10 Prom Tips to Ensure You Have the Best Night Ever!


Prom Tips

Prom is an exciting time for soon-to-be graduates. It signifies the end of an era and the start of a new chapter in life.

With an event this big, it’s only natural that anxieties and stressors come up before prom night. Money woes can take a lot out of a teen trying to go to prom. The whole affair is very expensive, with the average teen dropping almost $1,000 on just one night.

Throw in the stress of finding the right date and your dream dress and – bam – anxiety for months.

If you’re going to prom this year, you need the best advice to keep you sane. Keep reading for our prom tips to stay stress-free as you prepare for the big day.

Prom Tips for Girls

Prom planning is often more involved for girls than it is for guys. There’s the dress, make-up, and hair to think about, after all. Let’s get into our tips on how to put it all together.

Give Yourself Time to Find the Right Dress

Don’t wait until the last possible minute to find your prom dress. It often takes a few months for it to arrive from the designer. You may wind up needing alterations, so allow time for the seamstress to make those.

Start scoping out the latest prom dress trends in January. Most designers release their prom dress collections at the very start of the year.

Lock Down a Skincare Regimen

Your prom beauty prep should start well in advance. Make sure you have a solid skincare regimen in place in the months leading to the big day. The last thing you want is to have a breakout in your beautiful prom photos.

Aim to wash your face at least once a day with a cleanser made for your skin type. Moisturize every day before putting on make-up.

Make sure you get into the habit of removing make-up before you go to bed at night, too. Sleeping with foundation on can stop your skin from renewing itself at night. This can lead to blackheads, dullness, and acne,

Practice Applying Your Make-Up

If you’ll be doing your own make-up, give yourself a few weeks to perfect your routine.

First, you’ll need to decide what make-up style calls to you.

Do you want something natural and flawless? Or do you want to make a statement with a glam look?

You might want to consider the style of dress you’ll be buying, too. Do you want your dress to make the statement or your make-up?

Look on websites like Pinterest and YouTube for ideas. There are thousands of tutorials online to give you ideas.

Make sure you’ve tried the make-up techniques several times in advance of prom night. The last thing you want is to make a mistake and have to start your make-up all over again.

Stagger Your Beauty Appointments

Do you plan on treating yourself with facials, tanning, nails, and waxing pre-prom? Stagger your appointments a few days apart to keep you stress-free in the days leading to the event.

Get your brows waxed around four days before prom. Make-up sometimes doesn’t like sticking to freshly waxed brows, so give them time to settle.

Book your nail appointment two days out. This will give you time to get used to having nails if you don’t already. You shouldn’t have to worry about polish chipping or nail growth either.

Do you want your skin to have a little color on prom night? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but we do not recommend using tanning beds. Studies show that people who first use sunbeds before age 35 increase their melanoma risk by 75%.

Instead, opt for a spray tan. Book it three days in advance of prom. This allows time for it to settle and fade into your skin tone for a more natural tanned look.

Prom Tips for Guys

Many girls spend 12 years dreaming of their prom night. Though many guys look forward to prom too, there isn’t as much male-centric prom advice out there. Let’s change that.

Consider Dance Lessons

We know you can dab, floss, and Dougie ’til the cows come home, but can you slow dance? We’re not saying spending $100 on dance lessons with a professional, but maybe watch a YouTube video or ask your Mom for a quick lesson.

With a little practice, your date will be impressed with your dancing at prom.


Are you planning on asking your prom date in an elaborate way? Give yourself plenty of time to plan and execute the perfect promposal.

Use your potential date’s personality and interests in your promposal. If you’re both in a choir, sing her a tune while you ask her to be your date. If she’s into reading, carve out a heart-shaped section in an old book and write “Prom?” in the middle.

You may want to consider saving extra money if you’re planning an elaborate way to pop the question. The average person spends $324 on their promposal.

Asking someone to prom doesn’t need to be an elaborate affair, either. Don’t get too caught up about making the next viral promposal. The person you’re asking will be just as happy with a card, flowers, or even a thoughtful conversation.

Coordinate With Your Date

Keep the lines of communication open with your prom date at all times. It’s a prom tradition to match or, at least, not clash with your date.

Save Money

Though the bulk of prom spending falls on the girls (hair, make-up, dress – oh my), guys should save some money, too. You’ll need to at least pay for your tuxedo rental and prom tickets.

The prom etiquette is that you buy both your boutonniere and your date’s corsage. You may want to talk to your date in advance to ensure you have suitable colors picked out.

A Prom Night to Remember

Your prom night is going to be something you remember for the rest of your life. All the prom tips in the world won’t help you out if you allow yourself to feel stress from planning.

The best advice we can give is to relax and let yourself enjoy it. Don’t let yourself be too bogged down by the little details that don’t matter.

Check out our Community section for tips on getting fit for prom.

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