Viola Davis at the Prisoners LA Premiere

Posted on September 16, 2013

It’s been a good while since we checked in with Miss Viola. It’s not the most interesting outfit in the world, but we missed her.


Viola Davis attends the premiere of “Prisoners” in Los Angeles.


You really can’t go wrong putting her in a white dress. Slap on the warpaint and some sparkly shoes, and it’s all she really needs. It’s a skosh too tight on her, though. But we’re loving the accessories; especially that one-hell-of-a-statement ring. Also loving the hair. And while we love when she embraces makeup, because she’s got a face that can handle it, that’s a lot of makeup.

We might actually be the literal last two people on earth who have any room telling an African-American woman what to do about her skincare, but she over-relies on body shimmer for the red carpet and oftentimes, in pictures, it can make her skin look ashy. These two clueless white guys have no recommendations on the matter (except maybe to stop with the shimmer); it’s just a thing we’ve noticed in a lot of her pictures.



[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/]

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  • Watts

    I wonder if it’s entirely on purpose, the shimmer. I get frustrated sometimes by how many lotions/ foundations/ moisturizers have shimmer on them. Especially the ones with Stealth Shimmer, where you don’t realize it has shimmer until you’re in bright sunlight or have had your picture taken with flash.

    • Nicole C

      I do feel like Tom Haverford actually works in the skincare/makeup industry sometimes.

    • Alexandra Pimenta

      The problem with shimmer is that once the flash hits, it doesn’t make your skin sparkle as much as it looks ash-y.

      On another news…. I think Viola Davis is *stunning*. Dig everything here: the hair, the ring, the clutch, the woman with the gorgeous smile!

    • fursa_saida

      The ubiquitous shimmer is a scourge.

    • mshesterp

      I actually just noticed it in my makeup this morning looking in the mirror (in daylight) on the way to work…I didn’t realized I’d signed on for slightly shimmery makeup. Grr.

  • flamingoNW

    She looks great! This is an awesome movie, by the way. Highly recommend it.

  • kimmeister

    Agree about the shimmer not working out so well for pictures. For her, I’d say to keep the dark eye, but to dial back on the lip color about 2-3 shades. I like this dark hair color so much more than the one she was sporting around Oscar season last year.

  • nannypoo

    I’m happy to see her beautiful face here again. She always looks great in anything she wears.

  • Candigirl1968

    I am a black woman, and can cosign on the shimmer being an issue. She needs to find something that gives her glow, rather than shimmer.

    Looking forward to her doing the Prisoners pole dance!

  • ashtangajunkie

    She is truly gorgeous. Love that ring!

  • paginatrix

    Her hair IS awesome. Perfect frame for her beautiful face.

  • teensmom99

    Love the shimmery shoes with the white.

  • Jacquelyn

    She does look great in white.

  • bellafigura1

    That’s a lotta woman, you can just tell she’s full of life. Love her.

  • SewingSiren

    This one is a werq for me.

  • Lower L

    I kind of love the eye makeup.

  • MilaXX

    I was hoping you’d feature her Essence cover. No one makes a brown gal look better. She needs to pull back from the smokey eye and body bronzer..Nonetheless I still love her.

  • NBG

    It has been a long time and I have missed her. Love that she seems to have ditched the wigs and that she tends to favor form fitting dresses that show off how strong she is. If you got it, flaunt it!

    • MilaXX

      In the latest Essence magazine interview she talks about ditching the wigs in real life and how empowering it has been.

      • NBG

        That is beautiful!

  • decormaven

    I’d like to have seen it with a necklace and a less sparkly shoe. Minor quibbles- she is so comfortable in her skin, and it shows.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      Me too. I’ve noticed necklaces seem to be rather rare lately. I just looked over the past 6 pages of TLo posts and very few are wearing one.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the hair, the smile and the woman but not really loving the dress, shoes, makeup (esp. the makeup). Ok but not great

  • Trickytrisha

    Beautiful figure, lovely svelte dress. A tad too much makeup for me, and I’m not loving the lipstick color. Never mind, she’s Viola and we loves her.

  • LaSylphide

    She’s always terrific, but agree the makeup is a little heavy. However, it looks like the photos may have been taken with a flash, which could be causing the unflattering glare and harshness. Too bad, because she’s usually so beautiful.

  • e jerry powell

    So, cobalt-ish eye shadow and fake lashes?

  • Dancer

    On the shimmer front, as a belly dancer I can tell you body glitter can make you look dirty in still photos – it’s a trick for photoshoots to not wear it while during a performance you might always wear the glitter.

  • Miranda

    I totally agree with the “shimmer turns into ashy” critique. I’ve looked at pictures of myself after “overdoing it” and my first thought is “that ain’t a glow like the ad told me it would be”

  • Pudgy Possum

    Not liking the Oprah eyes!

  • filmcricket

    Everything from the neck up is just fabulous. Love her.

  • formerlyAnon

    She looks just short of perfect here. Better makeup and I’d call it a WERQ. And by better, I mean something else with her eyemakeup. Love the hair, if I knew her (& she was single) I’d be rounding up my single friends to introduce to her.

  • bxbourgie

    Is THAT what’s making her arms so ashy looking? I could NOT for the life of me figure out what that was, because she’s been ashy like that in other photos. I thought maybe it was the undertones of her skin or the fact that as a brown woman the flash of the camera wasn’t being kind, but it’s shimmer! Thank you uncles! Yeah, she needs to not use whatever that lotion is ever again, dial back the lip color and foundation a little and she’ll be all good. just short of a WERQ, but she still looks heaps better than like 89% of the celeb women on the red carpet these days.

  • Alloy Jane

    I think the problem with the make-up, which is quite heavy, is that it is unbalanced. If she was gonna go with the strong eye and strong lip, she really needed the Joan Crawford eyebrows to tie it all together.

    I LOVE that I haven’t seen her in a wig in a while and I’m glad not wearing them makes her happy. I can’t imagine the pressure she would feel as a woman of her generation (she’s 48!), especially in Hollywood, to white-wash herself for the masses. It’s good to have her advocating for self-acceptance since society is awesome at making women hate themselves for not looking like plastic barbies.

  • Claudia

    Totally agree; I was about to post the same thing. I don’t think she or any of her people actually check these pictures because she DOES look ashy… She needs to swap whatever she’s using for something that simply moisturises. Her skin is beautiful enough to shimmer all by its damn self!

    • nancymae

      Sometimes the simplest answers are the best… Jergens, Queen Helene, Palmers get the job done

  • Scott Cooper

    Is anyone else seeing Diana Ross in these pictures?

    • DB Ruberto

      Especially that last picture… OMG.

  • sagecreek

    I love her SO MUCH.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I think she looks great and while that is a lot of makeup, she can handle it.

  • MoHub

    Up a size and it would be a WERQ for me.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I think the lavish makeup works with the plain white dress and shoes. Love the hair, love her.

  • lilazander

    CLASS! And those arms!

  • marlie

    She looks fabulous, and I agree about the body shimmer. It never really works on the ladies of color (or anyone, for that matter).