Katharine McPhee

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Ugh, we hate when we see a photo like this… A starlet takes the time to get her makeup done to perfection but then her hair is a big hot mess. What happened?? Did Katharine McPhee's makeup take so long that her hairstylist got angry and left her to her own devices?   

Okay, to prove we don't just have a case of the Mondays… Let's start with the positive and talk about how much we loved the songstress' makeup. If you want to rock a statement lip, this is the way to do it – creamy impeccable skin, subtle eye makeup done in tawny browns and just a spot of pink blush.

But the hair! It reminds us a lot of our college days when we would sleep on our mousse and gel riddled hair and head out to breakfast looking like road kill.

Beauty Bailout:  Katharine is clearly the victim of a bad haircut. Looking through old photos of her we couldn't find a previous bad hair day.  Listen, we've all been there but if you're going to wear a pink lace couture gown and perfect makeup, at least have the good sense to put your poor tresses back in a high bun.

It's not like she doesn't have the bone structure to pull off a slick updo.  Therefore we would have fixed this look by combing a strong alcohol-free gel like Kiehl's Strong Hold Styling Gel through her hair.

We would have then used the pointed end of the comb to create an extreme side part and comb the hair back into a high ponytail.  Then we would have used a few bobby pins to secure her hair into a bun. Done! Instant sophisticated glam!

Get the Look: We would be remiss in our duties if we were to skip how to achieve Katharine's gorg makeup look.  After priming skin, apply a flawless finish foundation like Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation SPF 18 to even out skin tone. Next, hide under eye circles with a cream-based concealer like Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 20.

To recreate Katharine's eye makeup, start by covering your entire eye area with an ivory or flesh-toned eye shadow.  Then, use a rich tawny brown eye shadow like the one in the YSL Ombres Duolumières - 29: Purple Amethyst/Tawny Brown Palette. Dip a crease brush in the shadow and using a windshield wiper motion, drag the brush back and forth in and above your crease.

Then make a V-shape with the outer edge of your crease and the outer corner of your eye. To brighten the eye area, highlight the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes with a shimmery eye shadow like Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Zephyr.  Blend the entire eye area like crazy.

To get Katharine's cheeks and lips, apply a natural glow pink powder blush like Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush to the apples of your cheeks. Then, before you rock your statement lip make sure you exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub or your toothbrush.    

Then, line your lips with either a nude lip liner or a lip liner that matches the exact color of your lipstick. If you choose the latter, lightly fill in the entire lip area with the pencil to ensure you're not left with just a lip liner outline later in the night.

When choosing your lipstick, make sure you pick one that is super long lasting, creamy, non-drying and won't feather like BITE Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sherry. This lipstick will last through a 5-course meal and after dinner cocktails.  No joke.

We hope that Katharine knows we're only trying to help her. Listen, if she had fine, unruly hair that couldn't be fixed we would have kept quiet. But with tresses as thick and beautiful as hers, there is just simply no excuse to show up on the red carpet with busted hair.  Katharine, next time your hairstylist leaves you or wrongs you like this, just give us a call. We're always armed with gel and a few bobby pins to save the day.

If you're a beauty addict, Janna will be your enabler. Just an occasional user? She'll be your bad influence. Visit her blog at mybeautybinge.com and indulge!

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