up·​do | \ ˈəp-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce updo (audio) \
plural updos

Definition of updo

: an upswept hairdo

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Whenever the Met Gala comes around, red carpet beauty veers away from the standard sultry smoky eyes and sleek updos and instead toward fun, out-of-the-box looks. Allure, "Met Gala 2019: The Coolest Makeup and Hair Looks of the Night," 6 May 2019 Photos from the Prince of Wales' birthday festivities have not yet been released, but Kate already made a stunning appearance from the car, with her jewelry, elegant updo, and one pink strap from her dress visible from the window. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stepped Out in a Bright Red Gown and We Are Stunned," 16 Nov. 2018 The Look: For a fresh twist, Missoni accentuates her classic braided updo with a glinting silver tiara. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 26 Apr. 2019 Everything from her sleek updo, to her fresh, minimal makeup, and even her scooped dress silhouette, seems to have a distinct touch of the Duchess of Sussex about it. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Dress and Beauty Look Inspired Princess Deniz of Bavaria's Bridal Choices," 3 Sep. 2018 Kristen’s wedding dress was paired with midnight blue velvet Jimmy Choo flats, and her hair was pulled back in an updo with loose pieces framing her face. Vogue, "Chance the Rapper Shares the First Photos From His Wedding," 11 Mar. 2019 When Elyse popped out in that white dress with her hair in an updo and her face painted for the gods, my wig flew across the room. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor's Elyse Dehlbom Shows Us All How to Make an Exit," 5 Feb. 2019 The secret to getting an updo to last all night is to apply hairspray before and after styling to give your strands that extra stick. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 To add even more drama to her look, the nominee went for a whispy updo, bold lip, and dark, smoky eyes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Melissa McCarthy Stands Out in a Stunning Jumpsuit and Cape on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of updo

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for updo

upswept hairdo

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