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March 2014

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Expert makeup and beauty tips for prom Unlike Drew Barrymore’s character Josie Geller in the movie “Never Been Kissed,� most people do not get a prom night do-over. Prom is a most magical night for high school students. For young women, prom may be the first opportunity to embrace high fashion and pamper themselves. Naturally, there may be some questions as to how to put a best face forward for prom. If you are getting ready to party with your friends, here are several quick and easy tips for beauty success. * Moisturize and treat blem-

ishes to get skin looking its best. Start a skincare regimen several weeks before prom to get your skin in shape and looking beautiful. Exfoliation with a mild product will release dead skin cells and enable makeup to better adhere to your face. * Simple is often best. Rather than trying out a trendy style or something that is bold, keep makeup choices simple. This way when you look back on photos in years to come your look will always seem timeless. * Balance colors on your face.

If you will be going for dark eyes, keep lips bare or with a soft gloss. Bold, red lips pair well with simple eyes decked in a neutral color. * Brighten or widen eyes. Using a shimmery white powder in the corners of each eye will open up your eyes and make you appear more refreshed. * Use primers. Primers are products that help make makeup last as long as possible. Several hours will pass between the moment you apply makeup and the last goodbye of the night. Ensure your makeup stays put by applying

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a base primer. An eye primer helps keep eye makeup from caking or wearing off. * Go waterproof. Use waterproof or water-resistant mascara and stay-put lipstick. This way your makeup will remain flawless through all the happy tears and hugs shared with your classmates. * Match your foundation carefully. Many women make the mistake of choosing a foundation color that doesn’t quite blend with their skin. This can create a visible line of demarcation at the jawline or hairline. Now may be the time to visit your favorite beauty counter and ask a cosmetic salesperson for help to find the right match. Blend the foundation down the neck so that your face will not be a different color from your body when wearing a strapless gown. * Try a tinted moisturizer. Those who have a naturally flawless complexion and want a dewy look to their skin can choose a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation. * Go for powdered products. Powder blusher and mineral powder foundation may last longer on skin, especially when sweating. After makeup application, also dust the face

with a translucent finishing powder to set everything. * Use liquid liner for dramatic eyes. Liquid eyeliner will last longer and provide a smoother application than pencil products. Practice before prom to solidify your application technique. * Skip tanning. Use a bronzer or self-tanner for a safer and more controllable color. You want to look sun-kissed and not lobster red on prom night. When applying bronzer, sweep it across the hollow of your cheeks. Dab some on your temples, your hairline, along the sides of your nose, under your jawline and on your neck. * Matte makeup is better for photos. Matte makeup generally looks better in photography than frosted colors, especially when the flashes will be going rapid-fire. * Compliment your eye color. Don’t match your eye shadow to your gown or eyes. Use colors that will naturally bring out the hue of your eyes. Blue eyes are brightened by shades of chocolate or taupe. Brown eyes can be enhanced with shades of navy and sapphire. Green or hazel eyes will be complemented by eggplants and burgundy.

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Prom beauty often means enhancing the natural aspects of your appearance. * Smokey eyes need not be black or gray. Create the smoky effect with the shadow and liner colors that complement your eye color. * Touch up shiny spots. Keep oil blotting tissues in your purse to keep shine at bay. * Extend the beauty to nails and toes. Sparkle polishes and nail art appliques are ideal ways to dress up nails for prom. Glitter will catch the light and will camouflage imperfections. Prom is a time to explore all the beauty options available and look beautiful on this special night.

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Dateless for prom need not be a downer High-schoolers envision many different scenarios for prom night. They may have their wardrobe picked out, the transportation arranged and the group of friends with whom they will celebrate. What prom-goers may not foresee is heading to the prom without a date. The reality is that students go solo to the prom each year and still have a very good time in the process. Prom is a highlight of high school for many teenagers. But a great deal of pressure is placed on students come prom night, when students’ worries about their attire pale in comparison to the social pressure many feel. Many would-be prom goers would prefer to go without a date to alleviate some of the pressure to live up to certain prom night expectations. Today it is quite common for groups of friends to go to prom or homecoming together. For students attending the prom without a date, there

are still ways to enjoy the event to the fullest. These are some tips for having fun at prom if you’re going stag. * Establish a party within a party. Use the prom as an excuse to hold a singles mixer. Spread the word that there will be opportunities for other singletons to meet at the prom and perhaps pair off if a connection is made. There are likely many other boys and girls at the school who are attending the prom without a date, making prom night a perfect opportunity to meet someone new. Knowing there will be a new group of friends to meet once they arrive could motivate students to attend. * Take a friend. Provided the school doesn’t have strict rules about prom “couples,” bring whatever friend you want to be your prom “date.” You are likely to feel much more comfortable with someone you know by your side ham-

ming it up for photographs and making sure you don’t share all of your secret dance moves on the dance floor. * Sibling set-up. Sometimes a well-meaning brother or sister can suggest one of his or her friends to be a date for the prom. Older siblings who have already gone through the ritual of prom and understand the pressure of finding a date may alleviate those concerns by making a match for their teenaged relative. The date needn’t be a romantic one, but just a way to spend time together and pose for pictures. * Take to social media. Social media has enabled teens to expand their social circles regardless of geography. Ask a social media friend who might live outside of your school district to be your date for the prom. This can be a great way to grow your friendship and have a fun night together.

If you don’t have a date for prom, go with a group of friends for a fun time.

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PROMise Yourself: Smart Choices. Great Memories. Tips for a Safe Prom: • Charge your cell phone and have it with you. • Arrange safe transportation and buckle-up! • Check in with your parents at some point during the evening and if there’s a change in your plans. • Trust your instincts — if you feel uncomfortable or endangered, leave immediately • Smile for the camera: take time to enjoy the moment!

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Popular prom themes

Prom night is a special occasion for high school students. Many schools attempt to make the night even more special by allowing students to choose a theme for prom night. Below are some of the more popular prom themes that have made students’ prom nights more memorable in the past. * Casino night: Nights at the casino conjure up images of black-tie affairs, making a casino theme perfect for prom night, which is already a night marked by stylish tuxedos and lavish gowns. Kids can each be given chips or fake money when checking in at the door, and then use their stacks to play popular games like blackjack, roulette or dice. * City lights: Decking a banquet hall of school gymnasium out in the decor of a famous city is another way to add some flavor toprom. Whether it’s the city lights of Paris, the skyscrapers of New York City or the festive atmosphere of New Orleans, turning promnight into an homage to a beloved city can make the night more memorable for students and chaperones alike. When opting for a city theme, prom planners can go the extra mile by serving the cuisine specific to the city they ultimately choose. * Luau: Add a touch of island life to prom night by giving the night a luau theme. In lieu of costly tuxedoes and gowns, encourage students to attend in Hawaiian shirts, shorts, grass skirts, and beach attire. If possible, host prom at a seaside location to add to the theme of the night. If that’s not possible, serve dinner outside, letting students decide if they want a pig roast or more traditional barbecue fare. * Old Hollywood: An “Old Hollywood� theme is another perfect match for prom night. Old Hollywood is synonymous with glitz and glamour, and kids can enjoy true star treatment on promnight. Turn the entryway into the red carpet, snapping photos of students and their dates as they arrive. Deck the hall or gymnasium with posters and settings of some of Hollywood’s most famous films and hire a band to play famous songs from the movies of yesteryear




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