The first thing about prom nails is that a lot of girls remember them. In my shop I will often have women in their 40's telling me the design they had on their nails. It's a memorable event. Like a mini-wedding. Some girls take it very seriously. I didnt go to my prom, but sometimes when I hear the stories I wish I would have thought about it more seriously.
As a nail tech for 24 years I have learned what to do and what to avoid when doing prom nails and I will make a quick list for you guys to make it easier to choose. I will start with the Dont's!
LIST OF DONT'S FOR PROM & NAILS
Don't get fake nails that are too long.
-- Although it is pretty and feminine and you think it will be so awesome with your dress, it will really ruin your night. Make sure (before your nail tech puts on your gel or acrylic) that you can undo your own bra strap and button your own pants or blouse. this is a good rule always....just go into the restroom and try them all. This will save you TONS of time, personal filing and aggravation (by asking people to do everything for you) and if you wear leggings or stockings, this will ensure you can get them on!
Don't get super square nails.
--They will cut you, your friends and everyone around you. When a fresh set of nails get put on they are as sharp as glass and just ask your nail tech to take off the sharp edges...your leggings or face will thank you.
Dont get the store press-ons unless you really have to.
--They pop off all night and you are constantly popping them off, worrying where they are, and eventually end up pulling them all off and waste your money. If you cannot afford a set of prom nails, paint your nails a really beautiful french manicure pink....maybe top that with a light glitter and go "natural" for the evening. Doing this will not only save you lots of thinking about if your nail is in the punch and it looks more elegant.
Don't worry about your nails or if your enemy looks better than you.
-- You have planned for the event. You have chosen your dress, your makeup, your hair, your nails, your shoes and your date or (party of friends).........the last thing you do when everything is finished and you are ready, you choose your attitude. It is up to you whether it is rockin' or bitchy. You only have one senior prom and you WILL remember it. Just relax and go make great memories you can smile about.
Don't get stupid drunk.
-- A good percentage of the girls I know have exactly what they are going to do planned out and it usually involved hotel rooms, some alcohol and other misfortunes LOL....Don't over drink. It is so sad to be the one who is throwing up all over the hotel room only to wake up being covered in vomit and all of your friends saying what you missed....(or who you hurt, or what you DID, or who got the pictures) the list goes on and on. Be responsible and be a DIVA.
(please DON'T get glue on toenails. I once met a janitor who said that after proms he would sweep up 100's of those things and he didnt know what they were until he brought one home to ask his wife....She laughed and he was SO GROSSED OUT when he told me...we both had a great laugh)
LIST OF DO'S FOR PROM & NAILS
prepared. Have your dress picked out. Go to St. Vincents, Friends who
have older sisters your size etc. Have your hairstyle and your make up,
shoes and nails all ready to go.
Do Make sure
that if your dress is covered in bling that you have a soft and more
natural hairstyle, light makeup and very simple nails and shoes.
If you have a plain dress, Go a bit bold with your makeup and nails and use your accessories as the bling.
be a leader. If you look great and you see your friends drinking or
getting out of control...Stay in control of YOURSELF....Your character
is your fate. If you look and act beautiful, your fate is that you will
have a beautiful evening.
Do walk up to someone who
you can tell is self conscious and tell her she looks beautiful. A
stranger or a friend. Nothing changes another persons prom night more
than feeling pretty and your compliment can change her whole memory of
that evening. Give compliments and be kind. There are so many stories I
hear where girls just slam other girls for small inconsequential things
that they won't remember, but that the girl who they hurt will remember
Do tell your manicurist all about your
concerns and fears about prom and maybe she will give you some pointers
and be a guide. Maybe this is enough. I wanted to write this because
over the years I have helped COUNTLESS girls and women have a better
time in big events and they have often come back and told me thank you. I
have learned these things from older women (listening to those who had
fun and those who had a miserable time) and so I am handing down the
tools you need to have a good time.
Do know that you
are beautiful...No matter what size, what shade, what religion....there
is only ONE you. You only have ONE life and one senior prom. Create the
best memories you can (not just for prom but this is my prom post...LOL)
You will never regret being kind, not drinking too much, not going too
far and regretting it. You will never feel bad if act like a lady and
let the small things just roll off your back. Maybe your dinner is late,
Maybe you didnt get a corsage or the dream date you wanted, maybe there
was no dress big enough or small enough for you and you have to be
creative. Maybe you are going through a very hard time in your personal
life and prom isnt important but you already have tickets so you have to
go....whatever the case is, stop and breathe and know you are
beautiful. You are young and you have a future and you deserve to have a
My love to you and be SAFE.
(Nail Art Wizard Ph.D)