Instantly update your look with a beautiful updo, inspired by one of these red carpet looks...
If you’re heading to a glamorous event, you can’t go past the elegance of hair updos. Not only do they work for formal events and special occasions. They’re also the easiest way to get your hair out of your face.
Red carpets – from fashion parties to movie premieres – are lined with celebrities wearing their hair up. Pulling the hair away from the face is the perfect way to show off a stunning make-up look. Be it natural, a smokey eye or statement bright red lipstick.
Alexa Chung and Emma Stone choose ‘dos guaranteed to make their sassy scarlet pouts pop, while Selena Gomez’s grown-up and glamorous ponytail complements her nude palette.
With the spring/summer season on our doorstep, there’s never been a better time to start looking for hair ideas, and with our gorgeous red-carpet finds you’ll be utterly spoilt for choice.
Lovers of a sleek and well-groomed look should channel up hairstyles from the likes of Kate Bosworth with a slicked half-up, half-down look. For something super-feminine, look no further than Sienna Miller and Emma Watson who like to twist braids into their updos.
Or for all out glamour, see how Blake Lively and Jessica Biel work their big bouncy blow dries into artfully styled hair updos.
There’s also lots to choose from if you fancy trying out some retro updo styles – think beehives, milkmaid plaits and Marcel waves.
We’ve even got updo hair inspiration that use hair accessories and jewels too – step forward Kate Middleton and Sarah Jessica Parker. We can’t think of a simpler way to vamp up an ensemble.
After an updo that can be achieved with minimal effort in a matter of minutes? Make like chart-topping star Taylor Swift and actress Bella Thorne by teasing your layers into a topknot.
Most recently, Bella Hadid pulled her brunette tresses into a sleek beehive updo for the Cannes Film Festival 2016, letting a few stray strands fly across her face for the perfect mix of easygoing and structured style.
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Lily Collins proves that all you need for an extraordinary hairstyle is a few kirby grips.
Jennifer scraped her long bob upwards and pinned in a bun. It’s the perfect party look.
We love Gemma’s chic updo at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year in Birmingham.
The ever glamorous Hailey Baldwin looked amazing at the The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars.
Of course Bella Hadid looks banging with bangs! She once again showed us why she’s model of the year at Dior’s book launch in Manhattan.
Bella Hadid has somewhat become the queen of updos. We love this wispy style.
Kim Kardashian made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, wearing her hair in a glam updo to show off some blinging jewellery.
Rose Byrne went for a retro-inspired updo to attend The Meddler film
premiere in New York. The key here is maximum volume and lashings of
hairspray to ensure your hairdo stays perfectly in place.
Zoë Kravitz wore her braids into a sleek updo at the premiere of Vincent N Roxxy at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016.
Lily Aldrige pulled off the ultimate celebrity off duty look in a simple yellow sweater, blue jeans and an updo. Très chic.
Gal Gadot promoted Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice at the London premiere, working an elegant updo paired with red hot lips.
Scandal‘s Kerry Washington worked her updo while promoting the latest season of her show in Hollywood.
Katy Perry sported a braided updo while out and about supporting her good friends at Rodarte in LA.
Lily James worked a seriously gorg updo at the premiere of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in London.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her sleek updo at the Critics’ Choice Awards, pairing her razor sharp cheekbones with some sparkly earrings.
Rita Ora wore a tousled updo at an awards show, giving her mega glam locks a spin on the red carpet.
Alexa Chung offset her chic monochrome look with this toussled updo to attend the Footwear News Achievement Awards in New York.
Kate Winslet went for a classic updo, worn with a neat centra parting, complete with delicate strands worn loose at the front to keep the look soft.
And from the back? Simply twist your hair into a loose bun at the nape of the neck, secure with a few carefully placed curby grips, and delicately loosen a few strands to create a toussled Kate-inspired updo.
Diane Kruger keeps her look glam with a chic hun (half hair bun, should you not be aware) hairstyle. The perfect party hair inspo? We say yes.
Cate Blanchett changed-up her classic hair look to attend her glittering MoMA Film Benefit tribute, wearing her mid-length golden blonde hair in a sleek updo, with a poker straight side parting.
Jessica Biel went for a loose low ponytail with a subtle twist for her latest red carpet appearance. Click through the see the incredibly chic look in full…
And from the back, Jessica’s long brunette locks are pulled into a low ponytail and twisted losely for a modern take on the updo.
Julia Roberts kept her red carpet ultra-glam with this chic updo. Stepping out to attend ‘Secret In Their Eyes’ film premier, Julia went for this incredibly chic toussled updo.
Gemma Arterton went for this ultra-elegant updo, seen attending the Tiffany Christmas window unveiling in London.
The blonde beauty opted to pull her loose curls into a loose, messy updo to attend a star-studded Dior Dinner in New York, and we think this is her strongest beauty look to date. Bravo Kiernan.
Angeline Jolie switched-up her signature look, trading in that bouncy blow dry in favour of this ultra-elegant bun. Click through to see this chic hairdo in detail.
And from the back, Angelina Jolie provides some top bun hair inspo with this elegant mid-height, super-sleek look.
Kate Winslet takes on the classic messy bun, opting to wear her blonde hair pulled loosely back to perfectly showcase that incredible one shoulder gown.
Emily Blunt kept things casual, opting to wear her locks loosely pinned back, with a few delicate strands left loose for the ultimate messy updo.
Updos are the ultimate glamazon hairstyle, something Rooney Mara clearly understands. Click on to see her incredible twisted bun-detailed up-do…
The actress gave her chic up-do a high-fashion, twisted edge on the red
carpet with this gorgeously ornate style complete with baby pink banding.
Emmy Rossum is the picture of elegance on the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, opting to style her brunette hair in a classic low bun.
Cara Delevigne pulls her long hair off her face to promote Paper Towns in Paris.
Alicia Vikander is prim and pretty with a neat updo while promoting Testament Of Youth in New York.
Whether she’s opted for an effortlessly elegant updo or she’s twisted her layers into boho waves, Eleanor Tomlinson’s warm colour always takes centre stage and looks undeniably glossy and glamorous.
Kendall Jenner teams her relaxed updo with a pop of red lipstick for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Youth.
Sienna Miller keeps it simple with neat braids.
Kim Kardashian fashions a neat ponytail on the red carpet.
Lara Stone pulls her platinum layers away from her face for a low-key look.
Chanel Iman offsets her slick hairstyle with a pair of statement earrings.
Cara Delevingne works a fuss-free ponytail at Chanel and Vanity Fair’s Cannes Film Festival dinner.
Natalie Portman adds a little height before securing her locks in a low chignon at Cannes’ photocall for A Tale Of Love And Darkness.
A side-swept fringe completes Rachel Weisz’s prim and pretty ‘do at the Cannes Film Festival photocall for Youth.
At the Irrational Man photocall in Cannes, Emma Stone secures her auburn layers to one side.
By piling hair hair on top of her head in a large bun, Salma Hayek adds inches to her height at the Kering dinner in Cannes.
Poppy Delevingne is beautifully boho with a twisted updo on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ashley Greene winds her long brunette hair into a large ballerina bun for a charity event in LA.
Kate Hudson went all out with her super-size top knot. Take your cue from Kate and try this look for your next night out, and secure carefully with a few grips, finishing with a few small strands left loose at the sides.
Keira Knightley makes an asset of this beautiful hair pin at the 2015 Golden Globes, pulling her bun loose around it’s sparkly centre point. As updos go, this one’s got real star quality – copy it yourself for a wedding or other special occasion.
Emma Stone shows off her ear cuff with this slick side parting at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her freshly cut ponytail looks simple and sophisticated – perfect with her sharp tuxedo.
Ahhh, Lupita Nyong’o. Always one to experiment with her beauty style, she pulled her long braids into a bold bun at the 2015 SAG awards.
Jessica Chastain amps up a classic ponytail by dividing it into sections with extra bands. If she’d done it with scrunchies you might say this look was a bit schoolgirl prim, but with slick accessories and an Antonio Berardi gown, it looks positively catwalk ready.
Duchess Kate Middleton puts her pony on the side for an fresher take on the classic style. She makes the most of her natural volume keeping the ponytail’s body full and brushed up.
Laura Bailey does halo braids the SS15 way at the Oscars 2015. From red carpets to festivals, this updo never fails to look glamorous and can even be a good way to hide greasy hair.
Crops, lobs and bobs are huge right now, but can be restricting to style. Look to Felicity Jones to see how to create a striking updo with your short hair. A simple low bun, with big volume at the crown and a side-swept fringe will update your ‘do for a night out.
Suki Waterhouse’s latest take on red carpet style is just as enviable as any other. Her piled-high updo is so easy to recreate. A relaxed take on the French twist, achieve this look buy twisting the hair from the nape of the neck and clipping to the crown, leaving the ends loose on top.
Olivia Munn’s undone updo looks totally planned – we’re wonder if it really was intentional? Either way, she’s giving us a masterclass in perfect messy hair – start tidy and gradually pull bits out of your pony.
We love Pixie Lott’s fun, feminine style and we’re using this plaited updo as inspiration for the weekend. Pixie’s hair has been plaited twice at the nape of the neck, one very slightly to the left and one very slightly to the right and then pinned around her head with bobby pins.
We can’t get enough of Keira Knightley’s red carpet look. Everything about her hair is always so enviable, including this pretty updo, which Keira wore to the premiere of The Imitation Game last year. If you want to wear loose curls around your face, follow Keira’s lead and make sure there’s plenty of volume on top to stop the style looking dated.
Jennifer Lawrence nails red carpet hair again with her new updo. Sleek yet feminine, this clever style is a great way of disguising a grown-out short cut, thanks to the voluminous back and strategically placed headband.
A big departure from her usual look, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini opts for vintage waves to shake up her style. A cunning updo that makes her long hair appear short, this is one we can all try to instantly change our look for a night out.
Karlie Kloss nails red carpet glamour again with her sophisticated updo.
Blake Lively’s tousled tresses are the envy of any woman who wants thick, luscious, healthy hair.
Kate Bosworth went for a half-up, half-down look, wearing her glossy blonde locks pinned behind the ears, with a super-sleek centre parting to add a high-fashion edge to her look.
Brit actress Emma Watson went for something more classic for her updo, opting to wear her brunette hair twisted back into a chignon. We love the side-parting too, showing off that stunning ear cuff perfectly.
Aside from that mega-watt smile, we love how Claire Danes styled her strawberry blonde locks for her red-carpet appearance, going for a swept-back, low chignon look.
Sarah Jessica Parker styled her enviously thick locks in a statement updo, complete with white hair accessories. A top tip? Add a few stylish flowers to the underside of your ‘do to add a hint of glamour to your look.
Olivia Palermo hit New York Fashion Week for SS14 with one of her siganture hairstyles. This easy updo is the perfect way to cover up a lazy hair day.
Heidi Klum worked the high ponytail with winning results, wearing her infamous blonde locks scraped back, with some gentle waves to complete the styled pony look. Just add a similar pair of statement earrings and you’re good to go.
Taylor Swift gave us all a lesson in how to do the tidy top-knot. Top tip? Keep a few loose strands of hair, delicately worn around the face to avoid this looking too severe.
We love Emma Stone’s sultry updo. This look is ideal if you want to wear your hair up, but want something a little less ‘done’. We love the rouge lip, too.
The queen of natural-looking updo hairstyles, Alexa Chung, looks effortlessly chic with a low chignon and a side swept fringe with plenty of curled strands around the nape and shoulders to soften the look.
Laura Bailey’s sweet updo is simple to replicate. Wraps a long sheer, black ribbon around a barrel-curled ponytail, et voila!
An up-down ‘do can be the perfect way to achieve sleek, structured, yet understated. Selena Gomez’s tight, low pony will do the trick.
Diane Kruger’s plaited hairstyle is a little more high maintenance – but it’s totally worth it. Divide the hair into sections and braid them individually. Loop them back on themselves for a chic evening hair ‘do.
Poppy Delevingne takes it back to basics it with a well-mastered up bun. She scrapes all of the hair away from the face, just leaving a couple of tiny strands. Pure elegance.
If you weren’t convinced that the messy braided updo works for glamorous occasions, check out how Uma Therman nailed the look. We love how the perfect plaits are artfully styled with a few pretty, fine hairs left loose, to avoid this looking too severe.
Nicole Kidman wowed at Cannes 2014 with a low ponytail updo. The up hairstyle was plaited from one corner over the other shoulder to make the perfect picture from the back.
Anna Friel chooses a messy hairstyle updo to offset her formal tailored jumpsuit. She begins with a curly style, pulls it back into a high bun and then frees some loose strands at the front top and sides.
Jennifer Morrison has proved that milkmaid plaits aren’t going anywhere. This style is here to stay, and for good reason too. it looks good on just about everyone.
Suki Waterhouse worked the retro hairdo like a pro, styling her mid-length hair in a sleek, side-sweep, curled beautifully around the face.
Cate Blanchett’s side-parted pony made a neat and elegant hairstyle for the actress. It matched her outfit as well as her demeanour.
It might seem like a more mature style for English rose Emma Watson, but she really knows how to rock this plaited updo. Parting her hair on one side, Emma braids the hair on each side into a low bun and teams the up hairstyle with a striking red lip.
Jessica Alba curls the front strands of her updo hairstyle to frame the face and accentuate her centre parting.
Taylor Swift wears an elegant updo, wrapping a strand of her ponytail around at the back to conceal the band neatly.
Rose Byrne creates a natural red carpet look by loosening some strands of her updo around the ears.
Jessica Biel wears her hair in a low ponytail for the Oscars 2014. To give a full effect to her long locks she brings a thick strand to the front with a relaxed curl through the lengths.
Emma Roberts sweeps her long hair into a low ponytail to reveal a strong beauty look. Her earrings perfectly echo the understated beauty of her up hairstyle.
Gwen Stefani’s signature front-bun hairstyle is an iconic look for retro-style lovers. She creates a mini bun in her up hairstyle for some interest in the front.
Imogen Poots tries a plaited updo to perfect her demure evening look. Plaiting from the front of the hairstyle, backwards, she creates a classic evening look with a modern twist.
Julia Roberts went classic Bardot, with a side-swept fringe for a classic, effortless look.
Kate Beckinsale pins her glossy curls into a high updo for added oomph at The Pink Party. Add statement earrings for some extra wow factor.
Reese Witherspoon showed off her feminine side with this soft updo hairstyle. We love the loose sweeping fringe and carefree strands.
Allison Williams shows off a chic high neckline beautifully with this sleek updo. She combs the hair back into low ponytail for a low maintenance evening look.
Bella Thorne nailed the top knot stepping out on the red carpet. We love the wrap-style bun, and think this is the ideal style for those with heavy fringes.
Zooey Deschanel loves a girlie hair look. She’s added a large white flower for a feminine touch in her side bun updo hairstyle.
Selena Gomez slicked her hair back into a tight pony for her red carpet look. Her long, sleek locks were bound tightly in a high ponytail, perfecting her fierce look for the evening.
Emma Stone created an iconic red carpet look with one memorable updo. Contrasting her platinum blonde locks with her peach evening gown, in a high textured bun.
Rita Ora combined exoticism with pop culture to create this high ponytail. The dip-died ends and front plaits made it more than just a pony.
Evangeline Lilly departed from sleek styles and went for a choppy up do. Her bangs and front pieces looked wind-swept while the rest of her hair sat perched in a ponytail.
Jessica Alba worked a chic updo and sunglasses as she headed to her waiting car during Paris Fashion Week SS14 – her sweeping fringe keeps the overally look low-key.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar updo is still one of our favourites. It’s elegant and simple and will work for any occasion.
Nicole Richie works a messy updo at Paris Fashion Week complete with side braids and smoky eyes.
Anna Friel kept her plaited updo grown-up and we love it. The intricate braids really suit her dark hair.
Nicole Kidman looked classically elegant in a bold floral print dress with her hair in a plait at the nape of her neck and a statement side fringe at the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis opening ceremony.
Ever one for dramatic outfits, Heidi Klum wowed at the Emmys with a deep red sequin gown and an interesting spiral ponytail.
Cate Blanchett opted for a low-key feathery loose ponytail at Milan Fashion Week.
Kooky singer Paloma Faith’s impressive orange bouffant looked sensational with her matte pink lipstick and daring block colour outfit at Milan Fashion Week.
Nicky Hilton channelled a pretty Grecian-look at the Ballet Fall Gala in New York.
Blake Lively looked demure at Milan Fashion Week with her beachy locks swept back off her face.
Diane Kruger looked chic at the Met Opera Season Opening with an elegant updo and block colour gown. (Can she do no wrong?)
Sarah Jessica Parker opted for another slick updo at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala Dinner with an elegant pink gown.
Coco Rocha teamed a subtle slick back do with her detailed navy dress and orange lipstick at the Met Opera Season Opening.