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Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong'o Honor Their Image Makers

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"We are nothing without them. We would all be insecure, goofy-looking lizards," says Jessica Biel of her glam squad during Marie Claire's inaugural event at the ever-hip Chateau Marmont.

Some of Hollywood's movers and shakers in the beauty and fashion biz can now officially add another moniker to their resume: Image Maker. 

Tuesday night inside Chateau Marmont, a select group of creative talents were honored at Marie Claire's inaugural Image Maker Awards (presented by L'Oreal Paris and in partnership with AG Jeans), and the evening played out like a lively and loving insider gathering with A-list stars gushing over the talents of their fashion and beauty collaborators-turned-friends.

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Jennifer Garner presented the Choice Hair Stylist Award to Adir Abergel; Jessica Biel showed up to honor Tracey Cunningham as Detail Maker; Kristen Stewart lauded Jillian Dempsey as Choice Makeup Artist; Lupita Nyong'o awarded Micaela Erlanger as Choice Stylist; Nina Garcia presented Sir John with his Social Media Star award; and Carrie Brownstein picked up the New Guard trophy to give to Jenn Streicher.

But more interesting than the awards was witnessing the love at the event, hosted by Zanna Roberts Rassi and presided over by Marie Claire's editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. “We have a lot of fun trying on clothes,” Oscar winner Nyong'o said of her stylist Erlanger. “We have music going."

Nyong'o, in a form-fitting, cobalt-blue Thierry Mugler dress, told Pret-a-Reporter that they "dress for the occasion," just like she did on Tuesday night. "Tonight, I put on this dress, and I just thought, ‘Yep, this is it.’ ”

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“We are nothing without them,” said a Dolce & Gabbana-clad Biel on the penthouse terrace inside the party. “We would all be insecure, goofy-looking lizards. It would be a disaster.”


BEAUTY & BRAINS: Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner catch up at the inaugural Image Maker Awards hosted by Marie Claire at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Jan. 12. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Marie Claire)

For her part, Cunningham noted: “When there’s a collaboration, it’s usually the director, the producers, the star, the publicist. You know, everyone weighs in on it. We sit down, and we find whatever is suitable for the character.”

Cunningham loves her job so much, she said that she'd continue doing it even if she were lucky enough to strike it rich. Like, tonight. “I will continue doing this job, even if I win a billion dollars,” said Cunningham, referring to the record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball craze. “And I did buy 66 tickets.”

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Other characters mingling about included Nina Dobrev, Aja Naomi King, Meghan Trainor, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse, who stood out in a plunging neckline — a nude, floor-length Rosetta Getty number. “I wanted to be a '70s porn star,” she joked of the inspiration behind the look. Waterhouse, who turned 24 on Jan. 5, told Pret-a-Reporter that she would be celebrating (belatedly) after the ceremony. “I’m looking forward to it!”

Stewart revealed that she was moved to tears — almost — watching Abergel take the stage. But then it was the Stewart's turn. Wearing Sally Lapointe, the actress explained her work with Dempsey: “We’re this twisted, super loyal, overworked family. I love Jill, because when I think of her, the first word that comes to mind is 'powerhouse.' I’m so happy I get to do this.”

“I’ve got four words for you, Kristen,” responded Dempsey. “I love you, dude.”


LOVE, KRISTEN: Kristen Stewart speaks at the inaugural Image Maker Awards hosted by Marie Claire at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Jan. 12. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Marie Claire)

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