The Venice Film Festival is characterized by glamour in the truest sense of the word—and what could be more glamorous than the red-carpet reemergence of an iconic couple? Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck stepped out for the premiere of The Last Duel, holding hands, glowing, and enjoying a classic aesthetic as relevant now as it was in their early-aughts origins.
For J Lo, this took the form of a billowing blowout courtesy of longtime hairstylist Chris Appleton. “It’s basically my favorite look: bombshell glam,” says Appleton. “Just bouncy, swishy, effortless. Hair that when you walk, walks with you. Also, we’re in Venice, so it’s good for J Lo to bring that va-va-voom.” Though the two had ordinally discussed an updo, Lopez’s flowing, honeyed lengths made for a decidedly romantic moment, coupling with her silhouette-skimming George Hobieka gown and sparkling accessories for a look worthy of pop royalty.
To achieve the most buoyant of blowouts, Appleton prepped Lopez’s mane with Color Wow’s Dream Coat and daub of volumizing foam before going in with a round brush and curling iron. A brush out and spritz of shine spray ensured that, though polished, the hair didn’t look too done, instead free to cascade goddess-like down J Lo’s back, shorter layers swinging over her shoulders.
When asked about her enduring brand of beauty, Appleton cites the J Lo Effect. “She just has that glow,” he says. “She pushes the boundaries and tries stuff, but she keeps on brand and goes with what feels good. There’s always a bit of softness.” And on her arm, Affleck’s coiffed brunette hair and scruffy beard made for the ultimate counter to said softness, the duo’s signatures merging as seamlessly as ever.