Lea Michele in Paule Ka at the 2014 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night

Posted on June 23, 2014

Considering her longstanding predilection for showing the maximum amount of skin with every outfit she wears, this is like the Lea Michele version of taking nun’s vows.


Lea-Michele-Paule-Ka-2014-HBON-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lea Michele attends the 2014 Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and Opening Night Concert in Hollywood, California in a Paule Ka black and white sweetheart neckline gown paired with Casadei pumps and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

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It’s not a bad dress. We’re not crazy about the color-blocking, though. It tends to break up her shape too much. There’s a recent epidemic on the red carpet of sylph-like starlets suddenly losing their waists because they keep saying yes to dresses that obliterate them. Stop this, ladies. Stop this right now. It doesn’t make for a great look in pictures.

But it’s a bold and simple dress that allows for some sexiness without making her seem like she’s desperate to be ogled.  There’s perhaps a bit too much glittery jewelry, but for the most part, she’s tastefully put together.

Except for the 40 pounds of persimmon-colored tanner she had blasted onto her, of course. Girl, you need to pull back on that particular throttle.

Discussion point for advanced classes: Nail and lip color: too clashy? Of course they shouldn’t have to match, but it seems like each of those shades of red belong on wildly different skin tones, no?




[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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  • Thomas

    She looks like an Oompa Loompa.

    • nomoreprinces

      I was JUST singing the song in my head while scrolling through these pix from the moment I saw just how orange she was.

    • LittleKarnak

      A greasy Oompa Loompa……

      • Sarah

        She literally looks like she was coated in Crisco and deep-fried ten minutes before she walked the red carpet.

    • d4divine


  • RussellH88

    Is that slit in the middle? I’ve never understood a desire to have a slit that right in the middle of a dress.

    No wonder John Boehner is looking less orange, Lea’s buying up all the spray tan.

    • Sarah

      AND rubbing herself with all the oils. Girl is shi-ny.

      • RussellH88

        You’d pick up less oil blotting a pizza.

        • Sarah

          Heh true dat

        • Man Dala

          That shiny tan is so wrong on so many levels.

      • YoungSally

        Maybe she’s preparing for a role in a remake of Silence of the Lambs

  • Mothra

    this isn’t a terrible look for her, but her kumquat skin definitely clashes with that nail color.

    • evave2

      Aside from the color I think her skin looks either wet or greasy (was she sprayed just before facing the cameras?) and because of that I scarcely notice the outfit. Staring at the outfit I wish we had a model shot so I could really judge. I just can’t with the skin tone thing.

      • makeityourself

        And I keep thinking about what color the white facing of that bodice must be, now that oil and bronzer have been rubbed into it. Yuck.

  • Glam Dixie

    Her eyebrows look weird like they’ve been brushed straight up or something, she’s orange and the dress is hella unflattering. She bugs me so hard.

    • Thomas

      She’s the definition of a try-hard.

      • Eric Stott

        I will cut her a tiny amount of slack & say that the makeup would look a lot better from the audience than it does close up- her stylist may be planning her look for the stage.

      • demidaemon

        True, but this dress isn’t bad for her in theory, considering her usual choices. But it’s still a bad dress for her.

  • mcbishop

    I don’t read the nail and lip colors as clashy at all. Skin color is another story. Thought we were seeing tans, fake or not, looking odd and unhealthy. Like here. Orange, black and white color blocking is all I can see.

    • demidaemon

      Maybe she is showing her love of OITNB?

  • Danielle

    She must use Mindy Kaling’s makeup person.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      They must have strong moral objections to blotting papers or powder…

      • largishbearishAtlish

        they are helping to save the environment… all those rolls and rolls and rolls of paper towels saved- thank Lea!

  • Rhonda Shore

    Don’t care for either of the reds. No to the spray tan.

  • FibonacciSequins

    The nails are almost orange and the lip color has brown and pink. Two shades of red don’t match just because they’re both called “red”. But Lea has taken a big step forward here; let’s not expect too much too soon.

    What’s with the random oiliness lately? JLo had oily legs on the tonight show, Lea’s front (but not her back) is oily here, Jessica Alba was a little oily in Turkey. Is baby oil the trend du jour?

    • Cheryl

      I think they’re O.D.ing on Nars highlighter. A little highlight is nice, but it’s easy to go overboard.

  • Imasewsure

    Ignoring the “tan,” I like the top part of the dress a lot but bored and disappointed with the skirt

  • Sobaika

    Nail and lip color do clash – against each other and with her orange skin.

    She should have gone with a deep red for her nails.

    • sienna elm

      Even a deep purply red would be good for her nails.

  • gayle

    She looks like the lost Kardashian sister

    • Wink

      “Klea” Kardashian

      • CPK1

        you mean “Khlea”

        • Wink

          Good catch:)

    • amanda lynn

      exactly what i was going to say! good call on Khlea.

  • As a former Prescriptives girl, that’s a R nail color and a BR lip on a YO girl. Know your colors, know yourself.

    • zenobar

      Color You Beautiful!

    • makeityourself

      You should lead the Advance Class discussion. I miss my Prescriptives . . .

    • NBG

      Please come makeup shopping with me!

  • Reine Bron

    lea always come back super dark from her vacations but I hope it doesn’t last too long other than that I liked the dress plus it matched Kristen Chenoweth’s dress when they were singing together

    • Cheryl

      If that is a real tan, and I’m a little doubtful, she better start looking up how skin cancer can affect your life. If it’s from a bottle, it’s just distasteful, but if it’s from the sun, she going to be one sorry woman eventually.

      • Reine Bron

        she’s being looking just as tanned in her candids since she came back so I think it’s real and I’m sure she knows about skin cancer since her best friend had it and she’s being supporting L’Oreal’s melanoma awareness campaign on twitter

        • Cheryl

          The people running L’Oreal’s program cannot be happy with this look then. It’s like smoker endorsing a healthy lung and heart campaign.

          • Constant Reader

            Maybe she’s like me and tans even when using sunscreen. I haven’t laid out on the beach in (ahem!) many years, but when I spend the day outside — say, hiking, or at an outdoor event — I come home with a tan even though I use a high SPF sunscreen. (Not this much in one day, of course.)

            It could also be a combination of a real tan and some spray-on stuff to even things out. That looks awfully even all over.

  • Anathema_Device

    She is so shiny! I can barely assess the nail & lip color issue w/o sunglasses. But, I agree, they clash. They should be in the same family of color or be really different (e.g., gray/taupe nails). I do like the dress, though. The colorblocking doesn’t bug me too much, although I’d like that white bit on the skirt to be a full side panel.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Can I ask a question about her tanner? It looks very even and glossy. Is it definitely make up? If so, despite the very, um, bright color of it, it’s a very nice job.

    • Reine Bron

      I don’t think it’s a tanner, she just came back from hawaii

      • ShaoLinKitten

        TLo and others seemed to indicate that it was tanner, which is why I asked. If it’s tanner, it’s a very good job, but the color is a bit off for a real life tan. Though I could be wrong. I know nothing about spray tans.

    • Good spray tan with a bit of dry oil across her shoulders and decolletage.

  • IAmJ

    Why are we giving her a pass on this hair? NO. Bad hair. Go home and start over, young lady.

    • demidaemon

      I’m not. Awful hair.

  • kimmeister

    The color blocking is terrible. Had the white center strip continued down, it would have been fine. But to reverse the colors right at the waist was a terrible idea. Plus, the shape in general isn’t great for her, it’s making it look like she has no hips.

    On my screen the lips are reading dusty rose, which is almost like a neutral when it comes to lip color, so I don’t mind it in combination with the nails.

  • Anna

    Lea apparently goes to the same tanning salon as Ross from Friends.

    Or to paraphrase Chandler: “Was that place, THE SUN?!”

  • Gatto Nero

    Re: the nail and lip colors, I agree. The cool blue-red lip and the warm yellow-red nails are clashing.
    She looks terribly pleased with herself.

  • Kathleen

    That “tan” is horrific, the dress isn’t flattering and the nail color, like her skin, is too orange.


    Hit the showers and try again young lady.

  • Lori

    Yes, the nail and lip colors are too clashy. Yes, the tanner is ridiculous, with bonus too shiny. She passed dewy at least 2 freeway exits ago.

  • susan6

    Ease up on the slap and the tanner. What is she thinking? It looks like she’s literally painted (as in, with a paint brush). Is her skin that bad that she feels the need to apply a thick coating of shellac onto it? Totally can’t notice the outfit because the paint job is so bad.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Definitely the classiest dress she’s worn in ages, but it doesn’t accentuate her shape well. I’ve never understood the whole tanning thing, but then again, I am a fish-belly-white girl.

  • traceyishere

    The dress looks dirty and it makes her boobs look terrible and her face looks like plastic and her skin looks like upholstery fabric.

    • Kent Roby

      But aside from all that, do you love it?

  • jonnyf8

    Maybe her new gigolo boyfriend – I mean dating coach — likes this overtanned look.

  • She should have gone with a stronger red lip color, I think. Fingernails are fine. Of course, as others have pointed out before me, she has indeed OD’d on the tanning spray, which is doing her no favors at all. And the hair, it looks so raggedy at the ends. She needs to lose the last 4″ or so IMO.

  • formerlyAnon

    There’s something off. I keep looking at it, getting an initial positive impression, and then having an overwhelming feeling of ‘not right.’ Don’t know if it’s the proportions of the dress, the illusion that her head is huge, the kind of “Brooke Shields, sweaty day on the beach photoshoot” vibe I get from armpits up clashing with the blingy wrists and fingers . . . . I guess I’ll go with the proportions of the dress.

  • Aidan B

    Girl, that is not your skin color. Back away from the tanner!

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Novice chefs: This is the color you want your Thanksgiving turkey.

    • Anna

      She certainly looks basted!

    • schadenfreudelicious

      That is some butterball realness for sure…

  • LadyVimes

    Hypnotized by all the sparkly. Send in Harry Winston if I haven’t resurfaced in an hour.

  • kmk05

    Oh goodness no, Uncles. Greasy face + shitton of makeup + shitton of fake tan + THE MOST AWFUL hair (what is that parting with hair on top?) removes any potential classiness from that dress.

    And there wasn’t much to begin with, considering that slit.

  • elemspbee

    oh my she looks heavily oily.
    I saw a you tube performance with her and Kristen Chenowith (wearing a very nice gown). This dress did not look good on her in motion.

  • Laura Abrahamsen

    The contrast in the over the shoulder shots between the shiny face and the matte back is quite jarring.

  • Tami from Seattle

    The nail color? I’m just glad she’s not sporting her usual talons.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I’ve never seen someone so orange and so covered in glitter look so sad.

    • Constant Reader

      You know, you’re right. I looked at the pics again and her eyes look like someone barely holding back tears.

  • Kent Roby

    Looks like Orange (spray tan) Is The New “Crack”.

    • Tami from Seattle

      She is not old enough or Diva enough to have her spray tan set to Michael Kors.

      • butterflysunita

        Michael Kors is not old enough or Diva enough to have his spray tan set to Michael Kors.

      • NBG

        Are we sure this is the Michael Kors setting? This actually may be George Hamilton.

    • AthenaJ

      Hah! I was just thinking Orange Is The New Lea.

  • Constant Reader

    I wish Lea would dial back on the makeup. She’s young and pretty, so why be made up like she’s got flaws to hide?

    That said, the dress and accessories, while not perfect, are a step in a direction that should be encouraged.

  • uprightcitizen

    Funny thing is, that particular cut and color-blocking should enhance the figure, not make it look less curvy. I think that’s just her shape right now. She would look fine, though, without the John Boehner skin tone.

  • MilaXX

    The nail and lip don’t bother me but I don’t like this dress and that spray tan is ridiculous. She looks like George Hamilton’s long lost child.

  • Crystal

    jesus that tanner is awful.

  • TinyDynamo

    I hate everything. The dress, the hair, the strange fake skin color, the oily skin, the too cute over the shoulder pose, EVERYTHING. Two thumbs way down.

  • Shawn EH

    Cannot see past the toasted skin! Lose lips or nails, one of them has got to go!

  • Sara__B

    She reminds me of my daughter’s antique mahogany table with it’s black and white table runner. This is not a good thing.

  • with all that black (dress) and orange (skin), I’m getting a Halloween vibe.

  • snarkykitten

    I can’t see anything past that awful spray tan

  • alyce1213

    “Persimmon-colored tanner ” made my mouth pucker, as persimmons will do. She bugs.

  • Synnamin

    When you take your tanning tips from John Boehner, you know you’ve gone too far.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The tanning is so over the top I can’t look at anything else. Leather Girl.

  • Kimberlini

    In all fairness, the nail color does go with the fake tan.

  • NinjaCate

    I do think the nail and lips are too clashy but I just realized that I only do my nails once a week max, and I’d HATE to have to get a mani/pedi every time I stepped out of the house. She gets a pass.

  • Eric Stott

    She looks smashing for 40.

    • kittentoes

      I’m 39 and I don’t want to look like this!

  • James

    Orange, orange everywhere. That’s all I see.

  • queeniethebold

    My eyes! My eyes! The tanner! It burns!

    Nothing else to see here. Moving along.

  • marlie

    Lea, sweetie. Please do NOT go down the George Hamilton route with the tanner. PLEASE. Otherwise, everything head-to toe reads as a little “prom-y” to me, but I guess that’s better than flashing the good china all of the time.

  • VioletFem

    This is an atta-girl for me dress, makeup and hair are cute. The only major misstep is the overabundance of spray-tan, which she does not need at all because she is already naturally tan.

  • Nope, I can’t even think about lip and nail colours, not gonna happen. I just can’t get over the image of her being dipped head to toe in a huge liquid pot of browny orangey shiny goo!

  • nannypoo

    She’s orange and slimy. Ick.

  • Little_Olive

    Now I know why Elle lost her shininess.

    Please, she looks like a Kardashian with a bit less a**. Hideous dress.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t like this dress at all. It does nothing for her figure. The hair also bugs. I’m irritated.

  • Trickytrisha

    She looks like she belongs in one of those awful cable reality shows…. The Too Tanned Bitches of Simi Valley, or some such.

  • understateddiva

    Girl, look how orange you effing look!

  • quiltrx

    Gah, why is she so orange and so SHINY…

  • livesarah

    So shiny. So much makeup.

  • ktr33

    lips and nails are in 2 totally different color palettes. Like, she didn’t get a new manicure for the event. And she is SO fake-tan-y and so shiny and all that grandma hand and wrist jewelry, like her hands belong to someone else. But definitely progress in wearing an appropriate dress, except it doesn’t do anything for her (cute) figure. The poor thing, really. She needs a team to swoop in and shower her off and start from scratch.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Her tan reminds me of the local sorority girls. That lip color looks pretty bad. Nail color is great, very seasonal.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Damn, pants would have been amazing (and shocking! Shocking I tell you!) on her…(does she actually you know…own pants?)

  • Damn. I couldn’t see the dress. It’s all spray tan from here. Tone it down.

  • Columbinia

    That’s a lot of tan. Combined with the heavy makeup, it looks like a desperate forty year old.

  • JynxTheCat

    It must take her longet to reomove all that cake then it does to get it installed