, and browse online for inspiration. Then add details, such as jewellery, that accentuate your style to complete the ensemble. You may decide if you and your date want to don matching colours or accessories.

2) Make your skin glow. A=Acne. It’s always difficult to deal with and can pop up at the most unwanted times, which becomes more of a concern during prom season. To help teenagers plan ahead, OXY acne medication launched a 28-day challenge to provide accurate tools to clear acne-prone skin through a personalised, dermatologist-approved skin care regime. The free smartphone app features daily tips and alerts along with the ability to take pictures throughout to track progress. More information about the challenge and the app at Oxy28daychallenge.com.

3) Work out the logistics. Decide who you are going with. Build a group to have dinner with before the dance, and for hanging out afterwards. 

Once your group is assembled, start planning the details such as transport, dinner reservations, when and where you will all take pre-dance photos and what you want to do after you’ve danced the night away.

4) Order the flowers. While giving your date a corsage to wear to a formal dance is customary in the US, elsewhere it can be a fun touch. Call a florist and choose the flowers you want included on the boutonniere you’ll pin to his tuxedo or a corsage you’ll place around her wrist. Ask for it to be ready on the morning of the dance so the flowers will be as fresh.

5) Whiten your smile. Your teeth are delicate and important so take your time in using whitening strips or a whitening kit to brighten your smile. Or, if time is of the essence, try to schedule an appointment to have your teeth professionally whitened.

6) Take care of your hair. If you’re planning on getting your hair cut or styled prior to the big night, make sure to make an appointment in advance. If not, you can find inspiration for DIY hairstyles online and practise the looks by yourself or with a friend.

7) Pack the essentials. Pack a bag of items to bring with you that you may need at dinner or for any after-prom plans. Make sure to pack essentials, such as tickets, keys, money, your mobile phone (and charger), and items for touch-ups, such as lipstick, perfume or cologne, a comb or brush. If you’re staying somewhere overnight, grab a change of clothes, toiletries and a hanger for your prom attire.

Now that you have a plan in place and all of your hard work has paid off, relax and enjoy making a night’s worth of memories that will last a lifetime.

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