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WIN: Your Dream Matric Dance Look With YDE and MAC

A girl’s Matric dance is a big deal. It’s normally the first time you’re really getting dressed up, going all out on your hair and makeup and getting to stay out way past your normal curfew. I went to my dance with a good friend and even though it was 10 years ago, I still love my dress. But for some girls, the upcoming Matric dance season might be more stressful than exciting. I know that not everyone has the means to make their dream Matric dance a reality, and I want to help. That’s why I’ve teamed up with my friend Anna-Belle from She Said to give you the opportunity to WIN your dream Matric dance look with YDE and MAC Cosmetics.

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These dresses at YDE are so well-priced at under R1500 each

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Having your makeup done by a MAC pro will make you feel like Beyoncé, without a doubt

Although you might have a very specific dream dress in mind, I can guarantee you that having a dress made is more stress than its worth. Time and time again I’ve heard horror stories of friends who had their dress made by a relative or the local seamstress and it always ends in tears. I bought my dress off the rack and it was perfect. In the end, what looked good on me was nothing like what I’d imagined I’d be wearing, and that was the best part. I had my makeup done at my local MAC counter (shoutout to the ladies at the Eastgate counter!) and I still think it looked perfect – plus it lasted all night.

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There are dresses to suit every body shape and style preference

I popped into my local YDE the other day to check out the selection of formal dresses and you girls are in for a treat. There’s a huge variety of dresses on offer right now, in different styles and colours and fabrics – from floor-length sequin sheaths to princess-style skirts and cute crop tops. YDE’s selection of dresses covers the biggest trends right now, so I know you won’t find it hard to find a dress that will make your dream evening come true.

silver matric dance dress
This silver senquin sheath is such a jaw-dropper and only R1400, modelled by Georgia
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I love this crop top and princess skirt, modelled by Dodi
lace matric dance dress
This navy lace dress is a beautiful fit and looks like it was made for her, modelled by Kirsty

WIN: Your Dream Matric Dance Look With YDE and MAC

silver senquin dress
The back of this silver sequin dress is so dreamy
navy lace dress
This lace detail looks great with an up-style. This style is so easy on medium-length hair: Just braid your hair in two french braids, cross them at the nape of your neck, and pin into place
lace crop top
This lace crop top looks super sheer, but it works with a nude bra

One lucky winner will WIN a YDE voucher worth R3000, which you can use to shop for your dress, shoes and accessories at your nearest YDE store. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your makeup done by one of MAC’s incredibly talented artists and take home a couple of goodies to help your look stay fresh all night. The prize is meant for someone who might not have the funds to get the look of her dreams, so whether that’s you, a friend, or someone in your community, you are welcome to enter!

girls in prom dresses
Get ready to look and feel amazing on your big night
girls in prom dresses
You deserve a night to remember

The prize includes

  • A R3000 YDE voucher
  • A professional makeup application and goodie bag from MAC Cosmetics

To enter, just comment below, nominating someone who could use a little help making her Matric dance dreams come true and tell me why you’d like to help her. If you’re entering for yourself, that’s great too! If you’d prefer to contact me privately, you can email me on natalie@tailsofamermaid.com with “Matric Dance Giveaway Entry” in the subject line.

For another chance to win, head over to shesaid.co.za and enter Anna-Belle’s competition too!

*The competition is open nation wide. Entries received between Thursday, 3 August and Thursday, 10 August will be accepted into the competition. The winner will be announced on Friday, 11 August. The winner’s prize does not include transport. The MAC makeup application will need to be booked in advance at a MAC location in or around the winner’s area. The winner will be notified via email and the YDE voucher will be sent via courier. The makeup application will be booked with assistance from MAC South Africa. You can find your nearest YDE store here and find our nearest MAC store here.

*Thank you so much to Georgia, Dodi and Kirsty for being the most gorgeous 19 year old models I could have hoped for. You’re such babes!

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  1. Hi 🌸
    I’d like to nominate my twin sister – Carmelita Dos Ramos

    1. Thanks so much for the nomination Lucia. Can you tell me a little more about your sister, and why you’re nominating her? x

  2. I would like to nominate a young women named Lindiwe, whose matric dance is on 18 August. Her mother (Mirrem) is a domestic worker on the West Rand of Johannesburg and works for my parents once a week. As a domestic worker, Mirrem does not earn a lot of money. She lives in a township where she is the sole breadwinner and supports herself, her mother and her four children (including Lindiwe). Despite this hardship, Mirrem has managed to scrape together R700 for Lindiwe’s ticket to the dance. However, she does not have money to buy her a dress like the ones at YDE. In fact, she has not yet been able to find a suitable dress she can afford after paying such a high price for the ticket. Although I have offered to let her try my smart dresses to see if one will fit for the night, the occasion would be that much more special if Lindiwe could pick her own dress from the wonderful selection at YDE – one that she loves on herself, that fits perfectly (because we are not quite the same size), one that lets her feel beautiful and that she can keep after the event! The opportunity to have her make-up done will also be quite unlike anything else she has ever experienced and will make the evening completely magical. Winning this will give Lindiwe the night of her dreams. It will also make her mother Mirrem so happy to see that her daughter will have such a special night. Without winning this giveaway, Lindiwe will not have an opportunity to get even close to the full princess experience for her dance.

  3. Hi I would like to nominate my niece who is in matric her matric dance is end of September, the reason is that I cant afford to get her everything she want for her matric her parents both past away so I’m looking after her an his little brother so I will appreciate u help if u could make her day memorable an special her name is dudu Michelle magagula

  4. Hi I would like to nominate my niece dudu Michelle magagula

  5. Message him would like to nominate my niece dudu Michelle magagula