The Okja actress went for daring, different hairstyles at each of her appearances at the Cannes Film Festival

By Kaitlyn Frey
May 24, 2017 09:10 AM

Lily Collins is no stranger when it comes to making bold red carpet choices — and, as her looks at the Cannes Film Festival this week have proved, she’s all about bold beauty looks, too.

The 28-year-old star landed in the French Riviera four days ago, and hasn’t stopped switching up her hair looks since. She’s debuted everything from faux bangs to a sleek and slick ponytail, proving no hair look is off limits. Of course, she’s had some help: Collins turned to celebrity hairstylist and Ouai founder Jen Atkin — who’s best known for being the KarJenner family’s go-to hair expert — to create five unique hairstyles for the star.

Let’s go through them, shall we?


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On Friday, the actress made her first Cannes appearance of the week at the Okja photocall (she stars in the film, which premiered at the festival) wearing her tresses in a glossy ponytail highlighted with gold wires wrapped around the ends.

“Always have sew much fun glamming @lilyjcollins,” Atkin captioned an Instagram video of her adding the unique finishing touch to the look. According to the stylist, the hair do was “inspired by a look my sweet friend @chadwoodhair did recently!”


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Collins walked the carpet hand-in-hand with her co-star Tilda Swinton at the Okja premiere in Cannes, and sported a glamorous, sleek center-parted style, quite reminiscent of how Atkin styled Kim Kardashian‘s hair three weeks ago for her Ellen appearance.

“I’m obsessed with sleek straight hair right now,” Atkin told PeopleStyle. “It works on literally everyone and is such a strong, feminine image – perfect for a floor length gown.


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On Saturday, Atkin clipped in some fake bangs that were asymmetrically cut and landed about an inch above Collins’ eyebrows, and styled the rest of her hair with natural, soft waves.

“You know we love a good bang moment,” Atkin captioned an Instagram photo of the star’s look. “I fell in love with the contrast of drastic above-the-brow bangs, Lily’s dark brows and this mock-neck Prabal Gurung gown. Also, the subtle waves made everything look less graphic and more boho,” the hairstylist told us.


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Last night, the actress made her most daring appearance yet, when she wore her hair in huge ’90s inspired curly ringlets at the HFPA bash that had us all doing a double take — Atkin told us this look was inspired by Julia Roberts’ hair in Pretty Woman.

There’s something so spirited about a big head of natural-looking curls on the red carpet and I love a diffuser and mousse moment,” she told us. “We definitely wanted her to feel like the center of attention; a little wild, a little ’90s and a lot of fun.”


Rounding out her Cannes hairstyles, Collins finished out her time at the festival today with a romantic high bun up-do that features a french braid up the back of her head. “Going out with a bang,” Atkin said on Instagram. “I knew a classic french twist on Lily would draw comparisons to Audrey Hepburn so to modernize the look, I made the fringe so it highlighted her bone structure and elongated her face as opposed to softening it,” she added.

Which one of Lily’s hairstyles from Cannes did you like best? Sound off in the comments below.

– with reporting by Jackie Fields