Girl, That’s Not Your Look: Emmy Rossum

Posted on March 21, 2013

Addendum: Girl, This is PAINFULLY Not Your Look:


Emmy Rossum attends the 21st Annual “A Night At Sardi’s” Gala Benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association in a Tory Burch dress paired with Jimmy Choo sandals.

Tory Burch Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Kati Nescher

Jimmy Choo Diffuse Metallic Leather Lace-Up Sandal

The dress is fine; the shoes are fine. We don’t love either of them (and like them even less paired together), but they’re not the issue here.

It’s that head.

She looks like a drag queen doing a production of The Diary of Anne Frank.  That is some deeply unflattering makeup, especially the consumptive eyes paired with the Barbie lips. It alters the whole shape of her face. She’s all brown and gold tones around the eyes and then the whole lower half of her face is awash in lavender-pinks. There’s a possibility it’s a look that doesn’t photograph well, but we really can’t see how those colors blend well on a pale white face.

Are we nuts here? We fully admit we’re not makeup queens, but it just looks so strange to us.

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    • BaddestMotherEver

      I think “consumptive” sums it up! Maybe she’s auditioning for Camille.

      • tonibaloney

        I immediately thought “consumptive” as well. Nothing like sickly orange around the eyes to really bring out the pallor!

        Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she has TB!

        • BaddestMotherEver

          hahahahahaha…I can’t quit saying this now!

    • TSkot

      A little make-up heavy maybe, but overall she looks great.

    • Cameron Turner

      This is so terrible, but could have looked much better with a hair and make up change…. fire the stylist….

    • charlotte

      Looks strange to me, too.
      I am now tired of her.

      • TDSE

        It’s impossible to be tired of Emmy Rossum. Fact.

        Really though, I just love her and Shameless to death. And since it only airs during this time of the year, I love seeing her featured so much.

        • charlotte

          I know she’s talented and amazing on Shameless, I just don’t like the way she comes across in talk shows and such.

          • TDSE

            See, I think she is a fantastic actress and love her interviews/public appearances. Obviously, too each their own. Or this the part where we get into an internet shouting match using caps lock over people we don’t know and will probably never meet?

            • charlotte

              YOU F…. No, just kidding.

            • TDSE

              This is why I love Bitter Kittens. Truly.

            • Indigo54

              Go for it!

        • lexilexi

          TDSE – I LOVE Shameless… she is wonderful in it … and I don’t think she looks horrific here… just a little needy.

        • Qitkat

          Shameless makes me squirmy, and I guess it’s supposed to, but props to all the actors in it: amazing.

          • julnyes

            I watch a number of scenes while peeking anxiously through my fingers. I love it!

    • Vivi N

      The makeup is ATROCIOUS! And the colors don’t even go together. Applied like THAT, it wouldn’t blend well on anyone’s complexion. It’s that bad. Wow.

    • annabelle archer

      Girl! What the fuck?!?!

    • zenobar

      Makeup queen here. And that is a terrible, terrible clash of warm and cool tones. Plus her polish makes it look like she’s in danger of losing the tips of her fingers and toes to frostbite.

      • aykhan

        Not a makeup expert, but I remember that Lisa Eldridge did a video on how to wear bright lipstick like this – she suggested wearing as little makeup as possible.

        • dragonbait

          Wannabe makeup queen here, and Lisa Eldridge is totally on the money (as usual). With a lip like this you want everything else to be pretty minimal, but you do want a defined eye, to balance out the top and bottom parts of the face. That lipstick should’ve been paired with a black tightlined eye and some subtle highlighting.

      • sojourneryouth

        Honestly, it looks to me like she did it herself. I’m sure it was done by a professional, but it really, really, REALLY looks like what happens when I try a new, strong lip color and try to balance it out with a paler eye. It’s all Cosmo’s fault.

    • Bia

      I agree. I am no makeup queen either but that lip with those lashes? It seems like a bad parody of Betty Boop.

    • NurseEllen

      This is especially sad if compared with the “WERQ” you gave her for the Critic’s Choice Awards. That hair……it’s like a bad imitation of Wallis Simpson. How sad.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        I totally get that her hair and make up people were going for a thirties look. The hair is too relaxed for that, and that lip color is way off base. Also, her eyes ended up looking tired and watery, like she’s been crying a blue streak.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          Would that she were Chloe Sevigny and we could give her an alter. This one would be Twyla, who is obsessed with the 1920s and all things Clara Bow or Louise Brooks. She is particularly enchanted by the stories of overworked typewriter girls and thrills to the palor of the overworked office girl. She loves wearing nightgowns as day wear, and has made it a mission to keep the bobby pin industry afloat.

          • Kiltdntiltd

            (Snorting with glee)

          • MoHub

            Neither Clara Bow nor Louise Brooks ever looked that washed out.

            • Vlasta Bubinka

              yeah, and they wouldn’t wear Ma Ingalls’ sequined nightgown either. Or that kiwi melon lipstick.

          • lamamu

            Someone really should tell her that The Great Gatsby wrapped last year.

            • Vlasta Bubinka

              Shhhh! I hid the memo.

    • Pishypie

      Consumptive lips indeed! It looks as if her makeup artist gave her the “hangover chic” look.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Hopefully she’s been drugged. Can I say “hopefully” here?

    • Rebecca Bledsoe

      I liked the dress until the close up revealed that the overlay seems to be made from the same fabric that’s used to wrap pears in the produce section in my supermarket. I like the jewelry. The makeup and hair, just no.

      • zenobar

        It is! It’s made out of Asian pear sleeves!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      For me this was a potential WERK, RUINED by clown makeup and Easter egg nails. LOVE the hair, earrings, dress and shoes but seriously girl that make-up. Did you lose a bet?

    • Heron

      Aside from the case of the two make-up artists, I CANNOT get on board with hair v. dress going on over here.

      Pick an era – 20s or 70s? Cause the dress ain’t both and the hair is only one.

    • PastryGoddess

      Her gays were obviously smoking crack when they did her makeup. There is no way anyone in their right mind would let her walk out of the house like that

      • oldbobbydraper

        i suspect that she does her own makeup. WHO else would insist on matching your exact eyeshadow color to your outfit color???!

    • MK03

      Not a makeup queen, but a makeup connoisseur. And yes, it’s dreadful. Like, really dreadful.

    • SewingSiren

      I rather like this one. She has kind of a goth/romantic/ethereal look about her that I find charming.

    • random_poster

      You guys are right. That make up is awful.

    • Rhonda Shore

      The lipstick made me shudder.

      • rajf

        I purchased that lipstick in 1985 or so, it was Dior. I was under the influence of lunch-hour desperation for a quick uplift, and once purchased, I never wore it…with good reason.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Old Makeup Queen here. Terrible, terrible makeup and whoever chose the lipstick shade was on bad drugs. The hair I could live with if the makeup had been softer. I also think the lighting must suck because they were going for neutral in the makeup. I

    • Mrs

      I agree. The colors on her face seem to be fighting each other. She’s so pretty, this is a shame. Me myself, I adore the dress & wish that the weather here in San Francisco would ever allow me to wear it!

    • Diego!

      She looks like a drag queen wannabe dealing with bankrupcy. This is disgusting altogether. Girl, fire your people ASAP!

    • Barbora

      This is really bad look for Emmy. Dress is fine, but makeup job horrible, especially eyes, agree with you guys.

    • Mismarker

      How fitting this is an Alzheimer’s Association event. I’d like to forget I ever saw this.

    • warnerave

      it isn’t that awful…she could have ditched the pink lipstick..still love love shameless!

    • Le_Sigh

      Nope. Not cray at all. Her face is clashing with itself. And that pink lip doesn’t even go with the dress. I can kind of see where they were trying to go – a sort of Southern Belle in the 1920s summer beach home vibe, but that pink lip just kills it hard.

    • MilaXX

      Yeah that is a bad face. I don’t like any of the colors together. Hate the eyes and I might like the lips paired with another look. Really hate the hair. Looking at the model made me wonder, do lady celebs ever wear flats, not kitten heels, but flats on the RC? I mean in an instance where it wasn’t because they had an injury, but because that the look they were going for. I think this dress could look cute with better makeup, a loose pony and flats like the model.

    • mellorcr

      My first thought was how dreadful the lavender lips looked on her, and then I scrolled down to the zombie-colored fingernails…

    • mjude

      lipstick & shoes are a complete no for me.

    • Kathy_Marlow

      MY EYES MY EYES!!! That makeup is horrific, just horrific.

    • ralish

      I actually love the dress and earrings. Makeup and nail color? Disastrous. Ugh, I have shivers it’s so bad.

    • MoHub

      I’m thinking the hair might work if she went for a total late ’20s/early ’30s look. Red Cupid-bow lips, red nails, and a dropped waist on the dress, and she might have pulled it off.

    • hughman

      She looks disconcertingly like Brittany Murphy. Yikes.

    • Katie Wolf

      “Drag Queen Anne Frank”? God damn you, that’s terrible & hilarious imagery. That’s terlarious. Thank you for fixing my day!

      • Kristin McNamara

        I must read this site too much….. The FIRST thing I said to myself when I saw Picture #1 was, “Jesus, she looks like Anne Frank or something.” Of course, then I instantly felt shameful… but then I kept scrolling, read TLo’s identical assessment, and felt of kindred spirit with them :) hahaha

      • makeityourself

        Telarious. Exactly. I’m ashamed that I laughed so hard.

    • Nancy Dunn

      Oh, my God, I can’t stop laughing. Drag queen doing Anne Frank! You just slay me!! I can’t even see the dress, I have tears in my eyes!

    • formerlyAnon

      My reaction is that I really like her hair (mostly on the wavy side of her head) but the makeup is wrong. I am not sure whether the eyebrows or the lips leap off her face more aggressively, but it was only after being hit in they eye with them that I noticed the off color combination.

    • Indigo54

      You guys may be nuts but not for dissin’ girlfriend’s make-up. Looks exhausted. She really does look like Anne Frank. I really like the dress tho.

    • rkdgal

      I’ve made this comment before, but I’ll harken back to my Mom’s old Color Me Beautiful book! Emmy is a Winter, which means that gold/warm tones are NOT going to look good with her skin tone. The dress is not a good color for her, nor is her eye makeup. The lipstick might work, but not alongside all those other warm tones. (Didn’t anyone else’s mom have that book and the accompanying fabric swatch booklet you could use to make sure you had the “right” colors?)

      • urbanamish

        my mom made me get my colors done, and i do believe that lipstick is spring.

    • Sara Munoz Munoz

      Ooh, the lilac nails are NOT helping either!!

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      There is not a flash, camera angle or harsh lighting you can blame for how bad her make up is. I do love the dress and shoes, damn shame from the neck up is not working at all.

    • marlie

      I love that dress, and I love it on her. HATE the shoes with it, and the hair pushes this over the line into “costume.” And the makeup… WTF is up with that lipstick color?

    • anotherkate

      That lip is horrific. As is her mani-pedi. Gold is warm, lavender is cool, and NE’ER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET.

    • Anathema_Device

      You guys so nailed it with the drag Anne Frank description. Absolutely awful hair & makeup. And I think the shoes are terrible with the dress. It takes a light look and weighs it down.

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

        Yes. this. That lip color is risky even with the perfect outfit/makeup and skin tone to go with it. You’d have to be a cornflower blonde and wearing something really really flattering to risk it I think…

    • mightbewrong

      That is….an odd array of makeup choices.

      The dress too–I feel like she’s really suited to rich colors, I don’t know why she goes straight for pale and pastel lately.

    • flamingoNW

      The hair is a disaster too, and the nails. I like the dress, not so much the shoes

    • Susi R

      You are not nuts, the makeup is terrible!!!

    • Jessi03

      It makes me sad.

    • marji80

      This is a dress to dress down, as in the model shot, not up.

    • marji80

      This dress should be dressed down, as in the model shot, not up. Dressing it up via the “done” hair and the shoes makes it look like a sad saggy unsuccessful party dress.

    • Anna Cabe

      Going to de-lurk for a moment and just add am I the only one who thinks the model looks like a grown-up Hailee Steinfeld? Yes? No? ‘Kay, bye. *re-lurks*

    • BuffaloBarbara

      She looks like a drag queen doing a production of The Diary of Anne Frank.
      I laughed so loud I scared my cat. 😀

      The make-up is definitely off, and the 40s hair is not helpful. There were many neat things in that fashion era, but the hair was just flatly weird.

    • Jeff Warhurst

      I like it. It reminds me of actual colors worn in the thirties.

    • MoHub

      Please, when are actresses going to learn that a below-the-knee dress on a 6-foot model still leaves a nice length of lower leg visible, but it leaves you with little stumps if you’re under 5’9″?

    • Maya

      She looks like a drag queen doing a production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

      Um, yes. That is EXACTLY what this looks like.

    • Aniela Marie Perry

      “Check your lipstick before you come and talk to me.”

    • Mazenderan

      Have they unleashed Maggie Gyllenhall’s makeup artist on her – who always manages to make her complexion look dreadful at any event? The eyeshadow makes her look like she’s missing sleep, and the lipstick is a terrible, deadening Barbie pink.

    • Sara L.

      I love the hair! Really a lot! The makeup, not so much.

    • PrunellaV

      She looks like some other planet’s best guess at “Hollywood star.”

    • Caitrin

      I usually don’t get the big kerfuffle that everyone on here gets into about a pair of what I usually consider pretty, but innocuous shoes – at least most shoes fall into that category: “nice, but whatever”. Those gold things above though are the first pair I’ve seen though that made me want to set fire to something. Is this normal?

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i cannot with that lip color, atleast not with the rest of the makeup, it’s laughably out of place, like a 6 year old picked out the shade…

    • snarkykitten

      She looks like Brittany Murphy.

    • thelovelydove

      The dress is pretty cute, I’d shorten the hem a bit though. But those awful shoes and the terrible hair and makeup are just ruining it…This look shows that a good dress simply isn’t enough to make a good look.

    • m0r0

      Another example of my hatred for make-up ‘trends.’ Girls, stick with what has worked. Nice blush in the cheek and lips and beautiful simple eye make-up that accentuates your natural beauty. This stuff is hideous and makes a beautiful girl…….far less so.

    • cheekypinky

      Dude, seriously, someone needs to re-take Color Theory 101.

      Fire your makeup artist, punkin.

    • oohsparkley!

      Her head looks like she’s from the Great Depression era, some beaten-down, dust-bowl farm-wife.

    • Alyssa

      You are correct…that makeup is terrible!

    • tereliz

      You are not nuts. Cute dress, tragic head.

      She looks like a character from Xanadu that has time traveled and then been poisoned by bad bathtub gin…

    • foodycatAlicia

      You know how I said with the last one about not matching your eyeshadow to your frock? I mean it this time.

    • stubbornthoughts

      That awkward moment when the makeup and hair ruins a beautiful woman’s whole look.

    • conniemd

      she just looks totally washed up and old-fashioned dowdy here.

    • Fatima Siddique

      She definitely needed a warmer color on her lips. Her face makes no sense.

    • Laurie Landry

      “Oh, Honey!” as a dear friend of mine would say.

      She is such a beautiful woman. I hope that a stylist thinks so too and helps her out.

    • R.A.

      “…a drag queen doing a production of The Diary of Anne Frank.”: I can’t stop giggling. You two slay me. And that make-up is doing her lovely face no favours.

    • libraangel

      Special event at the Senior Center

    • mila_8

      Can’t put my finger on it, but reminds me of Alanis Morissette during her post-anger Thank You phase…neither wore it well.

    • Lesley

      it’s so sad, she’s such a pretty girl but it’s rare she’s styled well. her makeups always way too over done

    • Trisha26

      I can’t get over that “those lips” match her nail polish – fingers and toes mind you – it’s terrifying. That beaded dress fishnet overlay fabric looks cheap and tacky – like the plastic needlepoint “fabric” my mother (bless her) used to make cat-themed bookmarks.

    • Reality TV Casting

      ugh badbadbadbabad

    • Sara Hottman

      She looks terrible. She’s beautiful, so someone actually worked really hard to make her look horrible.

    • lrhoff

      Oh please, she was waaaaay better than the woman you thought was a WERQ. Geez.

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        Oh, please. You have no taste. Geez.

    • How to Faint

      I guess we’ve all had our Lady Edith days.

    • Alejandra Mielke

      That’s the first thing I thought- Anna Frank!

    • Christiane Truelove

      Hey, here’s an article in which you can see Emily Rossum; and in the video you can see (and hear her) performing. I think the overall look was an attempt to look 1920-ish for the song she was doing:

    • Maureen

      Drag Queens version of Ann Frank– you guys slay me! That was such a perfect description!

    • librarygrrl64

      No, you are absolutely right. It’s scrollup fug.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Is this wrong but even though I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and even though I ADORE retro hair in general, I HATE HER HAIR I HATE HER HAIR I HATE HER HAIR. I want to call this style “State Institution School Girl.” I recognize this is a terrible thing to say. But I can’t help it. NO BOBBY PIN CLIP IN THE FRONT OF YOUR HEAD. Perhaps also, this is because that creature “Nancy Grace” is wearing this bobby pin clip this way. My husband insists on watching her show at night. He also watches Jersey Shore. I know. I know.

    • mmc2315

      She seems to favor a retro look now and again, but usually, it misses the mark just so. Love the retro hair, and the dress is nice, but the make-up ruins it.

    • bd73

      um… a huge misstep. what’s worse: the eye makeup or the shoes?

    • Winston Stone

      I’m sorry, but exposed raw edges on “coture” piss me off no end. Lazy, lazy, lazy, lazy, and the garment is guaranteed to have zero longevity, unless you deploy gallons of fray-check.