— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) May 25, 2014
Emma Watson is finally graduating from Brown University, and the soon-to-be Ivy League grad just posted a Twitter selfie of her cap and gown, instantly proving that it’s possible to make academic robes look cute after all.
It’s harder than one would think to look cute in a mortarboard. (Trust me, I’ve tried multiple times.) But after years of red carpet training as a movie star, Watson looks gorgeous in her cap and gown, and this picture is basically a how-to guide on how to look good at graduation.
For starters, if you are stuck in an all-black cap and gown, it is an excellent opportunity to break out the red lipstick. (OK, every opportunity is excellent for red lipstick, but it pops particularly well against a solid black background.) Her bold brows look excellent, as does the minimal eye makeup with lots of mascara. The makeup will look good in her graduation pictures, but it’s not so heavy that she will have to worry about it running or dripping when she’s stuck outside in a hot black robe for several hours during the commencement ceremony.
Her simple hair is also a good choice for cap-and-gown wear. It’s tough to get one of those caps to stay on your head, especially if you have a complicated style going on. Watson’s sleek, straight hair looks glossy and healthy and aren’t fighting with the weird hat she’s being forced to wear. She probably has the thing held down with about 40 bobby pins, which is always a good idea.
Finally, she appears to have remembered the cardinal rule of graduation: Iron the robes! Every year someone neglects to iron their graduation robes, and everyone can tell because that person is an embarrassing mess of square creases. Don’t be covered in squares; iron your robes. That’s the first step in looking as good as Emma Watson at your own graduation.
Though as Hillary points out below, it’s essential to consider the fabric content of one’s robes before ironing, especially if one has managed to go four years without ever ironing anything more fragile than a T-shirt. A lot of graduation robes are made from a polyester that melts if you look at it funny. I ironed mine on a low temperature setting with a press cloth between the fabric and the iron to make sure the robe didn’t melt. If you aren’t experienced with ironing, steaming it might be the safest bet. If you don’t have a steamer or an iron, like most of my friends in undergrad, at least try hanging the robe up in the bathroom and leaving it there with the shower running at a hot temperature. The steam should help relax out all but the most stubborn square lines.
(Photo: Twitter/Emma Watson)