As prom approaches, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by everything that goes into that one night: Shop for a dress, find accessories, decide what to do with your hair and makeup, coordinate pictures and rides with your friends… and the head-spinning list goes on. Rather than let the potential stress of prom-planning get to you, embrace the resources at your fingertips, right there in your phone’s app store. With these 15 apps, you can focus completely on having the best, end-of-high school night ever.
With Curb, you can pre-book your pre- or post-prom transportation, or secure an on-demand ride the night of the event. If you get separated from your friends (and your pre-booked limo or bus), just request a ride through Curb, and rest easy knowing it’ll be a safe one: The app only works with professional, fully-insured taxi and for-hire drivers.
Let’s face it: It wouldn’t be prom without some level of romantic drama or uncertainty. Whether you’re heading to the dance with your long-term partner, a recent interest, or going solo with your friends, WhoNow will let you easily and slyly consult your pals when you need advice. Should you dance with that guy who’s been eyeing you all night? Can your friend nicely ditch his or her date for a bit to hang with the crew? Discuss it all through WhoNow — and even get feedback from anonymous users when you want a totally unbiased opinion.
Forget a group text thread: Use Squad to keep up with your friends as you approach prom night and recap everything that happened the next day. Create a, you guessed it, squad through the app, and keep each other in the loop with hourly status updates, a group chat, and photos and videos (complete with Snapchat-like enhancements). Send your friends pictures of your almost-done hairdo before you meet up for pictures, find out who’s available for a last-minute coffee-and-planning date, and hear the stories you may have missed as you chat the next day.
Vizmato is basically a dream combination of Snapchat and Instagram: The app lets you edit, apply themes, filters, instant effects, and music to your videos in real time, so you can see what you’re doing as you do it (and even flip the camera into selfie mode while you’re at it). Share your creations on Facebook and Instagram, or through Vizmato’s own social channel, where you can get inspired by other users’ videos, too.
If you’re one of those people at the nail salon who paints “samples” of countless colors on your nails before settling on one, ManiMatch was basically made for you. The Sally Hansen app lets you scan your hand, and then virtually try on more than 200 nail polish shades, including ones recommended specifically for your skin tone. Play around until you find one that works perfectly with your dress, and you’ll be ready to go once you get to the salon.
Take a selfie with Plum Perfect, and the app will analyze your face, put together your “color signature,” (including your skin tone, eye and hair color, and shade of your lips) and recommend makeup that’s perfect for you, and link to retailer product pages for easy shopping. You can even view the product options based on category, making it that much easier to achieve the look you want for prom. The app is free, but for $1.99 a month, you can also subscribe to beauTV, a premium feature that includes makeup tutorials by popular beauty bloggers.
Plan’it Prom is basically your personal prom assistant: Create a budget for the night (broken out by each aspect, from your dress, to your hair, tickets, and post-prom party), and keep track of how you’re doing as you make purchases and book appointments. The app also includes a timeline that lets you know when to take care of certain things (schedule your makeup 1 month in advance; coordinate your group for pictures 3 weeks in advance), and tips on how to save money on everything from your hair and makeup to the boutonniere.
Give yourself the full celebrity treatment by booking at-home hair and makeup appointments through beGlammed. The on-demand beauty app lets you explore styles (perhaps you want to go “Radiant and Glowing” for your makeup paired with “The Aphrodite” hairdo) and choose among three different stylist experience and price levels. Want to get ready for prom with your friends? Book as a group — you may even get a discount!
Though it’s primarily touted as a wedding app, CapsuleCam is the perfect way for you and your friends to share all your pictures from prom night. (Because, let’s be honest, there are always those people who just cannot remember to use the right hashtag.) Create a capsule with your friends, and everyone can easily upload their pictures to a shared album throughout the night (and in the days after).
In your quest to put together the perfect prom look, you could spend hours browsing different shopping sites, trying to remember where you found your favorite pieces, and then going through the checkout process on each separate site when you make your final purchases. Or, you could use Keep to discover new products (including from your favorite Instagram influencers), save them for later, and then buy them all at once through the app’s universal shopping cart function.
Want flawless skin for prom? With DermatologistOnCall, you can consult a professional without having to leave home. Snap a selfie, and connect with a board-certified dermatologist who can help you diagnose specific conditions and put together a personalized treatment plan leading up to the big night.
Why buy a prom dress that you’ll likely only wear once, when you can rent a designer gown for the same price, or even cheaper? Use the Rent the Runway app to find everything from dresses to jewelry or handbags, get fit information and reviews from other users, and schedule your rental so it arrives just in time for your big night.
When it comes to nail art, you can’t get much more personalized or custom than NailSnaps, which turns your own photos into nail art designs. Just upload a picture, use the app to perfect the look (each individual nail can be unique!), and NailSnaps will ship the made-to-order self-adhesive nail wraps right to your door.
If you love the pink accents in your black prom dress, Flawless will help you find a lipstickin a matching shade. Just show the app and a photo, and it'll do the rest. Not only does Flawless find lipsticks to match any color based on photos you upload, but it also recreates discontinued colors and allows you to custom-blend your own, for unique and total prom perfection.
Pair Ever with your TV or streaming device (it’s currently compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV), and when you see a character wearing something you love —say, an evening dress or pair of killer shoes — just tap the “e” button to get the product details right on your phone, and then buy what you want.
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