Mindy Kaling in Marc by Marc Jacobs at Fox’s “Girls Night Out”

Posted on June 10, 2014

Miss Mindy likes her girly-girl style – and we’d never argue with that. For instance, this outfit looks cute on her:

Mindy-Kaling-Marc-Jacobs-Girls-Night-Out-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Mindy Kaling attends Fox’s “Girls Night Out” at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California in a Marc by Marc Jacobs radio waves print long-sleeved dress accessorized with a Miu Miu bag and Saint Laurent pumps.

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She likes to be bold in her choices and defiant about what types of clothes a woman shaped like her is “supposed” to wear, which is both charming and admirable. We probably wouldn’t have thought of this dress for her, but she’s pulling it off. But man, that bag really bugs. Do we really need purse jewelry now? That sounds so Pinterest.

Also: we’re sorry, but we have to ask: Does her makeup artist hate her or something?




[Photo Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images, IMAXTree]

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  • sienna elm

    I love that print! And I’m somewhat shaped like Mindy but I don’t think I would have the balls to even try to pull it off. Go Mindy!

  • Reine Bron

    I love the dress on Mindy but the makeup is a big No. She should fire her makeup artist.

    • That makeup makes her look like she hasn’t slept in days.

      • ecallaw1977

        She looks like she got punched in both eyes.

    • KES4K

      She posts/tags her MUA on instagram a lot (including for this look), so apparently she was pleased with the work….*shrug*

      • Candigirl1968

        Mindy did look much less harsh on her Instagram (although the raccoon eyes still were problematic). I continue to wonder whether Mindy needs a makeup artist (or if she does her own, a makeup consultant) who has a better understanding of how the the type of lighting at red carpet/step and repeats affects how certain makeup translates to pictures.

        • Brittany

          I completely agree, I follow her on ig, and never find her makeup as problematic when she posts natural light pictures. But my goodness, get her in front of the flashing lights and it’s like a whole different face.

          • Lee

            I’ll see her posts on Instagram and think Oh! how cute! (to both clothes and makeup) and then 98% of the time I’ll see the TLO post and her makeup looks completely different and worse off.

        • zenobar

          Was just coming to post the same thing. Her IG photos of this outfit were stunning, and her makeup looked gorgeous. I think her MUA just doesn’t take this harsh lighting into consideration when she’s doing her face.

        • GeoDiva

          I 100% agree with all of you. So much better on Instagram.

    • misstressofsylar

      I always giggle everytime she praise her MU artist in FB and remember the comments here.

  • To answer your question gentlemen, no we absolutely do NOT need purse jewelry now, possibly ever.

    • RussellH88

      My mother would disagree with her Miss Tina Knowles purse.

  • JR Labrador

    Apparently, her makeup gun was set at “Tammy Faye”.

    • Rhonda Shore

      the pink nails and red lips bug me. I know they don’t have to match, for example i’d have no problem with purple and red, or purple and pink, but pink and red?

  • She has terrific legs so I think this dress length is flattering. But yeah, that makeup is garish.

  • seventeenwest

    Gah! She looked great in her Instagram photos. These lights must be sooooo harsh.

    • MissJames

      I thought EXACTLY the same – was really surprised her make up looks so bad here, because it looks gorgeous on instagram.

    • SayWhaaatNow

      Or she employs extensive use of filters. :-/

    • Monkey Toe

      You can tell how harsh and overexposed the photos since the dress has been bleached white by the flashes. IN the close-up at the edges of her shoulder or where there is a tiny shadow where her arms meet her torso you can see a hit of the turquoise on the runway. That is some cruel lighting.

      • DuBey2

        Oh! I thought her dress was the white iteration until I read your comment! Its amazing our lady stars can even keep their eyes OPEN under such lights.

    • R.A.

      It’s a consistent issue with her – pretty on Instagram, then it all goes to hell once she hits the carpet. MINDY GURL, YOU NEED TO START READING T-LO!! You’re too good for that makeup!!

  • Sobaika

    GOOD GOD, what’s up with that eyeliner?

  • ktr33

    I think she’s trying to hypnotize us into liking this dress. It’s choking her! That eye makeup is like I forgot I was wearing eye make up and rubbed my eyes really hard. Can it really be intentional?

    • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

      Agreed about the neckline of the dress. Maybe if it was a slight v-neck, cut using the pattern in the dress, then it wouldn’t look so boxy on her.

  • Sophie

    Raccoon eyes and bling hanging off her bag. Not a good idea in my humble opinion. But I like the print of the dress.

  • Valerie Little

    Oh dear God no! That print makes it look like she’s got fat rolls on her chest. Awful.

  • semirose

    Her eyemakeup looks like what happens when I try to do something interesting and new with mine right before I have to be somewhere, inevitable mess it up and start at it with the makeup remover. Honey why?

    Love the dress though. I’m pretty Mindy shaped and that’s definitely something I’d wear.

  • Mothra

    I like it but feel like she could invest in some better bra support.

  • Kate Andrews

    The dress makes me a little dizzy.

  • Her makeup artist hates her and that weirdly hypnotic pattern is doing strange things to her torso. I don’t think her chest undulates like that.

  • lynnlee

    I don’t think she looks good at all here. What happens on the red carpet when they photograph people? She posted pics of herself in that dress on facebook and it was the same color as the one on the model and she looked so much better all round. Make-up, dress everything. Really cute. This almost looks like a different dress. Often when she posts outfit pics, I wonder why she doesn’t dress or make herself up like that for the red carpet, because she looks so much better in her own pictures. Does one have a choice between looking good in the carpet photos or actually looking good in real life?

    • demidaemon

      Well, most RC photographers are not going to take the same amount of time to get the perfect shot, recalibrate the lighting, etc., etc. It’s like a factory line with both photos and production, all so they can get the most amount of people on film and the most amount of money for the photos wwith the least amount of time. At least, that’s what I think.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    She is too loyal to her makeup artist. The dress is wonderfully mod, though.

  • Alyssa

    Purse jewelry…one more thing to snag on my clothes…no thanks! Love the dress though. And she must have really done something to tick off her makeup artist…this is a recurring issue.

  • He make-up is always bad, and her face always looks shiny. She definitely needs to ditch her make-up team.

  • MarissaLG

    That makeup is wayyyy worse than what she usually wears. I feel like her makeup is usually on-point. Cute dress.

  • Patrick Cleary

    She looks great! It’s like one of those paintings they used to have in the mall where you’d stare at them and suddenly they’re a ship or something,but in the best way.

  • Anna

    Mindy, Mindy, Mindy…you look like you’ve been through at least 3 consecutive Girls’ Night Outs and didn’t go home in between. As the saying goes, you would look a lot better without all that black shit under (and around) your eyes.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    Love the dress on her, bag is hiddy, and she REALLY needs a new makeup person. Like, yesterday. As inconsistent as her clothing choices are, her make-up is almost uniformly bad.

  • SistaT

    I want to fight everyone she has ever hired to do makeup for her. I want to fight them hard. Why … WHY does she allow people to do things like this to her face?!

  • decormaven

    That purse jewelry is so silly. It doesn’t suit the look at all. Please don’t become a trend.

  • Chickadeep

    I’m down with the bold print and I cannot fault her shoe choice. Her hair is cute. Not loving the Pepto Bismol pink nails or purse bling. There is no excuse for that eye makeup.

  • There’s “smoky eye,” and then there’s “literal raccoon.” I love Mindy, but she’s much closer to the latter than the former.

  • Danielle

    I don’t care, I love the purse.

  • holla

    “But man, that bag really bugs.” I read too fast and saw “But man, that BAGS really bug.” Thought you were talking about her eyes.

  • ashtangajunkie

    That eye makeup says “I passed out face down at 4am and woke up late.” Love the dress on her though.

  • Jennifer Bober

    That eye makeup has got to go! I like that she pushes the envelope on what we non-skinny girls should wear. I just wish more plus-size designers would understand that just like the rest of the population, we’re all shaped differently and need a variety of cuts of clothing!

    • Kristin

      Just for the record (and I know we’re talking about the fashion and Hollywood-definition of non-skinny here, not real world definition), Mindy is a size 8. 🙂 I don’t think that qualifies as anywhere near plus-size.

      That fact does kind of make the whole “she’s so confident for her siiiiize” thing even more ridiculous, doesn’t it?

      • Jennifer Bober

        Oh, absolutely!! The fact that “plus-size” models in the fashion industry start at size 6 is INSANE!! Most plus-size clothing lines START at a size 14. With Mindy, it’s more along the lines of “you don’t need to be a size 2 to look cute and wear…” She’s a normal, healthy woman.

        My pet peeve with actual plus-size designers is that they assume every plus-size woman is short and should be wearing an empire waist. I’m 6’1″. Empire waists look AWFUL on me, but it is almost impossible to find a dress that lands at my natural waist. I love wearing dresses, so that’s really frustrating.

        • Kristin

          Oh, I feel your pain! Although, totally on point for this conversation, not your actual pain: my complaints are completely different. 🙂 My problem with plus-size designers is that sleeves and pant legs are cut too narrow, because they assume all plus size people are round bodies with stick limbs. *sigh* We can’t win!

          Sometimes I think the only solution is to hire my own personal seamstress.

  • Judy_S

    Love that dress on her.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Maybe she does her own? I can’t see a professional makeup artist doing this to her, even a newbie.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    …but the Dress is great!

  • DuBey2

    Dress & shoes: Personal best for Mindy. LOVE it. And thank you, TLo for pointing out the ridiculously useless Miu Miu purse jewelry.
    Is this part of the new “Rob me, Please!” line?

  • bunnydiet

    Sorry, that dress does nothing but hurt your eyes.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like any of this. She posted it all on FB & IG yesterday and I was hoping it would look better here. I don’t like that neckline on her and I’m not a fan of platform pumps either. Her makeup never looks really good to me and this is especially bad. Did someone think that was a smokey eye? I look like that when I fall asleep with makeup on and wake up. That bag looks like something a 10 year old would be seen carrying.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I don’t like any of it either.

      • Carleenml

        I swear I always want to sit with you two in the cafeteria. I don’t think I’d like this dress on anyone.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I know what you mean, I always look for MilaXX’s comments. Save you a seat! 😉

        • boweryboy

          Can I be your quiet, gay bestie who hangs out with the three of you?

          • Carleenml

            yay! *claps like a girl* yes.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Eyeliner that is going to need a half bottle of remover to take off is too much….

  • @Biting Panda

    The make up and purse look like the end of 6 to 7 hours or hard partying.

  • Frank_821

    It’s a bold dress and hard to wear. As someone stated earlier, it’s almost hypnotic in its patterns. I am wishing there was a version of this dress with short sleeves for her to wear. i think she would look much better

    and harsh lights is right. I didn’t even realize her dress actually have a blue tone to it

  • guyfromhoboken

    Am I the only one who thinks this dress looks absolutely wretched on her? It squashes her breasts and makes her look like she has three sets of floppy breasts stacked on top of each other. Send this one back.

  • luludexter

    love love that dress! It works a lot better in black and white than the spearmint green the model is wearing

    • madge

      mindy’s dress is actually the spearmint color and it looked fantastic on her. the red carpet lights are really washing the dress out and making her makeup look scary, but it all looked beautiful in her instagram feed. 🙂

  • I love this dress and her in it. I think this is one of her best as she and I disagree on what she wears. But what did she do to her makeup artist to get on his?her? bad side?

  • Anna

    I feel like the problem with Mindy’s clothing choices comes down to the shapes she picks – they don’t flatter her body type. I love the color and prints on her, but she picks shapes that always make her upper body look huge.

    • kimmeister

      Also, she has long legs and a short torso and doesn’t know how to dress those proportions. She has great legs and is eager to show them off, but the miniskirts + platforms only serve to make her torso look like it’s only 6″ long.

  • Miss Atomic

    Mindy would definitely benefit from a cleaner makeup look, specifically on her eyes. A clean eyeliner on top lid only and a bright shimmery lid would look beautiful on her.

  • majorbedhead

    I don’t think the shape of this dress is doing her any favors. She seems very short-waisted and this dress just emphasizes that. The pattern is making her chest look weird and bumpy all over and the neckline is too high.

  • boweryboy

    She needs a huge do over make over:

    First, fire her make-up artist (or hire one if she’s DIYing it). Second, learn how to dress her body (remember those shorts?) – this looks ok, but not great. Third, hire a new hairdresser because the coif is looking wiggy. And fourth, learn to accessorize – those shoes are sad and that purse… of course it’s MiuMiu.

    It’s a shame because she’s a really attractive woman who isn’t living up to her full potential.

  • jbj

    I respect that you try hard to say nice things about women who aren’t stick thin – sometimes bending over backward to praise some aspect of a godawful outfit on someone who wears a size 16 – but this is just bad.

  • formerlyAnon

    Consensus for months has been that her makeup artist hates her. Or, possibly, is legally blind. I want to know what’s wrong with everybody else in her circles that this hasn’t been fixed by now.

    I am not a fan of the optical illusion thing on the torso on either the model or Ms. Kaling, but props to her for boldness.

    • demidaemon

      I’m ready to upgrade hate to despise with this outing. That eye make-up may be the worst I have seen here at TLo Enterprises.

  • Joanna

    This isn’t good. She needs to fire the whole team and get some new stylists and makeup artists, because she deserves better than this. I find it appalling that her team almost seems to go out of their way to make this cute lady less than cute.

  • Crystal

    Omg that head is AWFUL.

  • conniemd

    I finally figured out that her hair bugs. It is so long, thick and straight and her face is sort of pudgy cheeked that the straight hair makes the face look fatter and that emphasizes her body shape. This dress is good on her.

  • d4divine

    Her makeup makes her look older and hard. Never that! !

  • SugarSnap108

    Yes, her MUA hates her. He/she punched her in both eyes.

  • marlie

    Cute dress, though I think the pattern is doing some sort of weird, optical illusion thing to her shape. That purse is HORRID, though. And just when I thought, “Yay! Mindy’s wearing a bright lipstick!” they had to go and ruin her makeup with the heavy-handed smoky eye. Even her foundation doesn’t look as caked-on as it usually does.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, my first observation that her skin makeup looked much, much better than usual. I like the idea of a dramatic eye on her, but this ain’t it.

      • demidaemon

        I’m thinking she could easily rock a cat eye. She clearly chose the wrong animal here, as it is somewhere between a raccoon and panda eye.

  • Imasewsure

    I like the dress better on her than on the model although it looks kind of cheaply made. Her makeup is always awful!! I don’t get it…

  • mdcoon127

    Great except eye makeup

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Mindy’s makeup is not working-one again I will plead with makeup artists-and their clients- to give the smoky eye a well needed rest. She looks as if she hasn’t slept in weeks, and I don’t think that is how you want to look at a photo call.

  • KT

    That is the worst makeup job in recent memory. It looks like she has two black eyes. I can’t see anything else.

  • Yoshio

    Love this dress on her!

  • 25or6to4

    Purse scarves? Yes. Jewelry? Never.

  • Snailstsichr

    Yes, her makeup artist hates her.

  • SpcilK

    This is not flattering at all! Neckline is bad, sleeves are too tight and the print is like a “Rorschach Test” gone wrong.

  • Cheryl

    I like the white and black, better than the pistachio and black. I know a lot of people are hating the makeup, but I like this way better than some of the previous photos of Kaling. I remember some really cakey looking, off coloured, foundation and a horrible pink lipstick, so even though this isn’t perfect it is better than some previous iterations. The nail polish is UGLY though.

  • yethica

    Seriously. Every damn time. Her makeup artist needs to be smacked. I love everything else about this look, with the exception of the purse jewelry.

  • Pablo

    The make-up’s awful but that’s a pretty cute dress on her.

  • melanie0866

    Hurts my eyes.

  • traceyishere

    Raccoon eyes.

  • Without sleeves I could handle this pattern… And as usual…a celbrity chooses to wear a dress that just does’nt fit or flatter their body!

  • smh4748

    I really like that dress, and wish it was in my closet! That is some highly unfortunate eye makeup though–are celebrities allowed to look at themselves and say “No. Fix it!”? Because if ever there was a moment for that, this was is.

  • P M

    MINDY, IF YOU CAN HEAR ME (yes, I’m shouting on purpose, so she can hear me), FIRE YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST.

    Seriously, smoky eye should not look like you got two black eyes.

  • Akemi

    She looks like she got punched in the face.

  • TerryMH

    Yes, her makeup artist definitely hates her. And despite how popular she appears, she doesn’t have any real friends. I know this because I have real friends and real friends would never let me go out in public to big events with photographers wearing grease paint the way she does. Unless all her real friends are vision impaired…there’s always that possibility.

  • Lilithcat

    I don’t know. That print looks like something you’d stare at when you’re tripping.

  • Ashleigh

    I’m sorry – maybe someone else said this – but that pattern CREATES the ILLUSION of bulges…

  • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

    The makeup artist went way too heavy with the black eyeliner. All the he or she needed to do was define the upper lash, create a slight point, in order to finish on the lower lash line at the corner and that’s it. As a darker hued African American female, I’ve learned (through trial and error), that I don’t need to do the “raccoon look” in order to define my eyes. I already have a darker upper and lower lash line. I’m not even a paid professional make up artist.

    Ms. Kaling should get a new makeup artist, because she doesn’t AND shouldn’t have to end up looking like that on the red carpet.

    • Tobey

      I’ve wondered if Ms. Kaling has a makeup artist who has worked on dark skin before–she is either too orange and matte, or she gets something like inappropriate raccoon eyes.

  • Leah Elzinga

    omg, I hate her makeup so much, every time. ev. er. y. TIME.

  • mickiemonkey

    That print looks like she is wearing a padded insect costume and her eye make-up makes her eyes look upside down.

  • Love that groovy dress!

  • Ray Ray

    I got both retinal seizures and nausea looking at the pattern.

  • demidaemon

    Clearly, her MUA does hat her, because that eye make-up is about three leaps beyond tragic. I’m so sorry for whoever did that to you, Mindy.

  • thatch pheasant

    Pinterest is fabulous. There’s junk on every site. Like this purse.

  • thatch pheasant

    Her figure is fine. In fact, its delightful not to see a rail-thin stick or a skull on stilts for a change. She just has to get her style down. This isn’t it.