Kelly Osbourne in Mary Katrantzou

Posted on April 24, 2012

Maybe we should start mainlining pour a second cup of coffee, because we’re very confused by what we’re seeing here and keep staring at it like an optical illusion, waiting for the vase or the old lady to appear before our eyes.


Kelly Osbourne attends the Kreiss 75th anniversary celebration in LA in a Mary Katrantzou dress paired with Yves Saint Laurent shoes.

We’re not talking about the dress. It looks great on her and it’s a really fabulous dress. We’re not talking about the shoes either, because what could possibly be hard to understand about a pair of peep-toes? No, we’re talking about that head.

Forget the hair. It’s fine (although we can see a series of posts about ladies matching their Kool-Aid hair to their dresses a year from now). Or, we should say the color’s fine. It’s the makeup that’s leaving puzzled. From a few feet away she looks like she slapped on some lipstick and stopped there. Get a little closer and you can see that she’s actually sporting quite a bit of warpaint. Her lashes are spidery and her cheeks look like she just got double-slapped but the eyes look weirdly underdone. We’re not saying a gal needs to wear heavy eye makeup every time she goes out, but if she’s putting all that effort into her cheeks and lips and going for a clean eye, it looks unbalanced to us. Paired with that hairstyle, she looks like she was in the middle of washing her makeup off when she realized she was supposed to be on a step-and-repeat and rushed out the door.

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  • That’s a lot of makeup – I am unconvinced by that blush with that lip colour.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    MESS. I don’t know how others feel, but if you’re going to do the color thing, then commit to it and go for all the same shade. 

  • PeaceBang

    She looks like a character from “The Hunger Games.” Specifically the Stanley Tucci character. Stop it right now, Miss Osbourne. 

    • StillGary

      I haven’t seen The HG yet, so my first thought was Dee Snyder, of Twisted Sister.

    • 3boysful

       The makeup looks scary to me–I’m getting a Chucky vibe for some reason!

      But the dress is darling.

    • Terence Ng

      Really? I’m getting less-interesting-Effie from her.

    • greatscoutm

      Agreed.  My first thought was, “the love child of Effie Trinket and Ceasar Flickerman.”

  • RebeccaKW

    I think if she didn’t have that terrible purple lipstick on, it wouldn’t make her eyes seem so naked.  I’m never a fan of spidery lashes, but I could maybe be on board if she was letting them do all the work.  But paired with that lip, it’s drifting into costume witch territory.

    That dress is great.

    • fiestyfashionfem

      I agree – it seems that the lipstick is the problem.  Dress is gorgeous.  

    • I just covered up her lips with my finger on my screen.  It’s better, but she still needs to take most of the mascara off her lower lashes.

  • eclare

    Yup.  The lips and eyes are ridiculously out of balance, and she looks at least 15 years older than she should.

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      Oops!  I just posted the same thing!  Great minds think alike.

  • MzzPants

    A.  She doesn’t look happy.
    B.  The guideline I was taught is to feature either the eyes or the lips, but not both.  Have I been misguided all these years?
    C.  I can’t wait for a RuPaul post!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I think that makeup rule is not hard and fast, or it only applies to people with certain coloring. Imagine someone like Claire Danes in bright red lipstick and a smokey eye. Rather garish, no? Kelly (especially with that purple hair and dress) wouldn’t have the same problem, leaving everything looking a bit slapdash.

      • MilaXX

         This! You can do both, but it’s a tightrope and if you can’t pull it off, it’s best to err on the side of caution. With so much color in her hair and dress, Kelly should have gone with convention.

        • Um, I’d never put ‘Kelly Osbourne’ in the same sentence with ‘convention’… Unless it’s to counter it. Not that I like the combo she chose, but it’s really consistent with her. I personally hate the eyelashes and would have lost those and kept the lip color. And the smirk.

          • MilaXX

            Crazy hair color aside Kelly has been much more conventional since losing enough weight to fit into designer clothes. I love a purple lip, but with the hair color and the brightness of the dress, it’s a bit much.

    • Anathema_Device

      I’m with you. Makeup can go clownish very quickly with overdone eyes, lips, and cheeks.

  • sagecreek

    I dunno — I always was trained in the dictum you can go big eyes or big lips, but not both.

    (I was also trained in grammar at one point, but clearly have forgotten all that…)

  • I think she looks very pretty – though I agree with TLo, the makeup is somewhat uneven in application. I like the hair color, but the updo has me a bit confused. Overall, though, love the dress on her!

  • SheWhoMustBeObeyed

    Love the dress. Hate the hair. I can’t even go there with her makeup.

    Just noticed: Her nails match her hair. Is that the new “shoes and belt should match”?

    • I agree!! My eyes were twitching when I saw the purple nails. Also her bun thing is askew… ahhh OCD… must. fix. now.

  • MitchellGilburne

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about. The Old Lady is coming through loud and clear.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    My god, that is a lot of purple on her head. The lips are a bit horror-inducing.

    And I will say something about the hair: For one thing, that hairstyle does not do her favors. For another, I respect the sacrifice that comes with seriously bleaching your hair. I know several women who do this. But doing it to dye your hair into a Florida retiree shade and then pair it with that make up, the jokes practically write themselves.

    The dress is great, though.

    • introspective

      seriously. can you imagine how fab she would look if she didnt have all this grimace action going on and actually had a pretty shade of brunette for the hair and a red lip with this killa dress? This would be a WERQ post instead of a WTF post.

  • spooki C

    I like purple, it’s my favorite color in fact, but I do not like purple on her.

  • Haaaate that lip color.  Hate.

  • egl48

    Grandma chic.

  • Ugh that lipstick and blush is the WORST but I’m so glad she’s moved away from that weird lilac/grey hair she’s been sporting for a while – I actually really like that darker purple on her!

  • plinkiedoodle

    I love this dress on her.  The color is great and flattering.  Okay, I’m not so impressed with the hair or lip color, and I agree dearest TLo that there should be a certain balance maintained between the lips and eyes.  The make up job as is leaves her looking lopsided.  Other than that, I think she’s WERQing the holy crap out of this dress!  

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    If you put your finger over her lips on the monitor, the whole face softens up.  So I think it’s the lip that causing the trip.

    • MilaXX

       yep, with that much color in the dress and hair she could have gone for a nude lip.

    • Kristen W

      It’s like magic.

  • clatie

    That is the worst make-up job I have seen in a long while and that includes the make-over my 5 year old gave her friend that earned her a time-out.

  • eme and azul

    aside from the questionable makeup, I can’t fully get behind a dress that has a strung-out chicken flying across the stomach.

    Maybe it’s because I have chickens greeting me every morning when I open my front door…(I live in the city, by the way)

    purple hair, purple lips, purple nails…and none in a pretty shade! I say back to the coop to start over!

  • love the dress.  love the hair color.
    the lipstick looks like a color you would get when you buy one of those “504 colors in one kit!” things from k-mart.
    and the bun does nothing for her.

    • MilaXX

       I think that’s what I dislike the most about her wacky hair color. Unlike Katy Perry or Gaga or even Nicki Minaj, Kelly does nothing with her oddly colored hair. You can’t just color your hair an unusual shade and wear a regular hairstyle. In for a penny, in for a pound. Be creative and have it styled to compliment said color or outfit. A lazy bun ain’t gonna cut it.

  • cluecat

    Does that dress have a POUCH sewn into the front of it, down by her hips?  Or is it just the print?  Either way, it’s really distracting!

  • When you’re hair and your lip stick match you know its time to update your look.

  • dress_up_doll

    The lips and blush are what’s ruining it for me. Naturally, she’s got a baby face thing going on, but with the application of makeup, it makes her look 15-20 years older than her actual age.

  • Laylalola

    Astoundingly awful. All of it. (And I’ll never figure out why she aims to look in her 50s when she’s in her 20s.)

  • MilaXX

    I’d say the main culprit is the lip.  Purple is a hard color to pull off and I can’t imagine there is ever a good time to match your lips to your hair.  Typical convention is that you do either a strong lip or strong eye so I think that was reasoning behind lack of shadow, not sure why they went with those lashes. Between the my pretty pony hair, and the harsh makeup she looks  like she’s been taking makeup tips from Paz de la Huerta.

    • muzan-e

      I think she runs into problems because she’s sporting a strong lip and strong hair and a strong dress. All the varying purply-blues are deliciously harmonious – but there’s so many of them, and they’re so focused around her face, that instead of acting as a balance, the eyes start looking out of place.   I wonder if the puce cheeks weren’t an attempt to add a new sort of balance to something that plainly wasn’t working.

      The lashes are godawful, though, and whatever she’s using on her brows is lovely against her eyes but clashing with her hair. Aurgh.

      • MilaXX


  • formerlyAnon

    I think the lip throws the whole thing out of balance.

  • newleaf1

    Purple lipstick.  Going a little too far to match the lips to a color in the dress.  And to the hair.  Too bad, because the dress looks great on her.

  • GTrain

    I just don’t get that wretched hair color and why she’s stuck with it so long. Half the time it looks like an octogenarian’s wig.

  • The dress is fabulous but an hour with a good tailor would fix those shoulders.  She is to rich and the dress too fabulous to not have it fit properly

  • You looks fine.  Very 80s ish.  It’s coming back (why, I don’t know) and she is bringing it.  She has kept that weight off.  

    • Ogden1990

      The lip color has 80s written all over it. Pretty sure I had a “Wet ‘n Wild” lipstick in that shade.

  • Scarlet39

    She reminds me of Grimace.

  • kmk05

    …It’s all purple. The hair, the lips, the dress, the nails. It makes it look strange, because if she had sported that hair color with a warmer lip color (coral or red) and a neutral blush, it would have stopped her from looking like someone sent her out in the Antarctic and she is in the throes of hypothermia.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Looks to me like there was way too much lighting, which makes everything worse than it already is. 

  • jw_ny

    I think she looks like a clown.  Dress, shoes look great on her, and her figure and posing are near perfect too.  The hair and makeup…gah!  Purple hair with matching purple lipstick that matches the purple in the dress…all too much!  Her blush is too heavy too.  Her eyes are actually the best part of her makeup. 

  • nannypoo

    I hate her hair color but I don’t actually mind the makeup. In fact, I think it’s sort of fun. So why doesn’t she look like she’s having any fun? Why does she have the lemon-sucking expression in every picture? After watching her grow up, she’s lucky we’re willing to take her seriously as some kind of celebrity. She ought to look happy about it.

  • Judy_J

    Evidently she’s having a love affair with the color purple.  Her makeup is way too harsh.  Lighten up, girl!  You’re young….take advantage of it!

  • P M

    You guys, after something this awful, I need a hug. 

  • Jecca2244

    I think it is difficult to pull off quiet eyes and a loud lip for formal occasions. It’s all lost on the camera. 

  • NurseEllen

    Jeez, does that dress have shoulder pads?  I agree with nannypoo, Osbourn’s lemon-sucking moue is just ridiculous.  Lighten up, girlfriend–and lighten up on that facial armor, too.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    The makeup’s pretty bad…she doesn’t even look like herself. And she really does look like she just slapped her hair up so that it wouldn’t be in her face and get all wet as she attempted to wash that crappy mascara off. Very confused by this, because I agree that the dress is great on her…. so weird.

  • megalomania79

    Oh, God, why the hair still?  Seriously. I liked her platinum look better than this.

  • Her and Katie Perry must share hairstylists. Or drugs. 

  • muzan-e

    Lips: A soft, dusty rose – leaning just a little warm. Gloss enough to lend the lips a sheen that’s glassy but not glittery. Let the lips be a counterpoint to the dress – not a rival. 

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    So…are you telling me that her hair is actually purple or red, or blue?
    And it’s such a nice dress.

  • VicksieDo

    The fact that this person feels comfortable giving others fashion advice blows my mind.  I still like Fashion Police for the humor, but I tune her out.

  • I think her eyes look very pretty, but she needs some powder and that lipstick color just isn’t working, particularly with the hair color.  Still, she really comes off as a genuine person, so I can’t help but feel happy for her that she is in such good shape compared to a few years ago.  That dress looks fantastic on her.

  • tallgirl1204

    Didn’t even notice the makeup– I want, want, want the dress. 

  • Anathema_Device

    I think her eye makeup looks fine. She needs to dial the blush and/or lipstick back a few or ten notches. That lipstick is so bright and heavy. The dress is fab.

  • JanieS

    I think she looks outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

  • If she’d let her hair down with that dress, she would have looked spectacular.

  • ItchyInKentucky

    She’s serving Helena Bonham Carter as the Mother of the Bride at Lady Gaga’s wedding realness.

  • Miss_Led

    She looks like a dowager who made a dress out of her chintz sofa covering.

  • Annie Broaddus

    It’s pretty clear to me that she’s been getting her makeup tips from the queens on RuPauls Drag Race.

  • SewingSiren

    The only thing I don’t like is the lipstick. Everything else is okay in my book.

  • JMansm

    She really needs like a toning conditioner or whatever because that hair is getting cray cray. 

  • momogus

    I like her eye makeup – it looks fresh. The matching hair color/lipstick I could do without, though overall I think she looks great.

  • CharCrop

    She looks like she’s older than her mom! What gives?

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I think this whole look ages her 10-15 years.

  • Remember that lipstick from the 80’s? You know, it looks turquoise in the tube, then you smear it on and it magically turns purple? Yeah, I’m thinking about that right now.

  • mom2ab

    This is a girl who thinks that losing weight fixes her self image issues-her body looks great now if she could only learn to love herself…

  • marilyn

    I don’t get past the color of he hair.  It is weird that she is now matching the color of her hair to her lipstick.  Why is anyone paying attention to her?  

  • bluefish


  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I just cannot believe they would saddle an aging porn star with a Mary Katrantzou. Gorgeous dress not in the slightest suited to the person wearing it. Katrantzou was surely last seen crying once these pictures hit the wire.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I still hate that hair color. I don’t love the lip color on her and this is probably just the lighting, but it looks as if she applied (a LOT of) blush to only one cheek. Plus the spider-lashes…she kind of looks like when a young girl first starts wearing make up and gets carried away by all the products and colors and doesn’t know when to stop and ends up walking outside looking like her makeup case blew up in her face.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Poor Miss Osbourne suffers from ex-“fat” girl syndrome. She got picked on a great deal when she was supposedly “fat”, now she determined to show the world how skinny she is now. HOWEVER, she has a wide face. No amount of dieting will correct that, and she’ll still get chubby face comments. Hence, she over-compensates with blush or “contouring”. She’s probably so exhausted after all of the make-up it takes to camouflage the width of her face that she just slaps on mascara and says “fuck it, I have things to see and people to do” and rushes out the door.

  • SpcilK

    Oh honey No!

  • but damn, that’s a great dress.

  • Dagney

    IN.  luv huh.

  • Terence Ng

    Dame Edna does it better.

  • Kate4queen

    I love the dress. I want the dress. Not the lipstick though…

  • guest2visits

    I can hear even my grandmother saying, (as she shook her head gently,sadly); such a pretty girl,- why ?
    Purple hair, lips, shadow, AND dress ? I’m amazed the shoes weren’t.  Why so much noise, Kelly?
    Too bad. I for one would love to see what a beauty she’d be in a ‘real’ hair color, etc.  For a change.

  • Isabelle Murray

    When I had crazy hair colors like that, I had to really amp up the makeup or else I consistently looked underdone. And it was a fine line between properly done and waaaaaaaaaaaay overdone.

  • The purple lipstick ages her. Wish she ditch the purple hair as well.

  • Joyce VG

    ADORABLE from head to toe. Team Kelly!

  • Lips or eyes, Kelly.  Lips or eyes.

  • Apparently it’s a thing now to slather a thick black line of eyeliner on the lower lash line and leave nothing on top. There’s a girl at my university who does just that – I will never understand it. It immediately makes the wearer look tired and grim, like their eyes have a shadow between the eyeball and eyelid. It looks like Kelly here has a lighter version of that.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    when i stared, the old lady appeared, but it was just kelly osborne.  i love the dress, but the shoes are clunky.  the makeup and haircolor look good up close, but overall i’m just getting crazy old lady.  i’m on the fence here, because mary katrantzou is the bomb!

  • I don’t agree with you TLO : her hair is awful, she NEEDS to stop torturing her hair with various shades or horrible purple. I can bare the blue on Katy Perry, but her ? Looks like an old woman’s hair on a young one. Disturbing and ugly.

  • Lisa Kramp

    I blame that lipstick. And the hair style is too severe. 

  • TSkot

    Who knew Ozzie and Sharon had a 50 year old daughter!?

  • piecesofconfetti

    Such a sour-puss face, too. She looks smug or pissed.

  • girliecue

    Stop trying to make purple happen, Kelly.

  • Hair, lips, everything = Lady Tremaine

  • Larkin21

    Something about her expression and posture in these pictures really reminds me of Kate Winslet.

  • The lip color is unfortunate. It’s kind of sad about the poorly done makeup because that is the very definition of a kick-ass dress.

  • The purple hair and the purple lip color are awful.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Sorry, but I love it all. Haha. She’s one like Nikki Minaj that is in her own style category.

  • I think the purpleness of the makeup looks very 80s, which for some reason works on her (though I agree she should have just gone for it with the eyes).  I *love* the dress — it suits her right down to the ground.  You have to give the girl props: she was not given effortless beauty, but she has (mostly) figured out to take what she has and rock the hell out of it.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Matching your lips to your hair color is just ugly.  Also, does the girl know how to smile?  Does she dislike her teeth? 

    That dress is to die for.

  • another_laura

    You guys are insanely observant.

    I think it’s just too much purple and too much under-eye mascara or lashes.

  • tsid2012

    She’s what i call a “plan ahead girl”.  She wears next weeks makeup today so she is set to go for the next ten days.  That is a LOT of makeup…. And the dress is gorgeous and gorgeous on her, you just don’t really notice it….

  • All I have to say is the purple hair has GOT. TO. GO.

  • TieDye64

    Did she slap her makeup on in the dark? Even her cheeks look clownish. Yikes.

  • If I wore that print I’d look like a couch, but she’s pulling it off. Don’t like the hair too much though. 

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I disagree with almost every comment here.  I think she looks great, the dress is beautiful, and I even like the purple lipstick.  WERQ Miss Kelly!

  • golspie

    I think she pulls the whole thing off. Kudos. She has recreated herself from being a whiny tubbo on a bad reality show into being something close to a fashion icon.

  • fatima_bird

    Its Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games, gone wrong. Seriously, though, do you think people will start mimicking the styles of the vapid “Capitol people”? That kind of makes me sad.

  • Matchy-matchy dress, hair AND lips? C’mon, Kel!

  • alyce1213

    I think this is a big improvement over anything else she’s looked like recently or in the past; the few flaws you mention are minor and I don’t necessarily agree.  Overall, good work Kelly.

  • ccm800

    Auntie Mame.

  • Monabel

    I think you’re slicing the baloney very fine…

  • Monabel

    I think you’re slicing the baloney very fine…

  • Monabel

    I think you’re slicing the baloney very fine…

  • judybrowni

    strange, but that makeup makes her look 80.

  • dorothea_brooke

    Nice dress, horrid makeup. I really can’t stand her. I know it’s her job and all, but the way she sucks up to Rivers and laughs heartily at the bad jokes is in poor taste and fake as hell. You aren’t that good an actresss miss. And her air of authority on fashion comes off as really arrogant. I guess that’s fashion on television though, a bunch of people who don’t know anything acting as if they know something.

  • That shade of lipstick needs to be melted down. Forever.

  • lilazander

    I’m with you on the makeup; it hit my eyes painfully. Though I need to say the dress is nice.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    I like the dress, but she looks AWFUL. grow up and stop dying your hair in these weird colors, Kelly!