This post was originally just going to be sharing my look from one of my high school formals but as I started loading all of the pictures on I realized how ridiculously cheap this whole look was and so I wanted to share my strategy so that you could maintain a low budget for an event in 5 easy steps!
I know that a lot of people like to have their make-up match their dress when it comes to big events. I am one of those people. I went out and purchased a couple new products for this look. Mainly just a new eyeliner, gold shadow and a nude lip. Now I know that a lot of people like to go get their make-up done, but if your looking for an easy way to save money do it your self. "I can't do my make-up, I suck" is not an excuse. We have this awesome thing in 2015 called youtube. It's a powerful tool, go look up some make-up tutorials and you are all set!! Below are all of the products I used for my make-up look.
Again, do it yourself. Now granted, some people are just gifted with being able to do hair better than others. I always do my own hair because I don't like to give over the power to other people to have full control of how I'm going to look, especially for an important night. If you are going to be doing your hair yourself, my advice to you is practice before. If you need ideas, pintrest and youtube are always my first places to look for inspiration but for this look I was inspired my my "spirit animal" Serena Van Der Woodsen from the tv show Gossip Girl. It's going to sound silly but go google her. You will fall in love. Also don't be afraid to do something unique. Below are my favorite products to guarantee that your style lasts all night.
Some dresses need a ton of accessories and there are some that don't need very much at all. There are so many stores that you can get really cute jewelry for so inexpensive. Whenever I need jewelry for an event my first go to places are Charming Charlie, Forever 21, and H&M. There are tons of stores that have jewelry sections so make sure that you keep your eyes peeled.
I always try to reuse shoes for events. I am constantly buying shoes when I find ones that I like so if I have some that match my dress, I go ahead and use them. If you have cute shoes that match in your closet, there is no reason to go out and buy new ones.
5. The Dress
Your dress is always going to be the most expensive part of your look. One thing that you can always do to make your overall total a little cheaper is borrow your dress or rent it from a store. Another option for really unique dress is to look at local thrift stores. That is where I found mine. It was only $30. Get online and look up some thrift stores near you and check there before you go out and buy a new dress that would be way more expensive.
I hope that these tips can help you save a few bucks when you are getting ready for your next event. I'm all about saving money where you can. What are your favorite tips and tricks while you are preparing for an event? Leave a comment to let me know!