Glamorous evening hairstyles straight from the red carpet

Jeanette | 10 June 2016

Head this way for A-list-approved hairdos that’ll make you the belle of the ball.

Party preparation is about more than just picking the right dress, jewellery and accessories. A large part of getting ready for a special night out is also selecting a fabulous hairstyle to match. But where should you turn for some gorgeous, game-changing evening hairstyles? The red carpet, where a number of A-listers are putting their most stylish foot (or hairdo) forward, of course!

Want to see which evening hairstyles tickled our fancy at some of this year’s most high profile events? Then read on and scroll through the inspiration gallery (above) for a round-up of our favourite looks for short, mid-length and long hair.

11 A-list approved evening hairstyles

Keep your TWA well-moisturised like Lupita Nyong’o for a polished evening look. Credit: Getty Images

The look: TWA

Inspired by: Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis

Celebrate your natural hair and rock your TWA like Viola Davis and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. But remember, no one likes a dull ‘fro, so don’t forget to moisturise your mane with a leave-in conditioner (like the VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist, £4.28*) before you step out for your formal function!

Faith Hill elevates her pixie crop by adding height and a slick side-part. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Polished pixie

Inspired by: Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson

Looking for easy, yet chic party hairstyles for short hair? Why not take a leaf out of Faith Hill’s book and get your hair cocktail hour-ready by slicking your pixie to one side for a cool, grown-up take on after-dark glamour. Simple and effective, evening hairstyles don’t come much better than this, trust us.

Bold and unique, we just love Scarlett Johansson’s edgy take on evening hairstyles. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Red carpet quiff

Inspired by: Scarlett Johansson

This directional ‘do proves that evening hairstyles for short hair don’t have to fall into the classic and conservative category. Just slick back your quiff like Scarlett Johansson for a sophisticated, party-ready look that boasts plenty of rock ’n’ roll attitude to last you all night.

Tip: To recreate Scarlett’s edgy quiff, use a strong-holding product, like the Toni&Guy Creative Stick It Up Gum (£7.49*) to help add height and drama.

Party-ready and protective, Teyonah Parris’ sculpted updo is totally multi-functional. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Sculpted updo

Inspired by: Teyonah Parris

Looking for super cool evening hairstyles for natural hair? Then prepare to be impressed by actress Tayonah Parris’ sculpted updo, which is part braid, part chignon. A great choice if you want to rock those natural textures and protect your fragile hair ends from environmental effects (and perhaps your partying, too), this head-turning updo is definitely a winner in our eyes.

Modern, but tinged with a retro charm, Emma Stone’s lopsided tumbling waves were a revelation on the red carpet. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Half-up waves

Inspired by: Emma Stone

Stuck for evening hairstyles for mid-length hair? This old-world-meets-new-world hybrid is a youthful twist on classic Hollywood-style side-swept curls. Get the look by tucking half of your hair into a low bun or chignon, and leaving out cascading soft waves on the opposite side.

Zendaya’s half-updo is understated and feminine. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Half-up dreadlocks

Inspired by: Zendaya

Actress Zendaya caused quite a stir when she decided to don faux dreadlocks to the Oscars. But here at the All Things Hair HQ, we think her half-updo is a brilliant example of how to style your locs after dark.

Julianne Moore proves that a classic chignon is still one of the classiest evening hairstyles to date. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Chignon

Inspired by: Julianne Moore and Gina Rodriguez

The best thing about a chignon is that you can wear it so many different ways. Don’t be intimidated by the name and the delicate nature of this classic updo, the truth is, they’re super easy to do. Don’t believe us? See our step-by-step tutorial on how to create the perfect chignon here!

Tip: To make your chignon look super sleek, apply some TIGI S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum (£16.45*) after styling.

Grown-up and glamorous, no wonder Chrissy Teigen’s dramatic cascading waves remain a red carpet favourite. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Retro-style side-swept waves

Inspired by: Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen’s bouncy, glossy side-swept curls just epitomises red carpet glamour. With its retro aesthetic, this tried-and-tested classic instantly brings to mind old Hollywood actresses and oozes subtle sophistication.

Gigi Hadid’s sleek blowout was the perfect way to highlight her new blunt fringe. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Modern blow out

Inspired by: Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid surprised everyone by rocking a wonderfully modern blow out at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Simple and sophisticated, it was the perfect choice to show off her subtle layers and a fierce new blunt fringe. To recreate Gigi’s look, check out our tips on how to blow dry hair at home for salon-perfect results now.

Classy with a pinch of boho charm, Cara Delevinge’s braided parting makes the perfect choice for all sorts of summer parties. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Plaited parting

Inspired by: Cara Delevingne

This beautifully bohemian, braided evening hairstyle is a fashion-forward update on a simple side parting, and it works a treat for the upcoming summer festivals, too. Cara Delevingne did a brilliant rendition of this hairstyle at the MTV Movie Awards 2016, while Kate Bosworth’s look from last year’s Coachella music festival makes a strong contender for one of the finest we’ve seen.

Kendall Jenner takes this runway-worthy hairstyle to glamorous new heights. Credit: Getty Images

The look: Bubble ponytail

Inspired by: Kendall Jenner

We love how model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner has modernised the humble ponytail for the red carpet. Not only a great example of how to upgrade an everyday hairdo to camera-ready status, another bonus is that the bubble ponytail is super easy to do. Just goes to show that glamorous evening hairstyles don’t have to be complicated!

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