Getting Ready for Formal

5 tips to have the perfect formal look


Formal season is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars on your dress and glam. I have compiled a list of five ways you can have a stress-free day while also feeling confident in your own skin. 

  1. Get a spray tan.

If you’re looking for a subtle bronze natural tan for formal, then Baja Beach Tanning is the spot for you. For only $10, first-time users are able to get an airbrush tan that lasts for several days. This is a much safer option than tanning beds which increase the chances of developing skin cancer. Before going into your session, remember to shower and exfoliate for streak-free results. I would recommend getting a spray tan the night before formal, so you are able to wait the full 8-12 hours without getting any precipitation on your skin as water can affect the way the tan develops.

Baja Beach Tanning

4763 Tilghman St, Allentown, PA 18104

  1. Use Velcro curlers to style your hair.

Use velcro curlers after you blow dry your hair to achieve a voluminous loose-curl look. While sectioning your hair, it should be around the same size as the curler you are using. For best results, put the curlers in while your hair is still hot from the blow dry so that the curl holds in place. Use the curlers before doing your makeup, so by the time you finish, the curlers should be ready to take out. This method saves money and looks as good as a professional blowout!

  1. Get your nails and eyebrows done.

At Empire Beauty School, an eyebrow wax plus a basic manicure and pedicure is $33 in total. This is a much cheaper option than going to a traditional nail salon. Booking hair, nail, skin, makeup and spa services are normally offered at a variety of different beauty schools for half the cost. Since students are determined to become licensed stylists, they often will spend more time and care with each of their clients ensuring that they walk away happy.

Empire Beauty School

1634 MacArthur Rd, Whitehall, PA 18052

  1. Buy a basic dress and spice it up with jewelry and shoes.

Finding a dress online can be stressful. You never know what you’re actually going to get in the mail, and needing to return an item a few days before your formal is risky. Instead of focusing on buying brightly colored or patterned dresses, choose a simple color that you can make pop with jewelry and shoes you probably already have in your closet. Hoop earrings are a great way to make a simple outfit pop!

  1. Get good sleep the night before.

I know what you’re thinking—this is pretty obvious. However, sleep might get overlooked if you’re stressed about what to wear and how long you need to prepare. Getting a good night’s rest will not only make you feel good but will also make you look your best in the photos you take at the event. 


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