Ever since she scared the crap out of us in Blink, one of the most iconic Doctor Who episodes of the last 50 years, Carey Mulligan has been one of our favorite actresses. Talented, fearless and gorgeous, she is the epitome of elegance—and when we saw her beauty look at the New York premiere of Suffragette, we fell even further in love. The red lips! The cat eye! And her hair has, honestly, never looked better—from the dimensional chestnut color to the retro-modern flat waves.
Those waves were the work of celeb stylist extraordinaire Jenny Cho, who said that she wanted to give Carey a look that was influenced by the past, without feeling too costume-y. “I was inspired by the vintage feeling of the Alexander McQueen dress she wore, so I wanted to create a modern version of a retro wave with a side part,” she said.
And perhaps the most amazing thing? This hairstyle uses ALL drugstore styling products. That’s right; if you have ten minutes and $14, you can steal Carey’s red carpet style. Jenny broke the process down for us below.
Step 1: Begin by applying Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Soufflé Mousse ($6.49, Drugstore.com) and a drop of Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil ($7, Drugstore.com) to towel-dried hair, then blowing hair totally dry with a round brush. “I like to use a hybrid of styling products because the mousse helps create fullness, while the oil adds beautiful shine,” Jenny told us.
Step 2: Deep part the hair to one side for an old-Hollywood look. This also helps camouflage growing-out bangs—as Carey demonstrates to perfection!
Step 3: Starting at the nape of the neck, mist a light hold hairspray onto 2 inch sections of hair, then create S-shaped flat waves by using a flat iron in an under-over technique. Make sure you keep the iron moving so that you don’t accidentally scorch or crimp the hair as you go!
Step 4: Jenny’s trick to loosening and modernizing these waves? A blast of dry shampoo, followed by gently combing through lengths with a natural-bristled brush. Cho used a quick spritz of Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo (coming soon!) to refresh Carey’s hair and add some second-day texture to her long, dark locks.
Step 5: Tuck the hair on the “shallow” side of the part behind your ear, then lightly mist with hairspray to protect from flyaways and add hold. Accessorize with an amazing scarlet lipstick and cat eye liner as Carey did, and you’re red carpet ready—all for under twenty bucks.
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