How MJ Rodriguez Solidified Her Beauty Icon Status At Last Night’s Emmys

Last night, artist and actress MJ Rodriguez made Emmys history as the first trans woman to earn a nod for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The Pose star delivered serious main-character energy for the occasion in a vintage Atelier Versace mermaid gown, paired with an effortlessly lit-and-contoured makeup look.

While COVID-19 has changed the scope of award shows, possibly forever, we're slowing starting to see the entertainment industry reemerge. It's great to see vaccinated celebrities getting dressed up again, especially when these events highlight stars like Rodriguez who, in addition to being talented, use their personal platform to spotlight underrepresented communities.

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Ahead, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how makeup artist Adam Breuchaud prepped Rodriguez for her legendary night.

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"There was a timeless Hollywood feel to [Rodriguez's] dress," explains Breuchaud of his artistic vision for the glam. "The light teal-blue shade was inspired by the Italian ocean, so we leaned into that with a sculpted, beachy vibe, while staying elevated for the occasion."
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Breuchaud used a full kit of Charlotte Tilbury skin-care and makeup products, a brand that fits with Rodriguez's minimalist aesthetic. "MJ is pretty chill — she loves a good lip and a great lash," says Breuchaud.


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Breuchaud used the new Charlotte Tilbury Super Nudes Face Palette to sculpt and contour, then perfected the accents — brows, lashes, and lips — using the Brow Cheat pencil, the Push Up mascara, and the Pillow Talk lip liner that now counts Rodriguez among its iconic wearers.
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Hairstylist Tym Wallace also drew inspiration from the Versace gown, creating a thick, wavy style using extra-long extensions from fellow hairstylist Kim Kimble’s line.

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According to Breuchaud, Rodriguez was actively involved in her Emmys glam — she's an artist, after all. "We always collaborate," he says. "We all share ideas and get inspired by each other's creativity."
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