So many stunning dresses and hair styles to wake up from last night's MET Ball in NYC!
Many of the dresses paid tribute to the theme of their new exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass . Generally the hair styles were very sleek and paired down which complemented the very intricate dresses, many looking like works of art themselves.
My favourite of the sleek hair styles:
These looks are very easy to re-create yourself. You can do these with towel dried hair or hair that's been blowdried straight but you won't need straighteners. Decide if you're slicking it right back or using a centre or side part. If having a parting use a fine-tooth comb to make it. Make sure it's perfectly straight - these are far from boho messy do's! I prefer to use mousse rather than gel, unless you want a very slick look...aka me in the 90's growing out a boy cut, sadly I can't find any photos :D
The key to securing them tightly is to tilt your head right back when tying the elastic. Even if you're creating a bun at the back it's good to secure it this way first, before pinning the bun into place. Then give a good spray with a hairspray like Bed Head's 'Hard Head' or good ol' Elnett strong hold.
The other great thing about these sleek looks is that you can go as bold as you like with your make-up! They can be the basis for a really striking look.
There were some other gorgeous styles at The MET last night. They were all still relatively simple and unfussy. These ones caught my eye most of all:
Lately I've been somewhat obsessed with the style Carey Mulligan wore last night. It's so simple and elegant. Again, quite easy to re-produce yourself. Leave a layer of smooth hair at the front and sides, across the forehead. Behind this you need to do a few 'rows' of loose backcombing, remembering to spray the hair before you tease it. Very gently pull the top layer over the backcombing. Use a some product, a lightweight wax would do, to add texture and hold. Pin it into place in a small understated bun at the back. Give a good spray to finish.
For the full lo-down on the MET Ball see the post on Vogue.com