How Helen McCrory Gets Glam

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  • Need inspiration for a big night out? Helen McCrory shares her BAFTA red carpet confidence secrets...

    With awards season underway, and more than 50 dresses lined up by her stylist, Helen McCrory, who has starred in Skyfall and Harry Potter, needs inspiration for her red carpet look.

    Helen regularly turns to her own personal favourite hairdresser, Charles Worthington, the annual official stylist to the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) taking place on Sunday for help getting ready.

    ‘I have horrible hair’, laughs Helen. ‘The word ‘shocking’ comes to mind! It’s frizzy and fine, and is rarely in good condition because, as an actress, it’s constantly being bleached and dyed, straightened, curled and cut to suit a role’.

    ‘So, using proper hair products is important to me because I’m not one of those women who gets up in the morning and looks fantastic!’, Helen explains as we join her on set.

    ‘The most important way to feel on the red carpet is confident’, says Helen. ‘One day that might mean flat shoes, another day, heels and a tight dress; every day is different and I never know how I’m going to feel but confidence is key.’

    Keep clicking for Charles Worthington’s BAFTA-worthy hair tips…

    How to create Helen’s undone updo

    An effortless updo, thrown together spontaneously using minimal tools – maybe just a couple of pins – to quickly put your hair up.

    ‘To create big volume that lasts, you need to prep hair first’, says Charles. ‘Here I used my Salon at Home Thick & Full 3D Boosting Creme, which Helen regularly uses herself, and backcombed the roots to get great volume for an updo. I then gently teased the hair at the back with fingers, moulded it in to a pleat and put it back. Three or four pins is all it takes, giving a sexy, spontaneous look for the red carpet.’