Eva Longoria was the beautiful host of the Global Gift Gala, held at the Gran Melia Don Pepe Resort in Marbella, Spain, on Sunday evening.

For the event, which benefited ‘The Eva Longoria Foundation’, the former ‘Desperate Housewives’ star wore a gorgeous purple Alberta Ferretti Fall 2012 gown.

Eva tends to give us lots frou frou for big events, so I was surprised at this more streamlined look.

The strapless corset gown with waist narrow panels was styled with a metal clutch and diamond earrings.

Out goes the pageant hairstyle she tends to favour for a simple ponytail with dark eye makeup and a coral lip colour.

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