Amongst voluminous, bouncy bombshell waves and sleek, polished high ponytails, it can seem like half-up hairstyles have been set to the wayside. If done right, however, the pretty in-between style is anything but passé and more than appropriate for sporting on your next night out. Not quite convinced? Look to Cara Delevingne's half-up hairstyle for proof. She reimagines the classic look with a much-appreciated dose of edge — and the result is modern, effortless, and essentially a must-try this season.
On Oct. 22, Cara Delevingne stepped out in London as the guest of honor at a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of Nasty Gal ft. Cara Delevingne. And though the focus of the night may have been on the new collection's holiday-ready pieces (inspired by female rock icons and Delevingne's own rebellious sense of style), it was hard not to notice the stylish actress, model, and musician's edgy beauty look. Especially considering that, just like her fashion collab, it's more than fitting for the upcoming holiday season.
The most standout feature of the star's unexpected look? Her expertly crafted half-up hair, which was purposely mussed to give the traditionally preppy style a particularly cool makeover.
The hairstyle forewent an obvious part or overly structured, slicked-back sections — instead the strands towards the front of her face were brushed back in a natural, effortless fashion. Subtle volume was kept at the top to give the look impact from all angles, while the sides were secured in the back with several expertly placed bobby pins. Her lengths and ends were given loose, subtle bends for body and movement without giving the half-up hairstyle an overly formal, prom night-like look.
A clean charcoal smoky eye, flushed cheeks, and a blotted red lip finish off her beauty look with a sultry yet celebratory vibe, aka exactly the aesthetic you'll want to recreate for the slew of holiday parties headed your way. The overall effect is glamorous and edgy without looking overly done, and that's because it's actually incredibly easy to pull off. All you need for a 'do like Delevingne's? A volumizing hair spray and plenty of bobby pins. Pro tip: Pick pins that match your hair color as closely as possible for a more effortless, barely-there look.
Make like Delevingne and take half-up hair to a much more modern level with these essentials.