Another week, another ’80s fashion flashback! Last week the Dancing with the Star host channeled the ’80s movie National Lampoons Vacation (her wet hair made her feel like, “Christie Brinkley when she was filming the pool scene”) and this week it’s all about Dirty Dancing thanks to her flowy pleated skirt.
“This dress reminded me of a Dirty Dancing moment,” Andrews tells PeopleStyle about her Catherine Deane pleated gown. “The scene where she’s dancing at the end waiting for Johnny to meet her on the stage.”
Aside from her “no one puts baby in the corner” fantasy, she chose it because “it was easy, beautiful and fun to move around in.”
Her stylist Alyssa Greene loved the dress because of its feminine style. “Catherine Deane added fun little details to the design that makes it more special,” Greene explains. “We blinged it up with a Hearts on Fire necklace, tiny little ear huggers and a bunch of rings. Ryan [Randall] took it to the next level with a amazing braided updo.”
And when she says amazing, she’s not kidding. Hairstylist Ryan Randall did a last minute switch-up to turn Andrews into a “braided ballerina.”
He started off thinking he’d create a classic pony with a twist but Andrews asked him to play around with a braid last-minute. “We decided that with the simplicity of the dress, the hair and makeup had to be the stars,” he says. “Staying true to Erin’s love of texture and movement, I went with a braided up-do with multiple fishtail braids. Six to be exact.”
So how did he do it? He tells PeopleStyle he started by rough drying the hair with a “plentiful amount” of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for grit and texture, then added R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste for more separation and hold. He fixed six random sections into fishtail braids and says the trick is to “loosen it slightly for that imperfectly perfect movement when you’re finished.” Next, pin the braids onto each other, swirling them randomly and finish with some Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and R+Co Outer Space Hairspray to secure.
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“Erin didn’t see the back [of her head] until after the show started,” he says. “I like to keep secrets sometimes! She loved it.”
Andrews’ makeup artist Lisa Ashley enhanced Andrews’ just-back-from-vacation glow with Serge Lutens bronzer. She used it only on the cheeks, “no blush!” Then used La Mer concealer to cover the under eye area and created a dark smokey eye on top. “I incorporated Stila Smudge Pot in brown with Two Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection,” she explains. “Smudge Stila Smudge Pot in brown on the lower lid and layer with Stila Matte shadow in Midnite. Then mix Chinchilla and Coffee Bean in the crease from the same palette and add gel liner across the lash line.”
The results? A look ready to take the resort talent show by storm!
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— Colleen Kratofil