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Dress Up Your ‘Do: 4 Ways to Style a Pixie Cut for Special Occasions

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By Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind. Erin Loechner is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

Raise your hand, pixies - this one’s for you.

When it comes to us short hair gals, we know the advantages to be plenty. A single bottle of shampoo can last upwards of six months, or more. We don’t clog sinks with our Rapunzel tresses, and you’ll never find us in need of a purse large enough to lug a hairbrush around town.

Less fuss. More ease. Simple styling.

And yet, the downside: how to take our decidedly everyday hair and make it less… everyday?

Woman putting on earings to elevate her special occasion look

Whether your summer plans include a wedding, graduation, anniversary dinner or any manner of events, you’ve likely got something celebratory on the calendar. Don’t fret; elevating your makeup and hairstyle for special occasions is easier than you may think! I’ve got four ways to style a pixie cut to borrow for the big night, from one pixie to another:

1. Make a statement.

Statement earings to elevate hairstyles for special occasions

The simplest, quickest way to dress up your everyday hairstyle for special occasions? Statement earrings. From geometric to feminine, colorful to elegant, a statement earring is an easy way to take your pixie from day to night and dusk ‘til dawn.
Pro Tip: Look for an earring with plenty of movement, but not a clash-heavy noisemaker. Avoid the curse of the walking windchime by opting for a lightweight option, like a drop, dangle or tassel.

2. Go for smoke.

Eyeshadow palette for special occasion makeup

The eyes have it, or so they say. Boost your everyday beauty routine with a simple-and-totally-powerful step: dramatic smoky eye make-up. Feeling intimidated by the process? Neutrogena® Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Cool Plum includes a handy tutorial on every palette, so application is virtually foolproof. Plus, the vitamin-infused formula is tested to provide up to 12 hours of rich, nourishing and smudge-proof color.
Pro Tip: Think balance. Avoid bold lips or harsh rouge - you want your eyes to be the main event here. A soft, sheer lip gloss and barely-there blush are just the ticket!

3. Pin-worthy.

Short pixie hairstyle for special occasions using bobby pins

Think bobby pins are just for updos and bang tamers? Never! Add a fun element of surprise to your special occasion hair with a pixie braid secured with a decorative bobby pin. From a trio of gilded sparkles to a bespoke graphic, you’ll turn heads and start convos in one fell swoop.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have a decorative bobby pin, make your own! Secure a sparkly clip-on earring to a basic bobby pin for instant, interchangeable glam.

4. Think floral.

Short pixie hairstyle for special occasions with flower crown

For summer weddings, outdoor festivals and backyard al fresco dinner parties, a floral crown is a sweet way to freshen up your short pixie hairstyle for special occasions. By keeping your outfit neutral and your jewelry minimal, you can let your pixie shine in all its feminine glory.
Pro Tip: If floral crowns sound too Coachella-and-peace-signs for you, opt for the grown-up version with an understated floral-inspired headband donning greenery like eucalyptus, rosemary or baby’s breath. Subtle and lovely.

Onward, sweet pixies! Proof that sometimes - in life and in hair - you really can have it all.

Happy celebrating!

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