A Newly Engaged Mandy Moore Rocks a Classic-With-a-Modern-Twist Chignon

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The just-announced Garnier spokesmodel paired her black-and-white gown with a timeless hairdo.

This Is Us star Mandy Moore has a lot going on these days: She’s part of the ensemble behind a nominated hit show, she was just named a Garnier ambassador for hair and skincare and this week the beauty showed off her new engagement ring from musician Taylor Goldsmith. Appearing at the Emmys on Sunday was like the cherry on top, and Moore looked every bit the part.

Her black and white tulle Carolina Herrera gown was not a last-minute decision — Moore’s longtime hairstylist Ashley Streicher says they found it months ago. “She tried it when we were getting her ready for a different event, and I’d sort of thrown her hair up in a loose chignon, and we took pictures and decided it looks the best with clean, effortless looking hair, so that was our inspiration,” says Streicher.

It wasn’t exactly a struggle, but the glam squad did have to talk the actress into wearing her hair off her shoulders — Moore always likes wearing it down with something strapless or bare — a call they felt strongly about since her shoulders and décolletage looked so beautiful. To further ensure the updo wasn’t at risk of veering into old-fashioned territory, Streicher’s makeup artist sister, Jenn, added a bold hot-pink lip, and Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders created subtle nail art with Ballet Slippers and Muchi, Muchi nail colors. “We wanted her to look young and cool, and the lip makes it look so awesome,” says Ashley. “It’s probably my favorite look to date on her.”

While the classic French twist is something of a red-carpet staple, Streicher updated it for today and Moore by making it a little messy and more textured. She also gave the actress, who wears a lot of center parts, a deep side part to “soften it a little today.” To begin the easygoing ‘do, the hairstylist used Garnier Smooth Blow Dry anti-frizz cream, a favorite product of Moore’s, in her wet hair, and then used almost the whole volume line by Garnier to add texture, along with some curling and back combing at the roots (another key product was Garnier Volume Root Spray).

“That’s a good at-home tip: Volume is good for texture and gives a lot of hold at the scalp, so when I did throw her hair up. it would all stay in place and not slide out,” says Streicher.