The Most Head-Turning 2020 Emmys Beauty Looks—Red Carpet Not Necessary

Your virtual red carpet to all things beauty.

Yvonne Orji

 Yvonne Orji

Like many awards shows in the past year, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards skipped the red carpet embraced going virtual. What does that mean for the breathtaking beauty looks we look forward to from the biggest night in television? More freedom for the stars to do beauty their way—bathrobe couture, DIY beauty prep, and lots of selfies.

We've scoured social media to bring you the best of the best of the best makeup and hair to sweep the first-ever virtual Emmys.

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  • Lancôme Ambassadress Zendaya wore a full face of the brand for her first Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Euphoria. We can't get over this simplistic glam created by makeup artist Sheika Daley. Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in 06 Shimmer ($20) was applied to lips for a high-shine, nude toned frosted finish.
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Julia Garner

There are so many elements to pick apart from the Ozark star's glam by celebrity makeup artist Stoj, but if we have to pick one, we're going with the brows. Stoj used Chanel's Boy de Chanel Eyebrow Pencil ($40) in Light Brown to this beautiful bushy brow.

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Yara Shahidi

These braids by Fesa Nu breathe new life into award show cornrows.

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Kerry Washington

A sultry side-part and perfectly winged liner? It's a yes for us. Side note: The star used Kim Kimble products to get that bounce in her bob.

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Octavia Spencer

Hairstylist David Stanwell achieved this full-bounce soft wave look on Octavia by going section by section with a curling iron, curling hair away from face. He applied SH-RD Nutra Therapy Shine Serum ($25) through the curls to give a gloss. The serum smooths down the cuticle of the hair keeping the curls defined and relaxed removing unwanted frizz or fly-aways. You're welcome.

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Rachel Brosnahan

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" actress looked, well, marvelous. Hairstylist Owen Gould used two key Dove products to get the look:  Dove Style+Care Compressed Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray ($5) and Dove Care Between Washes Brunette Dry Shampoo ($5). The final look was every brunette's dream hair.

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Reese Witherspoon

"The Morning Show" star celebrated Emmys night on her lawn with tossled hair and a classic red lip. Her MUA Kelsey Deenihan used two Pat McGrath Labs products to create this lip: MatteTrance lipstick in Elson 2 ($38) and Permagel Ultra lip pencil in Major ($28).

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Yvonne Orji

The "Insecure" star made an appointment with barber Mickey West-Potts to get the Black power etched into the side of her cropped do'. "Had fun hooking my girl @yvonneorji with this design ...she looks amazing for the #Emmys2020," wrote West-Potts on Instagram.

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Laverne Cox

Celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright is responsible for this elite top knot to grace the Laverne Cox's head. It's the bangs for us.

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The sleek pony braid that H.E.R. donned for her Emmys performance was heavy on the razzle-dazzle and baby hairs. We're obsessed.

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Robin Thede

Robin Thede's nude lip and subtle eye shimmer let her cascading coif shine.

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Rocsi Diaz

The former 106 & Park host wowed us from home with this bronzed goddess look featuring a flawless middle part.

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Regina King

Being the woman of the night to watch ("Watchmen" had the most nominations this Emmy season), Regina slayed in soft tendrils and a fierce eye for the virtual event. Her MUA Tym Buacharern used Shiseido's Essentialist Eye Palette ($34) in both Hanatsubaki Street Night #06 and Cat Street Pop #07.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee styled her own hair using her own Pattern Beauty products and finished off her look with a Covid-friendly mask.

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