Exclusive: We Got Ready With Mandy Moore For The SAG Awards

If you think getting ready for a big Hollywood awards show is all Champagne, cheese boards, and dancing to blasting music in a closed salon, well, you might be right if you work with Mandy Moore. The star's become best friends with her glam squad and has the whole pre-red carpet process down to a really fun science. What's more, she let Refinery29 in on the action ahead of last night's SAG Awards.

Hours before Mandy and her fellow This is Us co-stars took home the Actor for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, she surrounded herself with her longtime glam squad, Jenn and Ashley Streicher, in the comfort of their private L.A. salon, Striiike. Two parts of the famous trifecta of sisters, Jenn, an in-demand makeup artist, and Ashley, hairstylist to everyone you follow on Instagram, are oft behind Moore's memorable red carpet looks, like the sleek bun from the Golden Globes and her bold pink lip from the Emmys. Last night, however, the sisters took Moore's look in a new direction — and all the details are ahead.

Keep clicking to see how an A-list star and her elite team of beauty experts prepare for one of Hollywood's biggest nights of the year.

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First up: hair prep. Like any seasoned hairstylist, Ashley was armed with an army of products that would ensure Mandy's look would last through the evening. Last night, that meant plenty of velcro hair rollers, a bundle of texture sprays, and a Dyson blowdryer for epic volume — but not used how you think. But first, let's talk inspo.

Ashley tells us that although they threw the word "disco" around a lot, that didn't mean they wanted Moore to look exactly like an extra from Saturday Night Fever. Still, there was one particular photo used during the glam brainstorm: this stellar Kate Moss moment.

The goal? To give Mandy memorable, voluminous, brushed-out waves to complement her custom cobalt gown from Ralph Lauren, which came courtesy of stylist Erica Cloud. Loaded with sequins, the obvious choice was to channel the sexy, glam trends of the late '70s.
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Ashley's pre-glam instructions for Mandy? Hands off your hair. "I like to start with air-dried hair because when you blow out your hair, you're pulling it straight," she says, noting that Mandy's naturally-wavy locks were preferred for this voluminous look. Only after she prepped Mandy's 'do did she lock in the shape with heat, but more on that ahead.
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A camera ready complexion is nothing without the right skin care, so Jenn prepped Mandy's complexion with Caudalie's Premier Cru Serum, a catch-all formula that helps smooth and firm the skin, before finishing off with the brand's cult favorite Beauty Elixir.
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Jenn took time to massage the products into Mandy's face before moving onto makeup. (No rushing allowed...yet.)
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Prepped and ready, Jenn moved onto Mandy's base. "I used a matte foundation, but gave her glow where I wanted it," Jenn explains. "I did a little more contour than I did blush, just to give her a disco vibe. It was very disco back in the day to have a really contoured cheek."
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Here's where things got a little crazier — with only two hours left to prep Mandy, Jenn and Ashley needed to work simultaneously.

First, Ashley misted Mandy's hair with Christophe Robin Rose Water Spray and Reverie Sea Spray. "She has fine hair, but a lot of it, so I wanted to keep the texture dry," Ashley tells us. "Starting from the top, front section of her hair, I took sections and round brushed them upwards for volume with my Dyson dryer," she explains. "When the section is dry and warm, I sprayed it with Garnier Full Control Spray and wrapped the section in a 1 1/4 inch velcro roller to set." Once in place, she misted with hairspray.
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With the vibrant cobalt gown as the initial form of inspiration, Jenn wanted Mandy's eye look to be sexy and smoldering — but with a pop of color that called back to the gown's bold hue. "The eye was the standout," Jenn says. "As soon as I saw the custom dress, my heart was dead set on [this look]." She notes that this feeling was actually quite unusual: "We usually go back and forth, but I had this vision..."
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Ashley ensures each section of hair is warm before grabbing her velcro roller.
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After about 20 minutes, Moore's curls were ready for action. After gently twisting out the rollers, Ashley took a boar bristle brush and went through each section to break up the curl.
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If there's any celebrity forecasting beauty trends, it's Mandy and her team. Read: She had a major moment in upside down liner, but for the SAGs, Jenn opted for inner corner strobing. But instead of a light-reflecting highlighter, Jenn used Laura Mercier's Baked Eye Colour in a bold blue shade. For the rest of the eye, she used the same formula in Terracotta all over the lid, applied wet for depth.

Jenn allowed the pop of blue to take center stage by keeping everything else neutral. To top off it off, she used the the brand's Caviar Stick in a burnished bronze and rose gold shades on the lash line.
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What's a retro hairstyle without a little backcombing? Once her side part was pinned behind her ear, Ashley continued backcombing Mandy's ends for the fluffy, '70s vibe.

Ashley tells us that Mandy's hair can fall more easily than other textures, so she topped off the look with Rene Furterer's Texture Spray. "Less is more when you’re trying to have volume and body," Ashley says. "This spray is a super dry texture spray, but comes out in a fine mist. I like to use it as a hairspray because it's so light."
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"Mandy loves getting ready at Striiike and it's just become such a fun atmosphere," Ashley notes about the dynamic between her sisters and Mandy. "We can do anything we want because we’re usually closed on Sundays. We always listen to music an have cheese, meats, and Champagne — tonight it was catering from Lady & Larder. We know exactly what to expect with Mandy — we have it down now."
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"This look is a little more old school glamour for Mandy, but we still wanted to keep it a little fresh," Ashley explains. "We try to make her look different every time. Her hair at the Golden Globes was sleek and modern and clean and this is like the complete opposite of that."
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An award-winning look... literally.
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