Get all of the scoop of the star's gorgeous red carpet hair moment

By Sarah Kinonen
Updated May 13, 2016 09:24 PM
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One scroll through Lucy Hale‘s Instagram feed, and you’ll have all enough beauty inspo to last you the whole year. The star is constantly stepping up her beauty game. She can rock a bob and an updo like no other and isn’t afraid to pull off a bold lip on the red carpet. And her latest event look — a gorgeous, floral-adorned, braided updo teamed with cranberry monochromatic makeup — is yet another one to add to your Pinterest board.


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The Pretty Little Liars actress hit the red carpet for the Nylon and BCBGeneration’s Annual Young Hollywood May issue event in West Hollywood on Thursday evening sporting a stunning, romantic updo — an flower-adorned plaited style, which she paired with a soft pink eye and lip moment — and because everyone in the PeopleStyle is still talking about the star’s look, we tapped her hairstylist Kristin Ess for the details!

The braided updo, which Ess describes as “romantic AF” (we can’t argue with that), was inspired by a floral-heavy hair moment from a previous season’s Dolce & Gabbana runway look.

“I’ve always wanted to create a wearable version of the Dolce & Gabbana hair look from spring 2014 and this was the perfect opportunity,” the hair pro tells PeopleStyle, adding that Hale also contributed to the ethereal look. “[Lucy] is all about bringing ideas to the table and when she sees me get super excited about something, she gets excited too and then it just snowballs into a big fun glam party. That is more inspiring to a hairstylist or makeup artist than you could ever imagine.”

Ess created the style, an updo made of both French and fishtails plaits, by first applying Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray all over Hale’s tresses for extra body and then rough-dried the hair except the top section. Ess blew out each section separately to add volume and then started braiding!

If you have short strands like Hale, Ess recommends this plait trick: braiding the bottom section — “from the occipital bone down” into its own French plait, “otherwise it’s really hard to get those short hairs up!”

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Ess braided a total of five braids — three inverted French braids and two fishtail braids — as it “just felt right,” weaving a gorgeous dazzling Lelet NY Heart Crystal Topknot headpiece into the style.

“If you know me, you know I’m a hair accessory junkie! Can’t get enough,” Ess confesses to PeopleStyle. “This one was just right for the look! It has a slightly antiquated finish and gives the perfect amount sparkle without looking cheesy.”

Once the sparkly hair accessory was in place, the hairstylist adorned the rest of the look with a few multicolor silk flowers. (Yes, they’re fake!)

“I saw the dress and went into my craft closet — I have hundreds of silk flowers in this craft closet,” she says. “I’m a silk flower hoarder! Sometimes I use real flowers, but this was a nighttime event and I wasn’t sure how long she was going to be there, so it was better to go with fake than have them wilt!”

After the florals were arranged, Ess pulled out a few face-framing pieces and “slightly waved” them with a one-inch curling iron, tapping them quickly to create a subtle bend with a blunt, straight end.

And as Ess points out, Hale’s look for the evening wouldn’t be complete without her matchy-matchy makeup moment, which was created by the actress’ other glam squad regular: makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan.

“Kelsey crushed the makeup look. When I was thinking of this look for hair I was like, ‘I hope Kels does something super-romantic for makeup’ in my head,” Ess tells PeopleStyle. “Girl was already light years ahead of me with a cranberry monochromatic look. I think this was such an important element to complete the look — it was equally romantic — and I’m going to go as far as to say it’s one of my favorite looks Kelsey has ever done on Lucy.”

We’d have to agree.

What do you think of Lucy’s romantic updo? Share below!

–Sarah Kinonen