Fame Came Quickly, But Jennifer Hudson’s Style Didn’t Happen Overnight

It takes an entourage to make 'Idol' castoff into a 'Dreamgirl.'

You don’t think Jennifer Hudson just rolled out of bed looking like a “Dreamgirl,” do you? Sure, her vocal talent might come naturally, but it takes an army to make her shine.

So when the actress accepted her Golden Globe for best supporting actress on Monday night (see ” ‘Dream’ Night: Jennifer Hudson, Borat Win Big At Golden Globes” ), she was sure to thank her busy assistant/publicist, Eva DuVernay. Hudson wore a Vera Wang gown handpicked by Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, special hair extensions done by hairstylist Kiyah Wright and eyelashes strategically positioned by makeup artist Tia Dantzler.

For a girl who’s just starting out, Hudson has a serious fashion entourage.

(Click here for photos of Hudson’s Globe gown and more carefully planned looks.)

Vogue‘s Talley — who said he’s watched Hudson’s star-making turn in “Dreamgirls” 10 times — is so infatuated with the “American Idol” castoff that he will be escorting her to the movie musical’s Paris premiere. “She’s wonderful,” Talley told MTV News. “She’s totally charming and at ease with everyone.”

Since “Dreamgirls” hit theaters, high-end designers have bowed down to Hudson, hoping she’ll wear their gown to an event. “She goes [to designers' showrooms], and they love her and they are charmed out of their socks,” Talley said.

And she’s got a true talent for fashion, he added. “She’s staying away from what people expect her to look like,” Talley said. “She is very sophisticated in her taste. She doesn’t like flashy clothes. She likes beautiful fabrics and very simple lines. … She has her own style and she knows what looks good on her. And it’s ultra-feminine.”

Talley might have helped 25-year-old Hudson pick out the royal black Vera Wang gown she wore to the Globes, but they had to explore all of their options first. Hudson tried on designer dresses from Tracy Reese, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera and Costello Tagliapietra. “Her mouth opened wide at Costello,” Talley said. “She liked going to meet them in Brooklyn [New York], and she loved the sense of the jersey [fabric].”

While in New York, Hudson also did a Vogue photo shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for the magazine’s March power issue. (March is a big magazine month for Hudson: She’ll be featured on the covers of Giant and Essence as well.)

With all the new, youthful faces on the red carpet these days — Hayden Panettiere, America Ferrera, Abigail Breslin, Riko Kikuchi and Emily Blunt, to name a few — one can lose track. But it’s a certain glow and star power that sparked super-stylist Jessica Paster to bang down Hudson’s door.

Paster has worked with everyone from Cate Blanchett to Jessica Simpson, but she’s always looking for the star who is on the cusp. Last year, when her dancer friends were on the set of “Dreamgirls,” they told her about a girl that “had one of the strongest voices out there.” Paster got on the phone and tracked Hudson down.

“I was tenacious,” she said. “All I wanted to do was work with Jennifer. Not only is she absolutely, absolutely beautiful and sexy, but she’s not the typical norm for your Hollywood actress. … I love dressing the [skinny] girls, don’t get me wrong. But it was really nice to dress someone who has a voluptuous figure.”

Paster has since dressed Hudson in Oscar de la Renta, Marc Bouwer, Prada, David Meister, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and Levi’s and Paige jeans. “I tend to dress my girls a little more on the sexier side,” she said. “I’m all about showing a girl being a girl.”

Paster revealed two of her main fashion secrets. The first: “Spanx, seriously,” she said of the body-slimming undergarments. “And a good Victoria’s Secret bra. Believe it or not, they’re the best bras.”

As for the second fashion secret, she said women should feel good on the inside. “If you feel good as a woman, it doesn’t matter what you put on your body, you’re always going to look hot,” she said. “It comes from the inside first and foremost. You have to have that inner-confidence, and that’s what Jennifer has.”

Here are some makeup and hair tips from Hudson’s entourage to cop her fresh, fashionable look:

Hudson’s makeup routine takes about 45 minutes.
1. Cleanse the skin. Hudson uses Dr. Hauschka cleansing crème every day.

2. Start with light foundation. Makeup artist Tia Dantzler uses MAC foundation to create dimension on Hudson’s face. “Go a little lighter on the eyes and darker around the face,” Dantzler said.

3. Highlight the eyes. After using an eye shadow — the color depends on the outfit — Dantzler highlights the brow bone with NARS Sertao highlighter blush. “Whatever sticks out of your face, you should highlight: the nose, cheekbones, the chin,” Dantzler said.

4. Lash away. Lashes are a must. Stores like Sephora, Shu Uemura and MAC will put your lashes on for free.

5. Go easy on the eyeliner. Dantzler uses waterproof Engrave eyeliner by MAC to close up the eye a little bit. Tip: Light the eyeliner with a match, blow on to let it dry, and then put it on the inside of the lower lid.

6. Line the lips. Use a MAC Cork lip pencil.

7. Fill in the lip liner with a glamorous gloss. Dantzler uses ornamental lustreglass by MAC.

8. Make your body glow. Use Era spray-on foundation by Classify Cosmetics on the face and body, and it will even out your tone and give you a really nice glisten.

9. Blush, baby. Highlight your cheekbones with soft honey blush by Black Radiance (and a little on the cleavage).

Hudson’s hairstyle usually takes 35-40 minutes.
1. Extensions make it flow. Warren Tricomi hairstylist Kiyah Wright puts a few pieces of Indian Wavy Hair extensions into Hudson’s hair to give her some length and fullness. You can purchase them at MuzeHair.com. “They’re practical but more for drama or for an exaggerated look,” Wright said. And remember: “Always match your extensions with the ends of your hair, never with the roots,” she said.

2. Take it easy on the products. Wright only uses finishing creams and Mizani holding spray to give the base a curl. “I keep it light,” she said. “I only use a nickel or quarter size [of cream].”

3. Heat it up with a curling iron. After spraying some Mizani, wrap the hair around the iron in a spiral form. Then take a thick brush and tease the roots. Brush it out with your fingers, and va-voom.

4. Set it. Make sure the style stays in place with hairspray.

5. Think ahead. For every day or meetings, Wright will pin-curl the hair at night and part it down the center, so when Hudson wakes up in the morning, she can just go.