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Lupita Nyong’o: A Pre-Red Carpet Play-By-Play

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Manicurist Deborah Lippmann snapped an exclusive behind-the-scenes SAG Awards diary for Style.com. Here, she shares all the details leading up to Lupita Nyong’o's big night—including the winning combination of lacquers used to get her gilded tips:

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Lippmann’s jam-packed kit.

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A beauty triple threat: Lippmann with hairstylist Ted Gibson (left) and makeup artist Nick Barose (right).

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The inspiration behind Nyong’o's metallic mani: her shimmery minaudière.

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“The glam squad.”

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“Her nails were a big decision. In fact, this combination of Swagga Like Us and Chain Reaction was the fifth combination of colors we used. First we went with Believe, then Nefertiti, and then we tried each of the colors alone (Swagga Like Us and Chain Reaction). We ended up [here] because it was bold—and award shows deserve a little va-va-voom! Looks like it all paid off.”

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