Emmys Scrapbook

    So nearly two weeks ago, getting everyone settled in back to school mode, I woke up to a huge surprise: I had won a Creative Arts Emmy for my guest role on Glee! This was especially meaningful, as my father (who made great TV shows back in the day—"The White Shadow", "St. Elsewhere") had been nominated and lost the Emmys nine times. So I'm pretty chuffed about the whole thing. And my dad would have been over the moon. Anyway, I was asked to present at the big Emmy telecast so I hopped on a plane! And may I please thank Ryan Murphy for thinking up Holly Holliday and deciding to call me up about her. Wow. And thanks to the whole Glee family who are among some of the best people I've ever had the good fortune to work with.


    9:30 am

    My journey to the Emmys starts Saturday morning in Paris where I stayed at the new and very gorgeous hotel Shangri-La Hotel, after a friend's birthday dinner.

    Here's the view from my room.

    Shangri-La Hotel
    10 Avenue d'Iéna
    75116 Paris, France
    + 33 01 53 67 19 98

    10:13 am

    Eurostar back to London

    12:32 pm

    Have a play at home with the kids before getting everyone ready to go to the airport.

    2:00 pm


    4:05 pm

    British Airways Flight #269 London Heathrow to LAX

    7:05 pm

    Arrive at LAX and head straight for my hotel. Lately, when I’m in Los Angeles for work, I’ve been staying at the beautiful and very centrally located Montage. Amazing service! Amazing! … I go right to bed as tomorrow’s an early wake-up.

    225 North Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    + 310 860 7800

    4:23 am

    Up, jetlagged, and taking care of email.

    7:00 am - 9:00 am

    I hit the Montage’s gym for a workout.

    9:32 am

    I stop by Sonya Dakar’s skin clinic for one of her amazing facials so I’m ready for the red carpet. Her tips are at the end of the newsletter.

    2:05 pm

    Prep for the Emmys begins with David Babaii on hair and Kate Lee on makeup.

    David and I decide to go for super straight hair. He shares his method below.

    Kate Lee does her red carpet thing, which she also shares below.

    Kate’s mega make-up stash (She also gives us her list of current favorite products at the bottom of the newsletter).

    2:47 pm

    I change into my dress and I literally get sewn into it, while Kate finishes up.

    2:53 pm

    Decisions, decisions ... Which of these Neil Lane baubles should I borrow?

    2:53 pm

    Finishing touches.

    2:55 pm

    David Babaii helps me get into my shoes. No task is too small for David!

    3:15 pm

    In the car, almost there ...

    3:45 pm

    Some major Audi traffic upon arrival at the Nokia Theater.

    3:50 pm

    It's red carpet time.

    My view

    4:30 pm

    Ryan Murphy and I talk Glee with Access Hollywood.

    4:59 pm

    It’s a minute to show time, and I find my seat in the second row (right behind the cast of 30 Rock!) The seat filler before me was sweaty … so my chair was wet. Gross!

    5:00 pm

    The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards begin, hosted by Jane Lynch from Glee!

    I live for Tina Fey and I love Kenneth from 30 Rock! Wait ... why does my arm look like that and since when do I have 9 chins?

    7:17 pm

    I head backstage.

    7:47 pm

    Last minute touch ups before getting on stage.

    7:50 pm

    I present the award for "Outstanding Comedy Series." The teleprompter clearly doesn’t work, so I ad lib.

    7:55 pm


    8:00 pm

    The show’s over, and we head to an incredibly delicious dinner at Scarpetta. We did a big pasta tasting with some nice Pinot Nero. Just the thing.

    11:10 pm


    8:00 am

    Me the next morning, a bit worse for wear but hanging on to my blow out!

    These beauties are going back to Neil Lane. Bye bye girls. I will miss you.

    She needs to get whisked back to Paris.

    Red Carpet Tips

    Sonya Dakar’s Red Carpet Facial:

    "When Gwyneth came to the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic last week she got the Apple Stem Cell Facial. This includes a series of treatments for the face, neck and chest that leaves skin looking youthful, tight and glowing.

    Start by cleansing with an oil-based cleanser. Sonya's Buriti Purifying Cleanser gently removes dirt and impurities with a natural blend of exotic buriti, grapeseed, avocado oils, antioxidants and Vitamins C, D, E.

    To get an even and smooth skin tone it's really important to exfoliate the face, decollete, and arms. Sonya uses her Detox Scrub—a super gentle, all-natural exfoliator that unclogs pores, promotes cell turnover and can be used all over the face and body to reveal smoother, healthier skin.

    Next Sonya applied her Flash Facial—a 1-minute exfoliating gel that quickly sloughs away dead skin and other impurities and infuses nourishing ingredients that leave skin soft, plump and instantly brighter. This is an amazing secret weapon that anyone can use in an instant to give skin a luminous glow from head to toe.

    Then Sonya applied her Nano Peel, which stays on for several minutes. Sonya's Nano Peel is a professional-grade exfoliating treatment that can also be used at home. It uses lactic and phytic acids to soften the appearance of fine lines, giving skin that tight, youthful brightness that you need for the red carpet.

    Sonya then applied her Stem Cell Transformer, a luxe anti-aging cream that targets fine lines and wrinkles, brightens a dull complexion and dramatically boosts hydration. She also used Eyeposuction, a daily eye treatment that reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

    Every Sonya Dakar facial ends with a healthy dose of Organic Omega Booster a nourishing and hydrating serum rich in Omega 3, 6 + 9 and her Daily Face Shield, a lightweight broad spectrum sunscreen."

    A few of Sonya's favorite red carpet tips:

    • "Store eye cream in the fridge—the active ingredients will help reduce puffiness and dark circles, and the cool temperature of the cream itself will reduce swelling in an instant!
    • Stress is a huge factor when you have a big event, which may cause breakouts. Always keep Sonya's Blemish Buster on an acne spot, a treatment that works overnight to banish breakouts and will not dry out skin.
    • Massage face with a cube of ice to create blood flow and bring oxygen to the surface of the skin.
    • Mix together chamomile tea and green tea, chill in the fridge and put in a mister—spray on the face before and after makeup goes on to shrink pores."

    goop readers get a 20% discount on any Sonya Dakar product when they use the following code at checkout: goop20

    Hair tips from David Babaii:

    "I have had the great pleasure of working with Gwyneth for the past nine years. She has been not only a client but the most approachable, kind, supportive and fun loving person I know. Whenever I do a red carpet look, I take into consideration what the client is wearing and how they envision themselves. It is really a collaboration of the two of us in order to come up with the right look.

    With Gwyneth at this year's Emmy’s, the dress she chose was so spectacular and really showed off her fabulous figure so we opted for a shiny “Edgy Straight” look that grabbed everyone’s attention. To achieve the look, I always start with a small amount of Couture Colour Pequi Oil massaged into the hair, which you can buy at couturecolour.com. It is the one and only product I use on all my clients because it not only provides a mirror like shine but absorbs instantly into the hair without weighing it down, while protecting your style against humidity and dryness.

    Next, I blow dried her hair with a round brush to create a sort of 2nd day blow dry look. After hair was dried, I ran additional Pequi Oil through her tresses to lift and define. After all, hair is an accessory and Gwyneth is just perfection."

    Makeup tips From Kate Lee:

    "I'm really enjoying Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation. I apply it with a nylon brush then blend with a beauty blender sponge, which gives a beautifully healthful glow.

    For the eyes I started with Chanel’s Illusion D’ombre In Emervielle with Fantasme, a bronzy gold creme shadow, which I applied to the whole lid and blended out at the socket. I let some color bleed out to the inner corners of the eye and then added a highlight of shimmer to the centre of the lid. Next I added a soft black gel liner (a combination of Noir Kohl Liner and Black Shiseido Brush Liquid Liner) at the base of the lashes. We curled the lashes, applied a coat of Mascara and then added in a few extra strip and individual lashes.

    I'm experimenting with By Terry Rose de Rose Liquid Blush at the moment and I'm loving the results. It is more of a sheen of color. For Gwyneth, I used an apricot shade on her cheek bones to give dimension.

    I'm also loving the new Kevyn Aucoin Creme Blush, which I used to pop Gwyneth's cheeks. Using a vibrant color on the cheek is a great way to bring attention to the eye.

    I groomed the brows with a combination of powder and tinted brow gel, which gave them definition—specifically, a Chanel Blond pencil and Anastasia Brow Gel. Then, I highlighted the brow bone with a light matte concealer.

    Right at the end, we decided to add black liner inside the eye to give the look a little more intensity.

    I used a lip liner that is the same shade as Gwyneth’s lips to define them, and then she added a dab of her own Khiels lip balm so the color was actually her natural lip color."

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