After months of intense competition, Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy walked away with the mirror ball trophy on the Dancing With the Stars finale. Host Erin Andrews also ended the season with a bang, wearing two jaw-dropping looks that are worthy of straight 10s across the leader-board.
For Monday’s final night of competition, the 38-year-old host went for a Pretty Woman inspired look in the off-the-shoulder Theia Couture fuchsia pink gown she wore. Despite being obsessed with the dress, Andrews admitted the off-the-shoulder style tested her patience.
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“I couldn’t lift my arms at all,” she told PeopleStyle. “We made a joke about it on air saying it was like A Christmas Story — I can’t put my arms down! I was laughing because as soon as I put it on, I couldn’t fidget.”
To create a smudgy, smoky eye look that complimented her girly gown, Andrews’ makeup artist Lisa Ashley used a combination of deep shades from a LORAC PRO palette. She made sure the lids were just as dramatic as they both envisioned, so Ashley followed a trusted beauty tip she stands by. “To intensify the colors of the shadows and prevent fallout, I moistened my brushed with an Ultimate Spray Moisturizer from my line of products,” she said. “It allows the shadows to glide on easier and stay on longer.”
Andrews’ hair stylist Ryan Randall pulled the whole look together with some big, voluminous hair. “I originally [started] Erin’s hair with an Old Hollywood wave. I thought classic look would compliment the dress perfectly, but when I brushed it out, we decided that maybe it wasn’t completely right,” he said. “With all of that volume, I decided that big bouncy hair, more straight than curly, was the perfect compromise. We ran with it!”
The biggest secret behind Andrews’ Tuesday night sparkling cream Randi Rahm ball gown? She wasn’t wearing heels underneath it. “I had to be between the Grove and the main DWTS stage all night long,” she said. “We quickly made the decision I couldn’t wear heels.”
Her back and forth dashes between the two filming locations was far from easy while sporting her jewel-encrusted belted ball gown. “I was literally sprinting between lots with the dressing folded up in my hands. I was screaming I was like Carrie Bradshaw running in New York!” Andrews laughed. “We threw on a pair of nude ballet flats for me to run around in. There was no way I could with heels on – it was an insane cardio workout!”
When it came to the star’s hair, her stylist Randall said he “knew he wanted to do something special for the grand finale.” To make Andrews’ dash between the Grove and DWTS studio easier, he went with one of her favorites: a textured up-do.
“I secured two fishtail braids at the nape of her neck after a rough dry with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray and Oribe Dry Texture Spray for grit and hold,” he said. “I crossed and twisted the braids in a free-form shape and secured with pins.” But the real magic of the look: Randall added in two vintage Neil Lane broaches for some sparkle and glamour. “Fit for the finale!” he added.
Andrews’ final makeup look of the season was ultra bronzed and beautiful. Just a few of Ashley’s essentials included L’Oréal’s Infalliable ‘Amber Rush’ eye shadow for glittering lids, NARS Blonde Venus lipstick and Gold Digger gloss for a pretty pout and a body bronzer mixed in with La Mer’s Body Créme to create a luminous glow on her skin.
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