The Most Jaw-Dropping Beauty Looks at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

Updated 10/07/18

Television has seen a major renaissance in recent years, thanks largely to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, especially in a nonstop digital age in which having cable is a polarizing entity. Regardless of your viewing preference, though, the selection from which to choose is a giant candy dish of premium 30- to 60-minute viewing pleasure. From the gripping suspense of The Handmaid's Tale to the heartwarming, gut-wrenching family ties in This Is Us, the water cooler conversations certainly haven't lacked in content since the previous award season.  

Tonight, we celebrate the actors who have given us performances that have left us crying on an airplane, laughing on our friend's couch, and covering our eyes with our bedsheets. While we're enthralled by their on-screen presences, we know their gold carpet arrivals will have us just as moved. Below, our favorite beauty looks from the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Padma Lakshmi at the Emmys
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Michael Dueñas styled Padma Lakshmi's hair into a shaggy lob, the perfect complement to her fresh, dewy skin.

Dakota Fanning Emmys
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Dakota Fanning wore a bold black cat eye (Dior Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Black, $31) against neutral makeup.

Ellie Kemper Emmys
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Stylist Christian Marc pulled Ellie Kemper's hair into a tight, sleek low pony using Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hairspray ($24).

Madelaine Petsch Emmys
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Madelaine Petsch wore her signature look to tonight's show. Her long, red locks were styled into soft waves, and a precise cat eye with an exaggerated tail was drawn along her upper lids.

ScarJo at the Emmys
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Johansson exchanged her brunette pixie cut for this swept-back blonde bob. To create the modern bombshell look, stylist Jenny Cho applied a mix of Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse ($4) and R+Co Pomade Mousse ($30) to wet hair before diffusing dry to bring out the hair's natural texture.

Mandy Moore Emmys
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Stylist Ashley Streicher created beachy texture in Mandy Moore's hair using Garnier Beach Chic Texturizing Spray ($4) and several varying size T3 irons, alternating curl techniques from crimped waves to traditional wrap curls.

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Jenna Jones for Byrdie

Her sunburnt lids were done by Jenn Streicher using the copper and orange hues from the new Lâncome Proenza Schouler For Chroma Eyeshadow Palette ($50).

Issa Rae Emmys
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Makeup artist Joanna Simkin made Issa Rae's skin the "centerpiece of her beauty," and there's certainly no confusion as to why. To let Rae's natural, buttery complexion shine through, she applied CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Foundation ($9).

Alexis Bledel Emmys
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Stylist Craig Gangi wanted to let Alexis Bledel's whimsical Delpozo gown take center stage, so he left her hair sleek and simple, spraying each section with Matrix StyleLink Heat Buffer Spray ($9) before flat-ironing.

Tracee Ellis Ross Emmys
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Leave it to Tracee Ellis Ross to turn up the volume and make everyone hit pause. The Black-ish actress wore spring 2019's biggest trend: neon pops of color. Her bright orange lids (which are a mix of Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura, $24 and Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Bette, $32) and magenta lip (Hot Lips Lipstick in Carinas Love, $34 and Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren, $34) have us pining for summer all over again.

Jessica Biel Emmys
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Jessica Biel stunned, per usual, in textured, beachy waves styled by Adir Abergel, who says he was inspired by the "Pre-Raphaelite era, in which young women considered their delicate long locks their glory and conveyed the
ultimate femininity through its soft, romantic texture." To achieve body and shine, he applied Virtue One for All 6-in-1 Styler ($36) and Moisture Defining Whip ($36) to wet hair before blow-drying with the GHD Air Hairdryer ($199) and creating waves by bending the GHD Platinum+ Styler ($249) back and forth along the lengths of the hair.

Tina Fey at the Emmys
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Tina Fey contrasted the daintiness of her black lace gown with a messy, abstract topknot.

Alison Brie at the Emmys
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Stylist Robert Vetica wanted Alison Brie's look to be "fresh and carefree," so he created an old-school set before deconstructing it for more movement and texture. First, he dried her hair using Olivia Garden's new Ceramic + Ion High Performance Professional Hair Dryer and Olivia Garden NanoThermic Ceramic + Ion Round Thermal Brush. Then, he took Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream and worked it throughout the hair before brushing through the set with the Olivia Garden Divine Care & Styler Brush "to ensure the perfect comb-out."

Vetica also employed the help of Leonor Greyl Voluforme, spraying it at the roots after back-combing for more height as well as all over to hold the style long into the wee hours of the after-party.

Millie Bobby Brown
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Millie Bobby Brown's shoulder-length style was gently waved around the face and bent outward at the base, a style as fun in nature as her cupcake-style dress silhouette.

Sarah Paulson at the Emmys
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Makeup artist Adam Breuchaud's inspiration for Sarah Paulson's look was "clean and chic New York Ballet meets classic red carpet moment." For her deep oxblood lip, he used Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick in Guinevere ($38) set with Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Mist ($39).

Yara Shahidi
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Yara Shahidi let her stunning pink gown speak for itself with a simple high bun and soft, neutral makeup. The trick to her dewy skin? Makeup artist Emily Cheng soaked a Beautyblender in SK-II Facial Treatment Essence before applying Bobbi Brown Longwear Weightless Foundation in Golden Honey and Warm Almond for an extra layer of hydration. 

Sandra Oh at the Emmys
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Inspired by Oh's dress and the "rich Moroccan colors and textures," makeup artist Danielle Vincent used three different products to achieve her warm chocolate lip. First, she applied Proenza Schouler for Lancôme Lip Kajal Pencil in Soft Brown at the base, then topped it off with Lâncome L'Absolu Gloss in 230 and L'Absolu Lacquer in 274.

Elisabeth Moss Emmys
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Taking a page from "Bad Sandy" from Grease, makeup artist Daniel Martin created "tangerine dreams" on Elisabeth Moss using new Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in #777 Ultra Star on the lips and Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in #087 and #837 on the lids. 

Evan Rachel Wood Emmys
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Evan Rachel Wood wore a full face of drugstore makeup courtesy of Burt's Bees and makeup artist Toby Fleischman. Her deep wine lip was created with a $10 shade, Moisturizing Liquid Lipstick in Wine Waters

Her ethereal 'do was created by stylist John D who first created S-shaped finger waves with the GHD Curve Classic iron before pinning the style back into a low chignon, leaving a few face-framing pieces out. He finished the look by attaching seasonal flowers along the bun and misting all over with Tresemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray ($7). 

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