Actress Anika Noni Rose shows you how to channel your inner holiday diva

By Shanelle Rein-Olowokere
Updated December 15, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for looking drop-dead gorgeous! Whether you’re planning to party from now until New Year’s or just need to wow ’em for one night only, EW can help you channel your inner holiday diva. On these pages, Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose (a.k.a. the film’s sassy, Eddie Murphy-smitten Lorrell), 34, dresses to impress, and the movie’s glam squad — makeup supervisor Tym Shutchai Buacharern and costume designer Sharen Davis — share the tips they gave to Rose, Beyoncé Knowles, and Jennifer Hudson. Shine on!

Scarlet Woman
Gwen and Christina aren’t the only ones who can go old-school Hollywood. Paint your pout with MAC’s Red No. 5 Couture lipstick.

Platinum Purse
All you need is your credit card and some gloss, and away you go. There’s even a mirror inside!

Solid Gold
A dress that Dreams Deena (Knowles) and Effie (Hudson) would have come to blows over! OMO Norma Kamali’s gold foil ”Goddess Dress to Knee.”

Luxe Lobes
A little dazzle goes a long way (Alexis Bittar’s lucite drop earrings.

Chain, Chain, Chain…
…Chain of shoes! Dance the night away in Carlos by Carlos Santana (yes, that Carlos) ”Bandit” sandals.

Shady Lady
After a long night on the town, hide your tired eyes in Judith Leiber’s crystal-encrusted sunglasses.

Lady in Red
Make an entrance in Mara Hoffman’s silk minidress with a balloon hem.

Star Scent
Smell divine with Bond No. 9’s ”Nuits de Noho” fragrance.

Drape your wrist with Philip Stein’s diamond-adorned dual-time- zone watch. Oprah is a fan of these timepieces.

Grab Bag
Lauren Merkin’s silver ”Louise” clutch is roomy enough for all your makeup must-haves.

Ain’t No Heels High Enough
In Dreamgirls, Davis put the petite Rose in 4-inch pumps so she’d measure up to her taller female costars. Feel instantly sexy in Davis by Ruthie Davis red patent-leather 4 1/2-inch stilettos.

Fringe Benefits
”Whip out those [fake] lashes, if you really want to be fabulous,” says Buacharern. Prep your peepers with Shu Uemura’s ”Classic Diamante” lashes.

Make like the Dreams and enhance your ”natural sheen,” says makeup maven Buacharern. Try MAC’s Pigment that comes in a set of five shades.

Rose loves the body-hugging red fringe number she donned in the film. Her advice: Remember, ”[a dress] can look cute on a hanger, but if it doesn’t feel good, it won’t look good on you.” For extra confidence, wear Spanx’s seamless bodysuit underneath.

”The most important this is mascara,” Rose says. ”You need to make your eyes pop.” Adds Buacharern: ”I love globs of mascara. I love the rimming of the inside of the eye to make the whites [look] darker.”


  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 131 minutes
  • Bill Condon