How to Achieve Dakota Fanning's Chic Glitter Part

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Dakota Fanning

Her hairstylist spills the secret to the sparkle at the premiere of her sister Elle's new film, 'Neon Demon.'

The premiere of Neon Demon was most definitely new high school graduate Elle Fanning’s night, and she looked spectacular in a fully sequined floral Dolce & Gabbana column gown. But as she's wont to do, big sis Dakota turned up in support and wowed in her own right. The reason? She was sparkling, literally, from head to toe.


The elder Fanning wore a shining Monique Lhuillier minidress, but all eyes were on her crown. She paired dramatic shimmering silvery blue shadow with a sleek blowout and blue glitter sprinkled over her center part. The look was conceived by Ramirez Tran and hairstylist and colorist Jenda Alcorn, who tells Pret-a-Reporter, “The glitter inspiration was partly the film, but mostly [came] once I saw her dress! We talked about it and both agreed [a glitter part] would look great with the dress, and this was the perfect event for it.”


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While Kendall Jenner (at Coachella) and Gigi Hadid (at the Met Gala) have both rocked the sparkly hair part, this may be our favorite iteration yet. Alcorn — who also styled Elle’s slick topknot for the occasion — reveals that she used Oribe gel and a makeup brush to create the effect. “I used a large makeup brush to apply it down the part and then lightly dragged the brush down pieces of her hair to diffuse the look and blend it out from the roots,” she explains.

While it looks elegant on Fanning, this idea could easily go south. The key to not looking juvenile or tacky is simplicity, Alcorn says. “I think it’s very important to keep the style simple when using glitter,” she says. “Too much texture in the hair could make it look cheesy or be too much. Chic, clean hair — either a smooth blow-dry or a neat, sleek bun or ponytail — is best.” Noted.