Prom is a moment that many girls dream of from the time they’re young. It’s portrayed in the media as a magical night spent dancing the night away with your boyfriend/date/significant other while wearing a gorgeous dress that you spent weeks picking out. It’s made into a way bigger deal than it actually is– Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly fun to put on a fancy dress and heels, and have your hair, makeup, and nails done. It’s just that there’s so much focus on how you look for pictures, and coordinating with your date, etc…
What happens if you don’t get asked by someone? I’m hear to tell you that it’s okay to not have a date. I didn’t end up having a date for my junior or senior prom, and I’m totally okay with it! I went with friends both years, and had a ton of fun!
Like I said before, there’s a ton of fuss that surrounds prom: having a date (which isn’t necessary!), finding the perfect dress, a group, a place for pictures, dinner reservations, transportation, etc.. All of this costs money, and a lot of it.
Here’s how I made my senior prom unforgettable, for not a lot of cash:
Dinner: My friends and I decided that we didn’t need to go to a fancy restaurant. Instead, we ordered McDonald’s and brought it home (we weren’t in our dresses though!). It was a lot more fun to have a casual dinner at home and make it look fancy. Check out the slideshow below to see how we set the table!
Hair and makeup: As a model and actress, I’m used to (and love) getting my hair and makeup done by other people. It’s something that I find to be really fun. For school dances, I’ll usually go to a local beauty school or salon to have my hair and makeup done, but the one I went to in previous years closed. I decided to do it myself this time. Though it took a lot longer than it would’ve if someone else would have done it for me, I think it turned out pretty great! I started my hair around 12:45 and finished my makeup around 4:00/4:30– I know, I know, that’s a really long time to spend on hair and makeup! But in my defense, I was experimenting with some new looks that I didn’t end up wearing (I thought it would be a good time to at least try some new things, even if they didn’t work the first time).
For my hair, I ended up doing an easier version of a rosebud braid. I modified it for my own skills, but the effect is still there. I recreated the bronzy skin from last week’s post, and kept my eyes really simple– black liquid eyeliner with black eyeshadow smudged over it, as well as along the bottom lash line and mascara. I’d considered putting on some false eyelashes, but decided against it.
Dress: I’m in love with my dress! I actually got it right after prom last year, but I knew that I had to have it! It’s a black two-piece gown from BeBe. The top is covered in gemstones/rhinestones and the skirt has a little bit of a train in the back. My shoes are silver heels. They’re between 5 and 6 inches tall, so needless to say, I took them off after I was done taking pictures with my friends.
The theme for my school’s prom this year was “45th Academy Awards”, complete with a red carpet for pictures! Overall, it was an awesome night that won’t be forgotten for a long time. Even if you don’t have a date for your prom, find a group of your best friends to go with and have fun with them! It’s definitely worth it to go!
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