Nakisha Williams
October 18, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Project Runway’s 10th season finale airs tonight, and contestants Christopher, Dmitry and Fabio weren’t the only ones who put in hours prepping for the big moment.

Heidi Klum went to work at 4:35am (whew!) to get beautified for the taping of the finale fashion show — where she sat alongside Michel Kors, Nina Garcia and guest judge Jennifer Hudson in the front row — and AOL followed her to get all the action on video. (Seriously Heidi, what’s the secret to looking that gorgeous at o’dark thirty in the morning?)

Watch hairstylist Michael Aleman and Heidi’s beauty team work their magic to turn her into a red carpet-ready goddess. Then follow Heidi through the runway show, press appearances and more as she takes on the day in an Alexandre Vauthier dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Christian Louboutin heels that don’t come off until 6pm.

All in a day’s work!

Project Runway airs tonight on Lifetime at 9pm ET/PT.

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