See the pics from week three

By Alex Apatoff
March 31, 2015 03:06 PM

In this week’s installment of her exclusive behind-the-scenes photo diary for PEOPLE,
judge Julianne Hough is spicing things up in a cutout Tamara Mellon dress (with a little help from her glam squad — stylist Anita Patrickson, makeup artist Spencer Barnes and hairstylist Riawna Capri).

Courtesy Julianne Hough

“It’s always fun to throw a slinky, sexy number into the mix, and this gorgeous dress by Tamara Mellon was for perfect for the Latin theme of this week’s show,” says Hough, who accented her glam dress with an equally sizzling deep wine lip and wavy do, plus ruby-colored ear jackets and beautifully embellished pumps. (And lest you think stars starve themselves all day before slipping into something this slinky, Hough begs to differ: Check out the pic below of her chowing down on a pretty delicious-looking wrap!)

Patrickson selected the cutout halter because of “the sassy theme of this week’s Latin show,” she says. “We wanted something sizzling and spicy, and the cutouts of this amazing dress felt sexy enough while still staying fashion forward. The gorgeous Rene Caovilla shoes and Jacquie Aiche jewelry were the perfect finishing touches. They added just enough bling to edge up the dress without competing with the simplicity.”

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Courtesy Julianne Hough

“The fun was seeing the hair and makeup come together and to start telling the final story. Without the perfect hair and makeup, this dress could have gone in so many different ways,” Patrickson says. And if you want to try it at home? “When rocking a sexy or revealing look, be mindful to balance it out and cover up in some way, even if it’s by keeping the length of the skirt long. You don’t lose the sass if it’s very form-fitting.”

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–Alex Apatoff

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