Erin Andrews' DWTS Blog: All Disney Everything for 'My Favorite Night of the Year'
"Nothing makes Erin happier than anything Disney-related," says the host's makeup artist Lisa Ashley
On this week’s
Dancing with the Stars
, the star-studded cast channeled their favorite Disney characters for the themed episode, and everyone, including host Erin Andrews, played along. Below, get all the details on Andrews’ “princess-inspired” look from her “favorite night of the year” on DWTS.
To get into the spirit of the Disney-themed evening stylist Alyssa Greene helped Andrews select an ethereal, floral-printed Paolo Sebastian dress, which the host teamed with chic Aquazzura heels and delicate Pasquale Bruni jewels to complete the royal look.
“For [last night’s] look, we wanted to go very princess-y and whimsical in the spirit of Disney,” Greene tells PeopleStyle. “Erin looked like she was part of Tinker Bell’s fairy princess squad. I loved that she could twirl and feel like a princess in this gorgeous Paolo Sebastian gown. The whole look was very soft and pretty.”
But Andrews admits, the feminine number was far from her usual “edgy” ensembles. “This dress was very different for me,” she tells PeopleStyle. “I’ve never done a floral look. I usually try something with an edge, but as soon as I put on the dress, I wanted to figure out how we could make it work!”
And the host’s whimsical ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a soft, feminine beauty look. Enter Andrews’ glam squad — makeup artist Lisa Ashley and hairstylist Ryan Randall — who played up the princess theme with a pretty pink lip and an equally romantic flower-adorned updo.
“I’m more of a tomboy than a girly girl, but with a dress like this, a princess updo and glowing makeup it was fun to change it up,” Andrews admits to PeopleStyle. “My team kept saying, ‘You look so pretty!’ Such a fun change and a great excuse to get into character.”
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As Ashley can attest, “nothing makes Erin happier than anything Disney-related,” so the makeup pro was all about creating a “girlie, princess look” on the star for the night.
She began by selecting a springtime-inspired color palette — “fresh purple and pink high shimmer eye shadows” — which she applied wet to intensify the vibrant hues so they popped against the dress. Ashley then gave the host a quick flick of eyeliner, which, she admits, is never easy considering Andrews is “a moving target.” (The makeup pro had some extra help with the liner.designer by beautyblender.)
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As for the hair, Randall was inspired to create a wispy textured updo to play up the romantic vibe. “We decided [on a] ethereal updo with plenty of texture and movement,” the hair pro tells PeopleStyle. “We thought the additions of some fresh florals would be a perfect complement to create that fairytale moment.”
Randall adds: “What we ended up with is a knotted, twisty updo of absolute perfection with plenty of wispy bits (Erin’s fave!),” he explains. “The random smattering of lavender hybrid Delphiniums, to pick up the lavender of the dress, was a last-minute, perfect addition. Such a fairytale look!”
After rough-drying Andrews’ hair using Sachajuan Ocean Mist (for added texture), the hair pro curled the host’s entire head using a 1-inch Marcel iron, spraying Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, separating the curls to create that wispy, piecey style. Randall then twisted, looped and knotted pieces back and secured using bobby pins and locked in the style with a bit of R+Co Outer Space Hairspray.
While Randall says the host wasn’t completely on board with the final look (it’s a hairstyle “out of her wheelhouse,” she admits), as it turns out, Andrews was blown away by the tousled updo.
“I get panicked about updos — they freak me out,” Andrews tells PeopleStyle. “I don’t want to look too ‘prom-y,’ so I kept quiet as Ryan worked. Sometimes I would tell him I was a little freaked out by the height of the hair, but he did a great job calming my nerves. I wanted texture, something that looked undone, but like a princess.”
Randall adds: “Erin ended up LOVING this look! I will admit, she was a bit nervous getting there. Once she saw the completed look, you could tell she felt like the Disney princess she wanted to be!”
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And even though the host was channeling Disney royalty for the night, that didn’t stop her from having a little backstage fun with filters during the prep process, says Ashley.
“Erin loves playing with her Snapchat faces while in the chair,” she tells PeopleStyle. “And after spending an hour and a half on makeup and hair, she will take a [picture] with a mustache and beard or some kind or monster face. She’s still a kid at heart!”
And with a set complete with Disney characters, of course the host squeezed in some time to hang out with the Mickey Mouse club.
“Everyone was laughing at me all day long,” she says. “I’m 37 and anytime Mickey, Minnie and any of the characters are near me, I start acting like I’m 10.”
She adds: “During set changes I wanted to run onto Belle’s set from Beauty and the Beast. My stage manager had to pull me away from Cinderella’s carriage because we were almost out of commercial break, and when our producers told us that Tom and I would be included in the Tinker Bell animation, I lost my mind! Who doesn’t want to hit with pixie dust? I started jumping around like a little girl during the live show sequence!”
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