"Season 30 marks a huge milestone for Dancing with the Stars, so I was very excited to choose a special look for the season opener," Inaba told E! News. "I had just come off of taking a 6-month hiatus, and also spending much of this past year at home like the rest of the world did, so I really wanted to show up as myself, but with a little glam and sparkle."
The judge brought a splash of sparkle to the ballroom in an Aida Novosel gown embellished with a bold and intricately beaded neckline, styled by Rhonda Spies.
No glitzy evening look would be complete without some equally shiny jewels. To finish the outfit, Inaba accessorized with Neil Lane, Lafonn and Belle Etoile diamonds.
"Tonight was a special night in the ballroom as the first night of the 30th season, and although last season we had a lot of fun with wigs, tonight Carrie Ann wanted to feel like her authentic self in her own hair," hairstylist Glenn Nutley told E! News. "We created a sexy tousled long bob that was full and textured. I started with a base of Oribe Maximista hair thickening spray and a voluminous blow-dry. I added non-uniform waves with the Harry Josh Pro Tools Travel Curling Iron 1.25 inch through the mid-lengths, leaving out the ends. I then applied the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, shook it out and finished with the Oribe Free Styler Working Hairspray."
"We went for classic glamour with a modern edge for Carrie Ann's premiere makeup," makeup artist Marylin Lee Spiegel said. "I gave her an extended smoky cat-eye using Danessa Myricks' color fix in Blackout. I used a lovely wispy lash from House of Lashes called Stella Luxe. I gave her cheeks a beautiful flush with MAC mineralized blush in Happy Go Rosy and kept her T-zone matte with Veil Cosmetics Automatte in place of powder. RCMA's new liquid concealer gave her skin flawless perfection!"
With her shimmering style all set, she was ready for the show. "The season has just begun," Inaba said, "and I can't wait to see what happens and get into all of the other looks and dances!"