Kate Beckinsale for Launch Ceremony Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis

Just returned from the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis Launch Ceremony in China. I can only say one thing: It was amazing! The Wanda Investment group has splashed out  50 billion yuan to create a Movie Metropolis. Looks like that China will be the new between Hollywood and Cannes as it is the world's only super large film and television industrial park that combines comprehensive film and television shooting, film and television production. Additionally they plan to hold the Qingdao International Film Festival every September starting from 2016. ( Cannes watch out ;-0 )

A few of the guest: Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christoph Waltz, Kate Beckinsale, and Ewan McGregor; and famous Chinese movie stars Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Tony Leung, Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming. The chairmen or presidents of Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate Films, and The Weinstein Company...

Had the joy to style the stunning Kate Beckinsale's hair for this event.


Her first look for the day was an ultra chic two-piece Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014 ivory dress with a black jersey waist, which was pepped up with red-hot Brian Atwood ‘Cassandra’ pumps.

To complete the look I styled her hair in a cinematic 60s inspired bouffant using a high gloss headband to hold it in place, whilst leaving out some delicate loose curls to keep the look fresh and modern.

Almost everybody looks good with this style, as the volume, height and loose texture is always a winner. The only time you should be aware of this style not suiting you is if you have a very long face shape or a very high forehead – you should style it with less volume on top and should wear it with a low side swept fringe

Before you start I would recommend to smooth your hair texture by using a straightener on a low heat setting. The Braun Sensocare styler works really well, as it automatically adjusts the temperature to the needs of your hair for ultimate protection. Use a drop of Wella Oil Reflections to add ultimate healthy shine and smoothness.

Continue by taking one inch sections of hair from around the crown, backcombing each section at a time from the mid lengths of your hair down to your roots, then spray each section lightly with hairspray such as Wellaflex for flexible hold. If you want to go extra large, pin in a hair cushion for extra volume. Next, take the backcombed hair, lightly smooth it and gather and fold it over the hair cushion  and secure the ends with curby grips / bobby pins. To finish the look add a stylish headband and mist with more hairspray to keep your style in place all day and night.

There are many ways to wear the beehive look – but always remember- the less preened the better. Be sure to create a sexy loose style, rather than overworking it, to achieve the best results. A good spritz of hairspray will help you keep the beehive in place so don’t worry about backcombing every last hair to achieve this look!

More so than other styles, this look will always benefit from a little practice before its big debut so book in some time to try it out!

Upping the style stakes for the second look; Kate wore a beautiful nude Elie Saab Couture gown from the Fall 2012 collection featuring a high-neckline, open back and gold appliqués which she styled with nude Brian Atwood ‘Wagner’ peep-toes, dazzling jewels. We decided to style her hair in a loose romantic up style to compliment her stunning look.