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How Eva Longoria Gives Rainbow Brite a Run For Her Money

Mar 15 2014 - 6:00am

It's easy to see why Hollywood is smitten with Eva Longoria [1]. The Desperate Housewives star has beauty [2], brains [3], and a killer bikini body [4] — but that's not all. Though she is petite, Eva always makes a strong statement on the red carpet, donning a kaleidoscope of flashy minis and vibrant gowns. She has a knack for styling prismatic ensembles that are both playful and sophisticated, not an easy feat, that never disappoints. From red to violet, we've curated a color spectrum of Eva's most eye-catching looks in honor of her 39th birthday. Prepare to be jealous, Rainbow Brite.

Eva Longoria [5] looked pretty in pink — Georges Hobeika Couture, to be exact — at a Unite4good event in LA earlier this year.

A coral Matthew Williamson [6] strapless enhanced Eva's sun-kissed glow at a Miami charity event in February 2009. Mirrored Christian Louboutins complemented the colorful embellishments on her mini.

The Desperate Housewives star chose a hot pink Ann Taylor [7] ponte sheath for the series 2012 finale party in Hollywood.

Don't let the delicate tiered lace of this hot pink Elie Saab [8] creation fool you. Strategically placed sheer insets took this dress from sweet to sexy in a flash.

Eva's plunging raspberry J. Mendel looked lovely on the Noble Gift Gala red carpet in December 2011.

All smiles in a beaded colorblock mini for a Harper's Bazaar event in 2007.

Longoria wowed in a whimsical Carmen Marc Valvo [9] at the 2007 Laureus World Sports Awards. A few layers of sparkling bangles, a gilded box clutch, and sideswept waves completed her party look.

Eva Longoria [10] loves tea-length sheaths and the feeling is clearly mutual, as proven by the fiery Alberta Ferretti [11] she styled for NBC's Upfronts in May 2012. Volumized curls and black satin pumps completed her red-hot look.

Before taking the stage as cohost of the 2013 ALMA Awards, Eva sizzled on the red carpet in a crimson Zuhair Murad gown featuring leather and lace embellishments. Can you say showstopper?

The brunette stunner put her best foot forward at the 2005 Young Hollywood Awards.

Paging all Super Mario Bros. fans. Eva incarnated a real-life Princess Peach in a floaty chiffon gown by Jenny Packham [12] at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Eva's Brian Atwood [13] patent ankle-strap pumps got a jolt of bold via her orange Victoria Beckham [14] sheath dress for Glamour's 2012 Women of the Year Awards in London.

At her 2013 Global Gift Gala afterparty, Eva Longoria [15] wasn't afraid to embrace bold color or texture with a feathered, tangerine-hued Emilio Pucci [16] top-and-short set.

Shining bright like the sun in a satin limoncello mini and apple-green pumps, Eva welcomed the Beckhams to LA in style.

Longoria was the epitome of Summer in a yellow sundress with a tulip skirt. She completed her 2011 Extra look with nude bow pumps and highlighted locks.

While promoting the delicious — seriously, have you tried it? — Magnum Devotion ice cream in Mexico, the star posed in a strapless marigold dress and metallic cork sandals.

Summer fresh in a printed seafoam Versus dress and fuchsia embellished-heel Brian Atwood [17] pumps in Monaco in June 2013.

Longoria took a break from cohosting the 2013 ALMA Awards to slip into an aww-inducing emerald Randi Rahm gown.

Hello, gorgeous! Eva wowed in a brimming kelly green Gustavo Cadile gown while hosting the 2009 ALMA Awards.

For a 2013 Sheba event, Eva Longoria [18] showed off her toned figure in a emerald paneled sheath paired with suede Jimmy Choo [19] pumps and sparkling Martin Katz jewels.

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Eva struck a pose in a soft turquoise Atelier Versace [20] concoction complete with matching corset belt.

A powder blue Moschino [21] for the 2011 Stars Gala.

Wearing a brilliant blue cap-sleeved sheath, Eva waved to adoring fans during an NYC visit in 2012.

Eva jumped on the jumpsuit train in a structured Elie Saab [22] in May 2012.

Longoria worked a structured indigo Victoria Beckham [23] sheath with black satin Brian Atwood [24] pumps in October 2011.

Longoria perfected the shorts suit in a navy two-piece, sans blouse, and coordinating peep-toes while visiting the Late Show With David Letterman in April 2011.

In January 2013, Longoria was a step ahead of the pastel trend working a lilac crépe Elie Saab [25] and regal suede pumps.

For the 2009 Par Coeur Gala, Eva Longoria [26] radiated glamour in a formfitting thistle-hued gown embellished at the waist. She rounded out her high-octane look with jeweled chandelier earrings and a sparkling clutch.

A sea of pleated ruffles covered Eva's aubergine Marchesa [27] gown for the 2008 Met Gala.

For the 2012 Global Gift Gala, Eva balanced the regal hue of her Alberta Ferretti [28] with a streamlined silhouette, then finished with minimal accessories and a slick ponytail.

Eva took to the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards stage in a high-shine violet ensemble.

An ethereal Monique Lhuillier [29] gown for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards.

Eva showed her support for Ferragamo, donning a sculptural little white dress and gold-studded heels in April 2013.

A delicate sheer and lace Emilio Pucci [30] mini for a 2013 Glamour event in Mexico.

Eva oozed girl power in a Dana Budeanu embroidered dress at the Black Girls Rock! event in 2012.


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