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10 Ballet-Inspired Beauty Looks

With the New York City Ballet Fall Gala right around the corner, we were inspired to revisit some of the most graceful beauty looks from seasons past.
With the New York City Ballet Fall Gala right around the corner, we were inspired to revisit some of the most graceful beauty looks from seasons past.
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The Low Bun

The light, minimalist collection at Chloé for Spring 2011 was inspired by classical ballerinas, so it's fitting that the models' hair was tied into a feminine bun at the nape of the neck.

Get the look: Try Living Proof Full Thickening Cream to keep stray hairs at bay. $26, at Sephora.

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The Slick Twist

Instead of a basic round bun, the team at Elie Saab created a structural, slick version of a French twist for the Spring 2013 couture show.

Get the look: Be sure to apply plenty of styling serum, like Phytolisse by Phyto, to give your hair a wet shine. $30, at Nordstrom.

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The Perfect Bun

If you're a fan of the simple sock bun, this look from the Donna Karan Fall 2011 is just for you.

Get the look: This Conair kit makes recreating this style super easy. $3.49, at Walgreens.

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The Twisted Chignon

The undone buns at Marchesa's Fall 2013 were created by twisting different sections of hair into a chignon at the nape of the neck. Careful to keep it a bit imperfect, wispy strands were left out around the ears.

Get the look: Use plenty of hairspray, like this option from Kerastase, to keep the style in place—and don't forget to load up on bobby pins! $35, at Kerastase.

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The Tight Topknot

This theatrical look from Marc Jacobs' Spring 2010 show would not look out of place in the corps de ballet—dancer Martha Graham was cited as inspiration—and the high-perched topknot is still popular years later.

Get the look: Tie your hair into a very high pony, slicking it down with serum, like this option from John Frieda. Next, twist the ponytail around itself to create this dramatic 'do. $9.99, at Walgreens.

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The Matte Skin

Inspired by the Ballets Russes, the girls at Erdem's Spring 2011 show looked ethereal with their wispy hair, flushed cheeks, and powdery complexions.

Get the look: Use a foundation or powder all over for complete coverage, like this Studio Fix Powder from M.A.C. $27, at Macy's.

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The Dramatic Shadow

The Black Swan-esque beauty at Chanel' Spring 2011 show brought just the right amount of drama.

Get the look: Line your eyes all the way around with a kohl pencil, then use a dark green shadow with a hint of shimmer, like Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Epatant. $36, at Nordstrom.

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The Inner Glow

Christian Siriano's Spring 2013 collection was inspired by an American Ballet Theatre performance of The Dream, and the models' full buns, luminous glow around the eyes, and rosy cheeks are all characteristic of a prima ballerina.

Get the look: Add a touch of NARS illuminator in Copacabana in the corners of the eyes and on the cheekbones for an otherworldly glow. $30, at Sephora.

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The Lush Lashes

With their glowing skin and layers of thick lashes, the models at Louis Vuitton's Spring 2012 show looked like living dolls.

Get the look: Makeup artist Pat McGrath glued ten sets of false lashes together for each girl, but we think this lustrous set from Illamasqua will do the trick. $15, at Sephora.

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The Pink Pout

At Valentino's Fall 2013 couture show, the models were fresh-faced with dewy skin and a hint of pink on the lips and cheeks.

Get the look: Use Dior Lip Glow to bring out the natural color of your lips while giving them a touch of shine. $31, at Sephora.

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