OnlyOnAOL: Just pour some sugar on 'Unforgettable' star Poppy Montgomery

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Poppy Montgomery On "Unforgettable"
BY DONNA FREYDKIN

There's a reason that Poppy Montgomery calls her series, "Unforgettable," the show with nine lives.

The police procedural, starring Montgomery as a detective with a photographic memory, premiered in 2011 on CBS. It was cancelled not once, but twice. And now, the fourth season is airing Fridays on A&E. Lala Anthony has entered the fold as the show's new medical examiner.

"It has this weird following, which is amazing," says Montgomery. "It's like going on safari. You have to hunt to find us."

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Now, her character has found her groove. And she's able to curse, with the show now airing on cable.

"She used to be troubled and I was crying constantly. Now I'm jaunty and have to have really good teeth. By the way, I woke up this morning and half of my front tooth was missing," says Montgomery. "Why am I eating candy, you guys? I still have baby pounds to lose!"

If you're looking for a tightly-packaged and heavily-handled Hollywood star, Montgomery is not your woman. Nothing much seems to get under Montgomery's skin -- she's upbeat, quick-witted and not freaked out by much.

"I do have a hair phobia. If it's on your head, I'm OK. if it's on the floor -- no," says Montgomery.

Montgomery heads up a blended family, combining her kids, and those of her second husband, Shawn Sanford. So before this interview, she kicks back on a couch, looking at her phone.

"I'm just checking on the 97 children I gave birth to," says Montgomery. "I have five. Two of them I didn't actually birth. I'm not getting up. I refuse."

On a side note, TV peeps have been killing it in the fashion and beauty realms. See below.

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OnlyOnAOL: Just pour some sugar on 'Unforgettable' star Poppy Montgomery

Naomi Watts

Though Naomi Watts’ overall look clearly channeled a classic ’60s vibe, her beauty style was decidedly current. 

Naomi Watts

We scored the how-to for Naomi’s sophisticated updo straight from her hairstylist, Cervando Maldonado.

Step 1: Apply non-crunchy mousse to damp hair to help create texture.

Step 2: Rough-dry your strands and set with Velcro rollers to add volume.

Step 3: Remove extra moisture and straighten hair with a blow-dryer.

Step 4: Spritz hair with texturizing sprayto boost texture, and twist into a loose updo -- pinning as you go. 

Step 5: Leave a few face-framing wisps out to accentuate the tousled look, and set with hairspray

Naomi Watts

The secret to Naomi’s fresh-faced makeup: strong brows, a soft smoky eye and a peach-colored pout.

Brows: Naomi’s makeup artist added fullness to the brows by filling in gaps and created definition with a brow pencil, L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor in Brunette.

Eyes: She then moved to the actress’s lids, using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 02 (shade #3 in the creases and shade #1 in the inner corners) to achieve this neutral shadow look.

Lips: And for the softly tinted pout, she layered two shades: this matte peach lip pen with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude.

Gina Rodriguez

Last awards season, this beauty took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy; this year, Gina Rodriguez won the red carpet.

Gina Rodriguez

Makeup artist Carissa Ferreri said Gina’s makeup was inspired by her dramatic dress. She totally nailed this dewy-skin, smoky-eye look!

To get Gina’s intense smoky eye, Carissa suggests shadows in gray and charcoal matte tones. Carissa added volumizing mascara and smudge-proof liner to give the eyes extra oomph.

And the secret to Gina’s glowing complexion: Use a mini sponge applicator to blend L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in C302 Ice on top of the cheekbones.

Sarah Hyland

As if short hairstyles weren’t already one of fall’s top hair trends -- one glance at Sarah Hyland’s tousled bob had us speed-dialing the salon. 

Sarah Hyland

Sarah’s hairstylist, Ryan Richman, said he chose a messy tousled wave to provide contrast against her sleek and elegant gown.

Ryan’s key techniques for mastering this look with a 1-inch flatiron:

Step 1: Spray hairspray on each section before curling.

Step 2: Hold the flatiron vertically facing down and clamp a 1-inch section of hair at the base of the head. In a fluid motion, twist the iron and push downward to create a loose, beachy wave.

Step 3: Alternate directions of the wave as you move throughout the hair for a tousled-texture result.

Step 4: Rub a small amount of styling putty into the palms of hands and -- focusing at the root -- work the product through the hair. 

Taraji P. Henson

Outstanding Lead Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson’s red-carpet look was, in a word, fierce. 

Taraji P. Henson 

Taraji’s makeup artist said, “Her edgy princess gown called for smoky eyes with lots of liner and sexy lashes.”

She created the smoldering-eye look using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Black on lids and lashlines.

Then she blended L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Smoldering Plum liberally all over the lids and layered in darker mahogany and cocoa colors from L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01 up to the creases and along the lower lashlines.

A couple coats of volumizing mascara and a thin but bold cat eye using L’Oréal Paris Superstar Liner gave the look a slightly mod feel.

Taylor Schilling

We’re not sure what shined brighter -- Taylor Schilling’s marigold gown or her glamorous blond bob. But we are certain that stealing her hair color will be lots easier (and less expensive) than coveting her couture dress.

Taylor Schilling

Celebrity colorist Kari Hill (master of Taylor’s tresses) says these shimmering highlights can be achieved at home using L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights.

Heidi Klum

Top model Heidi Klum looked stunning from head to toe -- and to the tips of her nude-toned nails. 

Heidi Klum

Heidi’s main manicurist, Tom Bachik, said the neutral nails were chosen so that her gown would remain center stage.

You can copy Heidi’s tan talons with two coats of L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Privée Nail Polish in Doutzen’s Nude.

Tom’s staying-power secret: Add a drop of facial oil to each nail to keep your color fresh and shiny, and your cuticles hydrated.

Rebecca Rittenhouse

This clean and classic hairstyle with a modern center part proved the perfect complement to Rebecca Rittenhouse’s fluttery LBD. 

Rebecca Rittenhouse

Rebecca’s hairstylist, Mara Roszak, snapped this pic moments before the beauty took to the red carpet. Mara said, “We both agreed that hair down was definitely the way to go, but we wanted to keep the hair off her face.”

Mara achieved high shine and control by applying smoothing cream all over.

She used a blow-dryer with a round brush, and ultimately a flatiron, to define the subtle waves.

Mara modernized the style by tucking Rebecca’s hair behind her ears. She sprayed glossing mist all over the hair for added shine and finished the look by running the end of a comb dipped in styling gel over strands to tame flyaways.

Selenis Leyva

It’s evident from the bold lip, vibrant gown and edgy hairstyle that Selenis Leyva doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. And confidence is the ultimate beauty must-have.

Selenis Leyva

Hairstylist Tiffany Daugherty wanted to complement Selenis’ bold dress with a strong hairstyle.

She created long-lasting volume by spritzing L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray on damp hair and blow-drying it with a medium round brush.

Tiffany then flat-ironed hair to add volume to the crown section.

Selenis Leyva


Dramatic eyes and deep-plum lips further accentuated the actress’s edgy glamour.

Selenis’ makeup artist, Mathias Alan, combined quite a few shadow shades to achieve this sultry smoky eye.

First, he layered neutrals from L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01 and 02. Then, he swept L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush and Glistening Garnet on her lids to create a shimmering ombre effect.

For the lip, Selenis chose a rich wine hue -- L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in 108 Matte-r of Fact -- to make her pout the focus.

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