This Is the Inspiration Behind January Jones' Emmys Beauty Look

January Jones Emmys - P 2015
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January Jones Emmys - P 2015

Her makeup artist and hairstylist dish on their super-glam references.

Most big-name Emmys attendees probably settled on their gown a few days before the stepping onto the red carpet. But January Jones? She’s known for much longer that she would step out in a turquoise Ulyana Sergeenko Couture jumpsuit for the big night.

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"She sent me a picture of the jumpsuit about a month or two ago and for me I always take that into account, I think about the feeling," says Chanel celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin. "It was classic lines and a beautiful color, but I’ve done her every single years for the past seven — the entire run of [Mad Men] and it felt like a real celebration, so party makeup, that '70s glamour makeup, felt appropriate. It was the last dance."

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For Goodwin — who also works with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — that meant the "glamorous disco era where women had their natural beauty but would use glimmery gold and bronzy colors — Jessica Lange and Kathleen Turner, those women who were really sexpots of that time." Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface was a particular reference Jones’ hairstylist Renato Campora turned to, in keeping with that ‘70s theme.


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"Basically the idea was to keep her hair soft or long, soft, shiny and beautiful — and feminine," he tells Pret-a-Reporter. Key to her look: barely there products, but an emphasis on a good blowout, using GHD's Ceramic Vented Radial brush size four ($56) to smooth the hair, and the GHD Air Dryer ($225) to enhance shine. "Michelle Pfeiffer was just an inspiration to get the feeling of Scarface. I love this long bob, it’s quite sexy and at the same time very feminine." As for the center part, he calls it cool, young and not as "stiff" as a side part can be.

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The center part, says Campora, also "frames the face and brings out the eyes." And it’s a good thing, because Goodwin’s makeup featured them well. "I wanted that kind of glamour where you could still really see the girl underneath — glamorous but not overdone." So she gave Jones a lip, and an eye, and a cheek, which doesn’t always work. In this case it did, and paid homage to an age of excess where "women wore makeup unabashedly and proudly."

Key to the look: Several different sparkling shades of Chanel eyeshadow, for an ethereal effect, along with Chanel Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick in Raspberry Red ($31), which she applied all over and then buffed off with a Q-tip before adding a bit of Chanel Glossimer in Rose Paradis ($30) for sheer shine. And with that Jones was ready to dance the night away.