Prom can be a very exciting event for most of us, but for reasons that differ from person to person; there are some of us that need to be mindful of doing it on a tight budget. This doesn’t mean we need to look like we haven’t spent a fortune – it actually just means we’re smart!

How do you get the same look for half the price or less? Simple! By planning ahead and thinking out of the box, we’ll show you how easy it is to achieve glitzy glam for less!

DIY Makeup

Getting a professional makeup artist is a luxury you probably shouldn’t consider if you are trying to do prom on a budget. Don’t think this means you won’t look amazing for the big night!

There are so many free makeup tutorials online with techniques being demonstrated by industry professionals. All you need to do it be prepared and practice until you get your look down exactly how you want it. Many of these tutorials use inexpensive brands and products that are also good for day-to-day use so you won’t end up blowing money on items that will sit in your drawer afterward, costing you more money in the long run.

Bridal Shops

Surprisingly, bridal shops can be a great way to save on your prom dress. Not all prom dates coincide with “wedding season” so you will find many bridal stores offering heavily discounted bridesmaid dresses.

Many bridal stores also offset the lower amount of business from weddings by creating prom dresses at great prices or do them anyway as they are very similar. You can find these bridal stores locally, or look online for an even better discount and sales opportunities. Places like JJ’s House regularly offer deep discounts on their already cheap prom dresses and also offer custom-made options at ridiculously low prices.

Custom-made dresses are one of the best ways to look like a million dollars as it’s obvious when a dress fits like a glove as opposed to off-the-rack. If you can get this service cheaply, you’d be mad not to try it out!

Get Your Curling Tongs Ready!

There is no hard and fast rule that you need to wear your hair in a fancy updo for prom. Updo’s can be difficult to manage on your own, and unless you have a friend or parent that is amazing with hair, you’ll probably find you need to go to a stylist to have your hair done.

There are a couple of ways around this that both involve your trusty curling tongs: firstly, don’t wear your hair up! Use your curling tongs to create big, beautiful curls, and wear your hair long and loose for prom – sometimes, simple works best! The other option is to curl your hair in smaller curls and pin them up to form a loose, low bun, leaving a few strands loose. If you are set on an updo, this will still give you a lovely, carefree look that many other girls have probably wasted money on having someone else do!