Side Updos: Hot Trend for Formal Occasions

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Jennifer Lawrence's Side Updo

The side bun has been seen everywhere on the red carpet, proving it's worth as the perfect formal hairstyle. The secret to any updo is to have the right texture to hair so your updo doesn't slip apart during the evening. To give hair the perfect updo texture, use lots of product, lots of hairspray and a dry shampoo. You basically want to create the texture hair has after it hasn't been washed for a few days.

Celebrity stylist Louis Licari explained on the Today Show how to recreate the side updo. Here's how to do it:

  1. Wash hair, then prep with a foam gel. Blow dry hair. "You don't have to blow it straight, just blow it," says Licari.
  2. Pull hair over to the side, securing it with elastic. Wrap the hair in a messy twist (you will want long-ish hair for this, of course).
  3. Pin hair with bobby pins. If you have thin hair, back comb hair to add more texture. Also consider not washing hair for a couple days and applying baby powder or a dry hair shampoo to make hair less glossy and more manageable.
  4. Because you don't want hair to be perfect (according to Licari, imperfect is "perfect" for this look), pull out a few strands along the side of the face and don't brush hair before pulling it into that side twist.
  5. Pair this look with strong, smokey eyes. Go an extra step and add color (like purple or blue) to the lids. "Color is the trend this season on the eye," Licari says.

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Brandi Glanville's Side Updo

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Missi Pyle Sideswept Updo

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Ashley Greene

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Tina Fey

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Audrina Patridge

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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton
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Chloe Moretz

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Anna Kendrick

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