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With the Emmy Awards and the requisite pre- and postshow parties this week, the celebrities and makeup artists at Wednesday’s Dior Beauty luncheon benefiting Operation Smile at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles had beauty and fashion on the brain. Padma Lakshmi arrived after a fitting.

“I have narrowed it down to two dresses,” she said. “One is a simple, white minimalist gown that I saw at a fashion show last week, and the other one is this ‘Gone with the Wind’ confection.”

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For all the Emmy attendees, makeup artist Troy Jensen advised setting aside time to prep.

“Emmy red carpets are sort of these actresses’ wedding days,” he said. “They are very important. We will get together a few days before to try different looks and colors.”

Krysten Ritter might not be the best candidate for makeup planning before an event. She declared she could only last in a makeup chair for 25 minutes.

“I hate maintenance,” she said. “I don’t pluck my eyebrows because it takes time. That’s why they grow together.”