Beauty Sarah Jessica Parker By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 9, 2009 @ 06:00PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Lionel Hahn/Abaca Sarah Jessica Parker 01 of 06 Elizabeth Marshall/Gamma Sarah Jessica Parker may be known for her Manolos, but according to Isaac Mizrahi, her true secret weapon is a bit higher up: "She acts with her hair," the designer has said, "a subtle skill few have mastered." Indeed her locks-whether stick straight or in natural spirals-are the fashionable star's crowning glory. "She did what a lot of women do as they grow up-she found her style," hairstylist Brett Freedman has observed. "The big 'do and chunky highlights are gone, and her new dark-blonde hair with subtle highlights allows us to focus on what really matters-her effervescence." Effervescent and energetic: the busy star is juggling her Bitten clothing line, her Lovely and Covet fragrances and a long-awaited role reprise as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City movie. 1984: The Footloose star has a thriving career playing what Parker has called the "best friend of the pretty girl." 02 of 06 1987 Cliff Lipson/Retna Ready for takeoff. The late eighties sees her in a slew of TV movie roles-and a major 'do! 03 of 06 1991 Lisa Rose/Globe She plays a bimbette opposite Steve Martin in L.A. Story and starts landing "babe roles." 04 of 06 1999 Steve Granitz/WireImage The Sex and the City star lightens her ringlets and her makeup. "She doesn't like a heavy face," makeup artist Antonella Renyer has said. 05 of 06 2006 Lisa Rose/JPI Parker walks the red carpet in a vintage-inspired updo and rose-pink lips. 06 of 06 2008 Lionel Hahn/Abaca "She's girlie but sophisticated," former costar Matthew McConaughey has said. "Manicured but mischievous."