Makeup Monday: How Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Emmy-Winning Glow Came Together

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Beauty guru Karen Kawahara reveals how she prepped the actress for her big moment — as well as how her favorite beauty product made it into an episode of 'Veep.'

“She won!” exclaimed celebrity makeup artist Karen Kawahara about Julia Louis Dreyfus’ fifth Emmy win for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series on Sunday night. The mood, both while getting ready as well as while the actress was onstage during her acceptance speech, was bittersweet due to Dreyfus’ father's passing three days ago. But Kawahara, the Veep star’s makeup artist for the past 20 years, assured that once the makeup started to go on, her hair began transforming and her longtime glam squad and friends offered their love and support, the energy began to turn.

“After I started making her up, she started feeling better,” says Kawahara, who met Dreyfus while she was still working on Seinfeld. “It was nice that we were able to get her to laugh a little bit, but it was a hard day.”


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In addition to bringing her client and friend some soup, support and laughs, Kawahara gave Dreyfus a very soft and glamorous smoky eye to complement the flowy and romantic nature of her black Carolina Herrera gown.

“The dress was flowy, which is different for her,” says Kawahara, “I did shades of brown and gave her a more soft, smoky eye" using La Prairie Luxe Eyeliner Automatic ($50) in Brun and La Prairie eye shadow in Les Brunes, smudging it over the eyeliner.

A mauve color, also from La Prairie, called Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble ($70) in Les Orchidees, was used over the eyelids to lighten up the look so that the dark liner and shadow didn’t appear flat.

Kawahara also used a light-colored cream shadow at the inner corners of eye so the eyes didn’t appear too close together, a side effect she says that can often happen with a heavily lined eye. “You want to keep the drama on the sides to elongate the eye.”

The cheeks and lips were kept to a soft, rosy shade. The makeup artist used Cellular Radiance Cream Blush ($70) in Rose Glow and Cellular Luxe Lip Colour ($55) in Tawny from La Prairie on the cheeks and lips, respectively.

“I got her using La Prairie a long time ago," says Kawahara of the Swiss luxury beauty brand. “She uses the Skin Caviar Moisturizer  [$440] and we love the hand cream." In fact, the actress is so devoted to the hand cream that a tube made it into an episode of Veep. “In the episode, Gary [Tony Hale] asks if she wants the La Prairie hand cream,” she says. “That was all ad lib, because Tony thinks it's crazy we use this hand cream that is so expensive.”


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To keep the soft, romantic mood going with Dreyfus' look, hairstylist Matthew Monzon said he wanted to make the hair “playful and with a bit of whimsy.”

He sprayed her roots with StriVectin HAIR Max Volume Root Lifting Spray ($26) and worked StriVectin HAIR Ultimate Restore Densifying Foaming Treatment ($44) through the mid-shafts and ends using a wide-toothed comb.

Monzon blow-dried her hair using his fingers for added lift and volume, finishing off the ends with a round brush and then, taking a one-inch curling iron, he wrapped varying sized sections of hair (between 1 inch to 1.25 inch) around the iron in alternating directions for a less uniform, more tousled effect

Lastly, Monzon rubbed a quarter-size amount of StriVectin HAIR Color Care Vibrancy Booster ($27) in his hands and ran it through her hair from mid-shaft through the ends for a shiny finish.