Ariana Grande Goes Greek: My Toga Party Ponytail!

So on the weekend, my friends Henna & Moz (obvs not real birth names) were having a birthday party which was a greek themed toga party.

I love a bit of fancy dress – for an example, check out my Zoo Lates Deer Makeup (complete with witty title “Oh DEER, you look FAUNtastic”)

I digress. But that was an awesome pun right?

grecian makeup toga party fancy dress ariana grande hair tutorialAnyway. To Toga! For me, Grecian fancy dress is about three things.

1) A decent bed sheet which covers necessary bits.

2) Elegant greece-meets-boho braids

3) Chiselled cheekbones to rival the statue of Zeus.

Okay okay, I totally cheated on number 1 – I just happen to have a cream maxi which hasn’t been worn since last summer. Cheat cheat cheat cheat cheat, thats me. Soz.

2 & 3 however, are very easily done and I’m going to show you how!

Let’s start with the Face. 

I used Seventeen CC Cream for a natural-looking matte radiance, set with a touch of Urban Decay Razor Sharp finishing powder. 

On the cheeks, I’ve used ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo in Turks & Caicos (the blush is a fab duplicate for Benefit Dallas!). Really similar to the Elf Blush & Bronzer cream I reviewed earlier this week but in powder form.

The lips needed to be defined but still neutral – so I went with ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Praline. A nice taupe/mauve colour which looks elegant yet not too overdone.

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Now – onto the hair!!!

This is what I like to call my fake-but-real high ponytail. Inspired by Ariana Grande (who is my absolute hair icon on the moment) and her ever-flowing, ever-going high pony. Most of the time Ariana’s hair is just half up but that’s when I realised it’s all about the illusion of one ponytail.

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I’m also pretty sure that Ariana Grande’s hair is mainly extensions but I worked out a way of creating a longer ponytail WITHOUT the need for extensions. 

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Enter unattractive side-angle but look at the length on that!! 

My actual hair length is boob-length and to prevent losing this length when putting it up in a ponytail, here’s the secret……

….. I’ve actually only put up half of my hair, and the rest is just chilling on my shoulders.

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Yes, that’s right – just put up half of your hair and then curl the ends in with the other pieces to disguise the gaps in 


The bits in pink are the top ponytail, the rest is just loose. Shh!

The final step is to pick up one of the strands and wind it around under the loose hair and tuck it into the ponytail so you get a pretend lift at the neck – almost like a real ponytail!

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For the ultimate grecian look, I’ve even added a plait along the top.

Just like a french plait, but start at one ear and work up and over to the other.

Once you get to the other ear, secure it into the top half-ponytail!

And finally – secure your style with some strong hairspray. This Joico Power Spray is THE best strong hairspray I’ve ever used. Its got a hold of 8-10 (out of 10) and freezes hair in place within seconds.

I really really really recommend PowerSpray for those who are looking for a heavy-duty hairspray which holds!

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What do you think? Ever gone greek? It was so much fun, I could definitely work this into my Friday night routine…

What do you think about my Face Value fake-but-real ponytail? Gotta work on the name right..?


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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Sammie
    February 18, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    LOVE THIS! just incredible, though I couldn't get my hair to look like that! Its still too obvious that its just half my hair up! maybe there is a method to this madness! beautiful though! 🙂

    • Zoe Dubs
      February 18, 2014 / 7:04 pm

      Ahhh thanks Sammie! Maybe i'll do a tutorial once I (eventually) get on YouTube! The trick is to curl bits from the top in with bits from the bottom – and some strategic twisting- until it looks like one pony tail!! x