Then, day of, the stars rise with the birds for a long day of primping, right up until the moment they step out in front of the flashbulbs. It's a lot of effort, but it pays off. One example of someone who won the carpet? Olivia Culpo — with her sideswept bangs, gloriously long ponytail, and lavender smoky eye.
Of course, Culpo knows a thing or two about making heads turn. The former Miss USA often plays up her look — a mohawk braid and fishtail pony here, dreamy waves topped with an embellished headband there. She even chopped her hair into a lob on Facebook Live, facing those short hair fears head-on. It'd be easy for this pageant queen to stick to the status quo of waves and a nude lip, which is why this look is befitting of a trophy. Keep reading to see how Culpo and her crew got ready, through her eyes.
"Absolutely in love with this custom-made Marchesa dress. It's so feminine and glamorous."
"I love planning my red carpet glam look tonight with these guys: Sir John and Justine Marjan."
"Beautiful Neil Lane diamonds to choose from. I'm a lucky girl!"