Make-Up Artist magazine’s Emmy Awards Celebration was like a classic reunion special for a favorite sitcom: beloved/veteran leads (aka department heads) were revered and make-up artists caught up with each other after long separations.

“You know this kind of party for me is all about reconnecting with friends,” said Tym Buacharern, nominated this year for work on Hairspray Live! and Feud: Bette and Joan. “A lot of us, when we work on our respective sets, we never get to see each other.”  

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The second-annual Emmy Awards Celebration was held Friday, Sept. 8 at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. A total of 125 guests entered the Oscar Room and walked the red carpet. Photographer Deverill Weekes and his team made sure each nominee and guest were treated to individual and team portraits.

Samantha Bard (left) and Donna Bard at the Emmy Awards Celebration

When asked about the key to collaborating, Darcy Gilmore (department head for The Voice) said, “Specifically on The Voice I think one thing that makes this department successful is that it’s definitely teamwork. We will hand off a make-up to another person to do the body make-up for time reasons. You kind of have to leave your ego at the door.” Gilmore stressed the importance of sharing make-up techniques and product details. “You really rely on each other instead of being competitive.”

Sponsored by Anastasia Beverly Hills and Make-Up Artist magazine, the Pro-Card event honored nominees for this year’s Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: 17 shows in all for make-up, with 60 nominated artists at the party. Once their red carpet moments were over, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while they reconnected in the Roosevelt’s Spare Room.

“This is a huge honor,” said Gail Kennedy, a six-time nominee and make-up department head on Fargo. “We are one of five nominees in our category, worldwide, and that’s huge with the amount of television that is being done nowadays. It’s absolutely phenomenal, and I know that every make-up artist does their very best.”

Nikki Carbonetta, artist for The Voice, shows off her Pro Card at the Emmy Awards Celebration | Photo by Deverill Weekes

For artists striving to be on a make-up team like Fargo, Kennedy revealed these fundamental skills are needed: “Color theory. The ability to paint. Seeing color. Seeing layering and what works,” she said. “And I also stress the ability to research. If you can’t research, and if you are not articulate, and a well-expressed person, you’re not going to get anywhere in this industry.”

Camaraderie was the theme of the night. As Make-Up Artist publisher Michael Key introduced each team, other artists in the crowd enthusiastically cheered them on. One poignant moment came when Key and guests toasted the late Steve Artmont, who was nominated this year for work on Big Little Lies. His daughter Nicole, also a nominee this year for the show, was in attendance.

Michael Key gives thanks to the Emmy Awards Celebration attendees

It was clear from every conversation, that these artists inspired each other. Kennedy was happy to meet her idol and fellow nominee Davina Lamont (Genius).

For sponsor and beauty mogul Anastasia Soare (pronounced swah-rey like the party), her admiration and respect for artists runs deep.

“I think it’s very important to acknowledge the incredible artists that I think I start developing a relationship [with] since I opened my salon 20 years ago. I think everybody inspires me. All the make-up artists. All the people that are even trying to learn. I think they are an inspiration for me and everybody else. I learn every day tricks and tips from them. … This is Hollywood! You understand, this was my dream. … And I got so many rejections so many times but I didn’t give up. I believed in my dream but I never gave up. And I encourage everybody to never ever give up on their dreams. If they believe in whatever they believe in, their work their product, they should never give up.”