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Victoria’s Secret models embody beauty, glamour and, most importantly, confidence. Every year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, we’re amazed as to how these young women could keep such contagious and continuous smiles while confidently strutting down the catwalk. 

Yes, they look beautiful, and are heavily decorated with lingerie pieces, but is that really all it takes to be like them? Absolutely not, girl! It’s all about inner beauty and confidence. That’s what allows them to radiate and glow so beautifully on the outside. By following these simple and effective tips, you will be able to rock that runway (or school hallway) and master the type of inner confidence Adriana Lima and Chanel Iman possess!
 
Respect Your Body
How many times a day do you criticize your body? It’s a habit we need to break! All we’re doing is hurting and lowering our self-esteem by this constant self-criticism. So when you feel guilty, sad, or over-analyze your choice of eating that delicious cheeseburger for lunch, do yourself a major favor and really look at yourself. Don’t focus on what you think needs work, or on what you supposedly lack. Focus on those strong legs of yours that give you the ability to walk from place to place, and allow you to intensely dance to Ke$ha. Appreciate your arms! They help spread love and ease with amazing bear hugs that can alleviate any cranky mood. Don’t underestimate that power, girl!
 

Replace the Negative Inner Voice with a Positive One
Selfesteem2go.com, an awesome website dedicated in helping out individuals increase their self-confidence, offers an interesting and useful way of dealing with the issue of self-criticism: “Negative self-talk is a bad habit that has to be broken. When you hear yourself telling yourself ‘I’m too stupid to do that,’ ‘I never do anything right’ or ‘I’m never going to get anywhere’, stop the tape playing in your head. Replace it with a positive thought, such as ‘I can learn to do that’ or ‘My luck is about to change.’ Positive thinking takes practice, but keep in mind that negative thinking is a learned behavior. You were not born thinking negative. It is a bad habit you learned that can be unlearned.”

Point Out Something Beautiful About Yourself
Make it a habit to point out something beautiful about yourself everyday for two weeks. Don’t repeat yourself, and try to have fun with this. Go up to a mirror and proclaim your love for your long eyelashes, your hair’s natural volume, or your calves—just to name a few, of course! 
After you’ve mastered the art of loving and appreciating yourself, it’s time to focus on dressing like a Victoria’s Secret Angel!

Decorate Your Bra and Undies
Afraid of splurging on that cute VS bra and undie set that caught your eye the other day? Save some money and design your own cute bra and undie set! It’s as easy as going to a store, buying a bra and undie, a glue gun, and paying a visit to your local arts and crafts store for a bag of crystals, glitter, feathers, and whatever else you need to amp up your soon-to-be fierce and vibrant delicates. Not feeling this bra and undie makeover idea? Satisfy your creative side and use colorful fabric, scissors, thread and needle to create your own conservative VS masterpiece!

Get Some Angel Wings
Now all that’s missing is the signature piece of every VS angel—her angel wings! Check out this website to purchase some affordable and cute angel wings (they come in an array of colors, too!) Feeling inventive? Make your own pair of angel wings, by following the simple instructions here. All that’s left is to wear your creation, and feel beautiful and confident inside AND out!
—Grace Gavilanes

 Prom perfect fashionistaProm tickets, check. Limo, check. Head-turning-one-of-a-kind dress, check! With only days left to spare, every second (and every dollar) counts. By adding in these simple steps four days before the big night, you will look and feel stunning (and still have money in your metallic clutch purse)!

Manicure in a box
Planning on a do-it-yourself mani/pedi the night before Prom and looking for the easiest way of doing so? We at ME found the answer for frugal fashionistas: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. This new $10 product not only costs way less than an actual salon mani/pedi, but also lasts 10 days! Wash your hands, take off the Nail Polish Strips, carefully place them on each finger and toe, and file the unused parts of the strips away. Now, you have one less task to worry about on Prom day.

Get smooth…
Elbows are probably the most neglected body parts, and the most deserving of our attention. Think about it: we abuse our elbows on a daily basis by pounding and pressing on them, which causes low blood circulation and over-stretched skin. In order to remove the roughness and get those elbows silky soft, look no further than your kitchen for proper “rough buffers”! You’ll need one lemon, baking soda and olive oil.

Squeeze out the juice from the lemon. Then, pour a teaspoon of baking soda into the lemon, place your elbow inside of it and make circles with your elbows. Do the same with your other elbow. Rinse and dry both of them after three minutes of circling. Finally, rub olive oil on your elbows, making sure to rub every crease of your elbow.

By following these steps, your elbows will be light and smooth in four days or less! Feel confident enough to pose for side pictures with your Prom date and flaunt your lightened and smooth elbows while showing off the detailed back of your Grecian inspired dress!

Crunch time!
If you want to feel great on Prom night, consider doing crunches. Crunches help tighten your tummy, and they’re not at all time consuming. Pair this with a healthy diet and you’ll feel confident and ready for pictures galore at Prom. Eating candy and a burger the night before Prom, however, can cause unwanted bloating.

Break ‘em in

Here’s an equation everyone can use:  Brand new heels + hours of dancing = your foot’s worst nightmare! If you’re planning on buying new shoes for Prom, make your night a more comfortable experience by wearing your high heels four or more nights before Prom night to break them in. By wearing your high heels with tube socks around the house for at least thirty minutes a day, you’ll be molding them to conform to your feet, leading to a more comfortable fit and more toned calves!  Even if you feel that you’re ready to take on the dance floor with 4-inch heels, be safe and carry a pair of rubber flats or flip-flops. KushyFoot offers Flats to go—“affordable, purse-packable and elegant relief for weary feet.” They’re cute and cheap (only $8.99!) ballet flats that can fit in any size purse!

Put your game face on

If you’re planning on doing your own makeup for Prom, be sure to practice one or two days before the big night. YouTube has SO many make-up tutorials for Prom from talented girls just like you. From naturally beautiful to extraordinarily fierce, there is a look out there for you! Also, if you’re looking for a quick way to tighten your pores pre-makeup application, use an ice cube and rub away! Ice cubes are known to increase blood circulation and provide a natural blush to your cheekbones. 

Tell ME: What is your frugal pre-Prom tip?
-Grace Gavilanes

Photo by Chris Willis

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