What is the quickest way to turn heads on the red carpet? Confidence, of course—and a ponytail primed for a similar sort of swivel and swing. To balance her aubergine velvet Valentino, Selena Gomez opted for a high-slung ponytail that volleyed youthful buoyancy and full-tilt glamour, an ideal combination for the onset of awards season. 

Rather than her oft-worn slicked tie-back, the Only Murders in the Building nominee and hairstylist Marissa Marino went with a ponytail positioned nearly atop her head, the style run through with voluminous texture (courtesy of Olivia Garden’s Titanium + Ion Curling Iron), offering Gomez’s look a pretty, playful air. A slight lift at the crown ensured the moment felt red carpet-ready, as did nude lips, generous lashes, and feathered brows—all the work of makeup artist Hung Vanngo. The pony did its part, pulling focus from Gomez’s exaggerated sleeves to create a harmonized head-to-toe aesthetic. Wondering what 2023’s go-to updo will be? The case for the higher-the-hair-closer-to-heaven ponytail has officially been made. 

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Photo: Getty ImagesDonald Glover in Saint Laurent

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