How Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered her Emmys glam slam

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

She used to be the second banana on HBO's Veep, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus slayed on on the red carpet at the Emmys Sunday night in a one-shoulder Safiyaa gown.

Her longtime makeup artist, Karen Kawahara, has worked with the actress for two decades. That's longer than most Hollywood marriages.

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"She's so normal too, which is great," says Kawahara. "We talk a lot. She trusts me so much with all this time together. I'm always weighing in on the jewelry and the dress and the hair. She's gotten a lot of (attention) lately, in the last eight or nine years. People notice how beautiful she is."

No kidding. Having met Louis-Dreyfus numerous times, we can attest that she's absolutely delightful in person: kind, gracious, personable and very, very funny.

Of course, getting ready for the Emmys, which made her a winner for the fourth time, is actually serious business.

"With the dress being so severe and stark, I wanted to her makeup where her eyes stood out and it was fresh and young. Just very clean," says Kawahara.

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Here's how it goes down on Sunday night. To be close to the venue, and to avoid hellacious LA traffic, Louis-Dreyfus arrives at a downtown hotel in yoga pants and a T-shirt. First, she gets her nails done. Then, it's time for hair.

"We look at the dress and talk about ideas. We sit down and start working and transforms into what it's going to be. We're huge fans of La Prairie so we were so excited to have these products. She uses them on a regular basis. She's mentioned it in these magazines. We've had product placement on Veep," says Kawahara. "Now because of social media, we'll do selfies and that makes it fun. Once you see the look put together, now it's amazing."

The key products used by Kawahara, all courtesy of La Prairie:
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How Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered her Emmys glam slam

Heidi Klum shows off her incredible bod in a yellow, see-through gown on the Emmys red carpet. But is it her best look yet? 

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Taraji P. Henson channeled her "Empire" character, Cookie, and struck a fierce pose on the red carpet. The nominee rocked a black gown with a sheer skirt and chain straps. A pin-straight lob and simple black accessories completed her fab look.

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We are confused by harpist Joanna Newsom's eyebrow-rising dress. It's a little much on the singer-songwriter's tiny frame. 

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'Modern Family' star, Sarah Hyland rocks a curve-hugging, off-the-shoulder dress, accessorized with simple jewelry and nails to match! We are totally loving this look!

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'Transparent' actress Amy Landecker is decked-out in a floral number, that reminds us a little too much of the backcountry. 

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Wowzas! Sofia Vergara turned heads in a gorgeous, form-fitting sequined mermaid-style gown, simple curls and gunmetal bangles. We honestly can't take our eyes off this knockout look!

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WOAH!!! Actress Christine Marzano looks hot, hot, hot in this navy ensemble. What a risk-taker!

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Actress Kiernan Shipka mixes a yellow floral frock and black pants for a look we're not entirely so sure about.  

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Sandra Lee arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Actress Emily Robinson kept her look girly and simple in a long, high-neck white gown. She finished her outfit with a messy ponytail and simple strappy shoes. 

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Mindy Kaling looks absolutely amazing in a yellow-gold, curve-hugging dress complete with a bold lip and dazzling clutch! We can't get enough of her perfect look!

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Renee Bargh looks futuristic in a tight, curve-hugging off-the-shoulder gown and some fierce gladiator strappy heels. We think she went a little overboard for this red carpet look. 

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"American Horror Story" actress Naomi Grossman poses on the red carpet with a mod-inspired nude and black gown. While we are swooning over her statement-making earrings (get a similar style here) and bold red lip, we're not completely sold by the rest of her look.

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What a beauty! "Mad Men" star Teyonah Parris is all smiles in a polka dot, floor-grazing gown. While the pattern may be too bold for our liking, she certainly knows how to rock it!

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Nancy O'Dell shows some serious leg in long, white gown accentuated with gold accessories. We love how this dress shows off her incredible tan!

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Actress Anna Chlumsky opted for a geometric-print strapless gown. Although a beautiful dress, we wish she would've picked out something colorful that highlights her beautiful skin. 

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Woah momma! TV personality Cat Deeley looks smokin' hot in a skin-tight sparkling number. The blonde bombshell proudly shows off the best accessory to have - a baby bump!

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"Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter embodies old Hollywood glamour in a bright red strapless dress. She completes the look with some subtle accessorizing and makeup to match!

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In a sea of black tuxedos, actor Mason Vale Cotton switched things up with a eye-catching navy jacket. The cute actor definitely knows how to make a presence on the red carpet!

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Comedian and actress Retta is glowing in a hot pink ombre number complete with a matching clutch!

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Actress Kathryn Hahn poses on the carpet in a multi-floral frock that leaves us less than impressed!

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Actress Nazanin Boniadi was a vision in white! The stunner kept all eyes on the gown with some subtle accessorizing and a fresh face. Not sure if this off-the-shoulder look was our least favorite!

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"Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox sure does know how to work a red carpet! The star showed off her signature curves in a gorgeous blue gown. 

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This ain't her first rodeo! Six-time Emmy award winner Allison Janney glows in a body-hugging gown with some scandalous cut-outs! 

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What a trip! Actress Zoe Kazan takes on the red carpet in a red, mind-tripping psychedelic high-neck dress and soft waves. Not our favorite look from the 'Olive Kitteridge' star. 

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'Downtown Abbey' actress Joanne Froggatt goes punk in an interesting pink and black dress and caged back. 

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Jordan Peele (L) looks dapper in a crisp suit and Chelsea Peretti takes us through a walk in through the woods in a white and red number. We feel conflicted on the look. 

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The stunning Penelope Ann Miller looks absolutely gorgeous in a gold, body-hugging number. The 'American Crime' actress finished her look with simple jewelry. 

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Actress Natasha Lyonne went grunge on us in a fringe, black off-the-shoulder number and stacked jewels. 

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"Orange Is The New Black" actress Uzo Aduba works the red carpet in a hot pink and black gown!

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"American Horror Story" actress Sarah Paulson stuns in an understated black and blue sequined frock. The slicked back bob and bold lip completes the look - and we are totally in love!

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus keeps it classy in a one-shoulder frock that hugs all the right places!

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actress Emma Myles attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jamie Brewer dons a ombre, one-shouldered dress -- not totally diggin' this look, as her dress gets lost on the red carpet. 

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Actress Jessica Pare looks stunning in a coral-pink dress. We are loving her simple and sophisticated look!

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What a dress! Actress Lena Headey is a vision in a beautiful crimson halter dress. We totally loving this look!

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Dancer and TV personality Julianne Hough shows off her tight bod in a scandalous cutout dress with a long train! 

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Kerry Washington's Marc Jacobs gown is absolutely breathtaking! The "Scandal" actress got leggy with a revealing slit.

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