OnlyOnAOL: Why 'Veep' Emmy Winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus wows us

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By: Donna Freydkin

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history on Sunday, winning her fifth consecutive Emmy for playing foul-mouthed, nakedly-ambitious, habitual also-ran Selina Meyer on HBO's "Veep." Her father passed away two days before the Emmys and Louis-Dreyfus honored him in her emotional, heartfelt speech.

She also nailed it, beauty-wise, thanks to her longtime makeup artist Karen Kawahara. "She really is amazing. It's so great because the character is so opposite of who she is. She really enjoys it and you can tell. She's put a lot into making that show what it is," says Kawahara. "It's sickening, her talent. How does that happen?"

It doesn't hurt that Louis-Dreyfus is incredibly personable and kind in person. And she's loyal to the brands she loves, in this case La Prairie. "The products are so beautiful. They work and she just keeps using them. The makeup, too. They're so pretty. It's nice," says Kawahara.

68th Emmy Awards - Press Room68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - ArrivalsUS-ENTERTAINMENT-TELEVISION-EMMYS-SHOWHer inspiration was the dress. "It was flowy and sheer, I wanted to be a little more romantic. She likes a lot of eyeliner. We went for soft smoky around the eye. It's brown smoky eye. We did some individual lashes.She just looked pretty and fresh without a lot of makeup. Tonight so many people piled on a lot of makeup. When you wear too much, it's aging. Less on her is beautiful," says Kawahara.

Unlike many of her peers, Louis-Dreyfus has left her face alone ("She doesn't do any of that and doesn't need to," says Kawahara), and the proof is in the pudding. She's a vision of elegance and grace, with actual laugh lines. And her beauty routine reflects her aesthetic.

"It was a hot day. Once I do her makeup, I give her a dust of power and I leave it. I like her skin looking dewy and fresh. It holds up. I like her dewy. She looks younger and prettier. She looks amazing," says Kawahara.

Key products used:

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion followed by Skin Caviar Liquid Lift.

Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex on each eye lid as a base.

Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 in in Warm Linen

Luxe Brow Liner Automatic in Brun.

Cellular Luxe Lip Liner in Nude and blended out with brush on the ends so there are not any hard lines, finished off with Cellular Luxe Lip Colour in Tawny.

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Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series 'Veep' Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives for the 68th Emmy Awards on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. / AFP / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Veep,' poses in the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Press Room at the Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep,' poses in the press room at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AXN)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ring detail, arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room with the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' during the 68th Emmy Awards on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. / AFP / FREDERIC J BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Veep' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of Best Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep', poses in the press room during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of Best Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep', poses in the press room during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 68th Emmy Awards show on September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. / AFP / Valerie MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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