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This Is How Makeup Pros Beat the Heat on the Emmys Red Carpet

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Sarah Hyland

Because it was about 100 degrees in L.A. on Sunday.

Temperatures had soared to almost 100 degrees by the time the stars began descending on the Emmys red carpet in downtown L.A. on Sunday afternoon. As in: The conditions were not optimal for matte complexions. Luckily, dewy, radiant and luminous are on-trend. 

Despite the heat, no one really looked too sweaty. Though many celebs, including Sarah Hyland, complained about the heat during the red-carpet preshow. “I always love a luminous look — even if it was freezing cold I’d be going for that,” says Lisa Storey, who used Chanel for Lena Headey’s Emmys makeup. To beat the heat, “what I did was mix creams and powders, and use the longwear eyeshadow and the ultrawear lip color, things that I know have longevity, that aren’t going to move.” Additionally she recommends a lip stain to avoid constant retouching.

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But in the case of January Jones, her makeup artist Rachel Goodwin says the heat actually worked in her favor. “I wanted very fresh, dewy, luminous everything, so the warmer the skin, the softer the makeup looked — I did not do anything to counteract [the heat] in this particular case.” 

That said, Goodwin’s top tip for beating the heat and not looking sweaty in soaring temps is Perfekt’s mattifying primer ($44), which she says is like powder without using powder. “Whatever you put on top will hold better. It gives any foundation or concealer a longer life. It’s great for under makeup especially in hot weather, or if people have really oily skin.”

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Also, she recommends steering clear of heavy creams or moisturizers, instead opting to only hydrate the skin with a lightweight formula on the outer edges of the face — never the T-zone. 

Matin, Claire Danes’ makeup artist for the Emmys, tells Pret-a-Reporter he gave her oil-blotting tissues by Sampar (which unfortunately aren’t made anymore; he bought out Sephora Paris’ stock) to lift the oil but leave the color where it is. He also always sends her with lipstick to reapply.

And when it comes to hair, Jones’ stylist Renato Campora recommends using as little product as necessary to keep things light and sweat-free. 

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