Helen Hunt in Amen Couture

Posted on December 03, 2012

Having promised a kind-hearted start to the day and failing to deliver, we’re going to give it another shot.

Helen Hunt attends the 4th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood, California in an Amem Couture gown.

Guess what? Not one bitchy word will pass from our lips. We think she looks lovely – and that’s not a word we use often. It took us a minute or two to come to terms with her hair – and can we just say? We love that we have the kind of job that allows us to use the phrase, “come to terms with her hair” – but we think the soft, slightly old-fashioned style suits her and helps the dress by making the whole look more elegant. A pair of interesting, but subtle earrings and a standard silver clutch were all the look needed. Nicely done.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos]

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  • She looks superb!  And am I the only one who finds it refreshing to see normal “smile lines” around her eyes?  

    • charlotte

       You’re not. And she still looks youthful. Take note, botoxers!

      • Mary229

        I had the same thought.  This woman looks absolutely beautiful and fresh.  A true talent.   How great is it to see her talented face all over the place again?  Welcome back Helen!  You’ve been missed!

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I agree with you – BUT, I feel like her eye make up is not doing her any favors.  The pink makes her look tired.  I don’t mind the natural age of her face tho – she is beautiful! 

      •  Definitely agree about the eye shadow.

      • EditKitten

        Yep — that’s my only problem here.

      • mshesterp

        So agreed–that, and I feel like her whole palate is a little washed out.  I think the dress is lovely, but she needed more color everywhere.  But in general, I think she looks terrific.  

        • CozyCat

          I think the biggest thing that is washing her out is her hair color.  We blondes tend to go mousy, even before we go gray.  And at a certain point it makes a big difference to tweak things (red highlights?)
          It’s not so much a matter of looking younger (I’m in agreement that her face is refreshingly natural), it’s a matter of looking better.

          • DeborahJozayt

            I think she just needs an ashier blonde and she’d be fine. It’s too warm for her skin tone.

      • Lynn Landry

         I agree and I think her coverup is showing through her foundation. But she does look wonderful.

      • kschwarting

        That was my nitpick, too.  Her face looks good but for that.

    • I was thinking the same thing. She looks like she is adding a year or two–and who isn’t–and her face shows that she has used it for actual emotions.  Love!

    • Helen Hunt has always been pure class.  And yes, I do love the “un-modified” lines around her eyes.  “Lovely” is the perfect word for her. 

      My only wish for her is that she would stand up straight and tall.  Her posture is the only thing that’s keeping this look from perfection.

      • CT14

        This! She’s leaning in one shot and her shoulders are so uneven I want her to go to a chiropractor!

        Everything else is elegant and she looks great, but crooked.

        • I liked how she was leaning in on the Oscar. It looks like a photo bomb.

    •  Its my favorite thing about her look here.  She looks like a really lovely woman of her actual age. What a shocking thing in Hollywood.

      • That is a great phrase: “a lovely woman of actual age.” Well done, sir!

      • alyce1213

        Do I detect a few subtle grey hairs on her head?  Shocking.

        •  i KNOW!   Props to her for bucking the establishment.  Its long past time that Hollywood and the rest of the world figured out that women are beautiful, and desirable at any age.

          • Mary229

            Hear Hear!   I love Helen Hunt.  So glad to see her back on the red carpet again!

    • MoHub

       I immediately reacted positively to the lack of drumhead-taut skin on her face. She and Helen Mirren are to be worshipped for ever visible line on their faces.

    • j_anson

      She has a lovely face.

    • Call me Bee

      Yes!  She looks human! 

    • barbarienne

       I’m glad to see someone keeping her crow’s feet, but I’m kind of put off by the contrast between her eyes and the rest of her face. Maybe it’s heavy makeup, but why is her forehead so smooth? It looks like she’s botoxing her forehead but letting the rest go natural, and I’m kind of thrown by that.

      •  I don’t know many people who show lines in their forehead unless they are squinting or grimacing.  (I practiced those things in the mirror before writing this reply!  I know, I’m weird that way). I’m 55, so older than Ms. Hunt, and I don’t have lines in my forehead. Unless I make a funny face in the mirror. I wouldn’t automatically assume she’s had Botox injected there. 

    • I had exactly the same thought.  She is beautiful, and naturally so.  So much more lovely than all the awful cosmetic surgery that is going to be laughed at in a decade or so.  The 2010s will be remembered for all those awful implants and injections.

  • halleygee

    It took me a minute to come to terms with the fact that you guys came to terms with her hair. And another minute to agree that she looks lovely.

  • Patricia Gillett

    She looks comfortable, age-appropriate and still sexy (jealous of her arms). Good on her. 

  • siriuslover

    She looks lovely for the most part, but there’s something about her makeup that’s driving me bonkers and I can’t figure out what it is. Maybe it’s her eyes. I feel like they’re getting lost in something. Hmmm…

    •  Too much pink and it’s making her look a bit washed out.  Overall, I think she looks gorgeous.. but a tweak in the makeup and she would have been a total WERQ for me.

      • RebeccaKW

         I agree.  That pink eyeshadow is not her friend.  But still, she looks so wonderful.

    •  They’ve done something odd on her cheeks as well – like they’ve continued the eyeshadow above her cheekbones?

  • She’s really starting to resemble my mother’s friend Peggy, who is also aging gracefully. 

  • VeryClaire

    Agreed – lovely.  

  • The make-ups awful, but besides that she does look great

  • You may not have anything negative to say but I do. I hate her eyeshadow, both the colour and the application.

    • snarkmeister

      I hate her makeup AND her hair.  She really needs some bangs or something.  She’s got an eight-head going on (and this is coming from someone who also has an enormous forehead, so I feel her pain).  The makeup is so bad I didn’t even recognize her.

  • RzYoung

    The first colour-less dress I’ve liked! I love how the skirt falls and the look over all is soft and lovely. I could live without the pink eye shadow but that’s a small quibble. Otherwise tres elegante! 

  • Don’t love the makeup and at first I thought she was holding a submarine sandwich wrapped in foil, but she still looks pretty.

    •  Gosh I would love to see someone on the red carpet bringing snacks.

  • Judy_J

    That’s a beautiful gown, and she looks lovely.  I do wish she’d done something different with her hair, but that’s a minor quibble.

  • Valerie Jones

    I don’t know, guys. It’s a lovely look, yes, but she is still too young to go quietly into this good night.  Maybe she’s more comfortable with her age (ok, OUR age)  than I am, and this would be fabulous on Jamie Lee Curtis or Glenn Close, but don’t they have, like, 5 and 15 years on her, respectively?  I’m still perfectly prepared to see Helen dress as lamb.  One could only imagine what that other Helen (Mirren) might do here.

    • MilaXX

       Yes they do, but Helen was never a clothes horse. I expect JLC to bring it & for Glenn to look a little wack a do. This is a bit aging, but it’s what I’d expect from Helen.

    • barbarienne

       I’m with you on this one. Jeebus, the woman isn’t even fifty yet. Maybe my perception is skewed by seeing all those Hollywood women with “freshened up” faces, but I think if we’re comparing her to Helen Mirren, a woman 18 years her senior, then something is not right.

  • As someone who used to not care for HH, I think she’s aging super gracefully, and I am coming around to her – a lovely non-color dress, it suits her and is understated, flattering and feminine. I think I took my nice pills today?!

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ve always had a soft spot for her, so of course I think this is great. How could one not?

    But if it were hemmed so that a pair of elegant shoes could be glimpsed when she walks, it would lose the faint whiff of “nightgown” it has now, (albeit stunningly, softly, lovely “nightgown.”)

  • miagain

    I have always liked her… and I agree, she looks lovely.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    she looks lovely, i am however miffed as to who deemed “conjunctivitis pink” as the au courant shade for eyes this season….

  • afabulous50

    I have such a soft spot for her that I find it hard to ever criticize her…

  • Sobaika

    Perfectly adequate.

  • quiltrx

    She looks beautiful, and that’s an absolutely gorgeous gown!

  • Little_Olive

    Really nice, although I am not at all in love with the eye makeup. Love the simple hair but a liiiitle more oomph would have made a big difference. 

    • l_c_ann

      A very good friend (when she was in her 30’s) said that her upper eyelids were already getting droopy and that she was already budgeting to get them reduced in about eight years.  Helen might want to consider just a tweak on both of hers, because they are only going to get droopier. 

      • meowing

        I had to look up her age (b. 1963).  While she looks lovely, it’s a little too aging a look, both the dress and the underdone makeup.  The hair–oh geez, I get “coming to terms,” being follicularly challenged myself, but she has more resources than me.

        • So, I thought she was my age, but she’s actually 3 years younger. The makeup makes her look three years older. The powedery pink-eye is ill advised. Otherwise, she looks great.  

  • SewingSiren

    It’s a very refined dress. It suits her.

    So is anybody else wearing a quilted counterpane today? Just me ?

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Lovely dress.  And it’s so nice to see her in the spotlight again.  Definitely go see “The Sessions” if it’s playing near you.  A wonderful film, and she’s great in it.

  • Elsewhere1010

    It looks like she has an orchid on her orchid.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I certainly was seeing a uterus and Fallopian tubes there.  I’m reassured that I’m not overly sensitive as I lost mine half a year ago!

  • bertkeeter

    Safe and VERY boring!

  • I love how Ms. Helen still looks like Helen.  No pinching and pulling or fish lips!

  • B_C_J

    Elegant, understated and refined. She is a total class act.

    • Jackie4g

      I always read the comments before posting mine, and that’s good because you said it perfectly. I would only echo your post.

  • decormaven

    Great dress, but I’d love to see some real statement earrings. Those are just a little too dainty for my taste. She’s got the buzz, now;  her Oscar chances are looking good.

  • Ramona Boersma

    Natural aging is so wonderful. She must be under incredible pressure to fix things up, and I hope she never does.

  • I like the design of the dress, but the color is…she’s like a walking representation of oatmeal. She can do color- i think it would have looked better.

  • See, this one I have problems with. Gorgeous dress and I love the fit, but she really really needs some color here. I’ve got huge issues with the makeup, too. Powdery, cakey, aging and highlighting areas that don’t want highlighting. I am her age and have her coloring. I’d slap anyone with a dead mackeral who let me go out in public like this. 

  • My only nitpick is I think that pink eyeshadow doesn’t set off her green eyes that well and doesn’t play off the dress well enough to justify it. I feel like a slightly darker eye would have set her off better.
    But that’s an utterly minor nitpick. She looks beautiful. I find it funny that the dress is from a company called “Amen” because I could just hear someone giving snaps and shouting “AMEN, GIRL.” 

  • GorgeousThings

    I don’t know – while I love her and overall like the look, there’s something weird going on with her eye makeup. Almost like they put too much highlighter under her eyes (and I too, applaud the fact that she has smile lines).

  • marilyn

    I am a little disappointed with the dress.  Overall, it gives her a very unfeminine shape.  She reminds me of a gym teacher.  She is very wholesome looking, but needs something to girley-it-up.

  • imakeart

    During her “Mad About You” days, (before fashion critics were so plentiful,) I always thought she outclassed anyone on the red carpet.  Glad to see it’s still true, and she’s still as beautiful.  Us old gals need role models!

  • Sara__B

    1) Crotch decor is weird. I’d like this gown so much better without it.
    2) The pale shadow (concealer?) all around her eyes isn’t very attractive, either.
    Not a 10. Maybe an 8?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I have adored her for decades. She looks fantastic here.

  • G

    Three cheers for a fabulous dress (altho would have liked a little color) and natural aging.  Her body rocks.

  • Qitkat

    Wellll, I laughed. Not sure why. It is lovely gown, but something doesn’t work here for me. She is well put together, but that pink eye shadow is not flattering. Everything else is so pale. She is still lovely though.

  • This is one dress where a just a little pooling of fabric on the floor looks quite nice. Love it. 

  • MilaXX

    I think she looks fine. Helen was never a big fashion  plate and she seems to be the type who would age naturally or as close to it as possible. Everything fits and she looks otherwise healthy.

  • Trisha26

    It looks like she put on a gorgeous gown and skipped everything else.

  • She looks lovely – love the gown and hair and agree that it is so refreshing that she has said ‘no’ to the knife. But, I have to weigh in on the eye-shadow. Helen and I have the same hooded eyes and all make-up folk have always told me not to use eye-shadow on my ‘hoods’ and frankly, nothing about these photos of HH make me want to change my mind about that.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t know… She looks like my twin in a dressy-dress and I guess I expect (demand!?) more from my celebs in general…she looks fine… but so do I…boring….

  • guest2visits

    Everything looks so pretty; the dress is perfect for her as is the hair styling. To keep from fading out she just needs a little
    extra berry to her lip-color, or drama for the eye – one or the other would do it.   I covet the delicate earrings.

  • Love the gray!

  • Jillaine13

    I’ve always liked her and think she looks adequate here but to me it’s the hair.  If I knew she had a chic chignon in back or something with style or pizzazz I could change my mind.  As it is I’m reminded of Ma Walton.  Otherwise I like almost everything save for the pink eye shadow.  Her skin looks fantastic for her age, love the laugh lines.  

    OT: I’ve always thought she would be a dead ringer playing the biopic, if there ever is one, of Annie Leibowitz the famed photographer.  Let her hair down and put on a pair of wire frames, bingo.  

  • Part of the reason she looks washed out is because of the setting on the strobe.  It’s very high.

  • RocknRollmom

    The dress is lovely, a little bridal, but beautiful and the fit is perfect.  The make up is bad, just flat out bad.  The highlighting/eyeshadow is not doing her any favors at all.  A slightly darker lip would help balance some of that maybe (ok, so makeup is not my strong suit but I know when is it is “off”, hers is definitely off).  Hair is just not enough effort. 

  • EEKstl

    She looks fantastic!

  • She looks beautiful. Makeup is simple and clean, her hair is smooth and simple, and the dress and accessories are perfect. Love it!

  • SapphoPoet

    She looks gorgeous. And real. 

  • CeeQ

    Boring. The hair is awful & I can not come to terms with it as you guys have, also the make-up is dreary. I’m all for soft and elegant but this is a coma. She looks totally washed out. The one word that came to mind when I saw this was BEIGE. The dress is lovely and she could have done so much better here – all it needed was make-up with more oomph and hair that wasn’t depressed.

  • kat89

    Nice to see an actress over 40 who isn’t botoxed, nipped, tucked or pulled within an inch of her life!

  • Judih1

    bland color and accessories boring hair

  • She has wonderful wrinkles (in the best way), and is aging beautifully. I hope her career continues on this indy rise. 

  • another_laura

    She looks lovely, if a little stiff.  Major Oscar campaign going on, I guess.

  • Dagney

    She looks very…appropriate?  I think that is the word I want. Her dress is not terribly exciting, but it looks like a bit of a “for the job” choice, which is kind of refreshing.

  • UglyTalents

    She is not my favorite, but I gotta say: you guys are right. Lady looks elegant and very pretty. 

  • Rebecca Jay

    Norman Bates’ mother come to life.  Hair and makeup are dreadful.

  • pdquick

    Her dentures are too big. Does that sound bitchy?

  • cleep1000

    Stunning. My only quibble is that the concealer they used on her crow’s feet was not well-enough blended. But she looks fab.

  • AViewer44

    Oh come on, she looks dreadful!  That pink shadow is just the wrong color, and I swear I can see the gray starting to grow in  ….  

  • her hair is greying well.

  • My god, a woman’s real face. I stared and stared. So nice to see a face that looks like it belongs to a real person. She looks beauty, although a bit more blush would have helped.

  • maggiemaybe

    It’s so refreshing to see beautiful women who actually look their age. It’s so rare to see these days that it seems kind of radical, if you know what I mean. Also, that dress is gorgeous.