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How an Emmy Winner Gets Ready

Go behind the scenes with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she prepped for her big night

Last night at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Julia Louis Dreyfus took home two statuettes for the hit HBO show Veep, both as a producer and as the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. To prep for the red carpet, Dreyfus had the help of celebrity makeup artist Karen Kawahara. Here, Kawahara shares her step-by-step guide to getting Dreyfus’s camera-ready look.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“I prepped Julia’s skin with La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion followed by Skin Caviar Liquid Lift and a drop of the Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex on each eyelid as a base. I then moisturized her skin using the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream.

Next, I applied the Skin Caviar Concealer ● Foundation SPF 15 in in Warm Linen over her entire face, skipping the under eye area. I like to apply concealer after the eyes are done so if I need to clean up any powder from the shadows I can. I start with a dab of the  Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing ● Brightening Eye Treatment on the eyelid. It is a great eye shadow base and holds the shadow for a long night.

I then fill in her brows with Luxe Brow Liner Automatic in Brun. Brushing them with the brush on the end so they are shaped but still natural looking.

To begin the shape of the eyes, I used the Luxe Eyeliner Automatic in Brun around the eye, taking a brush and blending it out. I then apply the Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble in Les Orchidees in the mauve color over the eyelids, followed by the dark Braun shadow in the Les Brunes, which I smudge over the eyeliner. This gives depth but appears softer than an eyeliner look. I follow this with Cellular Treatment Mascara Instant Curl in Noir to darken and thicken the lashes. The final touch is adding the Brun eyeliner inside the eye. This adds a bit of drama to a soft, romantic look.

I go back under the eye to swipe the concealer brightening eye treatment in 20, which brightens and smooths the under-eye area. I also like to add a swipe on the cheek bones for a highlight.

Taking a brush, I dab into the Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose Glow and apply using a circular motion over cheekbones and towards the ears. This keeps the cheeks looking flushed.

Lips are lined with Cellular Luxe Lip Liner in Nude and blended out with brush on the ends to avoid any hard lines. I finish the look with Cellular Luxe Lip Colour in Tawny.”