Top Beauty Trends to Look for in 2016

Understated hair, makeup, and nails have dominated the beauty scene as of late, but that is about to change. In 2016, all things bold and sassy will be celebrated. From bright hair colors to three-dimensional nail design, 2016 is the year of the risk taker. Make a statement and give one of these exciting beauty trends a try:

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Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year are not for the faint of heart. Instead of offering just one bright hue, the ultimate color authority has opted for a unique combination of soft blue and pink tones. The effect is simultaneously bold and tranquil. Although these colors can be gorgeous when appropriately combined, they can also be tricky to maintain, which is why many women plan to use ombre highlights instead of pursuing a full head of pastel hair.

Blunt hair

If you’re looking to switch up your hair but aren’t eager to ditch your blonde or brunette style in favor of pastel power, consider chopping off a few inches and replacing that feathery look with a blunt bob. Ornate headbands are also popular, so feel free to amp up the choppy look with embellished accessories.

Bold blue eyeshadow

Forget Mimi from the Drew Carey Show; 2016’s take on blue eyeshadow is anything but dowdy. Electrifying shades of blue and turquoise are in, although more subtle pastel shades have also been spotted on the runway. If full-on eyeshadow is not your thing, stick with a simple swipe of blue eyeliner.

Off-the-nail embellishments

Nail style is no longer limited to the nail bed alone. In 2016, colorful designs will extend from the nail all the way to the first knuckle. Three-dimensional nail art is not practical for everyday use, but it will be featured more and more at award shows and on the runway.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and experiment. However, the trends highlighted above are best used in moderation. Give one or two of them a try, but keep the rest of your beauty palette understated. The result will be an eye-catching, yet classy look that is bound to impress.

Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube.

I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos.

I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could these ridiculously popular vloggers really teach me about beauty in the way that enhanced the education that I’ve gotten by watching and learning from our students? You’d be surprised! Most of these vloggers have little to no previous makeup, hair, or beauty experience, but they’re ruling the internet with these videos! Why? Because they are regular people, just like you and me, and they have a passion for this industry.

I set out by searching “beauty blogs” and proceeded to watch dozens and dozens of videos by countless numbers of people. Did you know there are even videos about who to watch? There are, and I watched those too. Then I realized that it’s really up to each individual person and how they relate to who they are watching. Some were crazy annoying. Some covered way more than just beauty tips. There are specific vlogs for whatever you are looking to do. There’s an amazing amount of videos to go through.  It was almost overwhelming.

After all that research, I was able to narrow down a list of my ten favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Check them out and then make your own decision on who you connect with and follow:


  • Has 220 videos on literally everything related to makeup, hair, relationships, product reviews, collaboration videos, fashion, beauty & homeware hauls, and life in general
  • You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as her own
  • She’s funny. She’s real. She’s real funny. There’s a reason she’s at the top. If you follow one person from this list – follow Zoe.
  • One to watch: Boyfriend Does My Makeup




Carli Bybel aka “The Beauty Bybel”

  • Has over 3.3 million subscriber
  • Has over 370 videos on everything from makeup, hair, and fashion
  • She has a couple of blogs, a couple of Instagram accounts, Facebook, her own website, Google+, and Twitter so you can truly keep up to date with everything she is doing
  • One to watch: Makeup Mistakes to Avoid




Michelle Phan

    • Has over 8 million subscribers
    • as over 370 videos mostly about makeup but has some very funny and interesting videos about Pet DIYs, room ideas for Unicorns (yes she really did), to real advice, and hair
  • Has over 8 million subscribers
  • She also has a blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up to date on all of her advice
  • One to watch: The Smolder



Whit aka “Naptural85”


  • Has over 650,000 subscribers
  • Has over 200 videos on everything for natural hair, makeup, storage ideas, hairstyles, product reviews, hair accessories, etc.
  • You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook
  • One to watch: The Perfect Curl Bun



Bethany Mota

        Probably the most actually well-known YouTube beauty guru in the United States
      • Has over 9.4 million subscribers
      • Has over 420 videos on everything about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY & lifestyle informational videos
      • You can also find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as another YouTube channel geared just towards her life (it’s gotten that big!)
      • One to watch: New Years Eve Makeup


Lauren Curtis





Andrea Brooks aka “AndreasChoice”

  • Has 3.4 million subscribers
  • Andrea’s on Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter so you can follow her pretty much everywhere
  • Has 186 videos on easy DIY, beauty, fashion, and makeup – super cool Halloween makeup and celebrity looks
  • One to watch: Lion Hair & Makeup


 Kandee Johnson

  • Has over 3.2 million followers
  • Over 530 videos on everything on how to do makeup, hairstyles, as well as lifestyle videos on cooking and fun.
  • She does a lot of “celebrity looks”
  • Follow her on Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – she has some really amazing transformations that she does
  • One to watch: Kylie Jenner Transformation



Tanya Burr


  • Over 430 videos of everything from Hauls, to makeup tutorials, to how to bake!
  • She’s on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook
  • One to watch: Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers



Ingrid Nilsen


    Has over 3.8 million subscribers


I hope that you enjoy looking through these videos as much as I did and stay tuned to a future blog when I describe my experience in trying to follow a makeup tutorial given by one of these gals!

Until next time…


Top 10 Beauty Trendsetters on Instagram

The cosmetology industry offers the world an overabundance of beauty and creativity! If you want to know what’s happening in the world of beauty, check out this top-ten list of trendsetters to follow on Instagram. Follow for new hair styles, make-up trends, hair colors of tomorrow, the next cool nail polishes!


McGrath is a makeup artist and creative director. She has a variety of celebrity clients and shoots for Cover Girl and Vogue. Interested in beauty? She is the real deal.


Rae, a former beauty queen and a beauty review specialist, is a cosmetology guru. Her posts are often very feminine – think pastels, lace, flowers and butterflies.


Olivia Palermo’s classic, polished look will make you feel like you are drinking espresso with Kate Spade while walking down Park Avenue in New York City. Have a big date or special occasion coming up? She’s your gal for inspiration!


Chiara Ferragni is an Italian blogger who likes to test the limits when it comes to her hair and makeup. Need a change? Check her out.


Eva Chen is the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine and often showcases her favorite new products, and often ones on the cheap!


NYC colorist Aura Friedman will teach you all about the new color trends soon to be hitting the runway.


Nailed it! Fashion-world manicurist Jin Soon Choi fills her feed with the very best polish picks.


Stylist Chuck Amos will not disappoint you with his many hair creations. And let’s admit it, everyone loves a male stylist!


Who is Lauren Conrad’s hairstylist, you ask yourself? Well now you know, her name is Kristin Ess. She often posts behind-the-scenes pics of Conrad, as well as helpful hair tips.


Jen Atkin is the talented cosmetologist that styles the Kardashian family for basically all of their events. If you are enamored with their hair (who isn’t!), chances are you’ll love Atkin’s Instagram.


Where are they now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Ashleigh Carberry

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Ashleigh Carberry who graduated in 2015. We love hearing graduate success stories!

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? My career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology was working 12 years in the fast food industry at Arby’s.Ashleigh C

Why did you choose to attend MSC? I choose to attend MSC because I loved the atmosphere. When I walked in, all the faculty and students made me feel welcome and a part of the family.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path? I landed a job at JCPenny’s Salon where I have continued to learn and enhance my skills.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology? Take your schooling very seriously and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take a lot of notes.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry? Every day is different. This industry is always changing and you are constantly learning new things. I love building relationships with my clients and making them feel good.

Where has your job taken you? I have started my career and have already learned so much from my mentor, he plans to retire within the next five years and would love to see me replace him. I can just see my career going very far.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life? MSC helped me learn how to communicate with clients over the phone, at the front desk, and how to talk to clients professionally during a consultation.

What is your favorite memory of MSC? I have two favorite memories from MSC. My first is I have Turners Syndrome and MSC allowed me to invite the TS girls from my chapter to get mini makeovers. It made them all feel special and gave them a boost of confidence it really meant a lot to all of us. My second favorite memory is when the school did my wedding party’s hair, nails and makeup.  The students did an amazing job and I was asked all night where we had gone.  Everything turned out better than I had ever dreamed and we all looked amazing.

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school? Client consultations are very important, and you should be doing them for every client. It is also very important to follow manufacturer’ instructions.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

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Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their first annual Spring Fashion Show recently.  The theme this year was Classic Hollywood Decades.

We set this year’s fashion show up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos.  We encouraged our students to have copies of their resumes available to hand out to the salons and industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we give the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

Our students were able to choose if they would like to participate individually or in a group.  As well as choosing the decade they would like to portray through their looks.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for each decade, but to keep in mind time to get the looks together on the day of the show is limited. The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Spring Fashion Show!   Thank you for supporting our students!


European Wax Center

Fantastic Sam’s


Great Clips

Hair Expressions


Marc Daniel Salon

Pro Cuts

Regis Salons

Spalon Montage


Check out all the glamourous Hollywood looks on our facebook page!

11 Essential Makeup Items for Warm Weather

hot weather beauty productsAs the temperatures rise and we spend more time outside, the last thing we want is for our makeup to melt off. Raccoon eyes, oily foundation and smeared lipstick (that has found its way to our teeth) can mimic the look our four-year-old gave us while playing dress-up. We tell her it’s beautiful, but the truth is, it’s just not a good look.

So whether we’re hitting the beach this summer or catching rays from the comforts of our own backyard, here are eleven essential summer beauty products, with drugstore and high-end suggestions for each one.


Makeup artists share the philosophy of professional painters when it comes to starting the job with a good primer. A makeup primer preps the skin and helps the makeup adhere all day long. It’s one of the best summer makeup tips used by pros and beginners alike.

  • Drugstore: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
  • High-end: LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer



Makeup for warm weather is different than makeup for cold weather. Most of us are swapping out our heavy foundations in favor of BB creams and tinted moisturizers. And let’s not forget the SPF! These two lightweight options have an SPF built into them, keeping you looking flawless and protected at the same time.



Concealer is a must-have for those of us with dark circles as a result of a lack of sleep or good old-fashioned genetics (thanks, Mom). We may also want to spot-treat pesky blemishes or scars. Using a waterproof concealer during the summer months will keep problem areas covered throughout the day.



When it’s 90 degrees out, powder blush might separate and look cakey after a while. A good alternative might be to use a cream blush or cheek stain. Applied to the apples of the cheeks, a cheek stain can make you look like you’re glowing from within.



Bronzer is one of the most popular summer beauty products. It brings color and dimension to the high points of the face, resembling a sun-kissed glow on the forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose.



Less is more when it comes to using powders in the summer. A very light sweeping of mineralized setting powder can set your face makeup in place and help absorb any oils throughout the day, whereas a heavy-handed application can look muddy after a while.



Cream eyeshadows wear better in the heat than powder eyeshadows, especially when they’re formulated with long-wearing technology. The cream consistency helps the product absorb into the skin as opposed to sitting on top of it, making it a beauty essential for summertime.



Special events such as outdoor weddings in the hot summer months shouldn’t keep you from looking as glamorous as you want for fear that your makeup will melt down your face. Waterproof eyeliners – whether in pencil, gel or liquid formulations – will make for a “no sweat” scenario.



A list of hot weather beauty products would not be complete without waterproof mascara. Granted, it’s harder to remove than regular mascara, but that’s the price to be paid for looking smudge-proof and bright-eyed all day long.



Heavy lipstick in the summer? No way! A tinted lip balm is a much more practical option, especially if it touts an SPF.



A setting spray is like hairspray for the face. It sets everything in place and helps your hard work last all day long, come rain or shine.

What Hair Color Is in for 2015?

Spring is here! The sun is shining and a fresh new batch of beauty trends is in bloom. Are you ready to switch up your style? Here are six of the hottest hair color ideas this season.


The tortoiseshell is predicted to become a popular spring hair color technique, much like the ombré was in 2014.

James Corbetter, celebrity colorist, describes the tortoiseshell as: “…warm browns, honeys and ambers just like a tortoiseshell comb. Blondes are more golden, with a few babylights worked into these tones to create the subtle dimension. Think Jessica Alba and brand new mom Blake Lively. I have a lot of clients asking for this!”


Are you still rocking your dark winter hue? Keep it! An all-over dark brown shade with no highlights is a great hair color for brunettes this spring.

Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and Olivia Munn are just a few celebrities sporting the one-dimensional color this season. As a bonus, the upkeep is minimal and doesn’t require frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups.

3.  RED

Red can be gorgeous when it complements the skin tone, but many women are afraid of making a more drastic color change from their natural hues. This season, it might be time to take the risk!

“Red hair is major right now and will be for spring, too,” says colorist Aura Friedman.

There is a red for everybody, whether it’s copper red, chestnut red, strawberry red or a more vibrant, statement-red. Be sure to ask a trusted stylist which shade would work best for you.


One hair color for blondes this season incorporates caramel highlights. Ask your stylist for warm, buttery highlights that blend naturally with your hair color. Keep it fresh and on-trend by not going too light at the ends.

Look to celebrities Diane Kruger, Bar Refaeli and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for inspiration.


Say goodbye to the dip-dyes and ombrés. This season, a much more popular highlight technique will be babylights that start about a quarter down from the roots.

Regardless of the hair color you’re starting out with, babylights can add dimension and shine to your tresses that looks sun-kissed and natural.


If you’re feeling more adventurous with your locks, a pastel hair color — whether in the form of highlights or as an all-over color — is all the rage this season.

Seen on celebrities Hillary Duff, Nicole Richie and Katy Perry, colors like lavender, baby pink and teal are part of the colorful trend.

5 Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologists

If you’re thinking about getting formal training for the beauty industry, you might assume that working in a salon/spa is your only career option after Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologists, Beauty Schoolgraduation.

Yet there are numerous places where you can utilize your creativity and passion for cosmetology—and still be part of the latest trends that help people feel and look good.

Sure, salons can be pretty darn trendy, but they aren’t the only place where you can keep up with, and help develop, the latest and greatest in the profession. Check out these five hip spots where you can take your skills and apply them to a rewarding career.

Entertainment Industry

You can bet Lady Gaga doesn’t look like that before she goes on stage. The woman playing Cinderella at Disneyland? She didn’t look like a princess before she came to work.

The entertainment industry is one place where you can find work as a cosmetologist. Celebrities, musicians and even cheerleaders and dance teams at professional sports arenas need someone to do their hair, nails and makeup.

You should know that cosmetology jobs in this area are highly sought after, and more lucrative, so you’ll need experience and connections—and be prepared to utilize your personal and professional networks.

Getting a job in the entertainment industry can be super fun and put you on the “inside” of the coolest trends in cosmetology.

TV, Movies, Theater

Before the cameras roll or the curtain goes up, someone has to make sure the talent looks good. Cosmetologists can often find work in television, films and the stage.

Of course, the work differs depending on where you’re working. Makeup for a TV anchor will need to be more understated. The hair for actors performing in a movie set in Victorian England will be completely different from what you’d do at your chair in a salon.

Your talents will have to be versatile and you may need to communicate with production designers to give the performer the right look. For films and plays, you will be able to use your education and experience to help define the characters and what they represent.

With a cosmetology career in TV, movies or the theater, you’ll be able to put your creativity into practice and be on the forefront of cultural trends.

Fashion Industry

Hair, makeup, skin, nails… They all need to be just so before a photo shoot takes place.

While the clothes are the real star of the fashion industry, cosmetologists are needed to ensure the models not only look good, but also reflect the tone of Trendy Industries That Hire Cosmetologiststhe clothing and the designer’s theme.

Remember, too, that people who are interested in fashion are also looking for new trends in hair and makeup. You’ll need creativity, the ability to take risks and an eye for new styles to excel as a cosmetologist in fashion.

Beauty Product Manufacturers

If you have a passion for a particular line, working as a representative for a beauty product manufacturer could be the right job for you.

These companies want people who know the ins and outs of the field and are enthusiastic about the beauty industry. This is a job that may require you to travel and teach fellow cosmetologists about new products and how to best use them.

Being part of a company that creates new items puts you on the front line of the latest trends—and you’ll be able to see how the products are received by those in the industry.

Hotels, Resorts, Cruise Ships

High-end resorts and hotels often have their own salon/spas, as do many cruise ships. How cool would it be to work in an exotic locale or aboard a giant boat making its way around the Caribbean!

At these places, you won’t have to worry as much about building up your client base, but you will have to be a good communicator. It’s unlikely someone will sit down and ask for “the usual.” You’ll need to be able to listen and correctly interpret what your client is asking for.

Depending on where you work, you could also have the chance to meet people from across the world, or those who are traveling and simply want to spruce up their look. That exposure may give you insights about trends developing in different parts of the nation or globe.

Careers in Cosmetology

Whether you want to cut, color and style hair, do manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments or perform skin-care techniques, there are plenty of options available to you.

As you mull potential jobs in the field, think about your interests, education and where you want your career to go. Cosmetology offers a wide range of possibilities.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Announces Top Beauty Trends for Spring 2014


Contact: Naomi McDonald
Phone: (651) 332-8269
Mobile: (651) 785-4171

Natural waves, braids, flowers, bold lips and animal print nail art top the list


MINNEAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) – Students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology are studying the art of hair, makeup and nails, learning how to create the hottest looks for their clients. As upcoming professionals in their industry, the students are also in tune with the latest beauty trends. This spring, the students and instructors say it’s all about the soft, natural look with touches of bright colors.

“Flowers in the hair are a must, along with beach waves and braids,” says Donna Dungy, instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

Beach waves can be achieved by using a curling or flat iron, and then combing your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. If you’re pressed for time, curl your hair into tight curls or put it up in bun before you go to bed. When you wake up, you will have effortless, natural-looking waves. Smooth, sleek hair will also be in this spring, and anti-frizz products and flat irons can help get this look.

As for makeup, the goal is a natural glow. This means having fuller eyebrows, moisturized skin and wearing less makeup. Color comes into play with creative lipstick application.

“Bold shades like orange, peach, pink or coral are the hot colors for spring. Ombre hair has evolved into a makeup trend on the lips. It’s where you use two lip colors in the same tonal family,” says Nicolette Klenk, instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

You can achieve the ombre look by using two similar shades of lipstick. Apply the darker lipstick color to the middle of your lower lip and smudge with your top lip. Use the darker lip color to define the outer lines of your lips, and apply the lighter color to the center of your lips and blot together once.

Spring nail trends also include the ombre style, along with sheer colors. For a bolder look, the focus is on unique design and detail.

“Free style nail art is big,” says student Phylicia Cain. “Designs including lines, cheetah print, glitter, bows and diamonds will be trendy this spring.”

For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology, visit


 The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to