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Lily Collins' hesitation at vibrant hair hue

Lily Collins learnt a lot about retro beauty when filming The Last Tycoon, set in 1930s Los Angeles.

Lily Collins has gone from apprehension to appreciation for her new red hair.

The 27-year-old actress unveiled her deep pink tresses on Instagram in May (16), later admitting the transformation was for an acting job. While she's now embraced the bright shade it wasn't love at first sight for Lily, as she admits she was initially hesitant about taking the plunge.

"It's funny - in the beginning, I was apprehensive and didn't want to do it, because I had other commitments, and then I just dove in," she told "The woman who did the colour did an incredible job because it changes colour in the light. It goes purple to watermelon to pink to red. So I would love to keep it as long as I can because I think it's really fun. And the more you wash it, the brighter it gets, so it starts changing colour even more."

Lily has turned into one of the most popular celebrity trendsetters over the years and can pull off multiple outfit and make-up styles. For TV movie The Last Tycoon, set in 1930s Los Angeles, Lily plays a driven redhead called Cecelia and boasts flawless beauty looks throughout. Turning back the clock taught the actress a lot about how women dolled during that era.

"The shape of the lip was much rounder, so the way to apply lipstick was different, going above the edges and smoothing out different areas," she explained. "The way blush went on was very different. It wasn't about contouring; it was about flushed faces. And I love the black eyeliner with the flick - it's so beautiful. I love a good cat eye, and that can really go with any generation. And the hair itself! It's that hours and hours of prep to have it actually last a couple of day."

She also gets to wear various deep lip colours, which she enjoys as it works against her porcelain complexion.

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