It's time to celebrate the changing of the seasons. No, we're not talking about the autumnal equinox, which marks the first day of fall (that's tomorrow, btw). We're talking about the Emmys, which is kind of like the unofficial start of awards show season. After the Emmys, comes the American Music Awards, the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Grammys, and finally, the Academy Awards. (Here at Byrdie, we love awards season, because it provides a platform for makeup artists and celebrities to create some of the most major beauty moments of the entire year).
On this year's Emmys red carpet, we saw a little bit of everything. There were neutral and monochromatic makeup looks, as well as bold and glittery ones. There were short and sleek hairstyles and long and glamorous ones. So without further ado, keep scrolling to see the 22 best beauty looks from the Emmys red carpet. They're all so good.
Right off the bat, we're drooling over Zendaya's auburn hair and radiant skin. Her voluminous red hair, paired with her green corset dress, is giving us some seriously chic Little Mermaid vibes.
Unilever Hair Expert, Ursula Stephen was in charge of creating Zendaya's glamorous hair. "To create Zendaya’s hairstyle, I cleansed and conditioned her hair with Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo ($4) and Intensive Repair Conditioner ($4)," Stephens said in a press release. "After the hair was properly cleansed, I cocktailed the Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Multi-Benefit Hair Milk ($7) and Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Curl Defining Cream ($5) to moisturize her curls. Next, I blow dried her hair with the GHD Air Hair Dryer ($199) and a paddle brush.After blow drying, I took medium sections of hair and created on-base curls using the GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron ($199) for a tight ringlet." After brushing out her curls, she set them wit pins, and misted them with Suave's Firm Control Finishing Hairspray ($3).
As for makeup, Zendaya's makeup artist Sheika Daley used Lancôme products, exclusively. The brand's Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation ($47) in the shade 425 Bisque W was applied all over her skin before the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer ($31) was used over top. As for her diffused eyes, she had the brand's Color Design Eyeshadows ($22) in the shades Amber Allure, Scorching, and Galactic Sapphire.
We want to take a second to slow clap another great hair moment. This time it's Michelle Williams and her old-school platinum blonde bob. There's not a hair out of place. And don't think we didn't notice her petal-pink lipgloss and matching blush, because we did, and we love it.
Eris Baker, of This Is Us, wore what might be the most surprising and unique makeup look from the night. She wore a glittery and holographic lavender eye creation that reminded us of something worn in Euphoria mixed with something worn by a Disney princess.
Jameela Jamil looked stunning with big barrel curls and vibrant vermillion lipstick (the latter of which contrasted nicely with her flowing aquamarine gown).
Brittany Snow was another celebrity who seemed to have received the orange-red lip memo. We like how it accentuates her crystal blue eyes and auburn hair.
Jodie Comer's monochromatic makeup and sleek half-up hairstyle were both subtle and elegant. Even though it wasn't bright or bold, it was still a stand-out look, at least in our humble opinion.
Kim Kardashian-West kept her makeup and hair fairly subtle and paired-back, sticking to her trademark taupe tones. "Since she was wearing an elegant dress we wanted to keep glam soft and classic," her longtime friend and hairstylist, Chris Appleton, said in a press release. ”First I blow dried the hair with the GHD Air Hair Dryer ($199) and a large round brush on medium heat to add shine and seal the cuticle. Next I look small sections of the hair and teased the root to add volume and fullness. I used the GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron ($199) and took large sections of the hair and wrapped around the iron to create soft waves. To finish the look I used a rack comb to gently brush the curls for soft texture."
Actress and Garnier Brand Ambassador Mandy Moore was another celeb who did without bright makeup shades, opting instead for a rosy-brown monochromatic moment. Makeup artist Jenn Streicher was in charge of creating Moore's old-Hollywood look. She used Lorac products exclusively—including the brand's Sheer POREfection Foundation ($35), Color Source Buildable Blush in Technicolor ($23), and the Alter Ego Matte Lipstick in Duchess ($18).
Look closely and you'll see the bright pop shimmery green eyeshadow on Padma Lakshmi's eyelids. We love how she paired the unexpected eyeshadow with a petal pink lip to keep it looking soft and elegant.
Kristin Bell's sleek updo came courtesy of hairstylist Davy Newkirk and Paul Mitchell products. First, he used the brand's Super Skinny Serum ($21) and the Neuro Halo Dryer ($255) to blow dry her hair. After her hair was blown straight, he applied the Hot Off The Press ($18) as a heat protectant, then straightened her hair with the Neuro Smooth Flat Iron ($150). After securing the structured updo, Newkirk ran the INVISIBLEWEAR Air Gel ($22) into the top section of the hair. Finally, Newkirk used the Worked Up Hairspray ($18) to secure the look.
We can't decide what we like more, Viola Davis sporting springy curls on the Emmys red carpet or the fact that she paired said curls with rich berry shade of lipstick. Is it cool if we say both?
We interrupt your scrolling to share Maisie Williams's subtle makeup look, which is all about rosy lipstick and blush, shimmery shadow in the inner corners of her eyes, and fluffy eyebrows. Now say it with us: eyebrow goals.
To make her hair look as voluminous as her brows, hairstylist Ryan Richman used Dove products, namely the Style + Care Volume & Fullness Mouse ($5) on Williams's towel-dried hair, before following up with the brand's Style + Care Compressed Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray ($5) and Between Washes Dry Shampoo Volume & Fullness ($6).
Maisie Williams's former Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner took a subtle and shimmery approach to Emmys hair and makeup. She paired her half-up hairstyle with a nude lip and shimmery pink shadow to make her bright blue-green eyes pop.
Kerry Washington took the Emmys red carpet as an opportunity to debut a brand new look. Let's dissect it, shall we? First, there's the hairstyle, which is slightly reminiscent of styles worn by mid-2000s pop stars (and we mean that in the best way.) Then, there's the makeup, which features a thick cat eyeliner and a glossy pink lip. We're into it.
The Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke, was in high spirits as she posed on the red carpet, wearing her hair in a sleek center part and makeup that was glamorous, yet quite paired-back.
Rachel Brosnahan made the case for pairing your makeup to your outfit. She wore a blue smokey eye that matched her sequined gown almost perfectly. We like the icy silver-blue color on her inner corners. It makes her eye color pop and brings some dimension to her otherwise dark eye makeup.
Her hair was tied back into a high, elegant ponytail by hairstylist Owen Gould for Moroccanoil. Among the products he used were the brand's Volumizing Mousse ($28), Smoothing Lotion ($32), and Texture Clay ($26). The first added volume, the second created a smooth and sleek effect, and the third added piece-y separation in the ends of her hair.
Usually, when someone wears a lip color as perfect as Marisa Tomei's dark pink one, we'd comment on that, but we're currently distracted by her big, fluttery lashes.
Taraji P. Henson looked glowy and radiant on the red carpet, with lots of golden highlighter applied to the high points of her face as well as her chest and decolletage. Her makeup was done by makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, who used Giorgio Armani products, namely the iconic Luminous Silk Foundation ($64), the Neo Nude A-Highlight in shade 11 ($38), and the Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick ($38) in shades 525 and 102.
As for her big and bold lashes, she wore custom strip lashes from KISS, along with a few individual lashes from the Lash Couture DIY Extension Kit ($9).
Joey King was out on the Emmys red carpet providing us with all the short hairstyling inspiration we didn't know we needed. Her relaxed ringlets and glamorous makeup remind us of a modern day (and brunette) Marilyn Monroe.
Hairstylist Dimitri Giannetos started by applying Dove Curl Defining Mousse ($5) throughout her towel-dried hair. Then, he diffused her natural curls, followed up with a few quick twists of a curling iron, and sprayed the Between Washes Styling Milk ($5) throughout for extra hydration and definition. Finally, he sprayed the Compressed Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray ($)5 for staying power.
As for her makeup, artist Allan Avendano used Urban Decay products to create her Audrey Hepburn-inspired look. The star products he used were the brand's Naked Flushed Palette in Strip ($34), Naked Honey Palette ($49), and Perversion Mascara ($24).
Natasha Lyonne complimented her trademark fiery red hair with a matching shade of lipstick. She made the look even more glamorous by wearing long, black lashes courtesy of makeup artist Molly Greenwald, who used Lashify Gossamer Lashes on the actress. "I used C10 short and C12 long lashes along Natasha's lash line for a natural-looking curl," she said in a press release. "At the outer corners of the lashes, I used B12 long lashes—they added all the heft I needed. The end result looked nice and fluffy."
As for her hair, hairstylist Jillian Halouska created the effortless look using OGX products, namely the brand's Smoothing + Shea Sleek Humidity Blocking Hairspray ($9) to set the look, Natural Finish + Aspen Texture Molding Paste ($8) to tame flyaways, and Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Color Protect Oil ($9) to add shine.
Gwyneth Paltrow made an appearance on the Emmys red carpet wearing her hair down in her trademark effortless beach waves that were created by hairstylist Lorenzo Martin. He used multiple colors of Great Lengths Tape-in Hair Extensions to add dimension, depth, and volume to Paltrow's hair.
We'll leave you with this gorgeous photo of Angela Basset, who walked the Emmys red carpet with strong arched brows and kohl-rimmed eyes. Her hairstyle was courtesy of celeb hairstylist Randy Stodghill, who used Ouidad products to create her curly half-up look. "To create Angela’s look for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards we were feeling an homage to big hair of the ’70s," he said in a press release. "Hair was first prepped using the Curl Immersion No-Lather Coconut Cream Cleansing Conditioner ($36), leaving the hair soft and manageable. After brushing out the damp hair I then used Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer ($26). As the hair was still wet, I went through the roots to the ends using Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel ($26), giving me locked-in defined curls! Angela’s hair is scrunched and styled finished with Revive & Shine Rejuvenating Dry Oil Mist ($28), giving moisture and clean sheen.”