“My stylist makes it possible for me to look this good” and the overstated “Without the makeup artist, I am nothing” was just a small sampling of the confessions heard Sunday evening at the first Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards.
A bevy of adept makeup artists, hairstylists, as well as their finished products, including Billy Bob Thornton, Ashley Judd, Tippi Hedren, Holly Hunter, Rita Rudner and Ellen Burstyn — in various shades of lipstick, sporting a multitude of hair colors — seemed up to speed on the value of the stylist as they turned out at the BevHilton to salute the craftsmen.
Rudner served as emcee for the black tie soiree. “These artists and stylists keep us looking marvelous day after day, year after year, facelift after facelift,” she mused.
Thornton arrived in decadent threads that were yanked directly from the costume rack of his new pic “Waking up in Reno.” “The good news is that my stylists make me look this way, the bad news is they have to do it tomorrow at 4 a.m.,” Thornton quipped.
As she took the stage Burstyn greeted the audience with, “Good evening all you trailer people out there.”
The older generation was repped by Tony Curtis who gave Monty Westmore a lifetime achievement award; other guests included Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Stephen Collins, Holly Marie Combs, John Daley, Mike Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Catherine Hicks, Amy Madigan, Alyssa Milano, LeAnn Rimes, Mimi Rogers, Debra Jo Rupp, Martin Starr, Wilmer Valderrama and brothers Marvin and Michael Westmore.