Braids have been an unmissable hair trend for the whole of 2013, but as the year comes to a close, those intricate updos, halo braids, and fishtail headbands have softened up, with stars wearing their plaits a lot looser and more casual, swept gently over one shoulder. The look is soft and lived-in and great for lazy days, but it works surprisingly well with formal looks, too. It's also a style that's made for hair extensions as it perfectly hides the join between real hair and added lengths, so even if your hair only falls to the shoulders, with a few strategically placed clip-ins, you can recreate these styles. Here are celebrity looks to inspire you the next time your hair's falling a little bit flat.
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Whether it's straight or curly, wavy or fine, we bet that at one time or another, you've faced the mirror and felt frustrated by your tresses. And yet, the key to hair happiness has been in front of you all along: simply embrace what you've got, and find new and exciting ways to roll with it!
Need some fresh inspiration? Check out this video tutorial now for a hands-on how-to for achieving two separate but equally gorgeous day-to-night styles — one suited for naturally curly hair and the other for more relaxed locks. Then, get the products to create the looks from Pantene!
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Look who's all grown up! Abigail Breslin stepped out to the premiere of August: Osage County looking more sexy than sweet. To match her bandage-style dress, Abigail opted for a tousled, textured fishtail braid. Her makeup was kept sleek with a metallic, smoky cat eye and brushed-up brows.
The trick to giving your fishtail braid a sassy edge is to add a ton of body. After you blow-dry your hair, spritz in a generous amount of a dry texturizing spray, like Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($37), from root to tip. Tease the crown of your hair before diving into your fishtail. Once the plait is finished, pull on the sides to thicken and widen it, allowing a few wispy pieces to fall free. For added oomph, leave a piece around your face and give it a curl for instant bombshell status.
While we're sure you have your holiday party clutch and dress all picked out, there is still some packing and planning to do. Cash, ID, phone, and keys are all going in your bag, but in addition to those staples, you're going to need some travel-size beauty essentials. So we rounded up our favorite mini goods that will get you through the night looking as chic as when you arrived. When the invitation said BYOB, that meant bring your own beauty.
The easiest way to add some life to your boring black smoky eye this season? Do it in jewel tones, lady! Purples, blues, and pinks have been seen swept across women's eyes, and whether it's to a movie premiere or backstage at a fashion show, this look always seems to land. "Jewel tones were a huge trend on the runways," said Kayleen McAdams, CK One Color global makeup artist (and Rachel McAdams's sister!). "It brightens the eye and brings a little more color to it. It's fun!" Celebrities have cozied up to this trend, too. We've spotted it on Naomie Harris, Lupita Nyong'o, and Kat Graham, which means it's high time we try out the trend ourselves.
Play around with colors to see which color complements your eyes the most. Purples bring out greens, bronzy shades complement blues, and bright blues help brown eyes stand out. "Start with a jewel-toned eyeliner, and sketch out the shape," McAdams says. "The pencil will help the shadow to stick better, and it will last all day." Next, blend the powder shadow into the liner, adding as much or as little as you feel comfortable. When you're done, clean up any wayward shadow with a sponge or a brush and add a few coats of black mascara. "You want the lashes to look really dark and bold." A quick swipe of neutral lipstick, and you're set with an updated smoky eye, whether it be for one of your dozens of holiday parties or a night out on a date.
How do you transform Katniss into a hot-mess housewife, a princess into a hustler, and an American psycho into a combed-over criminal? If you are Kathrine Gordon, department-head hairstylist on American Hustle, it all begins with the screenplay. "After I read the script and saw the first 11 pages, I could see her [Amy Adams] changing her hair 17 times!" she tells POPSUGAR. And that's just the beginning of one of the lengthiest scripts of the year. Gordon then moves on to working with the wardrobe department, seeing the staff's research, and doing plenty of her own. Luckily, the actors were more than game to transform themselves into authentically '70s-era characters complete with comb-overs, disco ringlets, and towering updos.
For Amy Adams, her hair tells the story of her character's evolution. "She comes in, and she's young. Her hair is straight, and she does girlie hairdos," Gordon explains. "Once she sees this whole new life . . . you see her starting to evolve." And that leads to the most instantly recognizable and coveted hairstyles of the film: Amy's head of tight, tiny ringlets. Yes, that is all the actress's own hair. "Amy has amazing hair," admits Gordon, who used two curling irons over the course of an hour-plus process to individually curl every strand.
Jennifer Lawrence may have switched to a pixie cut in real life, but her troubled housewife character in American Hustle is high glam — literally. Gordon says, "David [O. Russell] really wanted her hair forward, like a modified Gibson that was popular in the '70s." Taking into consideration Jennifer's desire for her character to be blond while she was still brunette to play Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gordon built a custom wig for the actress, whom she praises as "such a beautiful person, besides being a great actress."
But the look that Gordon is most proud of is the one that involved the least hair. Christian Bale vanishes into his role thanks to the help of his comb-over, which Gordon says "was really tricky, and it was really daring." She spent two days with the actor, perfecting the look with three different tools, to create a look that required daily maintenance on set thanks to his naturally thick hair. In keeping with Christian's famously meticulous approach to his characters, the hair became a thing for his character, Irving. Gordon admits, "[The comb-over] made the character even more interesting, which is highly unusual."
See all the hairstyles in action in American Hustle when it opens on Dec. 20.