Award-Worthy Updos: Brunettes

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Award-Worthy Updos: Brunettes
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Whether it’s for the prom, a wedding or a red carpet event, a fabulously designed hairstyle can pull a whole outfit together. Here are some show-stopping updos on some of the hottest brunettes in the movie business with tips on how to get the look yourself.

Angelina Jolie, Golden Globe Awards
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Angelina Jolie, Golden Globe Awards

Angelina Jolie’s stylist clearly knows there can be too much of a good thing. The actress-director wore her hair simple at the 2012 Golden Globes with a classic bun, while her pale skin and bold red lipstick coordinated with her cream-and-red Atelier Versace gown.

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Natalie Portman, Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Natalie Portman, Screen Actors Guild Awards

Natalie Portman’s hair at the 2011 SAG Awards was sculptural, with molded bangs that pulled back into a bun. The classic style further accentuated her form-fitting Grecian-style Azzaro gown and, in turn, her growing baby bump.

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Julianna Margulies, Golden Globe Awards
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Julianna Margulies, Golden Globe Awards

This “Good Wife” knows a good look when she sees one. At the 2012 Golden Globes, Julianna Margulies went for a slicked-back ponytail, just as she did at the 2011 SAG Awards -- except this time she modernized it with some volume on the top and front, completing the look with a mid-rise pony that created some movement.

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Hilary Swank, Academy Awards
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Hilary Swank, Academy Awards

While two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank’s 2011 Academy Awards hair wasn’t much to look at up front (pulled back with a bit of volume on top), the back revealed an expertly twisted asymmetrical chignon and some fun, colorful hair accessories courtesy of Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie.

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Winona Ryder, Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Winona Ryder, Screen Actors Guild Awards

Although Winona Ryder’s 2011 SAG Awards look of a high ponytail and lots of curls might have come across as too young for her, this fun, DIY look is easy for more age-appropriate ladies to achieve for less-formal events.

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Katie Holmes, Emmy Awards
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Katie Holmes, Emmy Awards

A fun, beachy bun is always casually chic for warm-weather events -- just ask Katie Holmes, who sported this loose, natural look at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

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Amy Heidemann, American Music Awards
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Amy Heidemann, American Music Awards

A great change of pace from buns and twists: Karmin singer Amy Heidemann rocked this retro pompadour and ponytail at the 2011 American Music Awards.

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Mila Kunis, Academy Awards
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Mila Kunis, Academy Awards

A mess of romantic curls and a low-placed chignon gave “Black Swan” vixen Mila Kunis a soft, feminine appeal at the 2011 Academy Awards.

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Lea Michele, Golden Globe Awards
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Lea Michele, Golden Globe Awards

While the jury is still out on whether “Glee” actress Lea Michele’s Marchesa gown for the 2012 Golden Globes was a winner, she at least hit it out of the park with her hair -- a detailed, textured French twist.

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