You know you’re witnessing a truly magical beauty moment when the sparkle of Kallati earrings and the allure of an Oscar de la Renta gown take a backseat to what’s happening atop a celebrity’s head or face. At last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Poppy Delevingne stunned in both the aforementioned dress and jewelry, but it was her flawless makeup and resurrected hairstyle (one we hadn’t seen in ages, TBH) that had us taking fast and furious screenshots. To complement the model’s subtly shimmery makeup aesthetic (courtesy of makeup artist Tobi Henney), celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko created a fresh take on an eternally elegant hairstyle: the French twist.
While we once would have shrugged the style off as old-fashioned, with a few modern twists, it seamlessly transforms into the perfect antidote for unruly strands in need of an extra dose of polish. It also works for those times when you’re simply sick of your signature ho-hum ponytail. Plus, (surprise!) the effect is fantastically easy to create. In addition to snapping some behind-the-scenes photos during her pre–red carpet time with Delevingne, Polko also gave us the exclusive styling how-to for the model’s carpet-stopping style. Keep scrolling for Polko’s step-by-step guide and the must-have products she used to create Delevingne’s head-turning twist.