It’s that special time of year in L.A. when awards season is upon us. The city is bursting with stylists, designers and photographers hustling all of their talents for that one perfect shot. The red carpet beckons, and probably to most, the glitz and glamour seem pretty effortless. But the behind-the-scenes moments are personally my favorite part of the action.
While I haven’t yet tried out any performance chops off-court, I love awards season and I am so inspired by the unbelievable amount of talent lurking around L.A. during this time of year. I’m usually fresh back from the Australian Open, and combatting some serious jet lag. Thankfully, I can count on my long-time bestie and hair stylist extraordinaire, Adir Abergel and the wonderful makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua to give me the glam touch…and a lot of laughs along the way. “It’s so great to work with one of my closest friends, and to spend those moments before a big event not only prepping, but laughing and having fun,” says Abergel. “Maria and I look always love collaborating. We both love fashion very much. The dress, the makeup, the event—all have an effect on the finished look that I decide to create.”
Behind the scenes, Adir treats my hair with Oribe Signature shampoo before he moves on to styling the perfect look for the evening. He’s taught me really valuable tricks and simple solutions for keeping fly-aways in place on the red carpet—and all the little details you have to think about to keep your look going all night.