Carrie Ann Inaba was channeling Bond girl Halle Berry for Monday’s 007-themed episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”
WM Leader Style got an exclusive look inside how the judge’s hair and makeup all came together for “Bond Night” — and how she paid tribute to Berry in “Die Another Day”
Stylist Rhonda Spies told us she dressed Inaba, 54, in an orange corseted gown by Miss Circle that was inspired by the iconic bikini Berry, 56, wore as Jinx Johnson in the 2002 Lee Tamahori-directed film.
For her makeup, MUA Marylin Lee Spiegel wanted to give Inaba “a sexy, glowing” look.
“I used Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow foundation to give her seamless skin, and used Danessa Myricks Dewy Lip and Cheek in Sweet Cheeks to give her a peachy glow,” she explained.
“I played up her eyes using the Tarte Maneater After Dark eyeshadow palette and gave her lips a bright pop with Too Faced Lady Bold Pigment Lipstick in You Do You.”
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Inaba’s flawless look was completed with a bouncy ‘do by hair stylist Glenn Nutley.
“For ‘Bond Night’ in the ballroom, we went with some classic glamour for the hair, long brunette with full luscious waves. I prepped the hair with R & Co thickening spray and blew it out with a voluminous blow dry,” he told us.
“Then I took the 1-inch Harry Josh Pro tools iron and gave the hair a spiral curl from the root and left out the ends. After that, I filled the hair with R & Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray, loosened the wave with a wide tooth comb and finished the style with the R & Co Outer Space Flexible hairspray.”
WM Leader Style also caught up with Inaba, who gushed over Season 31 and her favorite performances from “Bond Night.”
“Monday night was week three and that is when the competition really gets started. By this point, I have a clearer sense of who these contestants are on the dance floor, how they move and what their strengths and vulnerabilities are,” explained Inaba, who judges the dance competition show with Len Goodman, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli.
“This allows me to give more detailed and constructive comments about their performances in hopes of helping them all toward their goals of winning the mirrorball trophy.”
Inaba was so impressed with the dances Monday night that she gave 8’s to multiple couples. Hear her thoughts on the top-performing routines below:
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas
“What struck me about Charli was the moment I saw a huge moment of growth from her. She found a place where she was able to be expansive. While she is an excellent dancer, she is also very contained in her performance style. She doesn’t yet fill the room with her performances, but her details are executed with unmatched finesse.
She needs to work on performing and connecting with the audience as she has mentioned. I agree with that, and I see her pushing herself in that direction. More work needs to be done but she’s on the right path.”
Joseph Baena and Alexis Warr
“Joseph has had the unique challenge of having to dance with a new partner now for two weeks [due to Daniella Karagach testing positive for COVID-19] and his ability to adapt has been impressive. But beyond that, his performances are very graceful. He has an innate grace and awareness of how his body works and moves.
Something interesting about dancers is that we not only have to know how to do the move from the inside, and the mechanics of it, but it also matters how we present it. So, there is an internal and external awareness that happens all at once in order to create really beautiful performances.
I think his training as a bodybuilder and knowing the exact tension to put on a muscle in order to contract it in a certain way, separate from other muscles, gives him an edge. He has great body awareness.”
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev
“I’d like to give a celebratory high five to Heidi D’Amelio who had a huge breakthrough with her Argentine Tango. The dance suited her to perfection. Her intensity worked really well for this dance and performing Artem’s choreography gave her a moment to step into the spotlight.
I hope that this moment helps her to feel more confident and excited about what’s to come. Sometimes our contestants just need a vote of confidence to give themselves permission to shine.”
Wayne Brady and Witney Carson
“Wayne is such a seasoned performer. He’s so comfortable out there and knows how to use the right tonality in his performances to create the desired effect.
Like Charli though, he has things he can work on. I see that his footwork and lower half of his body are not as fine-tuned as his upper half. I know he has a knee injury that he is being careful with so I hope that he can find a way to work through — and with — his circumstance. We don’t want anyone to get hurt!”
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart
“Daniel and Britt were quite spectacular as well. He is an amazing performer and his body type is so well suited for giving a great frame for his partner. His posture is top notch and his interpretation is beautifully nuanced.
He has a more in-depth understanding of how to use his body, both to communicate with and to experience the world around him. This is a plus for dancing.”
Gabby Windey and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“Gabby proved herself to be a spectacular presence on the dance floor. She really attacked that Cha Cha and the night of dances ended on a high! Like Wayne and Charli, because she is so good, the areas that need work stand out clearer. The trick for her will be to develop a bit more core strength (which usually happens during the course of this competition) so that she can stand stronger in some of the movements.
When you aren’t centered in your own body, you can clip your movements and you can get thrown off balance ever so slightly. It will allow for stronger and more fluid and finished movements. It will add even more sophistication to her performances.”
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko
“Of my 8’s Monday night, Shangela and Gleb get the pure fire emoji. They shook that ballroom to it’s core! Shangela has a star quality about her when she’s out on stage. She is electric and she reminds me of Tina Turner when she performs — it’s a bit untamed — but that wild and bright fire that burns just beneath the surface is thrilling to watch.
My advice to Shangela would be to be careful about overthrowing some of the movements and rushing any kicks or développés. I think if she works on elongating some of those leg lines, and finding places to add more refinement, her performances could reach a new high!”
“Dancing With the Stars” returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for “Disney+ Night.”