It's true that summer has (almost) officially come to a close and pumpkin spice lattes have formally made their highly anticipated appearance on the menu boards at Starbucks. However, if an increase in pumpkin butter, decrease in daylight, and the overall frenzy of football season doesn't light your fire, perhaps the onset of award season will. And what better way to kick off the season of designer gowns, sky-high heels, and, our personal favorite, mesmerizing beauty looks, than the 2017 Emmys red carpet?
Yes, we eagerly wait to see which of our favorite actresses will take home a gilded statue, but we're far more anxious to catch a glimpse of their pristinely highlighted cheekbones, pigment-saturated lips, and enchantingly styled strands. Thus, in the hours leading up to the show, you can find us curled up on the couch, wine in one hand, pizza in the other, detailing and documenting each and every beauty look. The result? Our 2017 roundup featuring the night's most head-turning looks from the Emmys red carpet.
Keep reading for the beauty looks that our editors couldn't stop talking about.
One of the most anticipated stars to arrive on the red carpet, Issa Rae showed up with flawless skin, a smoky charcoal eye, and a bold, braided updo. According to makeup artist Joanna Simkin, "Issa's Emmys look was inspired by the vibrant red Vera Wang dress she wore. We agreed that we wanted to keep her skin luminous and eyes a soft smolder." Simpkin kept her lip color simple and used CoverGirl Colorlicious Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick in Gelebrity ($8).
Though we could barely keep our eyes off of 13 Reasons Why actress Ajiona Alexus's stellar white jumpsuit, her long flowing waves (mermaid-esque, no?), her pretty pink pout, and her radiant complexion made for a captivating look.
We look forward to Julianne Hough's Emmys red carpet look each and every year. After all, she's always one to experiment. This year, she went with a low ponytail, an ultra-deep side part, and petal-pink lips. Dark, fanned-out lashes added a sultry finishing touch.
To create Hough's textured ponytail (which was secured with a black ribbon for a touch of sophistication), hairstylist Riawna Capri let the star's hair air dry before creating S-shaped waves with a one-inch curling iron, gathering the hair into a low ponytail, and then backcombing using Paul Mitchell's MarulaOil Detangling Brush ($30).
The debut of a brand-new hair color on the red carpet never disappoints, and Sarah Hyland's deep auburn hue, sunset-tinged makeup, and Old Hollywood waves exude endless glamour. Love the gilded inspiration behind her look? The actress worked with makeup artist Allan Avendaño, who used Avon True Color Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Peach Envy ($6) and True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Marvelous Mocha ($6) for the ultimate nude lip look.
Ever the minimalist, Millie Bobby Brown always owns the red carpet. This year, the Stranger Things actress complemented her gown (which gave us major modern-day Cinderella vibes) with glowing, dewy skin, a perfect nude lip, and a barely there eye shadow. The effect: ethereal and poised.
Shailene Woodley's bright blond tendrils framed her glowing complexion, while her eyes smoldered, thanks to a luxe dose of emerald liner.
Taking on one of the season's most notable color trends, actress Gina Rodriguez paired her lush lash line with a striking wash of bright red shadow. Pillowy nude lips kept the focus on her eyes and luminous skin.
For her "sleek and fresh" hairstyle, Kristin Hetkotter used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ($213) and the brand's Convertible Curling Iron ($180) before finishing with L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Clean Style Gel ($8) and a touch of Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold ($11).
To create Lea Michele's Emmy look, makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis wanted to channel "a radiant golden complexion with a soft smoky eye in earthy metallics, reminiscing of Old Hollywood glamour but with the vibrancy of today's youth."
Inglessis turned to the Chanel Palette Essentielle ($60) and Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin-Perfecting Makeup ($50). For virtually poreless skin, she finished with Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Face Primer ($31) on Michele's T-zone.
Previously known and loved for her stint on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black, actress Madeline Brewer is now making media waves thanks to her role on Hulu's buzzy take on The Handmaid's Tale. In addition to proving her acting chops, she's also demonstrated the ability to dish up some serious beauty inspiration à la a bold crimson lip, auburn-hued strands, and a slick center part. Brewer's key to zero frizz? The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($399)—a hairstylist favorite.
Reese Witherspoon (nominated for her outstanding role in Big Little Lies) kept her look polished with smooth, baby blond strands, a crisp center part, and an eye-catching red lip. And just in case you were wondering, it's Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Power Red ($25). For her dewy glow, makeup artist Molly Stern gave her complexion a spritz of the brand's Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist ($19).
RIP, platinum-blond locks—Zoë Kravitz is back to black, and we're obsessed. A subtle cat eye and sculpted cheekbones completed her look by makeup artist Nina Park. To highlight Kravitz's hint-of-peach lips, Park's goal was to elongate the arches of the actress's brow to create glamorous exaggeration. To shape and fill, Park reached for Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown ($30) before brushing up the hairs to create a "natural, boyish feel." For Kravitz's cat eye, she used the brand's Dessin Du Regard Eye Pencil ($30).
Slicked-back strands took over the red carpet, but we're partial to actress Yara Shahidi's take. Instead of smooth and sleek, she showed off her natural texture, and the result was stunning. Precisely winged eyeliner (thanks to Chanel Calligraphie Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner, $35) and a slightly shimmering lip anchored the look and complemented the actress's solid gold, Paige Novick Sans Pavé Sculptural Earrings ($855).
Just like her The Handmaid's Tale castmate Madeline Brewer, Yvonne Strahovski chose a sleek bun paired with a bold center part. Hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein worked with the actress and used the famed Mason Pearson Hair Brush ($150) and Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray ($39) to finish. Bronze accents on the actress's cheekbones, eyes, and lips gave the overall look a dusk-like feel that's on trend for fall. For the full breakdown of Strahovski's (drugstore!) makeup look, click here.
A beautiful berry lip and a flowing, goddess-like ponytail kept Sofía Vergara's Emmys look fresh.
While many actresses hit this year's Emmys red carpet with a nude lip and slicked, wet strands, Mandy Moore (nominated for her role in the NBC smash hit This Is Us) stole the show with her hot-pink pout (courtesy of Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color in French Kiss, $28) and her elegant updo. A side part and fanned-out lashes kept the look demure despite the bold pop of color on her lips.
For the ultimate smoky eye, Laverne Cox's makeup artist, Deja Smith, provides her product play-by-play: "I started by basing the eyelid with the Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42). Next, I rimmed the waterline with the brand's No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner in Black ($22)." To finish, Smith used the It Cosmetics Superhero Liner ($24) to define the upper lash line before coating the actress's top and bottom lashes with a generous coating of mascara.
"For Jessica's hair, I created a sexy, voluminous, '60s-era style with cascading waves, inspired by Valley of the Dolls and Barbarella," says her hairstylist Adir Abergel. After drying, Abergel used a 1.25-inch curling iron to set hair in barrel curls before brushing them out for cool, glamorous waves. For added lift, he backcombed Biel's roots before setting the actress's tresses with Virtue Finale Shaping Spray ($36). To finish, Abergel says he lifted the hair into a half-up style and secured it with pins.
According to Kidman's hairstylist, Kylee Health, this year's aesthetic was very inspired: "The look we created for Nicole was classic with a modern twist. Nicole's dress reminded me of a vintage Barbie doll, so creating a soft, feminine braided style was a no-brainer."
"When Nicole's hair was damp, I applied Living Proof T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler ($26) before drying her hair from front to back in a sweeping side part. Then I added texture to the hair using a curling iron, and once the hair had texture, I created a french braid along the nape of the neck."
To prep Chopra's skin and lips, makeup artist Pati Dubroff used Glossier Priming Moisturizer ($22) and Cherry Balm Dotcom ($12). Then to create a "'30s feverish, greasy, red-plum eye," Dubroff used Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours in Plum and Burnished Bronze ($29) and Rituel de Fille Eye Soot in Vescera ($38) to add a tinge of redness to Priyanka's eyelids. For the ultimate glossy finish, she applied Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone ($22) to enhance Chopra's lids and brow bones.
Natural textures had a serious moment on the Emmys red carpet, and frankly, we couldn't get enough. Gabrielle Union's juxtaposition of voluminous and sleek was one of our favorite hair moments of the entire night. We also couldn't take our eyes off her lashes and peach-toned cheekbones.
Ethereal luminosity has a been an ongoing theme this year, and Kiernan Shipka's poreless complexion is giving us so many feelings. Groomed brows and a shining lip pull the look together effortlessly. To re-create the actress's sleek low ponytail, her hairstylist, Chris Naselli, breaks it down for us. After drying and using a flat iron to smooth your ends, create a deep side part before securing the tail with a clear elastic. Oribe's Gold Lust Nourishing Oil ($55) and Shine Light Reflecting Spray ($39) create unparalleled gloss.
Westworld actress Tessa Thompson pulled out all the stops with bronze and copper gilded lids and a subtle lip that had a touch of earthy warmth. Her blunt, chin-length cut and oiled-down strands kept the overall feel modern and fresh.
Not only does Chrissy Metz have amazing acting chops (we love her on This Is Us), but she also has an impeccable knack for breathtaking hair and makeup moments. Case in point: The perfect shade of teal liner, which highlighted her sparkling blue eyes. And for that lustrous mane? Hairstylist Marc Menna used Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioning Cream ($14).
The master of glamorous androgyny, actress Evan Rachel Wood captured our hearts with a slicked-back hairstyle that highlighted her strawberry-blond strands, her minimally made-up eyes, and her warmed-up mauve lip. Love Wood's hair? See her stylist's entire breakdown here.
"Pink was the harmonizing tone to Elisabeth's makeup, and my approach was to keep her looking ethereal and feminine with washes of delicate pinks on the eyes, translucent subtle pops on the cheeks, and a fresh pink on her lips," says makeup artist Daniel Martin.
Martin used Dior Diorblush Vibrant Color Powder Blush in Lucky Pink ($44), Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in Pink Glow ($56), Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black ($29,) and Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in Miss Satin ($35) to add the last touch of finesse.
Between her flowing curls and lit-from-within skin, actress Sonequa Martin-Green's Emmys aesthetic was everything we crave from a red carpet beauty look. She worked with makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, who broke it down for us:
"To highlight, conceal, and even out Sonequa's skin, I applied Glossier Stretch concealer in Dark ($18)." She then used the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Golden Honey ($39), applying it all over the face and neck with a sponge. For a touch of color on the actress's cheeks, Gonzalez used Nars Blush in Isadora ($30).
The inspiration behind Anna Faris's glowing Emmys makeup look? Her magenta Marc Jacobs gown, of course. "We decided to base her makeup color palette off the wine shade of the dress and went from there, using shades of burgundy, rose, nude and subtle gold," explains makeup artist Jill Cady. Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($44) and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($26) were key players.
One bit of wisdom that we've picked up over the years: Your makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath it. And since actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn't age, who better to take tips from? For her 2017 Emmys look, makeup artist Karen Kawahara prepped Dreyfus's skin with various complexion-perfecting picks from La Prairie. We recommend the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion ($250), which will maximize absorption of any products applied afterward.
We appreciated actress Claire Foy's ode to soft Old Hollywood glamour—a quintessential tribute to her title role in Netflix's The Crown, for which she was nominated. Jillian Halouska styled Foy's chin-length bob by creating and then pinning S-shaped finger waves throughout before setting with Phyto Specific Curl Legend Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel ($28) and Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray ($30). To finish, she softened Foy's strands by brushing through with the T3 Paddle Brush ($25).
On the Emmys red carpet this year, actress Emmy Rossum was a vision of retro-inspired glamour. Plus, makeup artist Jo Baker exclusively used Burt's Bees' (editor-loved) makeup line to create the dream-like look. To enhance Rossum's complexion, Baker applied Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup in Bluff ($17) to create a "matte radiance" to the skin. For the perfect flush, she added Burt's Bees Blush in Shy Pink ($10) to the apples of her cheeks. And for that smoldering smoky eye? Try the brand's Eyeshadow Palette in Dusky Woods ($13).
Previously sporting longer strands, Kristin Cavallari stunned on the red carpet last night with her shoulder-length style all thanks to celebrity hairstylist Riawna Capri. To mimic Cavallari's style, try using hot rollers—Capri reached for T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers Luxe Set ($99) before teasing the roots around the top of Cavallari's head and parting down the center.
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