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Best Beauty Picks of 2011


Finding the Perfect Dress


Arriving in Style


Going Solo


Formal Ready Skin


Choosing the Right Eye Makeup


Celebrity Makeup Cheats


“Hair How To”


Tanning Do’s and Don’ts


Formal Dress Recycling


Clutch Packing List


QUIZ: What’s your Formal Style?


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5 Tips for a Fantastic School Formal


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1 Headpieces Whether it’s a floral arrangement, bejewelled headband or an intricate origami styled piece, headpieces are big this year and are the perfect cherry to top a formal dress. Blair Waldorf is the original queen of the headbands but more celebs like Alexa Chung have jumped on the trend with some new creative styles. D.I.Y tip: You can attach faux flowers to a headband to create this style or add studs for an edgier look.

2 All that glitters Gold and Bronze tones for makeup were splashed all across Fashion Week for Spring. This makeup 8 |

style is the perfect substitute for a heavy smoky eye in the summery months when you want a fresher look. Simply sweep some bronze on the top lid and line the lower lash line with some gold and glitter tones. Top off the look with a heavy dose of bronzer and you’ve got the look. For a more subtle style, keep eyes neutral and just highlight your inner v’s of your eyes with a gold shadow for a look that will make eyes pop.

3 Tying it up Plaits and Braids have made a comeback. Aussie designers Sass and Bide sported some funky braids on the runway this season and celebs like Blake Lively are rocking the loose side plait. This is such a cute and practical choice for the formal

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because your hair will stay put for the night, will be out of your face and sitting perfectly for every photo. For the not so daring girls who still want to try this trend a small front braid through a side fringe is a cute and easy option. This look is super simple to create, just sweep hair to side and loosely plait. For a California cool look, use different thicknesses in the pieces of hair and pull plait out to create volume.

4 Statement Lips In every Fashion Week in 2010 we saw a rainbow of colours on models lips on and off the runway and we expect that to continue into 2011. Statement lips are perfect for Spring and Summer and the colour choice is endless. Opt for a Coral or Peach tone if you want to play it safe but fun. A Scarlet hue works well on every girl (you just have to find the right shade!). And a punchy berry or wine colour is stunning if you

feel like playing this style up. Matte can look fab if you have a good lip liner and gloss looks great in photos- both are perfect for a girly formal look.

5 Beehive Take a note out of Drew Barrymore’s book and get some volume in your tresses. The beehive is back, like all things retro, and hairdressers for the runway shows are playing around with fly aways, texture and shine. This look is really simple and cute and looks great with any style of dress for a school formal. After washing hair apply a volume boosting mousse and blow dry hair flat with a paddle brush pulling hair up to the crown. Leaving the front section out, backcomb hair in sections around the crown apply hairspray and tie up. Take the smooth front piece of hair that was left out and pull over the backcombed hair securing with bobby pins or a hair clip.

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“Looking after your skin is important all year round and the formal season is no time to slack off with your beauty routine. You’ll want to be looking your best with radiant, healthy skin in all the millions of photos that are being taken!” Deseo Bridal and Evening Shoes Phone: 02 8668 4541

Deseo is a concept store founded in 2006 offering an impressive range of designer bridal and evening shoes at realistic prices. Deseo’s extensive collection has styles for every girl’s needs, with difficult to find sizes, wide fitting shoes, flats, wedges, low heels and a unique couture collection made of the finest silks and swarovski crystals. What makes Deseo so special is that they offer a unique and professional couture shoe dye service so they can match or coordinate the colour of your shoes. You will be the envy of the night! 10 |

So how can you achieve this amazing skin you know you want? Easy, we have all the tips and tricks to have you glowing from the inside out in no time. On the surface: Celebs and models love a good

moisturiser and so should you. If you have drier skin use a thick cream especially at night to plump up your skin. If you have combination skin use a hydrating moisturiser that is especially formulated for your type. If you have oily skin use a hydrating gel that nourishes skin without leaving any surface moisture. No matter what your skin type, always use a moisturiser with sunscreen during the day. Living under Australia’s harsh sun we need it dfinetely and most good beauty companies will have a range with SPF15+.

Work it from the Inside Out: Keeping a healthy diet can do absolute wonders for your complexion. Keeping hydrated by drinking water also keeps skin clear and eyes bright and sparkling. Models like Miranda Kerr swear by drinking water for a clean complexion. Making sure you get enough sleep every night also helps to say buh-bye to bags and dull looking skin. One very important piece of advice for keeping gorgeous looking skin is to always take your makeup off before hitting the pillow. Sleeping with makeup on clogs your pores and creates dull, weathered looking skin. formals yearbook 2012

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Make a Grand Entrance:


Get organised: To avoid freak-outs and last minute stresses on the day of the formal make sure you’ve thought ahead. If you have planned everything well in advance you won’t be stuck in a pickle without a hair appointment and a late limo on the day.


Think about the details: Packing a clutch with everything you might need


Don’t be a party pooper: Remember that the formal is a night to celebrate


Let your hair down: Have fun at the formal. Joke around with your teachers,

Arriving to the formal in style will start the evening off in great fashion. Whether you pull up in a stretch hummer with a big group of friends or an old car with your date, start the evening off feeling special.

on the night is an absolute must. Being prepared on a night like this will keep you stress free and happy for as long as you can celebrate for! Make sure you have all the little things like lippy, heel cushions and bra tape that will save you from a disaster at the formal. Check out our Clutch Packing list for all the essentials.

with your peers and friends 12 years of formal education coming to end. It is not the time to act like a Diva if everything doesn’t go your own way. Keep tantrums to a bare minimum, because no one wants to hang out with a drama queen.

boogie on the d-floor, let your parents go crazy on the Kodak moments and relax! School’s out and summer is around the corner so let loose a little and remember the school formal should be a fun and proud moment in your life!

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“The average Aussie girl attends two or more formals and most are forking out the cash each time they need another gown to wear.” Being able to do a dress swap with a friend or alter an old formal dress is a much more cost effective way to survive the expensive formal season. For your own formal you will, of course, want to have your very own perfect dress, but if you have been invited to another formal as a date it’s a cool idea to reuse a dress and mix it up with some killer heels and hot accessories. If you don’t spend a fortune on a new gown for each formal you might be able to splash out on some ah-mah-zing designer heels! If you are keen on getting a dress that you can wear again but you’re not sure how you’ll be able to get away with * gasp * wearing the same thing twice (!) here are some hints on how you can do JUST THAT:

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d re s s . r u o y r e t l A  et your granny or Mum or crafty G friend to help you out if sewing isn’t your forte. By taking the hem up or changing the dress into a one shoulder you can create really different looks.

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 big flower here or a chunky A cuff there can make a big difference in disguising an old dress. Team a simple black dress with pearls and a floral headband for a ladylike look or take the same dress add chunky black heels and studded clutch for a rock chick model-off-duty style.

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Different hairstyles and makeup can transform a look completely.

“Recycling a dress is not uncool. It is responsible and there is nothing cooler than choosing not to be flashy just for the sake of it. You will still look totally gorgey and glam so get out there and enjoy what is truly important.”

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“After weeks and months of preparing for your formal, finding the perfect dress, choosing your fave beauty looks and pampering your bodyou don’t want to forget something on the night! “

Make a clutch-packing list for all the things you might need at your school formal so you’re prepared and stress free all night long. Here’s our example of things you might want on your clutch-packing list:

Dress tape/ bra tape Lipstick or gloss Mobile Phone Breath mints Mirror Camera Toothpicks Perfume Heel Cushions Bandaids Powder Compact Bobby Pins Some extra cash or card for emergencies 16 |

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The Perfect Dress.

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“Come formal night, you will be gorgeous, totally glam and ready for the night of your life. But first, you need to find the perfect dress, and here are some handy tips.” 18 |

Make a lookbook before you shop. Having a look through the fashion pages on is a great way to find the dress of your dreams. Print out pics of the dresses your loving for a shortlist. It’s the fastest and easiest way to figure out what kind of style you’re looking for.

Work out your colour palette. Have a look at photos of yourself and see which colors best compliment your complexion and colouring – like all of us, some colours will look great and some won’t. It’s just a matter of finding

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the ones that leave you glowing and radiant. Can you see yourself in any super-flattering styles? There is some help out there if you are feeling left clueless though, you can download iFrockUp to your iPhone for free and you can get your bestie’s opinion on what looks hot or not.

Flaunt It. Everybody has body parts they don’t love. Thankfully there are fashion tricks out there that can help you cover up your negatives and flaunt your positives. If you’ve got great arms, opt for a strapless to show them off. Got killer stems? Go with a nice split or layered lengths to show of your pins. Absolutely everyone has something about their body to be proud of. If you’ve got a booty Beyonce would be jealous of, then don’t be afraid to show of those dangerous curves too!

Knowing your body shape and how to dress it is important for any fashion forward lady. School Formal is a time to get the most flattering fit and shaped dress for your body type. Not sure what type you’d fall under? Answer this simple question for an indication: Where do you carry the most weight? Stomach and Bust: Apple Shaped. Hips and Thighs: Pear Shaped. Bust and Hips but not waist: Hourglass Shaped. Naturally Balanced: Slim/ Athletic Shaped. Remember, these body shape guides are just basic outlines of common types and everyone is unique. You could be a mixture of two different shapes so take what you feel applies to your own shape

Apple: Characteristics of this body shape are

fuller busts with a little more width through the centre of your body and slim legs. Think of Kate Winslet’s body shape. For apple girls the trick is to create more feminine shapes with clothing and accentuate those killer stems (lucky girls!) Draw attention to slim arms, legs and décolletage and create a waist in your dress. An empire line dress that glides over your waist is a trick that celebs like Drew Barrymore use. Opt for bold prints rather than blocks of darker colour and keep the details at your arms and neck. Anything to make you appear smaller in the middle is important to creating a more balanced figure.

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You can get away with shorter hems and sleeker styles that show off your gorgeous pins. A cute ¾ length sleeve also flatters arms and will balance your look and wrap around dresses are perfect for your shape.

Pear: Pear shaped girls (like Beyonce) classically

have an awesome upper body and have naturally toned arms and back with a smaller bust. Pear girls also have wider hips and thighs compared to their upper body thus the reference of having a “pear” shape. This body shape needs some balance because it is fuller through the bottom, thighs and legs and not as broad through the top. Creating Balance is easier than it sounds. V-necks or wide necklines will broaden your top half and give the illusion of a more even body shape. Flatter your top half with embellishments and strapless or strappy tops. Go for bright colours and silks – anything that will draw the eye up. Make the most of your tiny waist and emphasise it with dresses that cinch in at this area. Stick with darker colours for your bottom half and avoid very thigh hugging styles. You want to elongate the leg to make it longer A dark flowing fabric will glide over any problem areas and won’t take attention away from the details you have up top.

Hourglass: This shape has the classic curves every girl wants -Marilyn Monroe’s killer figure. Characteristics of this shape are a fuller bust and hips both of similar proportion and thin waist in-between. The trick for this body shape is accentuating the areas of your body that you love and minimising any areas you aren’t as confident with. Wrap around dresses are perfect for hourglass girls as they show off that naturally thin waist. Any tailored dresses with belting or cinching through the waist are the styles that will flatter you best. Look for semi firm fabrics that are still lightweight –you want to be wearing a dress that supports you without adding any bulk. Be careful of high necklines, a V cut neckline will flatter your bust best because it makes your wider chest appear narrower. Hourglass girls –feel free to play up the femininity of your body shape with flirty dresses and girly styles, your shape was made for it. | 19

Column: Slim or Athletic body shapes are sporty types with minimal curves like Cameron Diaz. This body type is straight and narrow, which means slim girls can handle runway trends and many different styles. The trick with an athletic or column shapeds body type is creating curves and a more feminine silhouette. “Mix and Matched prints and textures add curves to the right place. This will break up the body so athletic shapes don’t look so boyish. Pleats, Ruching, Detailing, Beading and Silks all help to make a slimmer shape more womanly. Tailored dresses that come in through the waist look great on athletic bodies as well because they will create the shape you want for your body. Bias cut dresses will hug your body and show off your athletic frame. Any dresses with volume through the skirt will help girls self conscious of skinny legs but if you’re ready to embrace you frame you can go for slinky dresses that hug your hips and fall straight to the floor.”

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But how do you know which body type you are? By answering this simple question you should be able to find out:

“Where do you carry the most weight?” Stomach & Bust~ Apple. Naturally Balanced~ Slim/ Athletic. Bust &Hips & not waist~ Hourglass. Hips &Thighs~ Pear.

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STYLE Everyone wants to have that Cinderella moment at the formal when you enter the room and everyone turns to see amazing you look. So how do you make sure you have the grand entrance you’ve always dreamed of? We have a few pointers to make that moment special:

1. Pick a car that suits the kind of entrance that you want. Some might want to look like a sophisticated celeb and slink out of the sleek stretch limo. Others might want to get a huge pink hummer to rock out with their BFFs and start the party. Some are happiest rocking up in an old classic with their date clad in bowler hat and suspenders. Whatever you want it to look like, imagine it and then get busy making it happenand remember to book ASAP! You can have the perfect arrival; just make sure it suits your own style! 2. Get the cameras out straight away. You don’t want to miss a minute of this perfect moment so get the happy snaps happening. Take photos with your besties on the way and as they are arriving. Take pics of you and your mates at the venue. You’ll all have big smiles and plenty of hugs to give so capture all the fun and excitement. 3. Make sure you have heels you can walk in! Some ladies know how to rock the platforms and stilettos but for those who


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“How to make a grand entrance.” Search for Limos and Hummers

don’t, stick to a smaller heel and save embarrassment or injury. Clambering out of a Cadillac is a hard task in a beautiful gown anyway, so stumbling around in heels that are too high could potentially ruin your coo,l calm and collected composure. If you absolutely must have those nine inchers, make sure you practice wearing them before the formal as much as possible. You’ll want to wear them in a bit and get super stable so practice, practice, practice! If you have a maxi or floor length dress, don’t hesitate to wear sparkly flat sandals or ballet flats.

4. While you’re worrying about the perfect car, capturing all the moments and attempting to walk in those gorgey pumps, the one thing you absolutely must think about is having fun! That is the most important part about formal night. Once you’re there its time to celebrate with your classmates – so have a blast!

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Choosing the right


MAKEUP ur o y e k a M pop! eyes

“Here are some easy colour techniques that will compliment your peepers.”

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Hazel eyes will easily adapt to many different colours, so be bold!

Brown Eyed Girls are lucky with lots of choice! You can’t go wrong!

Highlight the hue of your eyes with some bright greens or an electric blue or for something more subtle you can’t go wrong with a swirl of dusty rose or a rich pink on your lids.

Be daring with colour and go with bright and rich plums /blues/browns /violets. Metallics like Gold and Silver are also winners for brown eyes. Experiment with what works best for you.

Keep it simple with blue eyes. Coppers and browns will show off your natural colour and offset the blue for more of an intense look without being too overdone. Any warm earthy tones like brown/grey/camel/ taupe will work perfectly. Or for a classic look opt for blacks and charcoals to frame your eyes 22 |

Classic looks are best for emerald eyes. Stick with some natural browns/deep purples/ plums or lilacs. If you do want some more exciting colour go with a dark green. Taupe and Gold can also be used for highlighting green eyes but keep it light!

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Get ready in style for the biggest night of your school year, with FormalStyle. Keep track of dress designs, your formal budget, appointments and keepsakes for your school formal. FormalStyle is elegant and practical at the same time – a place to record everything about this exciting event.

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1: You’re going out on Friday night to a party with your friends. What would you wear? a) Just some jeans or a skirt with a t-shirt and my favourite sneakers. I like to be comfy and not too dressed up. b) Probably a vintage fitted dress to the knees with my favourite brooch and pearls and definitely a slick of lipstick. c) I would wear one of my favourite floral dresses with some ballet flats and wear my hair out in soft waves with a bow. d) I would wear a colourful floaty maxi with all of my Indian bangles and new rings and some sandals. e) I would wear a black fitted dress with winged eyeliner and my hair pulled back tight in a bun or sleek ponytail. 2: You have to go makeup shopping. What products are you looking for? a) Makeup? Uhhh… no thankyou.

b) Hmmm the wonderful world of Makeup… I would want a new blush, new lipsticks in multiple shades and maybe a cream eye shadow palette. Perhaps a new powder too? c) I would be looking for the perfect lipgloss. Cute, plumped lips are a must!

d) I would be looking for things to do fun tribal face paint with like cool eyeshadow pens. Or something that is fairtrade, all natural and still SPF 15+. e) I would be looking for the perfect nude lip colour or my favourite eye-liner in black. 3: You’re going to the Movies. What would you see? a) An action flick or new comedy. Something that isn’t too boring or overly lovey-dovey.

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b) A period piece like Pride and Prejudice or an old classic. They just don’t make movies like they used to! c) The latest romantic comedy or something warm and fuzzy.

d) A documentary on earth and nature or global warming. The latest Green Peace movie is a must see! e) Anything fast paced and thought provoking. I like murder mysteries or complex narratives. 4: Who’s your celebrity crush? a) Johnny Knoxville. I love a bad boy!

b) Cary Grant or James Dean. Total dreamboats. c) Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl. Or even Penn Badgely himself!

d) Johnny Depp. He still has his own style and vibe.

e) An A list hottie like Brad Pitt or George Clooney. A sharp, polished kind of guy.

5: What’s your favourite Subject at School?

a) Sport, definitely. I love showing up the guys and beating them in a game of touch football or volleyball. b) English Literature, of course! I love reading the classics. Give me Romeo and Juliet any day. c) Dance or Drama. Especially if I get to dress up in a tutu or cute frock!

d) Art. It’s the only subject I can fully express my true self.

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CELEBRITY MAKEUP CHEATS Celebrities make looking flawless seem easy as they have makeup artists work their magic every time they have a public appearance. Lucky for us, these makeup artists often give us the scoop on these celebrity makeup tricks and tips! Flawless Makeup, here we come! GET ILLUMINATED Using an illuminator as a highlighter on your

cheekbones and under your brows is a great way to get glowing, radiant skin. Celebes like J-Lo and Blake Lively always have perfectly bronzed lush skin by using illuminator down their nose and a little on their chin too for a soft dewy look.

H20 BEAUTY The gorgeous Padma Lakshmi blasts her hair

with cold water for 30 seconds after washing it. This trick keeps hair shiny and smooth. Another cool water trick is dipping your eye makeup brush in water before dipping it into the eye shadow colour. This will make the pigment more intense and the colour will last longer too.

CONCEAL LIKE A PRO Take a tip from Sienna Miller and get a lightweight

silky concealer instead of a heavy or thick consistency. Apply thin layers of a sheer coverage type of concealer and build up the colour with plenty of blending. Always make sure you get a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation, this gives it a more natural and awake look.

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5 tips to ensure you:

SOLO have a blast

1 Don’t get hung up if your besties all have dates. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to be left out at all. It just means there’s going to be a bigger group of people to have fun with.

2 Make sure you have a foolproof plan. Work out how you’re getting to the pre

party, the formal and the after party (if you’re allowed one!). Sometimes when things don’t go according to plan it is easy to dwell on the bad things. So make sure everyone is clear on the plan so you can stick to it and have an awesome night.

3 Let loose! Get your dancing shoes on, have a boogie on the d-floor and make the night all about you. It’s your night to shine.

4 Talk to anybody and everybody. Do the rounds at the tables after dinner and chat to your teachers. Without a date to entertain you can be the ultimate social butterfly.

5 Enjoy the Kodak moments all night long. Take photos with all your friends. In

big groups or just with your besties, getting in front of the lens is a must on formal night.

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So the hottest range of suiting and accessories to hit the streets for 2012 has finally arrived!

Everything suit wise is right here It’s cool, its classy and its sure to make sure you look amazing! to get attention! From the latest in 2 button skinny suits, to out there pinstripes and awesome accessories, we will at Roger David, dress you from head to toe! All Roger David suits are based on the latest International and Australian designs so you can be guaranteed to look sharp. When choosing your accessories make sure you step it up! You should always wear a vest….either a long tie, fatboy or slimboy…Make sure you don’t wear your school shoes to your formal, check out either the Rilem or Ritz shoe.They will be sure to complete your outfit. Remember have fun – that’s what your big night is all about. And hiring your suit from Roger David will make sure you look sensational! | 0401-699-568

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“If you’re doing your own hair (or your BFF’s!) for the formal then trying to recreate the red carpet looks with your own locks can seem a bit overwhelming.”

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for creating one of my fave hair looks this season:

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One of the easiest hairstyles to master is this messy up do that has been seen on all the runways and red carpets this season. It takes minutes to create and there are so many variables of this look that you can change it up easily to wear the look to more than one event! For this look simply wash hair the day before you style it (your hair needs a bit more “grit” to stay looking fab all night). Spray some volume boosting spray into your roots and pull hair back into a loose ponytail just above the nape of the neck at the back of the head. If you have shorter layers at the front pull these parts out and style around the face how you like. If your hair is all one length, keep it all in the ponytail but mess up the hair so it isn’t slick. The easiest way to do this is to use the palm of your hand to rub your head all over and create some angel like flyaways that all the it-girls and models have been rocking recently.

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If you’re rockin’ a shorter mop, pull large pieces out of the ponytail and pin them back to the head in a twisting motion, making sure you cover the hair tie up with hair and spray with a light mist of hairspray to keep in place. If you have longer locks, twist the ¾ of the ponytail into a bun and secure with a hair tie and use that last ¼ piece of the ponytail to wrap around the hair tie so the bun looks neat and profesh. Spray with a light most of hairspray and you’re done! Lastly rough up hair and create some texture through the bun to master the messy look. If you’re loving this style and want to take it to the next level, tease the ponytail before you create the bun and hold it with hairspray. You can also move the bun higher to the middle of your head and tease the crown of your head into a beehive style for a totally on-trend 50’s look. So many different variations to try! | 33

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TANNING Do’s & Don’ts Search for Spray Tan Salons

“Getting a spray tan for your formal is a great way to look and feel fabulous on the night. It is the best option if you want a bit of healthy colour but don’t want to run the risks of skin cancer from real tanning or solariums. We all know that a bad tan can turn your big night into a big disaster so here’s some tips to make sure you have a gorgeous, even tan (not a patchy, orange tan!).”

Pre Tanning

Post Tanning

Make sure you always book your spray tan for two days before you want to show it off. This way, your tan will have time to settle and you can make sure it has faded to a natural colour. Always book a professional for your spray tan. There is too much that could go wrong to trust an amateur!

Once you have gotten your tan and you have waited a little while to let it dry only wear very loose fitting clothing. Making sure you don’t sit down or sweat or go near liquid might seem crazy but you it pays off when you are sporting a completely streak free bronze hue!

Make sure you have buffed your skin to perfection. One of the golden rules of tanning is proper exfoliation. It is essential to do it pre tanning to prepare your skin. Don’t shave straight before your tanning appointment. Try to do this 24 hours beforehand.

Don’t panic when you see yourself turning darker than what you thought you’d asked for. While you’re waiting for your tan to set and before you wash off the excess colour you can seem more chocolate than caramel. This is totally normal and once you’ve showered (gently wash your body with a loofah in lukewarm water, no scrubbing please!) and dried yourself (patting down with a towel only, no wiping and definitely no scrubbing!) you’ll have the shade you wanted.

While it may be tempting, don’t moisturise! This will create a layer between your skin and the tan so the colour won’t hold. However it is a good idea to rub a little moisturiser on the areas you don’t want your tan to settle like elbows, knees, palms and ankles. These areas tend to absorb more colour than anywhere else so protect them with a dab of moisturiser. “I f you follow these rules for a perfect tan you can go to the formal knowing your glow is flawless and feeling bronzed and lush.”

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If you do get a blotchy patch of a streak, you can fix this. Using a dark coloured towel, rub any streaky areas to blend after your shower. Use a protective moisturiser to seal in your tan once you have showered and waited for it to settle. | 35


FORMAL GARMENTS Once you have found your perfect formal dress, the last thing you want to do is get it ruined. If you have invested in an expensive gorgeous gown you’ll want to keep it forever. We have some tips to make looking after your formal garments a whole lot easier.

If the dress has any intricate detailing or beading, it can be harder to care for. While a dress with this kind of feature will look amazing, you will have to be mindful that it may need repairs and extra care.

“Do it like the celebs and get your dress altered to fit your body shape perfectly. This handy tip will mean that you’ll feel comfortable in your gown all night long and look amazing!” It’s not only for the girls who had their dress made to measure, small alterations to straps and seams can make a big difference. There are some stains that need immediate treatment. For instance: Coke, fake tan, mud, lipstick, foundation, makeup, deoderant, perspiration or shoe polish. And remember, no liquid can come in contact with silk, not even water! Some dry cleaners can also clean handbags and shoes. Keep your dress in a garment bag whenever you aren’t wearing it. Dressmakers and Dress Shops should give you one when you purchase the dress so the dress doesn’t get ruined. Garment bags protect the fabric of the dress so it doesn’t crush or get caught on anything else and so the hem doesn’t get damaged.

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Formals Yearbook 2012 Perth  

Everything you need to know about getting ready for your school formal. From finding the perfect dress to arriving in style, the Formals Yea...

Formals Yearbook 2012 Perth  

Everything you need to know about getting ready for your school formal. From finding the perfect dress to arriving in style, the Formals Yea...