Here's an Easy Formula for Nailing Your High Ponytail Every Time

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Rachel Antonoff rang in her Spring 2016 collection a liiiittle differently this season. Instead of a standard presentation, she put on a mini-musical cheekily entitled "A Secretary Is Not a Toy." You hear that Don Draper?

The hairstyles for the '50s-inspired show were expectedly perky and included a half-up bow, soft bun with a pencil, and a high ponytail. When I got the rundown for the latter, I became privy to a game-changing trick or formula for getting it at just the right angle to flatter your face.

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Lead hairstylist for Cutler/Redken Salon's Linh Nguyen cites Mr. Mona Lisa himself, Leonardo da Vinci, and his passion for the rule of thirds as the inspiration. The "mathematics" entail setting the foundation of the pony in line in with the cheekbones and the top of the ear. Because we all have different face shapes and proportions, this will yield different angles for different women. But there's a universal result in that it will make your cheekbones look higher/more defined.

What's more is that you can use the very same placement for your lazy-girl top knots, says Nguyen. And there you have it.

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Lauren Valenti
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Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.