Oscars Burning Question: How Do Stars Look So Good All Night?

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Emily Blunt at the 2006 Oscars. (Photo: Getty Images)
Emily Blunt at the 2006 Oscars. (Photo: Getty Images)

So let’s just say that, hypothetically speaking, you leave your suite at the Four Seasons glammed up and a vision of perfection en route to the Oscars.

But perhaps you get super-shiny while sitting in traffic. Maybe you make out with your significant other, and stuff gets smudged.

Or maybe your makeup was better in theory than in reality.

And once you step on the carpet and pose for photos, you have another four hours ahead of you, with cameras filming the ceremony. What’s an Oscars attendee to do? For the most part, you’re on your own, unless you’re the host and have your own glam squad on hand.

“Once you get inside, there’s a whole green room. The Oscars do hire hair and makeup artists who can do touchups. But it’s very rare that a celebrity, after having their hair and makeup done, will go to another person. They’re prepared,” Jenn Streicher, Emily Blunt‘s makeup artist, tells Yahoo Style.

Meaning they have blotting papers, a lipstick or gloss, and an eyeliner in their clutch should any beauty emergencies emerge.

Hairstylist Mark Townsend, who does Dakota Johnson and January Jones, says relentless coverage of every celebrity has changed the game. But he tries to keep things as natural and fluid as possible, meaning he doesn’t do overly done — no helmet head.

“They are covered all night long now. They’re photographed the entire night,” he tells Yahoo Style, which means there’s very little room for error. “I don’t overdo it with the finishing products. I brush down flyaways. Instead of keeping an updo locked in place all night, we try to work with the elements. I layer the dry shampoo in when I am doing an updo.”

As for emergency maintenance: “I wrap an elastic around 10 bobby pins so they can squeeze into anything,” he says of sticking them in the bag.

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