The Secret to J.Lo’s Messy Updo

Half the fun of watching Idol this year is seeing what Jennifer Lopez’s latest look will be! In an interview with the star, we asked her how she manages to switch up her style so often. “I usually choose my outfit first and then I think of the makeup and hair that should go with it,” she dished.

To go with the emerald print strapless dress La Lopez wore last night, she chose a sexy messy updo, which spotlighted her radiant skin and beautiful jewelry.

Want to recreate the look? Follow these tips:

  1. Make sure you have a few short layers along your hairline that hit at your cheekbone and your chin. This way, when you pull your hair back, those shorter pieces will fall out and frame your face.
  2. Don’t be too perfect. Let your hair fall into its natural part, sweep it back with your hands, then twist into a messy coil.  
  3. Pin it with the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ($5.99,, which corkscrews into your hair to hold it in place without a ton of bobby pins.