Sure, it’s easy to drop plenty of billz on your dream prom
night. The hair, the makeup, the nails, we could go on…and that list doesn’t
even include the sure-to-be-pricey perfect dress. But what’s essential to drop
your hard-earned cash on, and what’s not? We’re demystifying the dos and don’ts
of prom prep spending.
Save: The updo
We’re all for the
at-home updo. After all, unless you know your stylist really well, you’re
taking a big risk by putting your tresses in someone else’s hands. Doing your
own hair is totally doable, but requires tonsa practice. Find a few styles that
you like, and spend a Saturday trying to practice them on yourself. Have Mom or
your sis offer extra hands if need be, but don’t settle on something super
intricate. The simpler, the better. Head HERE
Splurge: The cut A week or so
before the big day, get a quick bang trim or lop off any dead ends. Leave this
part to the professionals, trust us!
Save: The salon app
getting your makeup done by a professional is totally worth it for your wedding
day. But for prom night? There aren’t nearly as many photos. And while you still
wanna look amazing, is it really worth it to drop all that cash on something
you’re at risk of sweating off on the dance floor just a few hours later? We
say head to the makeup counter at your local department store and ask for a
makeover. The experts there can help you find your best hues and give you a few
at-home tips, too. What shades look best with your eye color? The answer’s right HERE
Splurge: New products/tools Your
brushes are totally abused, your mascara’s drying out and your black eyeliner
pencil is down to a nub. Treat yourself to some new products and a new brush or
two to make your at-home application a little more fancy and festive.
Save: The mani/pedi
with a BFF and give each other spa manis. Stick to something simple—going all
Gaga with 3D nail art is probs not your best bet here. We’ve got tons of fresh
ideas for your tips
Splurge: The perf polish Finding
the perfect hue to match your dress is no small feat. And a luxe polish
nowadays can run you $9-$16, but you’ll have it way longer than that mani. Find
out what shade best matches your personality, HERE.
What are you shelling out the dough for, and what will you
save on? Spill all in the comments, below.
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BY JESSICA D’ARGENIO WALLER AND AMANDA POOLE ON 4/21/2012 12:00:00 AM