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You HAVE to see this Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look

In this week's instalment of #AlexApproved, our beauty influencer talks us through Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's latest showstopping look...

Alex Light

When I grow up, I want to be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She is, I just found out from a quick Google search, less than a year older than me, but hey, I have a bit of time.

The model/actress/goddess attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards last night looking not quite human in a racy, bodice-style Versace dress. Perfectly complementing her dress was a deep tan – a spray tan, I suspect (I'm a fake tan fanatic, I know these things) – and some serious hair and make-up.

First things first, let's talk about her masterful make-up. The smokey eye has been through a bit of a tough time of late, with winged eyeliner largely stealing the spotlight. But Rosie is well and truly bringing it back with this look, using pale browns and matte bronzes to create a dramatic effect, along with some fluttering false lashes. Topping off the look is a nude lip (I know this is #basic to admit but it's my fave kind of lip) and bronzed cheeks.

Read: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley just used a bargain Maybelline eye shadow palette

As for her hair, Rosie wore a side-parted half-updo with a loose wave framing one side of her face. A quick stalk of Rosie's Instagram led me to spot her hairdresser himself breaking down the look for us. "We wanted to have a soft finish with a nod to the 90s," he wrote. "I prepped the hair with Volume Architect from @lorealpro and dried it in before styling the hair in soft waves with a big barrel iron. I then twisted the top half of the hair up in a chignon but left pieces falling down to frame the face for a soft finish." The final touches? "I added some @bumbleandbumbleuk Invisible Oil on the ends and finished with @redken Quick Tease 15."

Having spotted Rosie's look on Instagram last night, I attempted a recreation of my own this morning. It, ahem, didn't go well, and my boyfriend definitely looked alarmed when I asked him what he thought. I think the secret here is to add some volume at the crown of the head – otherwise the whole look is a bit too flat (at least, mine was LOL). It's also good to stick to waves and avoid curls as the whole thing can start to get a bit Toddlers and Tiaras-y, ya know?

Anyway, I love Rosie. She must be part alien because I don't know how you can be a mum (her baby boy is one year old!) and look like that but she does so good on her. I'm off to do a bit more jealous seething, and I'll see you back here next week! 

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