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Oscar red carpet beauty: Get Maggie Gyllenhaal's pretty up-do

March 7, 2010 |  5:19 pm

Maggie Gyllenhaal oscar beauty

Fashion plate and supporting actress nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal sported a gorgeous, shapely Oscar-night up-do that perfectly complemented her paint-brush-printed Dries Van Noten gown.

Hairdresser Mark Townsend achieved the look by adding extensions to the actress' chin-length bob once it was up and secured with bobby pins. "I was talking to her makeup artist, Molly Stern, and we both thought we made Maggie look like the muse of spring," noted Townsend, who kindly broke down the steps for creating the up-do for us:

--First he smoothed a few drops of Moroccanoil hair treatment through her short locks to give them some volume. 

--Then he applied Sally Hershberger's Style Primer (a waxy product) through her hair, and blew it dry with a small, round brush.

--Townsend then set the crown section of her hair in barrel curlers and sectioned off the sides of her hair, pulling the back portion up and securing it with "a lattice-work of bobby pins."

--Next, the hairdresser attached clip-on hair pieces (from with bobby pins. "I wanted a really big shape," he said, "because the texture of the dress is what I wanted for the texture in her hair. With dark hair, you have to add lots of texture to have it show up on TV." 

--Townsend free-styled the twists and turns of the faux pieces, adding, "I took the inspiration from the brushstrokes in the dress — so I just started grabbing hair and twirling it around and pinning it."

--For added oomph, he pinned in a jet-black crystal hair piece behind Gyllenhaal's right ear from hair accessory designer Jennifer Behr. "I didn't want to put bling in her hair," he said,  "I just wanted the camera to pick up the shine."

--Finally, Townsend spritzed the actress with Morrocanoil Glimmer Shine spray to give her high shine "before she walked out the door."

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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