How to Look Good for Homecoming

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Begin your beauty regime early to look your best for homecoming.
Begin your beauty regime early to look your best for homecoming. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

The homecoming dance is a right-of-passage for many high school students and the pressure can be on to look your best. From finding a head-turning dress to selecting the perfect hairstyle, there are many elements to consider to ensure you look your homecoming best. Begin planning your homecoming beauty regime several weeks ahead of the dance to avoid last-minute stresses and panics.

Things You'll Need

  • Gown
  • Accessories
  • Heels
  • Makeup
  • Hair products
  • Hair magazines

Introduce more fruits, vegetables and water into your diet. A healthy diet is reflected in hair and skin and making a few changes several weeks before the dance should really pay off. Aim to drink approximately eight glasses of water a day to improve the brightness and clarity of your skin.

Select a homecoming dress to complement your figure and shape. If you have great legs, draw attention to these with a cocktail or fitted number. Emphasize a small middle with a cinched-in waist and flared skirt. For those with great upper arms, a strapless or one-shouldered gown will highlight your best bits. Do not blindly follow fashion but select a gown that suits your individuality.

Choose accessories to match your gown. Bangles, drop earrings or a statement cocktail ring can really bring a plain gown to life. Select heels to match your dress. If they are new or particularly high, practice walking around the house to get used to them and break them in.

Experiment with different hair ideas. If your gown is strapless, wear your hair wavy and loose if you would like to feel more covered up. For a backless gown, a low, side chignon will draw attention to the detail at the back of your dress. If you will be having your hair professionally styled, tear out magazine images of hairstyles you like and book a rehearsal at the salon to ensure you are happy with the look.

Decide how you like to wear your makeup. Focus on smoky eye makeup or a bold lip color but not both together. Choose long-lasting makeup products that are designed to have staying power and last for the entire evening. Get together with friends to try out your looks so that you can swap tips and offer advice and honest opinions.

Get a good night's sleep the evening before the dance. Not only will plenty of sleep stop pesky dark circles under the eyes, it is essential in order for skin to repair itself and remain healthy-looking.

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