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August 30 2014

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Emmy Awards Beauty Download: The Secrets to Good Hair (and a Good Time) with Elisabeth Moss

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I will fully disclose that I did not watch the Emmys last night, but let’s just say my Milan fashion week schedule wasn’t exactly conducive to American red carpets. Luckily, I had hairstylist Alex Polillo on the front lines in Los Angeles, getting the scoop while working with Elisabeth Moss (nominated for two best-actress awards). Here, his exclusive photo diary:

elisabeth-moss-1“That hotel room is party central! And we must have Wheat Thins—it’s not a real party till those are in the house. There was also a serious amount of Katy Perry going on (“Roar” was for sure on repeat), along with Jay-Z and the Smash soundtrack. In the middle of it all, there was a dance party.” (Moss—captured above with brush still in hair—gets her groove on, and the preshow jitters out, with publicist Erica Gray.)

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“We were inspired by Michelle Williams’ ads for Louis Vuitton but needed something just a little more polished for the red carpet, since it was outside.”

To get the look, he prepped damp hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, then used a round brush (seen above!) to blow it dry and away from the face. The top section was wrapped around one-and-a-quarter-inch Velcro rollers for volume, hit with some heat, and left to cool before unwinding. A messy side part was made, and Extreme Smooth Combing Crème was worked throughout strands for texture and topped off with a few spritzes of Flexible Hold Hairspray (seen here). For extra lift, Polillo teased the crown and smoothed the front pieces with a flatiron. He finished with more crème to define the ends and misted all over with hairspray to set.

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Before a swipe of bright lipstick was added, Moss gets a touch-up in natural light from makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani.

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The finished product: sexy, tousled hair with a black-and-white gown by Andrew Gn. The only snafu: “Right before she walked out the door, she was putting on her bracelet—a custom-made piece by her stylist, Karla Welch—and it broke! Luckily, Karla had a backup, so another beauty came out and off she went.”

Photos: Courtesy of Alex Polillo

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