Sure, prom is a celebration of friends. But it's also a celebration of you. And it offers a chance to shine on the outside as much as you do on the inside. So, how do you do it best? Here are tips from style pros--and girls like you--around Central Ohio.

Sure, prom is a celebration of friends. But it's also a celebration of you. And it offers a chance to shine on the outside as much as you do on the inside. So, how do you do it best? Here are tips from style pros--and girls like you--around Central Ohio.

Style

- Dress for your body type. If you are petite, consider a short or high-low dress so that your small frame is not overwhelmed. If you have a large bust or broad shoulders, consider a halter style. If you have a small bust, consider a strapless, sweetheart neckline.

- When choosing a dress that will need alterations, be conscious of what will be cut off. Beading, sequins and mermaid styles are tricky (and expensive).

- Don't over-accessorize. If your dress has sparkle up top, you probably don't need a necklace. If you are wearing your hair down, consider skipping earrings.

Elizabeth Bean Smith
Owner of Wardrobe Therapy Hair

- Shape up your hair with a trim up to three weeks before prom. If you are going to leave your hair down, you don't want the split ends to show.

Heather Krol
hair stylist and esthetician at Nurtur the Salo

- If looking to color your hair before prom, schedule it about a week out. This allows the color to blend, and there won't be re-growth.

Jackie Staub
artistic director at
The Spa at River Ridge

- Come to your appointment with clean, dry hair. "We can always dirty up hair with product."

Jackie Staub

- Bring your stylist pictures of your dress and several hair styles you might want. "Pictures of hair are awesome--they are like gold for us!"

Jackie Staub

- Your dress and its neckline can help determine the right style. Have straps? Show them off by wearing an up-do. Rocking a one-shoulder dress? Wear your hair to the opposite side to create a symmetrical look. Going strapless? Try your hair down and curled.

Ricci Burkett
stylist at The Charles
Penzone Grand Salon at
Polaris Parkway

- Curl can add a lot of depth: Pin curls away from your face, especially if you are going to do a lot of dancing during the night.

Mariel Viggers
hair stylist and cosmetologist at Nurtur the Salon

- Short hair doesn't leave you without options: Add some flair with a hair brooch or headband.

Ricci Burkett

- Another fun addition to your hair is tinsel, which comes in a variety of colors, and looks fabulous woven into a braid. Order tinsel from a website such as HairFlairs.com.

Heather Krol Spray Tans

- Thursday evening is the ideal time to get a spray tan for a Saturday prom.

Alison Bunch
business developer at Tan Envy

- Shower and exfoliate before the spray tan, and steer clear of lotion, makeup or deodorant. "These can act as a barrier on your skin, and oil-based products can leave a film."

Jenna Logan
owner of Healthy Glow

- The longer the solution sits on your skin before a shower, the darker it gets and longer it lasts. Wait eight to 12 hours before showering, and tans should last about a week.

Alison Bunch Nails

- Book your nail appointment for a day or two before the prom to treat yourself to
relaxation before your night out.

Faith Kinnel
master nail professional at
The Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Dublin

- Glitter is a simple way to add pizzaz. "Choose a softer nail color, and pair it with a glitter topcoat for some sparkle."

Dawn Freas
senior manicurist at
The Spa at River Ridge

- If a bold color isn't for you, try a French manicure. "It's a classic look that looks great with any dress color or style."

Faith Kinnel

- It's definitely attainable to achieve a salon manicure at home. "File in one direction to avoid fraying, and use two coats of polish and a topcoat."

Dawn Freas

- Want a little more jazz on your fingertips? Nail decal stickers can be found at places like Sally Hansen or Sephora for around $10, and give a fun but professional look.

Heather Krol
hair stylist and esthetician at Nurtur the Salon Skin

- Try new skin products well in advance of the dance. It's important to make sure your skin doesn't have any reactions to it.

Jaclyn Peresetsky,
owner of Skin Perfect

- Get a facial one week prior to prom to keep skin in tip-top shape. "It refines the pores, gives a healthy glow and hydrates the skin. Plus, makeup will go on smoother!"

Melanie Lloyd
esthetician at
The Spa at River Ridge

- Greasy foods like pizza can make your skin break out, so try avoiding them during the week before your prom. Healthy eating means healthier skin.

Mariel Viggers
hair stylist and cosmetologist at Nurtur the Salon Makeup

Groom eyebrows into a cleaner shape. "Even gently sculpted brows can really make your eyes pop in pictures." (Just be sure to do any waxing a week before to give your eyes time to heal.)

Marnie Morley
licensed esthetician at The Charles Penzone Grand Salon in Gahanna/New Albany

- When using foundation, blend it into your neck to avoid lines in photos.

Mariel Viggers

- Faux lashes are fun and age appropriate. "I like to think of lashes like an accessory, just as important as her purse or shoes, with just as many options to choose from."

Marnie Morley

- If you're wary of faux lashes, voluminous mascara can help achieve a similarly dramatic effect. Make sure to wait 30 seconds between each coat to let it dry.

Heather Krol
hair stylist and esthetician at Nurtur the Salon

- A shimmer powder is an easy way to give you a pretty glow. Dusting it on the cheekbones will help highlight your face.

Jaclyn Peresetsky

- Avoid matching makeup colors directly to your dress: It's best to go with opposites. "With a red dress, try a smoky eye with subtle makeup. If your dress is neutral, that's the time to add color."

Jaclyn Peresetsky

- Try a lip stain, which will last throughout the whole evening. Adding a gloss keeps the lips highlighted and put together.

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