10 of the most #NEED2HAVE apps to prepare you for formal night

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By Emma Akam

As formal approaches, it can be difficult to remember everything that goes into the one night: find a dress, pick accessories, choose hair and makeup, organise photos...the list goes on. Rather than feel all the stress of preparation and embrace the gift of your phone's app store. These 10 apps are the ultimate little helpers you need to have the best night ever.

1. Polyvore

Polyvore is your mobile stylist! Find the dress, shoes, bag of your dreams and create sets on how to style them. Discover new ways to style your look from other users and save them your profile for future reference. With links to purchase every piece you find, you'll have an outfit in no time. Polyvore is available for free for iPhone/iPad and Android or via their website.

2. ManiMatch

ManiMatch is the perfect app if you just can't choose a nail polish colour. The Sally Hansen app lets you scan your hand and then virtually test out over 200 different shades of nail polish and save your faves. The app can also recommend colours specific for your skin tone. Play around until you find the shade perfect for your outfit then get painting! ManiMatch is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.

3. Plan'it Prom

Plan'it Prom is the ultimate organising and budgeting app for you! Featuring a formal countdown, timeline for scheduling your appointments, budget calculator and health meter, it is the perfect tracker for keeping track of all our formal expenses. Money saving tips are also included so you can the best night for the cheapest price. Plan'it Prom is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.

4. Beautylish

Beautylish lets you discover the newest beauty and hair looks, essential make-up tips and links to buy those musthave products. The app provides step-by-step tutorials, reviews, and forums to help avoid those beauty blunders. Save your favourite looks and products to your personal profile. Beautylish is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.

5. Glamazon

Get the celebrity treatment you deserve by using Glamazon to book an at-home or salon appointment. The app lets you pick from best salons around Australia or a mobile professional stylist for same-day or future services. Plus, you can save money through VIP pricing #winning! Glamazon is available for free on iPhone.

6. Beautiful Me

Beautiful Me uses your photos to instantly determine your skin profile. The app lets you find your perfect foundation tone, lip and eyeshadow colours. Search the recommendations for a customised selection of products to suit your complexion. Beautiful Me is available for free on iPhone/iPad.

7. Pinterest

Discover, search and save content from all over the web for your formal. Create boards for dress, hair, make-up and nail inspiration on a personalised Pinterest account. Follow other pinners and share your boards with friends to make a one-stop-shop for all your formal ideas. Pinterest is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.


The night will be ~full~ of taking selfies, group pics and funny videos so why not make them even better with a photo editing app? VSCO lets you edit, crop, add preset and adjustable filters and save the images ready for sharing. The app also offers free and purchasable filter collections to make your pictures even better. VSCO is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.

9. PicCollage

PicCollage is the perfect app for getting all your favourite formal photos into one image. The app lets you import photos, pick a ~funky~ layout, add stickers and text then share your creation with all your friends. PicCollage is available for free on iPhone/iPad and Android.

10. Instagram

It didn't happen if you didn't post it on Instagram, right? Share and hashtag all the photos you take and edit throughout the night by using Instagram. Create a unique hashtag for the night so your friends can easily search for pics of your formal! Instagram is available for free on iPhone and Android.

Now you've organised your phone with the best free apps for formal, it is time to put all those plans into action and get ready for the best night ever!