With the Cannes Film Festival heading into its home stretch, a look back on our favorite red-carpet moments reveals a prevailing penchant for the easy elegance of a finger-raked updo. Léa Seydoux opted for a fuzzy tangle of a chignon, elevated by a bit of volume at the crown, that kept the focus on her eye-catching drop earrings and embellished neckline. Cate Blanchett also abandoned classic waves in favor of a relaxed bun, sweeping up her blonde hair to timeless effect but leaving the ends loose at the back. Natalie Portman’s soft, elegant twist tempered a sheer Rodarte dress, while Rooney Mara sported a high, nineties-inspired knot that looked as if she had pinned it up quickly with her hands before sailing out the door. Here, four reasons to embrace the neck-elongating benefits of the evening-ready look.
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