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Laura Carmichael SAG Awards 2015 makeup and hair

Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael is such a pretty lady. Okay, so it took a minute to see it when the series first started; her initially petulant and resentful character got in the way, right? It's lovely to see her in the beauty spotlight these days – you've seen her in Lisa Eldridge's gorgeous Downton-inspired makeup tutorial, right? (I wish my 13-year-old niece were into that particular look, but of course, at that age, more likely she'd be into the smoky-eye look Laura smolders in here instead.)

laura carmichael: sag awards 2015 makeup

For the 2015 Screen Actor's Guild Awards red carpet, celebrity makeup artist and Avon Global pro Lauren Andersen decided on a "light and airy look with an edge." Here's the scoop on what she used on Laura:

Laura Carmichael SAG Awards 2015 close-up

laura carmichael: sag awards 2015 hair

Celeb hairstylist Blake Erik took his cues from Laura's red-carpet dress and "cool personality" and gave her a sexy, hint-of-beachy waves. Here's how:

Laura Carmichael red carpet beauty SAG Awards 2015
  • To boost fullness, Blake distributed a generous amount of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse ($11.99 at and $5.99 at ulta.comthroughout Laura's soaking wet hair and brushed it from root to tip with Harry Josh Pro Tools Detangling Brush. He then loosened Laura's hair up with his hands, massaging volume back in.
  • For maximum volume from the roots, he had Laura flip her hair over for the blowdry.
  • Once Laura's hair was dry, he created a slightly off-centre part, then misted with John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray ($8.99 at
  • To smooth and add texture and shape at the same time, Blake wrapped sections of Laura's hair around the closed barrel of a hot 1-inch curling iron, taking care to go no higher than about eye-level.
  • For hold, he sprayed Laura's finished style with John Frieda Frizz Ease KeraFLEX Flexible Hold Hairspray ($9.99 at

Ya know, I could do that with my hair. But will I? How about you? And Laura's makeup?