Oscars 2011 Beauty Trend: Understated Hair

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Simply divine: Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mandy Moore at the 2011 Oscars.

As red carpets go, the 2011 Oscars hairstyles were refreshingly short of froufrou.

From chignons (Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mandy Moore) to ponytails (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon), hair was largely swept back, putting the face center stage.

Of those actresses who decided to wear their hair down, most wisely eschewed those big barrel curls that have become status quo. Instead of looking like Victoria’s Secret Angels, this year the attendees came off like cool girls.

Take Scarlett Johansson and Marisa Tomei. Their hair was artfully disheveled, parted on the side, and seemed like something one could do themselves with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.

Penélope Cruz and Gwyneth Paltrow also let their hair down. Both went for center parts: Cruz’s look had a bit of body (to go with her post-baby figure), and Paltrow’s was super-straight and skinny. With her metallic Calvin Klein Collection gown, the look was bionic rich hippie.

But perhaps the coolest, simplest style of all: Cate Blanchett’s boyish blunt cut. During the red carpet arrivals, she sauntered through the crowd (wearing her divisive Givenchy gown) looking like she couldn’t care less—and like the biggest star in the room.

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