The key to a great short hairstyle for a formal event is to consider your dress. Your dress should be the centerpiece of your look, not your hair and makeup. This is easier for longer haired girls who can pull their hair up into updos, side 'dos or half do's to complement their dresses. If you have short hair, you do have options, just not as many.
Some things to consider with short hair...
Go All Out With Your Hair
You don't want to style your hair as you do every day. This is your chance to dress up your hair with waves, curls or even a headband. Hit the salon for a blowout and curls before prom or if you're doing it yourself, add some texture to your hair or a few curls.
A great look for short hair this year is to pull it back. Yes, even short hair can be pulled back. If your hair doesn't fit into a ponytail holder, you can use pins to pull hair back and tight.
Don't Skimp on Products
Product will be your best friend. You want your style to last all night.
If you are getting your hair done at the salon, you won't have to worry about anything, except maybe carrying some extra bobby pins or a small bottle of hairspray.
Go for a Cohesive Look
Everything should complement each other: your makeup should work with your hair should work with your dress should work with your jewelry should work with your shoes should work with your clutch.
I tend to prefer simple jewelry and let my dress and shoes be the stand outs, but with short hair, you can take advantage of statement jewelry. This is that one piece of "wow" that stands out like great pair of earrings or a gorgeous necklace. Earrings work great with short hair.
Just don't do both because too much jewelry can be overkill. Pick either the statement necklace or the statement earrings. If you go with earrings, you can also choose a gorgeous bracelet.
Your facial features will stand out with short hair (you probably already know this), so you can either choose to highlight your lips with a bright, bold color like cherry red or a deep pink or you can go with a smoky eye. But avoid doing both or you could look like a clown.
In this picture, actress Ashley Benson goes with a deep cat eye and keeps the rest of her makeup light.
You'll see some amazing looks in this gallery. So let's get started!