Emma Watson's Latest Hairstyle Features Visible Bobby Pins

Think you've gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again.
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Think you've gotta hide your bobby pins? Think again.
Emma Watson, Noah premiere, Madrid, 2014

Today's hair-spiration is coming your way via Madrid, where Emma Watson walked the red carpet to promote her new movie, Noah. (I'll first give you a moment to take in the makeup—combed-up brows, plummy shadow, flushed cheeks and a strong berry-red lip. For a similar shade, try NARS Lipstick in Scarlett Empress.)

Now on to the hair. At first glance, the side-swept style looks a lot like the last one I went gaga over, on Amber Heard. There's the same deep side par and a similar tousled texture, with one side pulled back (although Emma's hair is a bit looser and more subdued).

But then you get a look at the side view and realize the hair accessories are the real showstopper:

Emma Watson, Noah premiere, Madrid, 2014

Instead of the usual side-swept styles we see on the red carpet, where the bobby pins are carefully hidden from detection, there are at least seven of them here in plain view. They're not only holding Emma's hair in place, but they're also serving as a slightly punky decorative accessory.

Emma Watson hair, Noah premiere, Madrid, 2014

I kinda love this, not just for how it looks but also because it's SO much easier than fiddling around trying to hide your bobby pins. The key is to make it deliberate, though. If you're only using, say, two or three bobby pins, then it might look messy and like you didn't know what you were doing. A whole mass of them, like Emma has here, is necessary to transform the visible pins into a statement.

To get this look, I'd blow-dry my hair with some volumizing mousse, scrunching it to create the slightly wavy texture. A bit of texturizing spray (like my fave from Oribe) and/or dry shampoo (I use Dove's) can also help, once dry—you just don't want the loose hair to look too straight or smooth.

After creating the deep side part, you can spray some Elnett hairspray on a paddle brush before brushing it perfectly into place—that way, you'll get a bit of hold but the hair will still look clean. (I think a gel might be too much, and would change the texture.) Spraying the pins before putting them in is a great backstage trick to give them more "grip" and help them stay in place.

The fun part is choosing the pins! You could do flat gold like Emma is wearing, or mix it up with some fun shapes and patterns. Here are a few that I love:

What do you think—would you try this?

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Do you love Emma's hairstyle here?
Have you tried the visible bobby pin trend?
Found any other cute bobby pin styles?