10 Red Carpet Up-Dos We’re Dying to Replicate at Home
Few people have regular opportunities to walk red carpets, but why should celebrities have all the fun? Elegant hairstyles are fair game for all women, whether you want to wear a sleek up-do to work, at home, or on special occasions like weddings and anniversaries.
Believe it or not, many of these stunning hair styles are doable without hiring a professional stylist, so you don’t even need anyone’s help to achieve this level of A-list glamour. Trust us, there’s something about wearing a chic up-do that’s utterly transformative.
1. The princess bun
British model Jourdan Dunn looked incredibly regal at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. To achieve this up-do, you need to part your hair in the center and leave two 1-centimeter-thick sections of hair free to frame your face. Next, pull your hair back into a low bun that falls at the base of your neck. After pinning and hair-spraying your bun into place, curl your two loose-hanging strands with a styling wand. The result is pure sophistication.
2. The edgy roll
Nicole Kidman adores showing off her neck, décolletage, and upper back. If you also love these areas on yourself, don’t cover them up with long hair. Instead, follow Kidman’s example by putting them on display with an edgy up-do. Rather than wearing a traditional roll, Kidman let the ends of her hair jut out. That sharp, geometric detail drew tons of attention to her neck, exactly as she planned.
3. The braided crown
Haley Bennett channeled the Dutch countryside with her braided crown, and it turns out this up-do looks just as great on the red carpet as it does anywhere else. To achieve this exact look, you need to have quite thick, long hair to create the three braided layers. However, if you have thinner hair, you can absolutely adapt it to have just one braid that circles your forehead.
4. The accessorized bun
One way to elevate a classic bun is to add some dainty accessories. We loved Emily Blunt’s ethereal up-do at the world premier of The Girl On The Train, the psycho thriller in which she starred as the leading role. Blunt modified her low, rolled bun with gold-plated flowers and a crown of jewels. As Blunt demonstrated, this works perfectly with a highly detailed, sequined dress.
5. The bird’s nest
Actress Cara Santana gave us major up-do inspiration when she attended The Art of Elysium Gala. Her messy, bird’s nest bun creates the perfect balance between looking put together and laid back. Pair this messy hairstyle with diamonds to prove you’re in every way cosmopolitan, without trying too hard.
6. The braided bun
Olivia Wilde turns heads no matter what type of hair style she sports, but we especially adored the low, braided bun she wore to the 88th Academy Awards. Achieving this look requires some practice (or the help of a professional hair stylist), but it’s absolutely doable for anyone with medium to long hair.
7. The knotted bun
If you’re looking for an elegant, all-purpose up-do, look no further than Alice Isaaz’s low, knotted bun. Though Isaaz wore this twisted knot to the Cannes Film Festival, we think it would wonderfully suit a date night, wedding, or work event.
8. The classic bun
If there’s one up-do every woman needs to wear at least once in her life, it has to be this low, voluminous bun with a single strand of hair falling free. Follow Levin Rambin’s example and pair this up-do with pearl earrings and red lipstick for ultimate sophistication.
9. The wind-swept bun
Going formal anytime soon? If you plan to attend an upcoming gala, important dinner, auction, or wedding, there’s no better up-do than this back-swept, messy bun worn by Gemma Arterton. Because this style looks best a little messy, it’s easy to pull off at home.
10. The top knot
Though Julianne Hough wore this hairstyle to the People’s Choice Awards in 2016, the top knot is actually ideal for everyday wear. It only takes a few minutes to style, and it works for just about any occasion. Simply use a hair brush to pull your hair to the top of your head, twirl into a chord, wrap it around the starting point, then tie it into place. You can also use gel or hairspray to make it extra sleek.