It’s Mardi Gras season! This week, you’re likely wondering what the most glamorous way to celebrate Mardi Gras is. And while the parades, street vendors, and drinking are all certainly fun, one of the best Mardi Gras traditions is the Mardi Gras ball. Mardi Gras balls have been going on in Louisiana and other parts of the south since the beginning of Mardi Gras celebrations, and are usually very formal affairs that call for evening gowns, masks, and tuxedos. Mardi Gras balls are chances for debutantes to step out and meet potential suitors in the upper-class balls that are by invitation only, and the open-attendance balls are fun for people who want a more formal Mardi Gras celebration. Because the event is so formal, it’s important to have a beautiful and glamorous updo for the occasion, all of which can be achieved by using Lionesse products. Here’s a look at some of our favorite updo styles this season.
Audrey Hepburn-Inspired French Twist
The queen of sophistication and French glamour, Audrey Hepburn’s classic French twist would be a great option if you want a more minimalist, sleek look. To get this look, start with dry, straight hair, and sweep your hair over to the right side, securing at the bottom with a bobby pin. Bring the hair from the other side over to meet your first bobby pin, smoothing and rolling as you go (make sure not to condense your hair into a bun). If pieces fall out while you’re rolling, don’t worry: you can go back and bobby pin those later. Once you have the roll you want, bobby pin! You’ll need quite a few for this look, so try stacking them in an X pattern to get the best hold. Finish with some shine hair spray and voila: perfect Audrey Hepburn French twist.
Bridget Bardot-Inspired Half-Updo
This updo has a glamorous but messy look, with the piecey front bangs and voluminous crown so popular in the 1960s. To achieve this look, start with dry, loosely curled hair, then try gently teasing the back of your crown with a fine-toothed comb in order to get some volume. Once you’ve done that, smooth the rest of your hair over it with a shine serum, and tie back in a half-updo look. For piecey, romantic bangs, rub a little bit of hair paste between your hands, then gently pick through your bangs to give them more definition. For extra glam, secure your half-updo with a sparkly pin: Bridget Bardot would definitely approve.
Great Gatsby-Inspired Low Side Bun
The magic and glamour of Mardi Gras balls are very evocative of the 1920s flapper style, so why not wear your hair to match? To achieve this effortlessly sexy look, simply add some volume to any texture of hair (you can do this with curly, straight, or wavy hair) by flipping your hair over your head and using some volumizing hairspray. Once you’ve hairsprayed, simply part your hair to the side, and gather your hair in a messy, unstructured low side bun. Bobby pin to keep in place, and pull out strands here and there for an unpretentious glamour. For extra 20s inspiration, try two bobby pins right by your ear.