How to Do a Red Carpet Updo

Everyone knows the secret to a red carpet-worthy updo is 10-day-old unwashed hair, endless back combing—and a great relationship with your hairstylist. Watch W’s Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy show you how to get a Cate Blanchett-inspired look in this beauty tutorial spoof.

Released on 7/30/2015

Credits

Starring: Jane Larkworthy
Director: Justin Wu

Transcript

00:01
L-O-L, sent.
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Hi, I don't know about you,
00:07
but I get so inspired
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when I see red carpet looks, especially the beauty looks.
00:12
So today, I'm gonna show you how to do the perfect updo.
00:16
It's very easy.
00:18
Step one, have dirty hair.
00:21
I haven't washed mine in about 10 days,
00:24
so it's perfect for this kind of look.
00:28
Step two, have a hairstylist at your disposal.
00:32
This is DJ Quintero.
00:34
He has been doing my hair for a while now,
00:37
and our relationship is great because he understands
00:41
what I need, he listens to everything I say,
00:44
he looks forward to our times together because he knows
00:47
that there will be a new lesson,
00:49
or I will have something extremely wise to teach him.
00:53
He's gonna take this knowledge with him through his career,
00:56
and it just makes me very happy.
00:58
I actually call him grasshopper
01:00
(hairdryer whirring)
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because he's like a student to me.
01:04
So the first thing you wanna do, also,
01:06
is what he's maybe starting to do, I don't know yet.
01:09
He sometimes doesn't do it, is you backcomb.
01:12
You wanna back, okay, okay, he's backcombing.
01:15
Really get in there, it's great to have some
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very sexy, very elegant...
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height.
01:22
So I can see he's twisting it up, and then he ow, okay.
01:26
It's probably a very good idea to take some aspirin
01:30
before you start pinning because it can, ow.
01:34
(laughs) It's okay, price you pay for beauty.
01:38
And then you wanna spray, just a little spray,
01:40
or a little more, okay.
01:42
And okay, right, uh-huh.
01:44
I think he just made me taller.
01:46
And then you're, we're done.
01:49
The reason that DJ and I work so well together is because
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he understands that I'm the one who speaks,
01:59
and he is the mute essentially, he's the one who listens.
02:02
(bobby pins clattering)
02:04
Whoop, there he goes, guess he's going
02:07
to take some notes down because of everything that I said.
02:10
There's your red carpet look everyone, your welcome.