Other than picking out that perfect dress, hair and make-up are the most important parts of any formal look. These two are always underestimated for than anything else. You may have the most fabulous gown in the entire world, but if you’re hairstyle and make-up don’t go with that gown, then you may as well just not even attend the event because you’ll most likely end up on a Worst Dressed list. Far too often women put on their wonderful dress that fits them perfectly, then they completely disregard everything else since all they care about is fitting into that gown.
The way you style your hair and the way you do your make-up MUSTmatch the theme of your dress. Simply curling your hair and wearing down with a side part and doing your make up just as you would for a normal work day is not going to cut it ladies. Think about how your favorite celebrities are styled at a red carpet event: Chances are that their hair and make-up were done in a very specific way to compliment their gown. Now think about some of the worst looks from the red carpet: Sloppy hair and make-up that don’t make sense with the dress?
Take the Prime Time Emmy Awards red carpet for example: One of the best dressed ladies was Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries. She wore a very dramatic red Donna Karen gown. This dress was a blend of modern structure and old Hollywood glamour. It showed of her feminine shape and sex appeal. She wasn’t one of the best dressed because her dress was a knock out, although that helped, but she was one of the best dressed because her entire look blended together to present one theme. She wore dramatic, dark eye make-up to go with the drama & alluring sexiness of her gown; she added a small, almost choker, diamond necklace to put emphasis on the glamorous old Hollywood theme; and she wore her long dark hair down in loose curls and middle part to add femininity, yet swept it all to one side which a newer modern trend. This look finished completely and went together so well, which is what landed her a spot on almost all Best Dressed lists.
Julianne Margulies from The Good Wife, is a perfect example of how the lack of proper hair and make-up styling can ruin a gorgeous gown and really an entire look. Julianne wore a modern metallic Armani Prive gown on the Emmy Awards red carpet. This dress is unique, futuristic, and just fabulous. A gown with a very clear look demands to be styled in that same theme. Julianne did not wear jewelry, she wore everyday make-up, and her hair was curled in a feminine romantic look. If you choose to do a contrasting style with your hair and make-up then you run into the chance of letting your dress wear you, instead of you wearing your dress. When you look at the pictures of her from the Emmys all you see is the modern gown instead of Julianne. Opting for a contrasting style is okay at times, but not with something as clearly themed as this dress. She could have done three things: Dramatic smokey eyes with her hair in a sleek tight straight ponytail, eye make-up on the top with red lips and her hair straight down and parted in the middle, or similar make-up that she did wear but with her hair straight down and swept straight back with no part.
This can not be stressed enough: Go with the theme of your gown! Fully commit to thelook and embrace it. You must rock your look with all the confidence in the world otherwise you’ll allow the dress to wear you. It’s better to take a risk and go with it than to think that you’re playing it safe by not doing your hair and make-up!
Other ladies at the 2011 Emmy Awards that did not embrace the look of their gowns:
Paz de la Huerta- A soft romantic girly themed gown. She needed clean flowing hair or a braid. Sharp modern earrings have no place with this dress.
Katie Holmes- Her hair and make-up were sloppy and undone. The bun needed to be sleeker, bigger, and rounder, perhaps with a subtle headband.
Anna Faris- A glamorous modern vintage. With this, she could have done anything other than what she did really… A glamorous yet simple long loose girl, 1920s flapper, or sleek Egyptian. The make-up was far too much. The dress has enough going on so don’t overdo it with make-up.
Ladies that got it right:
Kate Winslet- Sleek, simple, and clean. Less it more! She let her body and glowing face do the talking.
Julie Bowen- Modern, sophisticated, and sharp. The modern yet glamorous woman.
Evan Rachel Wood- 1920s old Hollywood glamour. She committed to her look and rocked it!