Becki Newton (July 4, 1978 in New Haven Connecticut) is not just another pretty face in a sea of beautiful faces on Ugly Betty. Yes I know, the show is supposed to be about how ugly is the new cool.
That may be true for Betty (America Ferrera), the star of the show, but there are definitely some eye--popping supporting cast members like Cancerian Becki who brings new meaning to gorgeous.
On the Ugly Betty show Becki plays Amanda, the conniving and mean spirited receptionist that often steals the show.
Don't expect this beauty to hide behind the reception desk. She manages to get around the office and spread her nastiness to other besides her Betty, who just happens to be her main target.
Becki also rocks some stunning lush long tresses that she wears in a variety of office appropriate hairstyles that just happen to have lots of sexy sass.
Of course there is lots of wiggle room for Becki's character to go with sexier hair than you might normally find in a traditional office. The high fashion setting at Ugly Betty is not your normal office setting.
Amanda is a great role that offers Becki some extended time in the spotlight. a native of Guilford, Connecticut, Becki grew up performing in plays and musical theater. After studying abroad in Europe and South America, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in European History. After moving to New York, she hosted a celebrity interview show on TBS entitled "Movie Junky".
Becki did guest starring stints on Charmed, Law & Order: SVU, Cold Case, American Dreams, The Men's Room and The Commuters. She stars with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in an upcoming film called August Rush.
Back To Becki's Long Luscious Waves & Curls
In a recent interview in TV Guide magazine the lovely milk chocolate hued actress referenced a recent Ugly Betty episode where "there is literally mortal combat over various accessories".
Off camera Becki confirmed that the cast doesn't "get to keep the costumes, but our designer is so nice that if we ask to borrow something, as long as it makes it back right away, we're OK".
Becki's long below-the-shoulder tresses were expertly layered to create a cascade of soft luscious waves and curls.
Although she almost always wears her hair down around her shoulders, she turns the texture up and down alternating between lots of waves and just a slight hint of bend.
Wearing her tresses brushed off her gorgeous face, Becki sometimes utilizes a side part to brush a section of hair up and to one side, creating instant volume.
The long layers also offers Becki the option to wear her vanilla and auburn highlighted tresses in a shimmering veil framing either side of her face or to wear a side-swept forehead covering fringe.
When she wears the style with the peek-a-boo side fringe she also has the option to tuck the opposite side behind one ear and pull the rest of her strands forward to frame her neck.
Whether worn with or without the side-swept strands, the style is perfect with her classic oval shaped face and gorgeous features.
Vanilla Cream Highlights
If you look closely you will be able to see that Becki's chocolate brown tresses have been very carefully highlighted with ribbons of rich vanilla and auburn color placed strategically throughout her tresses to add fullness and depth.
The alternating blonde and auburn highlights placed against the soft chocolate base also helps to bring out a blinding shine.
Steal Becki's Office Hair Style
Becki's hairstyle can be customized to work with just about any face shape, hair type or texture.
For naturally curly or wavy hair the strands must be either pre-straightened or blow dried straight with waves created with hot rollers or curling irons.
You may also opt to use a long finger diffuser to create loose waves and curls without a curling iron or hot rollers.
This style is idea for hair that is medium in thickness.
Follow the steps below to recreate Becki's style:
Start with a precision layered strands that are cut to hang forward into curved points and frame the neck. Work with your hairdresser to achieve the correct style. Be willing to modify the style depending on your face shape, hair type, length and texture.
1. Start by washing your hair in lukewarm water with a product designed to add back moisture and to treat colored or highlighted hair with tender loving care.
2. Rinse hair well and then apply a moisturizing rinse-out conditioner focusing the products on the areas of the hair that are most dry or damaged. If your hair is fine or thin you may wish to skip this option.
4. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to lock in moisture and add additional shine.
5. Towel blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a conditioning detangling spray or leave-in conditioner and detangle strands with a wide tooth comb working from the ends to the roots. Create either a center or side part, depending on how you wish to style your hair.
Note: If your hair is prone to frizzing apply a defrisant product or mix with your other styling products. It has been reported in the past that many celebrities are a big fan of Phytodefrisant for her naturally curly hair that tended to frizz.
7. Separate strands into 1" to 2 1/2" sections and blow dry with a boar's bristle round brush. Blow dry the top sections of hair using fingers to lift individual top strands and direct the air flow from ends to roots.
Use the brush to turn the ends under around the edges and slightly in towards the neck.
Note: If hair is naturally curly, do not use fingers to blow dry since this can add to frizz. Use a boar's bristle brush instead.
8. When hair is completely dry separate into individual 2" strands. Use a 1 1/2" barrel curling iron, large hot rollers or 2" self adhesive style rollers.
Spritz each section with firm holding hairspray or styling product. Roll each individual strand around either the curling iron or curler of your choice.
Work your way around the entire head of hair either curling with an iron or rolling into curlers.
9. Let hair completely cool. If you are using a curling iron, after curling each section, use fingers to roll into a large barrel curl and pin into place to allow new curls to properly cool.
10. When the entire head is curled and the new curls are completely cool, carefully remove each curl one at a time.
11. Apply a strong holding hairspray to the newly released curls.
12. Use a boar's bristle brush or your fingers to break up the curls and waves.
14. Arrange in the desired style.
You may prefer to use a curling iron (or hot rollers) to turn under the ends or add more volume and lift to the crown area.
Becki Newton is a fabulous addition to the Ugly Betty cast. Her portrayal of Amanda achieves the perfect balance of mean spirited and funny. Watch for Becki to do great things with her acting career in the near future.
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