Eva Longoria Parker's Stylist Explains the Challenges of the Red Carpet

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Longoria with Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman.
Apparent lack of breathing room aside, actress Eva Longoria Parker looked quite beautiful at Monday evening's Met Gala in a pale blue beaded gown by Marchesa. With her hair side-parted and her cheeks contoured to perfection, Parker played the part of the old Hollywood glamour girl with finesse.

HollywoodLife caught up with Parker's stylist Robert Verdi, who dished on all the preparation that goes into a drop-dead gorgeous red carpet moment. All said, about a month went into Eva Longoria's look, starting with a first review of gowns.

First, Verdi and Parker selected a designer to work with. "That's step one," he explained. "Step two is looking at the current collection and finding a dress no one has worn before." Parker had narrowed her selection down to two gowns before making her final selection on the day of the event.

But then came the next challenge in dressing the diminutive star: "Trying to find tiny shoes ... the length is always an issue for her." The same issues apply to bags, too. "Even a small bag on her looks like a tote bag, if she carries a zip-lock bag it looks like a body bag!"

Thankfully, Parker didn't waste any time in hair and makeup. “It only takes an hour and a half at this point, it’s down to a science for someone like Eva,” Verdi explained.

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