TOUCH-UPS GALORE: L’Oreal might have its foot inside the proceedings with its “Ladies Lounge” — a team of artists offering touch-ups and gifts inside the ladies’ lounge of the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hilton — but Estee Lauder is elbowing for presence with its own touch-up team inside the Green Room during the telecast. Now there’s really no excuse for a shiny schnoz.
EASTERN DELIGHT: Look for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” stars Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang to be draped in even more Eastern splendor at the awards. Vivienne Tam is custom-making dresses for their Golden Globe debuts.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Peninsula will continue to reign as the habitat of choice on Globe weekend. All 50 suites have been booked for months, report insiders. Like its past guest A-list, this year’s expected boarders — nominees Juliette Binoche, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall — can take advantage of the hotel’s award weekend amenities, including a battery of Rolls- Royces, seamstresses and makeup artists on standby. And, natch, there’s the round-the-clock florist, ready to craft those congratulatory bouquets.
BLOCH PARTY: With Salma Hayek and Halle Berry absent from this year’s show, stylist Philip Bloch will be lavishing all his attention on Kim Cattrall of “Sex and the City.” He’s deciding among three New York designers: an old-school couturier, a new Latin talent and a young woman who has recently left a Seventh Avenue giant and made her own mark with frocks made from vintage fabrics. “If I told you, there would be no mystery. But you can take the little hints,” Bloch said coyly. He will also being outfitting Jim Carrey, but, added the star stylist: “He’s lower maintenance.”
WHICH RED-WHITE-AND-BLUE? Mira-max has retained the services of New York-based French stylist Pascale Grise to look after Best Actress- Film Drama nominee Juliette Binoche, who resides in Paris. Will she play the patriot card when it comes to her dress?
LOOT BAG OF CHOICE: Many of last year’s trophy holders returning as presenters this go-round won’t be going home empty handed. This year’s bag is actually a box, about 75 years old and decorated in motifs from its origin, China. Organizers are mum on most of its contents but managed to slip out that a Christian Dior watch, Palm III, Phillips MP3 player and gift certificates to Kenneth Cole and Banana Republic are among the booty in the 60 boxes being filled now through the big day.
LOW GLOW: If all the primping and fussing isn’t enough, some Globe-bound attendees will get a boost of confidence from a Botox shot under the arm. Hailed for its wrinkle-reducing properties, Botox also paralyzes sweat glands before they transpire on an award-night gown. The treatment lasts six to 12 months and starts at $1,500, said a spokeswoman from skin care clinic Century Cosmetics in Century City, which sees a jump in Botox bookings before major galas.