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darlings, I had the incredible experience of being on the red carpet for the first time ever this Sunday as a guest of L’Oreal Paris. it’s hard to explain the experience—to be out-numbered by celebrities (oh, hey, Bradley Cooper! oh, hi, cast of Glee!) was definitely surreal. the main thing I learned, really, is that stars are just like us—except perfectly coiffed and maintained. ^_^

my favorite beauty trends on the red carpet—surprisingly, since I’m the most low-maintenance hair girl ever—were the lovely, lovely waves spotted in abundance (I may have tried this look myself: exhibit A). I love that the waves are deliberate, a departure from from the beachy-boho tousled looks popular in seasons past. I can say from first hair experience that the key to maintaining this look is hairspray, by the way. a lot of it. 

click through for my other beauty highlights from the night, from purple hair to high ponytails!

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deep side parts: yes, they’re a thing. Julianne Moore, who, as I’ve said over and over again should be in the encyclopedia for “How to Age Gracefully”,  looked so lovely with her hair swept to one side (side note: her eyeshadow for the night was called Good Luck Charm—a fitting omen, no?). Marion Cotillard’s super-straight bob was so chic—I loved how it contrasted with her soft elegance. and I applaud Lea Michele for taking a risk with her ombre hair. red carpet beauty can be so… safe. her makeup (nude lips and contoured cheeks) perfectly balanced her hair. 

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many of my lovely followers have been following the long, arduous journey of my hair regrowth. why hasn’t someone invented an app for instantly long hair? I have to say, though, seeing Anne Hathaway, Morena Baccarin, January Jones, and Michelle Dockery glide by me with their crops, though, gave me a few pangs of regret. dare I go short again? hmmm… (by the way, Anne Hathaway received bonus points in my book for her nails… they’re all over the interwebs by now but Tom Bachik used this polish as a base for hands before adding butterfly decals from Anne’s makeup artist’s kit). 

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last but not least! Claire Danes and her chic dark lips, Kelly Osbourne and her perfect purple coiff, and Julianna Marguiles—as an avid ER fan, honestly, I don’t know how this woman doesn’t age. I loved her 60s-inspired ponytail; it was super slick and, yes, super gorgeous. not a hair was out of place (again, the power of hairspray—and frizz serum, I’m told) but she still looked chic and, most importantly, effortlessly elegant.

which beauty looks were your favorite? talk back to me @evachen212 on twitter

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