Greetings Friends :’)
So I know that proms and debs happen all year round but hopefully this guide can help some people when it comes to their special day. I’ll give you a guide to your make-up and my style definitely isn’t for everyone but I will give you tips for getting the best out of your formal attire.
- Try on your dress frequently: A lot of people tend to buy their dresses months in advance and as formal dresses tend to be a lot more form fitting it’s a good idea to try your dress on every now and again to see if it still fits perfectly. By doing this you can see if you need to watch what you eat coming up to the big day or if you need the dress taken in, I’d also advise that you have a full test run of the entire outfit maybe a week before the day to ensure that everything looks right together and to see if any last minute adjustments need to be made.
- Break your shoes in beforehand: There is nothing wrong with buying a fancy new pair of high heels for a special event, there is something wrong with being in pain all night because your shoes haven’t been broken in. My tip would be to wear your shoes in little by little, I wore mine every few days for a good few weeks and started at about 15 minutes and continually increased the time I spent in them. While doing this I would suggest that you try and walk as normally as possible and do everyday activities, I did tidying and housework in mine! You don’t want to walk slowly and elegantly and convince yourself that you are able to handle your shoes then find that you can’t take two steps when the big day rolls around when you are face with slopes and uneven surfaces! My Debs shoes were about 6 inches high with a thick platform but I still needed to get used to them and this definitely paid off.
- You can have style and function: Just because something is nice doesn’t mean it is necessarily the most suitable for the job and you can still have something that looks nice and serves a function. I had a clutch bag for both of the debs I went to but I made sure that this clutch bag was big enough to fit my flat shoes, camera, phone and all of my make-up for touch-ups.
- Don’t be afraid to get crafty: If you are in anyway handy it can save you a lot of money to be crafty. My clutch was initially a handbag with a long white strap but I thought it looked cheap so I simply cut it off and it looked much nicer. Instead of buying an expensive shawl I bought a few meters of material from Guiney’s or a fabric shop and my aunt made my shawl which saved me a lot of money and it ensured that I had exactly the shawl I wanted, my aunt also made my underskirt which puffed out my dress and it meant that I didn’t need to spend €50 buying a premade one. Being gifted with a needle and thread also helps out at you making you outfit more comfortable on the night. My aunt sewed my shawl with a stitch to the sleeve of my dress and it meant that I didn’t have to be fixing my shawl for the night.
- Looking Fabulous doesn’t need to break the bank: Although you are going to a formal occasion you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands in order to look nice and occasion appropriate. I went to a Debs in 5th Year and 6th year I got a €7 bag from Penney’s and used it for both, I wore the same shoes to both and my flat shoes I took with me were from Penney’s. I would also suggest that you keep an eye out in shops, I found my black and white fascinator while looking for my shoes and I got it for €5 down from €30 because it was last season’s stock. Both of my Debs dresses were from EBay and both came in at under €50 with shipping. There is a lot to be saidbrowsing bargains and having a bit of a D.I.Y. attitude.
- Practice, Practice, Practice: Whether you are doing your own make-up or getting it done professionally it is important to have a test run, make sure you are exactly sure about what you want to do and it’ll guarantee the best results possible on the day.
- Bring make-up for touch ups: Pretty self-explanatory. You don’t need to bring your entire make-up bag with you but just a lipgloss or lipstick and maybe some pressed powder and a little pocket mirror.
- Take your time, don’t panic: You definitely need to give yourself time to get everything right, don’t leave everything until the last minute or you may run out of time. It took me three attempts to get my eyelashes on in 6th year so always give yourself time to fix any disasters that may occur.
- Keep it simple: Simple doesn’t need to mean boring. Think about colours suit you, golds and neutrals suit most skin tones but with liquid eyeliner and false lashes it’s very easy to make a statement, be careful if you plan on using bright colours, it’s good to have a classic look and have something that’s quite timeless as purple statement lips may not be in vogue when you look back in 20 years (this is rich coming from the girl who went to both of her Debs with pink hair).
So I hope you found these tips helpful, so if you have your Debs/Prom coming up remember to bring a camera, takes loads of pictures, dance a load and have a great night! Please comment, like and especially share using the buttons below, thanks for reading, now I’ll leave you with a cheesy tune that’s always played at proms.