Gwyneth Paltrow in David Koma at the Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer Event

Posted on January 29, 2014

Ladystars, we’d like to have a word with you about your makeup.


Gwyneth Paltrow attends Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event in Culver City, California in David Koma.

And that word is “stop.”  Stop letting your makeup artists talk you into sporting a “clean” face for public appearances. Clean faces work for all sorts of times and places, but generally speaking, they’re a terrible idea when you’re facing an almost literal wall of cameras, their flashes going off constantly. A little bit of color and contour is always going to be your friend under those kinds of lighting conditions. We can understand the impulse to not look too frivolous at a cancer charity event, but if you’re making the commitment to show up in a borrowed dress and get your picture taken (which is why celebrities are invited to these events in the first place, because you wouldn’t be reading about this charity on this and many other fashion/celeb sites without Gwyneth Paltrow standing in front of its logo), then you need to follow through on the styling.

Or at the very least, be consistent with it. We don’t think she can overcome the lighting problems here, but Gwynnie is actually someone for whom the clean face is well suited. She’s at least got that going for her. A lot of ladystars who should be nowhere near the clean face have been talked into doing it lately. But if she really wanted to look pale and ghostly, then don’t pair that face with a brilliant blue dress with a plunging neckline and leather detailing. It’s just not a good match. Get yourself a white pantsuit and Tilda that shit out if you feel the need. We’ll still think you’ve got moon face under those camera flashes, but we’ll be able to respect you for being well put together.





[Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images]

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  • rkdgal

    And the super casual hair isn’t helping. Looks like she only got 1/2way done with her prep before she was forced into a limo. (Whereas I’d be screaming, “not without my mascara!!”)

    • charlotte

      I’m not a fan of that hair, but I guess it is a step up from pin-straight.

    • MilaXX

      Actually the eyes or more specifically the fake lashes are the only easily discernible makeup I can see. (not a dis against fake lashes)

      • marlie

        Yep – everything from the neck up reads as “incomplete.”

        • Janet B

          Everything from the neck down reads “borrowed”

  • MartyBellerMask

    Don’t even get me started on the hair.

    • Vickiefantastico

      It’s truly hideous. Extremely unflattering, particularly when paired with that non-makeup look.

      • shirab

        It’s so yellow, like Anna Faris’s was at the Grammys.Like they were going for “golden” and overshot completely.

  • Sunraya

    Ugly, ugly dress On her. To be fair, I think it’s just an ugly dress. And she looks almost masculine with no makeup on and all the lights, and she isn’t a masculine faced woman, so someone really did her an injustice with this makeup.

  • Sam Smith

    It looks like she got out of the pool and put that dress on.

  • deelup

    Gwyneth is at war with herself here. Her head looks like Malibu Mom Barbie and her body looks like Tracy Anderson Evening Wear Bratz Doll.

  • katiessh

    i don’t know about the clean face, but something needs to be done about the eyebrows, because they look like they’re not there.

    • kimmeister

      That is my constant refrain with her (and Jessica Chastain), “more eyebrows, please!”

  • s k

    She looks great fresh faced. So I don’t understand why they attemped “fresh faced.”

    • KayeBlue

      Noooo she doesn’t. She looks starved, because she is.

  • Ginger

    Why does she look like Sissy Spacek to me? Anyone? Bueller?

    • MilaXX

      Circa Coal Miner’s Daughter days.

    • Violentcello

      I was thinking Anne Heche, but there’s a lot of Sissy there, too.

      • Ginger

        Oooh…yeah, I definitely see Anne Heche in there, too!

    • ScarlettHarlot

      She reminds me of Amy Ryan (from The Office & The Wire)

    • tallgirl1204

      I was thinking Lucy Liu. Very angular, with piercing eyes.

  • @Biting Panda

    She looks like she’s just come from SCUBA classes at YMCA.

    • AnneElliot

      “Just left the gym” was my first thought. And the fit is odd around the waist.

  • MilaXX

    YES! To all of this. Put on some damn lipstick. Not everything requires a bold read lip, but a hint of color would go a long way. Them flashes got some of these gals looking half dead.

    • marlie

      Great minds, and all that. 😉

  • It just makes her look tired. Also, its such a shame that that bodice is about a half inch to long for her, otherwise she would look perfect in this blue number.

    • MilaXX

      Is that what’s causing the buckling around the black band?

      • Yep. it was of course made for a skyscraper tall model, which she is not.

        • conniemd

          That’s something I don’t understand. I guess tall models look great on the runway, which helps sales, but then the dresses go out to stars to sell the brand as well and the clothes end up looking awkward.

  • Monkey Toe

    If you decide to wear a leather trimmed tube top with a matching overalls skirt, you should commit by wearing a trucker cap and workboots.

  • Carla_Charlton

    And the hair color looks so orange-y. As for the clothes, the dress does fit her well, but I guess she didn’t have time to press the hem.

  • Tatiana Luján

    You can tell that that sort of “clean face” has lots of makeup on, makeup that required more makeup in order to look good.
    Either finish your makeup or wear less, so the natural skin shades of your eyelids allow for some depht in your face. Also, don’t dye your eyebrows the same shade as your yellow hair, it loos fake and weird.

    • marlie

      That’s such an unflattering shade of yellow, and to make the eyebrows the *same* unflattering color is unattractive, squared.

      • MilaXX

        It’s an odd choice because I was always taught that your brows should be 1 – 2 shades darker than your hair color.

        • Tatiana Luján

          or 1 – 2 shades lighter if your hair is black or very dark.

    • MilaXX

      That’s the killer, these nude/neutral/clean faces require a ton of makeup to look like that. It’s almost like facial white out.

    • Lilyana_F

      Absolutely right on. More like “bland face”. And seriously, eyebrows are your friend, girl…

  • AvaLehra

    She needs to stand up and walk away from that dress. See what I did there? O.K…no.

  • Nicole S.

    Also that hair color – BRASSY. No thanks.

  • Kathy Charbonnier

    Maybe she’s shooting for the moon face thing because at first I was like, whoa shes been smoothed out somehow, and then looking more closely, nope, just the lighting washing out all the wisdom…….

  • Diego!

    This dress looks like a rip off of the one Alicia Keys wore at the Grammys. I don’t like it on Gwynie. I don’t like her make up either. It’s an OUT.

  • Anna

    Gwyneth is on a makeup cleanse, she’ll be discussing how banning all cosmetics has kicked her “formerly sagging ass into shape” in this week’s issue of GOOP.

    The dress is from the Tracy Anderson Method Resort 2014 capsule collection. After you workout to her DVDs in your hotel room, you leave your sports bra on and swap your tights for the pencil skirt.

    • intheyear2000

      For a split second I thought she was Tracy Anderson in the photo.

      • Anna

        Easy enough mistake. They’re both thin, sanctimonious blondes who like to dispense inaccessible and impractical “advice.” Apart from the height difference, they’re basically interchangeable.

  • marlie

    A slightly darker lip color would have saved her face from being too washed out. She doesn’t have to go with a deep, dark red if she wants something “clean,” but a couple of shades darker than her natural lip color would have been worlds better. I like the dress, but it needed to be yanked down a bit to correct those weird bulges below the leather trip at her waist. Also, I hate the shoes. Also, also, it would have been nice if she remembered to do her hair.

  • Janet B

    She should totally go Tilda.

    • saintebeuve

      Oh, would that we all could!

  • SugarSnap108

    Gwyneth and her abs are standing up to cancer.

    Totally agree on the makeup, but to me the hair is even worse. I’d like that dress a lot without the window to her linea alba (I’ve had the chance to use that term a lot here lately.)

  • A bit of rose pink lippy and a very slightly darker eyebrow pencil would have made such a difference. And a soft chignon to hide the ratty split ends. I don’t like the dress but she looks as good in it as anyone could. Except miss Lupita. This dress would be much better on her.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Her hair looks like ass.

  • ChristopherM

    You can dress a frozen fish stick up, but you can’t take her out.

  • flamingoNW

    I hate HATE this look from head to toe. The hair looks terrible, her face looks terrible, the dress is one of the most hideous things I’ve ever seen and the shoes are horrific. Worst Gwynnie look ever, honestly.

  • lifeisastory

    That dress was a horrible choice.

    • Annarosa

      and those shoes. ewch.

  • This is easily the most she’s ever looked like that trainer of hers, Tracy Swoon-faint or whatever her name is. It’s uncanny.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    I think she looks like a 1970’s vintage photo of a ladies Olympic tryouts for swimming or diving…you know, the ones at the side of the pool when they’re finished?

  • nannypoo

    To make a public appearance looking like that is an insult to the organization. The dress is wrong for her, the shoes are bad, the hair is brassy and strawlike, and the makeup is halfassed. I’ll be meeting with my knitting group today and I’ll put in more effort than she did.

  • cocohall

    Were they offering free EKGs at the event? So she wore a dress with easy access? Nothing works here. The Real Housewives dress, the demure little shoe, the pale face, the urine yellow hair. Oh dear, I’m not really hiding my distaste for Lady Gwynnie, am I? Truly, if she looked good, I would be nice, but she is making it a bit too easy in this look for people to find fault. She does elegant very well, she does not do sexy bondage well at all. Still, good girl for going to the event. If you are going to hit the pole, might as well be dancing for a good cause.

    • lobsterlen

      Yes so on the money. The clean natural face and limp hair doesn’t go with that bondage dress at all.

    • demidaemon

      I am totally going to remember “urine yellow” as a describer of hair color for a long time.

      • cocohall

        I’m kinda sorry about that, but honestly, it was the best descriptor I could come up with. I’ve never been a blond (naturally or otherwise) but it strikes me as a very difficult thing to find the right shade to match your skin tone.

        • demidaemon

          Don’t be! I agree about the difficulty, but I also think that, as a hair color, it is really overrated.

  • Lauren

    I think the biggest issue here is the bleached eyebrows. A little light brown pencil would go a long way here to make her look clean but not washed out. As a pale, pale blonde with invisible eyebrows and lashes, I know.

    • Mismarker

      YES!! Total agreement. So many ladies do not know the importance of brows.

  • Eileen Duffy

    Just some lipstick, for heaven’s sake. Something that is not actually lip-colored. Otherwise, I like the look.

  • Mismarker

    The hair looks like it was cut and styled by a Flowbee.

  • TLJezebel

    My God, she’s looking more like Sissy Spacek all the time!

  • Richard Banger

    That dress is a little on the slutty side for a cancer event, no?

    • kimmeister

      Yes, the ab window is far more frivolous than a few extra dabs of makeup would be.

      • demidaemon

        Hmmmm….frivolous and GOOP. Now how did that happen?

  • Sally Spannagle

    If she had a nice pink or red lip and some eyebrows this wouldn’t be so bad. All I see are pupils here.

  • Blair Sylvester

    why do people think this chest window looks good? Either go plunging all the way or put the neck up. but this whole modesty panel looks awkward and tacked on like when they put fig leafs on renaissance statues

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Surely she must sell some massively overpriced magical hair elixir on her website?…the kind that turns straw into gold say?…

  • golden_valley

    That could have been a nice dress. I see no reason for the window in the middle of it. It ruins a nicely tailored dress in a wonderful color.

  • Rhonda Shore

    At least wear a strong colored lipstick!

  • Chickadeep

    WTF is going on with the hair here? It’s a weird, brassy yellow, and the general nothingness of the make-up isn’t helping things any.

  • The nude lip trend right now is really bumming me out. I blame Kerry Washington, who always sports it chicly and flawlessly, but also has beautifully full lips that don’t need the contrast and shape. Thin nude lips just make a person look like they have no lips.

  • I feel so often with her that she relentlessly wants us to know that she’s thin.

    • martha

      Exactly! She often wears clothes that are not flattering, just body con.

  • Shawn EH

    Whether it’s the face or the dress that is worse, it’s hard to say. Epic fail. I’m sure the charity is excited about her bikini top.

    • Lilak

      Mustn’t forget the lank, air-dried just out of the pool comb-over … .

      I honestly didn’t think it was possible for Paltrow to fail so badly (in all directions and all at once!).

  • jw_ny

    She looks unfinished. I don’t think she needs much more makeup tho…just a shade darker on her lip, and a bit of pencil to define her almost invisible eyebrows. Also, her hair is in serious need of a trim…and get it out of your face! The hemline of her dress is about a foot too long, and those shoes are just ugly. I don’t like the cut-out, but she can pull it off. And, would it kill her to put on a bangle or something!?

  • mjude

    TTSO….tilda the shit out of it! LOL

    • Qitkat

      Tis perfect with WITFU, n’est-ce pas?

  • guest2visits

    I don’t know if I could take the bright yellow hair, the bright cobalt dress, AND bright red lips. Although it’s good length for her tall legs, I just don’t care for the dress all that much. Another shade of blue? Fill the cutout? Match the strips to the color of the dress…?

  • stubbornthoughts

    Great dress on her, but everything with the head is all wrong.

  • Imasewsure

    I think the makeup would be a really pretty look if she were wearing a breezy little outfit (or TTSO) but what an odd combo… and she clearly doesn’t see what her hair actually looks like most of the time… not good

  • tallgirl1204

    I do love that dress and that color on her. It is made for a less-curvy body like Gwynnie’s– and cobalt seems to flatter almost everyone.

  • boweryboy

    Flipflops and a neoprene bikini top. Gurl, that’s beachwear. No, it’s scuba wear.

  • quiltrx

    Her hair looks fried, and with that and the ‘clean’ face she looks like she just got out of the pool.
    I’m supposing it’s the lack of makeup, but something looks oddly pinched around her eyes.
    And I wanted to kind of like this dress, but those humps where the boob-straps meet the waistline are REALLY distracting. Something amiss there.

  • melanie0866

    I hate that hem length! It’s so unflattering and aging! Please, let’s all agree to go longer or shorter.

    • conniemd

      For some reasons stylists don’t seem to be using hem tape anymore. The dresses aren’t usually that length on the models, as they are so tall.

  • I don’t understand the scuba wear for a daytime charity event, let alone the ‘clean’ face.

    • Hiptobesquare

      Scuba wear. Exactly!

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Is it summer in Los Angeles?

    • kittentoes

      It is.

  • Alfred Cox

    God, she’s so pretentious. LOVE the dress though, the best dress I’ve ever seen her in. The makeup looks dull and serious, which is perfect for Miss Pretentious Goopy Girl.

  • decormaven

    She just left the pool and the backdrop looks like the basement of a gymatorium, so it all works. Not!

  • Myra Amler

    Fill in the midriff cutout, shorten the hemline, put on a little makeup and drag a brush through the hair. Easy to fix.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I don’t fault Gwyneth for wanting to show off the body she works so hard for, but the midriff cutout is a bit much, methinks.

      • Myra Amler

        I just think that the cut out does nothing for the look. It could be a really cute dress.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree- it seems to be there simply because it can be there.

  • Kent Roby

    She looks very Billy Idol (“Eyes Without A Face”, that is).

  • Anathema_Device

    I always crab about nude or really light lipstick. Not a fan. She looks like she just donated ALL her blood at the blood mobile. Not saying the lipstick has to be heavy, but I don’t like it lighter than one’s actual lips.

    Also, that dress needs much chic-er styling. her hair doesn’t work at all here.

  • demidaemon

    I am so tired of the nude lip. Slap some color on for godsakes!

  • andi56

    What is it about Gwyneth Paltrow that makes me want to reflexively smack her every time I see a photo?
    Those darts are hitting in the wrong place, and it’s weird an puckery at the waistband. And she’s not 13, so ditch the midriff!

  • LeelaST

    No makeup, what looks like a weird sports bra and skirt with Summer sandals against a presumably faux brick wall. And people say Hollywood isn’t glamorous. Pfft!

  • A little lipstick would go a long way toward improving this head. It looks like she’s emulating Sissy Spacek, but nobody can pull that off except Sissy.

  • livesarah

    The face doesn’t go with the dress. And it just looks stupid wearing Summer clothing at an event like that when the other attendees are actually, somewhat, dressed appropriately for the season.

  • TigerLaverada

    First glance at the thumbnail I thought this was LeeAnn Rimes, but I can sure see the Sissy Spacek in there, too.

  • Joey Melliza

    she looks like cocktail waitress halfway done with her war face

  • did she bleach her eyebrows or does she naturally have next to none? looks atrocious.

  • ankali

    It’s not that bad a dress on its own, but it makes her look desperate to me.

  • 1964edithgrove

    It looks like she is coming down with something and should have stayed home.

  • AmeliaEve

    I do not want to see your sternum cleavage.