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Exclusive: Mandy Moore Told Us She Was Always Planning on Wearing Black to the Golden Globes

The This Is Us actress shared all her top tips for getting through awards season.

By: Rachel Marlowe
Photography: Tristan Kallas

This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve been to the Golden Globes,” said actress Mandy Moore calmly as she sat in a makeup chair getting prepped for the first awards show of the year (due to start just a few hours later). Moore’s hit show This is Us was up for a Best Drama TV Series award for the second year running, and she was a nominee in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture for TV category last year. A veritable red carpet veteran at this point, the “Candy” singer assembled her glam squad for the Globes, including Garnier consulting celebrity hairstylist Ashley Streicher, makeup artist Matin Maulawizada, and stylist Erica Cloud, all at Striiike Salon in Beverly Hills (the uber-chic one-stop-shop beauty destination Streicher owns with her sisters, Jenn and Kristie).

“The look is always a team effort. It usually starts with the dress, and the look sort of grows from there,” said Moore. “We all get on a group text and send reference pictures back and forth to each other, and I let Ashley and Matin hit me with their gut feelings on what will look best.” This year, after settling on a high-neck, taffeta Rosie Assoulin gown—“We were lucky as we had already chosen a black dress!”—inspiration came courtesy of Roxy Music’s eighties album covers and resulted in a matte orangey-red lip, super glowy skin, and a sleek, low bun. “I tend to like not looking too done for awards shows, as it’s more comfortable,” Moore admitted.

As the actress sipped on pink champagne and nibbled on caviar, she shared her top tips for getting through awards season.


“I think what sets the Globes apart is it kicks off the awards season and a great way to ease into the madness, because it’s the most casual of all the awards shows. We’re all seated, and there’s food and alcohol, and it’s notorious for people getting a bit loose and liquored up and hav[ing] a good time. It’s also more conducive to socializing. This is the fun one.”

“I like to keep it simple before award shows because I know there will be a lot of frenetic energy when you start getting ready with people coming and going. I wanted to work out this morning, but I didn’t have time. I went to the tailor to make last-minute alterations to the dress at the 12th hour instead. I was at the tailor at 9:00 AM, and then I went and got a facial [with Joanna Vargas] and I was able to relax a bit, and then I came here.”

Streicher’s key hair product for Moore’s hairstyle was Garnier Fructis Style Smooth Blow Dry Anti-Frizz Cream.

“My most important awards show tip is find something you’re going to feel comfortable in for six hours…at least.”

“I definitely can’t do my own hair. I’m just a wash-and-go kind of girl when I’m not working. I get out of the shower, and I use the towel to scrunch up my hair, and that’s all I do.”

“This is definitely more done than I was last year, when my hair [was] down and a little softer, but the structure of this dress with the high neck really lends itself to this classic but modern bun.”

Moore’s light nail color was OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubble Bath.

“I love beauty. I love all the things, I’m a real girly-girl in that sense. I’m not great at doing my own makeup, but I would say I’m passable. I don’t know how to use all the makeup I have, but I’m definitely excited by new products.”

To give Moore’s skin and shoulders a glow, Matin used a new product from Charlotte Tilbury called Hollywood Flawless Filter, which launches in February.

For Moore’s red lip Matin used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Walk of Fame.

“I’m always a lip girl. I’ll switch it up, but in my heart of hearts I’ll always gravitate to a lip. My go-to colors are a bright coral-y red or a hot pink.”

“Everyone’s sick right now, so I will definitely have hand sanitizer in my clutch to keep germs away. I always have lip balm and some kind of mints [or] breath spray. Breath spray is easier because you don’t have to spit it out. I also have whatever accessories these guys give me, like extra bobby pins or lip color or a little disposable mascara wand to tame flyaways, and my phone. I don’t need to bring any snacks, however, because there will be food.”

“I love Rosie [Assoulin], and she was kind enough to want to design something for me. This is a version of a dress that’s never been seen before. The sample never went into production. We saw a version of this dress in a black silk taffeta, and I loved it, but at first I asked her if she’d be able to make it in a different material. She did, but at the end of the day it didn’t fit quite the same way. The original version had a structure and weight to it that really lent to the drama of it… I don’t know, it kind of made its presence known, so we went back to the original.”

Dress, Rosie Assoulin

“I always try to choose really comfortable shoes because as I’ve gotten older I just can’t hack being in heels for an extended period of time. Last year I thought I had gone for a pair of comfortable heels, but by the end of the night I was in so much pain I felt like I was walking on glass, so I kind of ended the evening early…. Although honestly, I’ll find any excuse for an early night.”

Jewelry, Irene Neuwirth

“My most important awards show tip is find something you’re going to feel comfortable in for six hours…at least.”

“At the Emmys last year my castmate Sully brought a whole bunch of Larabars, which was much appreciated as there was no food. Once you’re a few hours at that point, we were just grateful for anything.”

“Because of the nature of This Is Us and the way the story is parsed out, we actually don’t get to work collectively that much, so these kind of events are a great excuse for us all to spend an evening together. So I’m looking forward to sharing the moment together. The success of the show is still pretty mind-boggling to us. It’s so out of your control whether or not people tune in.”

“I have to be up at 5:00 AM to work tomorrow shooting This Is Us, so I will not be doing the post-awards show In-N-Out run.”