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Met Gala 2014: best red carpet hairstyles

/ 05.06.2014
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  • Blake Lively at the Met Gala 2014
  • Zoe Saldana at the Met Gala 2014 in New York City
  • Lea Michele at the Met Gala 2014 in New York City
  • Joan Smalls at the Met Gala 2014
  • Sarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala on May 5, 2014
  • Suki Waterhouse at the Met Gala 2014
  • Rihanna at the Met Gala 2014
  • Joan Smalls
  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at the Met Gala 2014
  • Zoe Saldana at the Met Gala 2014 in New York City

The annual Met Gala in New York City is the biggest, glitziest event on the fashion calendar. Unsurprisingly, this makes it a great source of glamorous hairstyle inspiration from stars including Blake Lively , Zoe Saldana and Sarah Jessica Parker to name but a few. This year's edition – with a "White Tie & Decorations" theme - was no exception to this rule.

If you're in need of a little red carpet glamor in your life, you've come to the right place. Scroll through and get inspired find a new party 'do of your own! There are certainly worse things to say about your hair than "Oh, Zoe Saldana gave me the idea..."

Top tip - To recreate these looks, you're going to need a ton of hairspray... which is all part of the fun when it comes to creating a glamorous hairstyle anyway!

The L'Oréal Paris ladies were, naturally, among the best-coiffed of the whole night. We suspect this year's Cannes Film Festival - sponsored by L'Oréal Paris - is going to go with a seriously stylish bang after this ultra-glam rehearsal...

Blake's vintage waves: Blake Lively is currently spending most of her time filming Age of Adaline in Vancouver, where she has been embracing retro beauty like nobody's business. At the Met Gala, Blake oozed Old Hollywood glamor with a set of perfectly sculpted waves. This hairstyle is a classic and one that will go out of style. We should also mention that Mr. Lively AKA Ryan Reynolds was also looking very dapper, despite being totally bested by his gorgeous wife.

Zoe's pretty chignon: Zoe Saldana always knows just what to do with her hair. Her show-stopping gown at this year's Met Gala called for something light and feminine to keep her look balanced. This made her simple yet very pretty chignon the perfect choice. With a few wispy strands left loose at the front to frame her face, and a cute bun at the back, this style worked perfectly with her makeup and didn't interfere with the dress!

Lea's elegant updo: Wearing a backless gold silk dress isn't exactly easy but, somehow, Lea Michele made it look completely effortless. Maintaining a sense of balance is essential with a gown like this – all that light-reflecting shimmer commands 80% of the attention, leaving little to no room for anything else – so an understated chignon was a great hairstyle choice. Basically just an elaborate French twist, it added a classic dimension to her look without overwhelming it.

The best of the rest include an XXL updo from Rihanna, sleek wet-look locks from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a pretty chignon from Suki Waterhouse, a fishtail braid from Joan Smalls, and Sarah Jessica Parker's frankly awe-inspiring look.

Which style do you like best?

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