Getting Emmys Ready With Games of Thrones Star Sophie Turner
It was a blistering 95 degrees on Emmys Sunday in Los Angeles, but the heat didn’t seem to faze Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner. When we arrived at her air-conditioned hotel room—Beyoncé playing on her phone and Keeping Up With the Kardashians on in the background—the 19-year-old was in high spirits. Not surprising, considering her show had a whopping 24 nominations. As Turner prepped for her red carpet appearance (note: she was picture perfect in a Galvan jumpsuit, Kwiat and Forevermark jewels, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Giuseppe Zanotti heels), we chatted with the star about her award show rituals, accessory rules, and more. Keep reading for our exclusive photo diary.
A noteworthy red carpet look always starts with the right hair and makeup team. Turner had her go-to glam squad, hairstylist Ryan Richman and makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune, on hand for the big night.
But first, a hearty breakfast to start off the day. When asked about her pre– and post–red carper rituals, Turner revealed it all revolves around food. “Pre–[red carpet], I like to get a good breakfast in. I like the standard eggs and meat, lots of meat. And then after, if it’s in Los Angeles, it’s always an In-N-Out burger animal style.”
Turner and her stylist opted for a sleek jumpsuit by Galvan in lieu of a dress. “We tried on a few things, but because I’m not nominated specifically, I wanted it to look more underdone than overdone and more casual and comfortable,” Turner says. “I just thought it was modern and a nice change. I think if you have one go-to look, it gets a bit boring, so we were trying to switch it up.”
Metallic accessories—Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a Jimmy Choo clutch—perfectly complemented the minimalist silhouette of Turner’s jumpsuit. When asked about her red carpet accessory rules, Turner laughed and told us, “I always think I have rules and then I never obey them. I’m always like no shoes over six inches, and then I’m always in heels that are massive. And I always say I want a clutch that can carry my things, and then it ends up that nothing fits in them. So I have rules—I just don’t obey them. That’s kind of the story of my life.”
Turner’s iPhone, equipped with a bumblebee case by Skinny Dip, doubled as a radio. “ We were listening to a really good Beyoncé song earlier. You know that new one that just came out? I have a playlist full of stuff, but I’m normally into more grime and drum and bass, but you can’t really listen to that when you’re getting ready, unless it’s for a heavy night out.”
Canvas for Perfection
“Sophie has this beautiful British complexion—very, very pale and flawless,” makeup artist de Fontbrune tells us. “And because of that, too much makeup can really kill everything. So I stayed within very light hues of gold and roses and pinks, and because her eyes are so beautiful and blue, I went with a strong liner and lashes. It’s very simple, young, and fresh. One of my pet peeves is when the eyebrows don’t match the hair. I found this eyebrow pencil from Hourglass, The Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil ($32) in Auburn, which is just perfect for red hair. For the lips, we were wondering if we should go really strong or a bit more muted, and we ended up with more muted but still impact: a matte beige rose from Chanel.
Because Turner’s jumpsuit and jewels were so pronounced, hairstylist Ryan Richman wanted to keep the look really simple. He prepped Turner’s damp hair with Matrix Style Link Prep Smooth Setter Smoothing Cream ($18) for a smooth satin finish and to tame frizz and used a comb to set and perfect the center part and to distribute the product through the hair evenly. Using a blow-dryer and a large boar-bristle round brush, he blowfish-dried large sections of her hair until dry.
Richman then went back through the hair using Harry Josh’s Pro Tools Ceramic Styling Iron ($349) and flatironed small sections of the hair. “I went over each section only once or twice to smooth and still leave a natural feel to the hair,” Richman tells us. “After I used an iron on each section, I sprayed it with Sexy Hair Smooth and Seal Anti Frizz and Shine Spray ($12) for humidity resistance and shine.”
To finish the look, Richman pinned the hair behind her ears with bobby pins and used L’Oréal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray ($12) to hold the look in place.
One final photo, and it's off to the red carpet!
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