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If 2009 taught us anything, it’s that glamour is back in a big way. While stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga took major risks (some we loved, some not so much), our favorite stars were always pulling out glamorous, elegant looks that will remain in our memories. These are the 5 looks we loved in 2009.

 

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Kate Winslet

2009 was Kate’s award-winning year not only for her incredible acting ability, but on every red carpet she graced. Her sophisticated and timeless look at the 2009 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards is one for the history books.

 

taraji p henson oscars 2.jpgTaraji P. Henson

We loved this sleek bob hairstyle on Ms. Henson at the Academy Awards. Her gorgeous smoky eye and powder-pink lip was fresh and clean, perfect to show off the star’s natural beauty.

 

 

rachel_mcadams.jpgRachel McAdams

The Sherlock Holmes star’s French braid was definitely grown-up with a bit of texture and volume— can you say ooh-la-la?

sienna_miller.bmpSienna Miller

For her appearance at the premiere of G.I. Joe , we were dazzled by Sienna’s soft waves that were very reminiscent of Veronica Lake.

 

lauren_conrad.bmpLauren Conrad

The reality star/designer/author made many appearances rocking a bold lip. This retro-inpsired makeup look proved the red lip will always be chic.

salmahayek.jpgSalma Hayek recently debuted a shorter, sleeker style at the Ein Herz fuer Kinder (A Heart for Children) Gala in Berlin, Germany, and we have nothing but good things to say about it. This look flatters her just as much as her longer, more glamorous style did and looks great on many regular people as well; a deep side part helps downplay the width of a round face, and sleek, tapered ends help soften a strong jawline.

 

Tell us: Do you like Salma’s new style?

rachel_mcadams.jpgRachel McAdams appeared at the London premiere of her new film, Sherlock Holmes, looking nothing short of glamorous with a texturized braid to compliment her Grecian-inspired gown. We found out how to create this look from the hairstylist behind this look, Sebastian Stylist Design Team Member Thomas Dunkin.

Dunkin shares his styling tips for recreating a look like Rachel’s at home:

1. Start by applying a volumizing product to wet hair.

2. Blow dry in sections, and pin each section in medium and large sized velcro rollers throughout whole head and allow to set for 5-10 minutes.

3. Allow to cool then take down rollers, and spray hair with a dry shampoo for added texture.

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4. Emulsify a small dab of Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber ($16, amazon.com) between palms and run through top of hair. Backcomb front section and manipulate for height and volume. Secure with pins.

5. French braid bottom half of hair starting behind left ear and pin random remaining pieces into braid for haphazard, playful positioning.

6. Finish the look with a medium-hold hairspray for tousled movement and controlled hold.

victoria_beckham_british_fashion_awards_09.jpgVictoria Beckham knows how to put on the wow-factor, and did just that at the British Fashion Awards last week. To compliment the edgy, long black gown from her own Spring 2010 collection,  the designer/mom emphasized her winged-out smokey eye with a dramatic updo and kept her borderline goth look going with a deep nail color.

 

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If you’re hitting up any holiday festivities, a playful hairstyle is always in order. We loved Diane Kruger’s style when she attended the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards recently and just had to get the scoop on how to get the look. Creating a modern day “twist” on a classic Hollywood style, stylist Richard Marin shared his four simple steps for re-creating this great holiday style at home.

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First, dry hair with head titled forward using an ionic dryer for maximum shine and volume (try the Remington Professional Dryer, $44.99, stylewithremington.com).

 

Next, part hair to side, then, using a 1” barrel curling iron, section hair in pieces that are about 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches wide. Curl all the hair in one direction for a uniform wave pattern, and let curls cool to set.

 

Brush hair out in a downward motion. Keep brush close to scalp, and finger waves will form. Brush waves to one side, and secure in side ponytail.

 

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Finally, roll hair into smooth bun with the ends poking out, and pin into place. Finish with a touch of hairspray and bit of shine spray. To glam it up, add a pretty hair accessory. We found this gorgeous Pearl Barrette at Ulta ($4.50, ulta.com)

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