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The perfect prom dress is hanging in your closet complete with glam accessories -- you're almost ready for your big night! Now it's time to get down to the beauty basics for your complexion, hair and nails.
A Radiant Complexion
Forget what the girl at the beauty counter told you because she works on commission. Don't make the common mistake of focusing on color cosmetics and foundation to make your skin glow. Make-up cannot create a radiant complexion. Wash your face before you go to bed each night, and once again after you wake up in the morning. Use a gentle soap and don't scrub or over wash your skin. Moisturize after washing with a lotion containing SPF to protect your skin from harmful rays. Use a moisturizer appropriate to your skin type (normal, oily, dry or combination). A healthy diet and eight glasses of water each day does more for you skin than all of the magical lotions and potions combined.
The secret to great lather is more water, not more shampoo. Too much shampoo strips your hair of shine and decreases volume. Also, don't pour more conditioner than the size of a coin into your palm, and apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair, not your whole head. Just like your complexion, the best treatment you can give to your hair is a healthy diet, including protein and vitamin B. So substitute a green leafy salad for a couple of orders of fries this week, and you'll be on your way to a great hair day for prom!
Beautiful nails also rely on good nutrition. Fragile nails indicate a lack of calcium, vitamin A and protein. Vitamin C and folic acid will help reduce hang nails, and vitamin B will strengthen fragile nails. External factors can affect your nails as well. Always use a non-acetone remover to take off your polish. When you file your nails, move the emery board at a 45 degree angle from one side of the nail to the middle instead of sawing back and forth. This will avoid cracking and peeling your nails. After you wash your hands, apply hand lotion starting at your fingertips and massaging toward your wrist.
Practice these basics in the weeks before prom, and you will not only see a huge difference in your complexion, hair and nails, you will also be way ahead of the crowd on prom glamour!