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One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain.

If you have ever experimented with putting on different wigs you know that these lyrics are definitely applicable. However, for Ariana Grande and the song these lyrics originate from, wigs seem to be a piece of cake… .

Perhaps the biggest media moments of 2018 were both the drop of Ariana Grande’s single “Thank U, Next” and the accompanying video. The song was released on November 3rd, 2018, and rose to #1 on music charts in record time. Highly anticipated, the video was released on November 30th, 2018 and received 100 million views in just two days! It’s no secret that Ariana Grande is the queen of pop, and now it seems she is also the queen of pop culture. You can even check out a parody of the song here.

Ariana Grande - thank u, next - YouTube

If you love fashion, the early 00’s, hair, and makeup as much as we do you probably loved this video. It follows Grande through four major female-led films from the early 00s: Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, 13 Going on 30, and Bring It On. Not only did it make us feel nostalgia for our childhood, it also called to our love of all things beauty. Grande took the classic fashion and style of the era and put a modern twist on them, using elaborate wigs, airbrushed makeup, and other classic Ariana-style pieces such as this iconic pink plastic jacket.

Because of our vested interest in hair, makeup, and beauty in general we couldn’t help but notice that Miss Grande wears approximately four wigs throughout the video, and that’s only her. The video featured probably closer to one wig per person, and honestly? Consider our wigs snatched!

Without further ado, here are all of the amazing wigs we saw in “Thank U, Next”.

Long, Sleek, & Blonde

Regina George could never. In the first film callback of the video we see Ariana sporting a long, sleek blonde wig as she portrays Regina George from Mean Girls. Not a color we typically see on Ariana in her everyday life, this shiny wig really transformed her into the high school drama queen from this 2004 classic.

High & Tight Pony

Ariana truly channeled her inner cheerleader with this slicked-back pony. More of a recognizable Ariana staple, this high pony was featured in all the callback scenes of Bring It On. We ask ourselves — how does she keep her extensions this smooth during the scene where she’s rolling around on a bed? Ariana we have to know, where do you get your wigs and extensions?

Short & Super Sweet

In another non-Ariana style she wears a short and simple brown wig for the 13 Going on 30 scenes. Since we know that Ariana’s natural hair is a soft, curly brown, we’re wondering if this one was in fact a wig. It’s definitely possible that her hair crew could have straightened and styled her hair for this scene, or she could be sporting yet another wig. The tell-tale signs of a wig are unnatural-looking parts, peekaboo natural hairs, or hair that looks stiff and immovable. What do you think?

High Ponytail, the Remix

The final amazing look we get to see on Ariana is her high-fashion, Barbie Doll look in reference to Legally Blonde. Perhaps the most difficult wig to wear, you can see that Ariana has put another twist on a classic “Ariana” look. The high ponytail for these scenes is accompanied by a long, ombre section of hair falling past her face, at one point with flowers tied into it. We have to ask: is this piece her natural hair or is it part of the wig? If it is part of the wig, is it a different wig from the one used in Bring It On scenes? We need answers!

Thank U, Next Wig Please

Some of the other wigs in the video can be seen on her costars: Liz Gillies as Cady Heron, an unnamed character played by Scott Nicholson (one of Grande’s backup dancers), and Gabi Demartino all in the Mean Girls portion of the video. While Demartino is actually wearing extensions, it’s clear that there’s no shortage of fake hair in this video.

Which of these wigs or extensions are your favorite? With what we know and teach at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, about hair and wigs in general, we’re extremely impressed with the quality of each used in the video. Wigs, whether they’re lace-front, monofilament, machine-weft, or hand tied, can be a difficult beast to master. They tend to have problems like falling off, showing natural hair, or using low-quality strands that fall out or burn when styled.

Ariana obviously has a team of professionals in charge of her hair and makeup, each of whom likely has extensive training in cosmetology or makeup artistry. Think you’re ready for a career in beauty? Maybe you could find yourself working behind the scenes in a famous artist’s music video one day!

You can learn more about different types of wigs and their application process here, and if you would like to know more about our school and what we teach during our cosmetology or makeup up programs, contact us today!

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Enrolling in beauty school can be an exciting and intimidating process for many people. Cosmetology, barbering, and esthetics programs are full of new experiences, new friends, and new opportunities, so making sure you’re making the right choice and have all the support you need is critical. One of the most important sources of support for our students comes from Kimberly Gutierrez, the Admissions Advisor here at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy. She is a major help to all of the incoming students at the school and tries to make sure they’re set up for success. We recently had the chance to talk to Kimberly and hear her story, so hopefully she can inspire you as much as she inspires us and our students!

Kimberly’s Story

Kimberly had an interest in learning cosmetology like many of the other bright, passionate people that walk through our doors. She took a tour of Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy and was interested in applying, but she was worried about the financial details and was unsure of the financial aid application process. The entire thing was so intimidating that she didn’t even want to tell her parents about it. Because her uncertainty, Kimberly decided not to enroll in beauty school, but had fallen in love with Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy all the same.

After her experience touring the school, Kimberly went to work at Macy’s corporate office. She spent most of her time on the phone with people, which turned out to be an important skill when she moved eventually joined the Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy team. She worked hard at Macy’s, but eventually felt like her opportunities were too limited. When the opening at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy became available in admissions, Kimberly made the jump! She has since proven to be an outstanding member of the team, and has been relatable to many incoming students because of her own experience touring our campus.

Kimberly’s Role at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy

Kimberly has been working as the admissions advisor at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy for a few months now. Her day-to-day routine begins with calling new leads over the phone. She introduces herself and asks the person if they have specific questions about the programs at the school. She starts by answering those questions and then offers more information from there. She will invite them to take a tour of the school within in a day or two so the prospective student can visit us with questions fresh in their mind.

After wrapping up her morning calls, Kimberly conducts tours of the school. This is a great chance for her to get to know the students and help them feel at home. First impressions are extremely important! This is also Kimberly’s first opportunity to introduce students to the financial aid* process and the options they have. She lets the financial aid department review the paperwork and make sure everything is ready to go.

The tour ends with setting up another follow-up appointment for the student to finalize their paperwork. Kimberly works together with the financial aid department to make sure all the documentation is as simple as possible, and they help the student through the enrollment process.

Making a Difference for Students

Many students are nervous because they don’t know what to expect. Some students come with a little experience, while other students have none at all. Students all learn together, so Kimberly tries to help students of all levels feel comfortable and confident. She most enjoys seeing students go through that transition and become bright, excited beauty professionals. Kimberly’s advice for future students rings back to her own experience enrolling in beauty school:

”Many students are stopping because they’re anxious about money, but nothing is impossible. There’s always a way to pay for beauty school, it’s just a matter of starting. If you don’t start you won’t know what the end result will be.”

Kimberly’s advice is excellent because where there’s a will, there’s a way! She works closely with financial aid to help students make their dreams happen, and yours could be next!

Start at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy

Do you feel like you’re being held back from pursuing the career and future you dream about? Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy is where you can learn hair, skin, and more to become a licensed beauty professional. Contact us today to learn more about our programs in cosmetology, esthetics, barbering, and makeup artistry today!

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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If you’ve seen the movie or read the book, Crazy Rich Asians, you know the Youngs always look like a million bucks! But keep your wallet tucked away. You don’t have to sacrifice your savings to look the part. Here’s how!

Based on a Book

Cover yourself just like the book! Take your daily routine one step further with a warmed, watermelon blush and a raspberry lip, just like the picture. The woman on the cover has got you covered! You glow, girl.


Ever heard Jaclyn Hill talk about SBN: Smoky But Natural? We sure saw a lot of this look among the women in the Nick’s family. Take your favorite nude mid-tone brown and pack it onto your lower lashline and across the outer two thirds of your lid. Blend outward and finish it off with a light, thin wing. What a natural beauty.

Glammed Up

Think you can’t tackle a night-out look? Oh GLOW UP. When and doubt, smoke it out. Take a dark gray or rich warm brown and shade in the outer lid. Highlight your inner corners with a champagne-y silver, smudge a touch of black shadow along the lash line and bam. Consider yourself glam. Talk about eye candy or even (Nick’s) arm candy!

Teal’s the Deal

Remember that GORGEOUS ring?? (More like rock). Well ROCK that look and sparkle the same by putting a matching shade of shadow on those lids, or “wing it” with electric liner. For fair ladies, try an icy aqua. For mid-toned women, try a vibrant turquoise. Deep ladies: work a rich teal. Or mix and match. You can make the perfect shade as customized as the heirloom itself! Your eyes will POP like fireworks on Chinese New Year.


Wearing one of the looks above? Now complete your full face with full brows! Use the corners of your eyes as a guideline for how long your brow should be and mark lightly. Take a pencil and with medium pressure apply a clean line along the bottom of your brows. Blend upward with a spooly, pluck out those flyaways, and you’re done! If you’d like a crisper look, apply a small amount of concealer with a flat brush just beneath your brow. Talk about clean!

Let’s Be Blunt

These crazy rich asians are blunt, in personality AND style! Modernize a sassy, blunt cut with long layers around the face, a side part, and even highlights for dimension. Bold AND sweet!

Hold Your Curls!

No, literally. If you’re having trouble getting your hair to keep a curl like Rachel can in humidity, coil it up fresh off the wand and let it cool in your hand next to your head. Drop it and watch that strand boing! Consider your locks locked. You could even try pinning the curls to your scalp and letting them cool anywhere from 10 minutes to even overnight. And heeelllllooooooo Rachel!

Need other curl-holding tips? Try second-day hair, volumizer/dry shampoo for body and texture, and of course, lightweight hairspray. (You don’t want to weigh down your masterpiece.)

Blonde: Not Dumb, Platinum!

Like Awkwafina, yes you can. (And should!) Any girl can pull off blonde so long as it is the right shade. Identify your skin tone and go for a mane to match! If your undertones are peach or red, try a golden honey blonde. If you are olive toned, try natural beach blonde. If your undertones are blue or pink, try icy or ashy blondes.

Dreading the Maintenance?

Ask your stylist about a root tap or a root smudge! Problem solved.

Overall Style

Not to be confused with overalls… who can even compete with Nick’s family? You. That’s who. Volumize that hair, flash a chunky necklace, and channel your inner Kate Middleton. Try solid patterns, blazers, form-fitting dresses, and sophisticated Ann Taylor-esque statement pieces. Here are some more tips on how to look tailored and fabulous on a budget!

You don’t have to be crazy or rich to pull off Hollywood-worthy looks. Check out our blog and Instagram for more DIY beauty looks!

Ready to turn your passion into a career? Opportunity awaits!

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Cosmetologists and estheticians are commonly confused with one another. You should be aware that they are in fact two different professions and two different licenses in the state of California. However, there are some quirks about them.

A cosmetologist learns hair, makeup, skin care, nail care, and more. They often cover just the basics of everything but hair. Hair is their speciality! You can work as an esthetician as a cosmetologist, but most of the time it’s at a very basic level. Basic facials, certain types of waxes, and basic makeup application are all things they can provide to their clientele.

An esthetician dives deeper. Skin analysis, more complex skin care treatments, and more in-depth makeup artistry is often offered to estheticians in an esthetics program. With an esthetics license you are not legally allowed to practice cosmetology.

So that begs the question. What does an esthetician do?

Skin Care

This is the first thing that comes to mind when talking esthetics. Relaxing facials, facials that treat acne, and even facials that treat signs of aging are all types of services that an esthetician can learn and offer. In addition to facials, they can also provide skin exfoliation.

The next time you step into the spa and are looking for a relaxing treatment, know that it is likely being performed by a licensed esthetician!

Body Treatments

Estheticians are trained in providing skin treatments for the whole body! Body treatments are usually focused on the back and shoulders. Back facials are highly popular and are created for relaxation purposes or to treat skin conditions like body acne.

Another popular body treatment is known as a wrap. A body wrap is at treatment that goes on your back and then is left there to set in while a wrap is circled around it to lock in heat and make its effects more immediate and last longer.

Where can a career in esthetics take you? Click here to read about all the travel possibilities!

Makeup Application

Makeup artistry is something many estheticians love doing! Think about it, to create beautiful makeup art, you’ll want a healthy canvas to work with! That’s where skin care and makeup go hand in hand. Makeup application isn’t just limited to eyeshadows and lipsticks. You can learn specific types of makeup for all occasions! Bridal styles, runway looks, and even special effects makeup are covered.


Hair removal is a service that is in demand in So.Cal. Smooth legs are so in right now, and you can learn how to provide them! Waxing, tweezing, and hair removal in general are all taught in an esthetics program. With the recent rise in speciality service shops like waxing bars and brow bars, knowing how to wax has never had better job prospects!


In addition to providing services, an esthetician must be able to consult and advise their clients. Helping them build a skin care routine that is tailored to their skin and goals is a part of the job that goes home with the client! Makeup suggestions and product recommendations are two other things an esthetician can help their guests with.

What Do You Do?

What do you do at your job? Is it as fun as providing these types of services to people all day long? If you have a passion for skin care and are looking for a reason to pursue esthetics school, let this be your reason! Contact Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy today to learn more about our program!

Advanced Esthetics

Are you excited about the idea of working in a medi spa? We can’t blame you! Our local area in Orange County is home to plenty of them. If you want to learn more than the basics of skin care, check out our Advanced Esthetics program.

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Enrolling in beauty school can feel a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! If you are ready to head back to school and are feeling a bit lost about what you will need to get there or how to make your experience the best it can be, we have some tips to help!

If you need any further help, please reach out! At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy (COBA) we are always here to help!

Finding Your School

Take a Tour

You know a future in beauty is for you. Now you’ll need to find a school. The first thing you can do to find your perfect fit is to take a tour! Tours allow you to gain an inside look into what a school is like behind the scenes. From the classrooms, to the salon, and pretty much everything in between, you will be able to get a wider view of the school.

In addition to the school itself, you will also be able to peek into the culture of the school and determine if the school is a good fit for your personality and needs. Taking a tour gives you an opportunity to meet the staff and get all your questions answered and are not something that should be missed!

Schedule your tour at COBA today!


Once you have found the school of your dreams you’ll want to secure your spot. Speak with the enrollment representative to find a program and start date that works for your schedule. We offer programs for Cosmetology, Barbering, Barber Crossover, Esthetics, and Makeup Artist. Once your start date is decided, your next step is to enroll.

Enrollment involves an application process that we would love to help you through, call us today at (833) 841-4201 and let us help you take your first step!

Figure Out Your Finances

Beauty school is an important investment, but don’t let that keep you from your dreams. There are many options to help you pay for your education, including scholarships and grants that could help you lower your cost if you qualify.

At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we are proud to offer financial aid for those who qualify. If you are interested in utilizing federal aid to help you pay for you beauty education, there are many options available to you.

Check out this blog for more information or contact us today!

Getting Ready For Your First Day

Arrange Your Schedule

While there are many scheduling options available in beauty school, there still may be some things you need to do to make sure that the start of your education experience goes off without a hitch.

Make sure you have care for any children or family members worked out and have arranged a new schedule with your day job if needed. In addition, make sure you tell people that you are starting this journey. Not only will their support be instrumental in the months to come but will make it easier to decline invitations on days you need to be studying.

Putting school first will help to make your experience the best it can be and to get you on the right track for an amazing career.

Dress The Part

Many schools have a dress code, and Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy is no exception. Make sure you review the student handbook to know what clothing, hair, and shoes are required, and then get everything ready before day one. It is the first day of school after all, and you want to look your very best!

Have Your Tools Ready

While your enrollment in beauty school includes a kit with all of your beauty school supplies, you will want to make sure that everything is ready and in working order.

You will go through your kit with your future aspiring beauty professionals within your first week of class. Make sure to reach out to your instructors or even current students to know if everything you will need in place and what other things you may want to help make your experience the best it can be!

Are You Ready To Go?

If you are feeling confident and ready to begin, reach out to us today to schedule your tour and find out what you need to do to make your journey the best it can be!

Do you want more tips and tricks to making the most of your education experience? Check out these blogs below!

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Have you always had an interest and an affinity toward makeup? Do you love creating the perfect look for the most beautiful bride? Or do you love stretching your creativity and technique to build the perfect monster of unique look for halloween? Or do you like a little bit of both?

No matter where your interest lies, or how deep your love of makeup goes, if you have thought about becoming a makeup artist, than this blog is for you!

At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy (COBA) we have built a makeup program that focuses on the skill and techniques that your clients will be looking for, no matter where you find your beautiful journey taking you.

From wedding styles to airbrush techniques, and even special effect makeup, you can begin your journey toward an amazing career as a makeup artist!

Ready to get started? Or are you not quite sure where to begin? These blogs will help you break into the makeup industry, and understand your path from passion to perfection.

Getting The Right Education

The foundation to any career in beauty is an education to help you master the skills and techniques that are in demand. The makeup industry can be competitive, which is why it is so important that you build the knowledge you need, from a school that knows, understands, and loves the industry!

Check out these blogs and learn about the makeup and beauty education options offered at COBA

Get Ready for a New Future at Colleen O’Hara’s Cosmetology School
Things You Learn as a Makeup Professional
Hands-on Training is Key for Cosmetology School
Take Special Effects Makeup Classes for Exciting Career Opportunities

Your First Job, And Beyond

Once you have received an education and are striving toward a mastery in the skills you need to succeed, it’s time you put those skills to work! Getting your first job as a makeup artist takes more than just an application, you need to hustle, and showcase your skills in the best possible way.

At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, we include courses in business management and social media to help give our students the added edge they need to succeed.

Check out these blogs and see what else COBA offers our graduates, and ways you can make your portfolio sing!

Hollywood’s Latest Westerns and Their Makeup Artists
Create a Special Effects Portfolio Starting at COBA
Earning Higher Pay as a Makeup Artist

Embrace Your Career Potential

Your future is build for your success, it takes hard work and hustle, but you can get there! There are so many possibilities and so many creative masterpieces just waiting for your unique eye, you don’t want to miss your chance to reach your dreams!

These blogs can help you understand what awaits you as a makeup artist, and help you get to know the industry in southern California as well as what your instructors at COBA do. Check them out and get ready to succeed!

Who Hires Freelance Makeup Artists?
After Special Effects Makeup Training – Potential Job Opportunities
How to Become a Successful Makeup Artist in Orange County
Making it as a Makeup Artist (MUA) in Southern California

Makeup in Your Everyday

Even if a career as a makeup artist isn’t for you, the students and staff at COBA are ready to help you look your best. Schedule a service in our salon, or checkout those blogs for some makeup tips and tricks.

5 Looks to Take Your Holiday Makeup Game to the Next Level
How to Change Your Makeup Game for Fall

Are your ready to create makeup masterpieces?

A career in a makeup is waiting for you! Stop watching instagram tutorials! It’s time to be the one to create them!

Contact Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy today to learn more about or makeup programs, as well as many other amazing education paths that we offer. From hair to makeup, and all the skin between, a career in beauty is waiting for you.

All services offered by students ander the direct supervision of licensed professionals.

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

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You have known what you want to do, you may have even enrolled in school to make that dream a reality.

You are on your way!

No matter how determined or ready you are, sometimes things just get in the way. It could be something big like time commitments or a family emergency. Or it could be something as simple as losing focus during the summer months.

Don’t let these become roadblocks to your future!

Here are five simple tips that can help you re-group, re-focus, and keep your sights on your dreams!

  1. Set Time Aside for You

    Taking care of yourself is important and no time is more important to give yourself a focus than when you are struggling with something. This may seem counterintuitive, we are often taught to just keep “plowing through” or “fake it until you make it” and while those values have some merit, doing something for yourself can ultimately have a much greater benefit.

    Find something you love and set a goal to do it a few times a week. You can even set a calendar event or reminder on your phone to help you remember. There may be times that you may not want to, but taking these moments can really help to refuel you and recenter your focus.

  2. Keep a Calendar

    Life gets busy. Just juggling school and life can be hectic. You add a family or a full-time job to that and you may suddenly find yourself struggling to keep everything straight. Create a calendar and share it with those closest to you so that you can keep track of events, commitments and more.

    Website and apps like google.calendar and calendly can be a great resource to help you keep everything moving, and everyone around you informed as to what is going on.

  3. Set Sliding Goals

    It’s important to have goals. But sometimes saying “I am going to become a popular cosmetologist” can feel a little overwhelming. Set smaller goals that can help feed into your larger plans. This can help you take the smaller steps you need to create the future you want for yourself.

  4. Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself

    One of the greatest things about setting sliding goals is that you increase your “wins.” One of the biggest things that can lead to burnout is not feeling like you are making an impact on your goals. Give yourself permission to celebrate every success, and learn from every failure.

    Find things that you love, but haven’t done or don’t do often, to reward yourself with, win or lose, and take the time to celebrate. You deserve it.

  5. Share Your Accolades

    It’s one thing to celebrate yourself, but give your support team the chance to celebrate you as well. Don’t be scared to share your accomplishments, no matter how small, and let your support team party with you!

    Even if things aren’t going perfectly, do not be scared to share! Sometimes you need more than just cheers, you need support, and never forget that your friends and family are there for you.

Get Going On Your Goals!

It’s time to dig in deep and turn your dreams into reality.

With a little bit of hard work, anything is possible! At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we are ready to help you build the skills to let your dreams take flight.

Contact us today for information about our classes, and get ready to get started! You’ve got this!

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Prom is over unfortunately, but it was so much fun preparing for it, right? Finding the perfect dress, watching countless makeup tutorials, and practicing styling your hair. However, all that planning and prepping you did doesn’t have to go to waste! In fact, there are a bunch of different ways you can turn your amazing prom looks into everyday wear. You don’t have to lose that planning-for-prom high, just check out some of our ideas here!

How to Wear a Prom Dress Every Day of the Year

Okay maybe every day of the year is pushing it a little, but there are certainly a lot of dresses out there that you can tweak slightly or buy a variation of that would allow you wear at least one a week! No one wants to wear a ballgown every day so try one or two of these simpler variations below mixed and matched with your regular casual wear!

If you wore a shorter dress to prom, our favorite hack is to pair it with a denim jacket or colorful blazer. It takes a fancy dress down a few notches and allows you to wear it with sneakers and a backpack!

Was your gown a two-piece? Pair that top with some jeans, a skirt, or some flowy high-waisted pants!

If your dress wasn’t really everyday wear, you can still find regular dresses that make you feel like you’re at prom anyway! Try something like these with some layered jewelry and one of those pretty updos you found on Pinterest.

It’s 2018, guys. That means that not everyone wore a dress to prom. Our final prom dress hack isn’t even a dress hack, but rather a suit hack! If you were looking dapper in a clean cut tux or a crisp suit, we suggest swapping that jacket out for something a little more casual. Try pairing your dressy pants, shoes, and button up with a leather or denim jacket. Keep it dark to really keep those prom vibes going!

Take this.

Add this.

Prom Hair, but Make it Casual

Now that you’ve got a killer outfit for any day of the week, let’s move on to those lovely hairdos we love so much, shall we?

Let’s start with the extremely popular trend of doing intricate braids for all occasions. Did you do something lovely like this for your prom?

A simple way to make this a touch more casual is to remove any crowns, flowers, or decorated pins you had in your original prom look, and take down half the hair. It should look something like this.

This is a great casual look that doesn’t take much time to accomplish! Another way you can play with the braided prom look is to move those braids to the front like this.

Did you go a different route? What about the classic ballerina bun? We get it. There’s that whole princess feeling that comes with a ballerina bun. You can make it a little more casual though, just take this…

…and turn it into this.

You can achieve this look by beginning upside down. That’s right, flip your hair upside down and begin your french braid at the nape of your neck. When you hit the top of your head simply wrap your extra hair into a bun and ouila! Keep it messy to maintain your casual status.

Another classically beautiful prom look is long hair down your back in neat waves.

A simple way to style your hair like this but make it a little more dressed down is to mess up those curls! To achieve the below look curl your hair just like you did for prom, then add in a texturizing spray or mouse and a few braids. Perfectly messy, but still a little classy.

Short Hair, Don’t Care

We get that not everyone has lovely flowing Rapunzel hair, which is why we even have some casual short hair looks that will still make you feel like you could walk into a prom at any moment!

First, if you went to prom with your hair looking like this…

You can still keep that far side part, but tone the curls down to a messy wave like this.

Now that you’ve got delightful hairstyles for your everyday, it’s time to talk makeup.

Bright Makeup Isn’t Just for Prom

Who doesn’t love those inspirational makeup tutorials where the artist always comes out looking flawless and amazing? Well, as difficult as it can be to achieve those lofty looks, you can still do a subtler version in your everyday life. Here are a few of our favorite looks that you might have worn for prom, only toned down.

Let’s take a page out of Nikkie Tutorials’ book and try toning down this admittedly intense blue smokey eye.

Here you still have that dark blue incorporated, but it’s much more wearable for school or work.

We are loving Demi Lovato’s purple pastel in this image, and it’s honesty perfect for prom. Maybe not everyday life though.

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To tone this down, try this instead! By swapping out that bright purple for a slightly shinier one, it becomes less dramatic, though still lovely. Stay closer to your natural lid shape as well to tone it down.

Red lips are a classic, right? Here’s one interesting alternative that doesn’t quite shout “prom” as much as bright red.

Tangerine lips, who knew?

Finally, here’s one incredibly intense makeup look that could really only be worn to either prom or maybe a fashion show. We love it though. How will we tone this down for an everyday look?

BOOM! Simply remove most of that color and in place of the glitter, apply a little shimmer. Keep it interesting with a half-filled in wing.

If you’re feeling confident, you can even wear the original look. Who says you can’t wear mermaid makeup every day?

Practice Prom Looks Professionally

Prom 2018 sure was a lovely show of beautiful dresses, hair, and makeup. We certainly loved all the practicing and planning that went into it, though we’re sad that it only lasted for one night.

If you have found that you have a passion for all things prom-inspired, it might be time to begin practicing it professionally. At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we train future beauty professionals to do just that! Our students can prepare to enter the beauty field and practice their passion for all things cosmetology in as little as 16 months. Do you think you have what it takes to bring your prom look to the rest of the world? We’d love to hear from you. Call us today at 833-841-4200, or you can fill out this form for more information.

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