Emmy Rossum in Andrew Gn at Real Simple’s Botanical Beauty Cocktail Party

Posted on March 17, 2014

You’d think the tricky skirt would throw us off (because we kind of have a history of bitching about tricky skirts), but we squealed just a little when we saw this. Because we also have a thing for fun, bold, graphic dresses.

Emmy-Rossum-Andrew-Gn-Real-Simple-Botanical-Beauty-Cocktail-Party-TLO (1)Emmy Rossum attends Real Simple’s Botanical Beauty cocktail party in New York City in an Andrew Gn dress paired with a Rodo clutch, Sergio Rossi shoes, and House of Lavande earrings.

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Emmy-Rossum-Andrew-Gn-Real-Simple-Botanical-Beauty-Cocktail-Party-TLO (3)Andrew Gn Spring 2014 Collection

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And we TOTALLY have a thing for Wonder Woman, so this all comes together nicely for us and allows us to ignore the tricky skirt. It’s cute, different and head-turning. That’s enough for us to skip past the one design element we don’t like.

Oh, but her makeup is terrible, no? We’re sorry, but some ladies can’t handle the winged eye without looking a little … trashy. And if you’re the gal who loves to work a trashy chic look (and there totally is such a thing), then go right ahead and rock them wings, Amy Winehouse-style. But Emmy’s style is all lady-like perfection with a dash of fashionista. The winged eye just doesn’t suit her or what she’s trying to do. And that pale pink lip looks odd with such a bold dress and black nails.

This is the day we get really hung up on eye makeup, it would seem.  What’s up with that? We’re not even makeup queens. Are we cranky or do Emmy and Amanda have it wrong?

“Emmy and Amanda” sounds like a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.



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  • PastryGoddess

    The eyes I can handle, the lips though..*shudder*

  • fursa_saida

    It’s the hair that’s really bothering me. I always hate this style, blown straight back with no part at all. Makeup…meh, I don’t mind the eyes, but I agree the lip is wrong–and is it just me, or is she NEVER wearing enough blush?

    • megalomanic

      It’s not just you. I live for the day when someone gets so enraged by the constant pancake face that they grapple her down and FORCE her to put some colour in her cheeks, dammit!

    • charlotte

      While I agree with you about the hairstyle, I also have to say that my Emmy Rossum hair envy is still limitless.

      • fursa_saida

        Oh, yeah, her actual hair remains incredible.

  • Very Matisse but that is bad makeup. It’s gone through “dewy” to “working the deep fryer”.

    • Beardslee

      I immediately thought Matisse and wondered if I had the right artist. Glad I did.

    • Kent Roby

      Great minds; I went straight to Matisse’ “Icarus” as well.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      I can see the Matisse, but my mind immediately went to Georges Braques’ Dove.

      • I had to google that! You are absolutely right.

  • @Biting Panda

    Huh. I liked the eyes. I can’t rock the winged eye, I am jealous of anyone who can. Overall this is cute, but not what I would call memorable. Sort of like Emmy herself.

    • Kent Roby

      Winged eye, winged birds; perhaps she was going for a theme (I don’t know, I’m just winging it).

  • JauntyJohn

    You change everything black on this thing to gold and you have Wonder Woman’s cocktail dress for her reception at the launch of her book, “Letting Go of the Lasso: On the Pursuit of Peace through Kicking Ass.” (Forward by Bruce Wayne, CEO, Waynetech Industries.)

    • NBG

      This is me, sitting here being bummed that this book does not exist. 🙁

  • VioletFem

    I like her eye make-up here. I think it looks good with the overall look; it gives it a slight mod look.

  • another_laura

    I can’t with the Amy Winehouse eye makeup. Looks dated and is way too much for most of these women. Girl, you’re not woman enough for that eye makeup? Something like that…

  • lexilexi

    Have you seen Shameless? After what this poor girl has gone through this season, I think she looks amazing.

    • That’s such a great show and she’s amazing in it (the whole cast is). Btw, I don’t mind the makeup; I think she looks pretty.

  • Winged eyeliner…trashy? I don’t see that at all. Like another commenter said, she seems to have been going for a mod look. I like it. Needs more mascara, though – she looks like she left the makeup chair before she was quite done.

    • Loramir

      Yeah, not seeing trashy at all. I think it looks cute and retro. The eyes are actually the only part of the makeup I DO like – as you said, it looks unfinished. She needs some more color – blush and maybe a different lipstick. And some blotter paper or something – too shiny.

      I liked it the winged eyeliner on Amanda too. But then, I’m a low-maintenance tomboy type who rarely wears anything more complicated than lip gloss and can hardly apply eyeliner or mascara without blinding myself and/or getting it all over my face, so my opinion is entirely unqualified.

  • MilaXX

    I like the dress, but not everyone can rock a winged eye. Especially not such and exaggerated one. I also really dislike those earrings with the dress. I love the dress though.

  • In_Stitches

    Very Matisse from the color palette to the graphic shapes. For that alone I’m loving it. The hair however is a big ol’ no.

  • mjude

    I think the dress is adorable. Alicia thank you for the “Matisse” comment. I so agree. Also I have to agree with Milaxx about the winged eye. I so love the look & always wished it could be my thing but alas it was not.

  • marlie

    The dress is cute. I don’t think the winged eye makeup looks trashy on Emmy, and I liked it on Amanda, too. But in both cases, they makeup artist screwed up the execution with the choice of lipstick. The lipcolor on Amanda looked trashy, and this lipcolor on Emmy looks unfinished.

    • I think the eyeshadow colour lets her down too. That slightly apricot tone doesn’t work with the winged eyeliner.

  • She should be a “mink eyelashes for days” girl.

  • kimmeister

    I normally really dislike star prints, but in context with the birds and the midnight blue sky, I’ll relent this one time. I don’t mind the winged eye on her, especially given the shape of the dress, but I do agree that it’s not her best makeup look.

  • KinoEye

    Nah, the wings don’t fly on her. But I LURVE the dress. As usual, her hair is impossibly glossy and perfect-looking.

  • Golfkat

    TLo: You missed her in Herrera a couple of nights or so ago! It was faaaab.

  • B_C_J

    I am again in the minority. I hate this dress. It looks like a craft project. Her eyes are pretty but while I am sure they were going for the dewy look, she simply looks a bit oily to me.

    • charlotte

      As others have mentioned Matisse, his works tend to look like craft projects, too. He actually created some of them by cutting out and glueing like a child in elementary school. I love some of them (like the rope jumper), and others I consider imitable. So maybe you are not in the minority in that sense, you just have a different taste in art.

  • Sarah

    I’m glad you said “Wonder Woman” because I thought it looked like Bird Chick, Girl Superhero. ‘S weird, but she looks okay I guess.

  • susu

    Funny, I was about to say I really like her make-up here (and, to a lesser extent, the hair). Far better than the consumptive/punched in the face look she’s been sporting lately.

  • Roz

    Earrings are the off note to me. Kind of fussy for the outfit. She looks so pretty in that close up!

    • Constant Reader

      I don’t like them with this, but on their own merits I think they’re kind of fab.

  • decormaven

    I wish the shoes weren’t so heavy looking. Something strappy like the runway look would have been a better choice. That color of blue is heavenly on her.

  • she hasn’t figured out that she doesn’t need to take whatever shadow shade alllll the way up to the brow bone. Focus the shadow efforts closer to the lash line, everyone stops bugging her. And: cooler tones, miss Emmy. The warmer the colors around her eye, the more budget it looks….

  • Cloveradams

    Well, now we know who’ll be playing Anne Welles in the Valley of the Dolls remake.

  • NBG

    This was the time to rock a bold lip. She’s is breaking my heart here since the dress is so damned adorable.

  • snarkalicious

    I love her and really want to love this dress, but the birds look too much like the 80’s-style altar and vestments decor in the giant suburban Catholic church I went to as a kid. Which is kind of a fashion fail.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Love the make-up and love the Catherine Deneuve hair.

  • kittenwithaquip

    Is Emmy actually dying of consumption? Is that why her makeup always seems wrong? Compared to previous makeup looks, this one doesn’t make her look like she’s dying, but I have no idea why people take that whole “strong eye, neutral lip” thing so literally. Yeah, you don’t want to end up looking like an 1800’s Parisian streetwalker, but you also don’t need a completely nude lip. Not many people can pull that off without looking weird.

  • Nicholas

    Can’t put my finger on it, but something about that eyebrow pluck is very Frida Kahlo unibrow.

  • Nicholas

    Can’t put my finger on it, but something about that eyebrow pluck is very Frida Kahlo unibrow.

  • yethica

    I will never understand the love of the pale pink/nude lip. It just makes the wearer look like she’s trying out for the Broadway version of “Jersey Shore”.

  • Janet B

    Do I ever love her makeup?

  • Sofia

    i hesitate to comment in this manner because i think it may be my monitor, but her makeup looks like it was applied 18 hours ago with no touch ups!

  • Sarah Jane

    I think she is someone who looks better with less make-up.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Yes and yes. Wholesome is what works for her, so minimal enhancement is best.

  • clatie

    Dress is adorable – she often dresses a little mature for her age, so this is young and cute on her. Hair is ANCIENT. Honey! Do something fun while you are young and still can! Trust me, once it’s gone, it’s gone!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Another reason I think the makeup looks bad is because her skin is really chewed up right now and they tried to cover it up by troweling on foundation. That never, ever works (says the ex-makeup artist).

  • Fuchaforever

    Why is this girl still famous? And why is she in my irrational dislike list? I don’t get it.

    • EveEve

      my two cents: her performances on Shameless this season and last have been phenomenal. I had hoped to see Emmy recognition last season for her. She is on my rational like list, even though her styling has come along a bit slowly. I like the dress and shoes, and the winged eyeliner, (kind of an Angelina vibe) but not the lips or the shine on the face.

      • Fuchaforever

        I don’t know what Shameless is! I’ll have to google it! Thanks!

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That Matisse dress needs better lips and earrings.

  • I kind of like the look, and even the hair, and can sorta kinda maybe get behind the eye makeup (as long as the light is right and the moon is in the seventh house) but glory be, honey, powder your face before you go out to have your photo took. WAY too much shiny skin there.

  • VicD

    It’s like a cheerleading outfit for a Christian academy, “the Sweet Doves of Peace,” and I despise the hair and makeup.

    • I actually like the dress, but love your commentary better.

  • JynxTheCat

    I kinda love her make up. Agree totally on the dress – shouldn’t but does work.

  • quiltrx

    Her makeup used to be SO much flattering–I wonder if she’s changed artists. At least it’s not “consumption eyes” this time, but still not quite right. And the lips are wrong most of the time lately. She’s too pretty for all this makeup tomfoolery.
    And the dress looks great on her.

  • mjmiller77

    really hate the combover hair helmet.

  • katiessh

    well i disagree about amanda, although even if it looked bad she’s on a magazine, so presumably she didn’t do her own makeup. I don’t mind the cat eye, but I think there needs to be stronger eye shadow so it blends a bit

  • That dress is nearly enough to make me forgive the makeup.

  • crash1212

    I love all of this…except the wings. Girl can’t fly.

  • SierraDelta

    Poor thing — she’s suffering from Feet Dissolving into the Floor-itis.

  • FridaStaire

    Love the dress!

  • MissusBee

    A winged eye, like a red lip, is something that has to be approached with good judgement. The shiny skin and waxy lip aren’t helping her here. Go for a lighter, matt base, a more natural, sheer lip and less orangey, more porcelain eyeshadow and she would look more Audrey, less Lana Del Rey (as you say, nothing wrong with the more trashy-retro thing, but it’s a different look that doesn’t suit her or this outfit).

    In my opinion, the dress being quite structured and unusual suits a more relaxed head anyway. Sure, we need good grooming and some subtle glamor, but the stiffness in the make-up and hair is fighting with the look.

  • OhSheila

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the winged liner. Then again, any time I take the time to wear liner, it’s gonna be a wing, so maybe I’m biased.

  • Loren S

    The combination of hairdo and makeup make me think of Lana Del Rey a bit.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    This looks just like Georges Braques’s “Dove” that has become the symbol for the Phillips Collection in DC.

  • webslice33

    i love it on her!

  • melanie0866

    Matisse cut-outs! Cute.

    I like the eyeliner on her. It’s an improvement over her usual look of permanent surprise.

  • A.E. Boredom Queen

    I love the dress, it’s probably my favorite thing I’ve seen her in. I agree with the eye makeup, it makes her eyes seem strangely lopsided.

  • Liza Ortiz

    I don’t get why you feature her so much her looks are always boring to me.