Emmys ’11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that I’m just not sure about

2011 Emmy Awards - Minka Kelly

So the Emmys happened. And half of the attendees collaborated to make sure they were all wearing red dresses, apparently. Weird. (Or maybe SMART, because you just know all of those women are going to land on some trend page in every magazine. Can you say guaranteed coverage?)

Anyway, since this is our equivalent of a trend page, we need to cover—as we always do—the best hair and makeup of the night. Overall, it wasn’t a bad showing, although there isn’t anyone that blew me away (aside from Minka Kelly, who I really should talk about more because she is so incredibly gorgeous). Mainly, I liked individual elements of each person’s look—but only a rare few were head-to-cleavage perfection. (Not head-to-toe, see, because we don’t talk about fashion here.) And then there were the four peeps that I just can’t wrap my head around. Maybe you can help me. We’ll start with the top 10:

#10: Gwyneth Paltrow

2011 Emmy Awards Gwyneth Paltrow Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Everyone is talking about her crop-top dress (I loved it… except for the crop-top part), but I would like to talk about her hair and makeup. She looks pretty here. Typical Gwyneth, but pretty. I like the eye makeup especially. Yes, her complexion can look a bit on the red side… but I’m not convinced that mine wouldn’t be the same, so I’m giving it a pass today. She still looks radiant.

#9: Claire Danes

2011 Emmy Awards Claire Danes Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Claire’s hair is like silk here. LOOK AT IT. I want to touch it. I’m obsessed with it. Her makeup, on the other hand,  is a little too strong for my taste—I would’ve loved to see either the eye OR the lip, but not both together. (Not that I’m ruling out a strong eye and lip combo, but it requires a certain person/outfit to pull them off, and I don’t think Claire’s it.) She still looks good though.

#8: Lea Michele

2011 Emmy Awards Lea Michele Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Oh, Lea with your poses. Did you watch the red carpet coverage? She was posing SO hard. Although you’d kind of need to, with that dress and those shoulders—the front view doesn’t do them justice at all. Anyway, I have to give props to the kid for going so low-key with her hair. I love that it’s loose and natural and the perfect counterpoint to the Big Deal dress. As for the makeup, is it just me or is her foundation maybe a tad too heavy?

#7: Kerry Washington

2011 Emmy Awards Kerry Washington Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

I wasn’t sure about Kerry pairing the red lip with the red dress (I don’t think it worked as well as Sofia’s coral situation below), but since we’re only talking about what’s above the neck here, I’m giving her a gold star. Hair is amazing, lips are amazing and the lashes are long but not quite Kardashian-esque. But speaking of the Kardashians—specifically Kim—possibly Kerry has an under-eye concealer issue that’s making that area too light. What do you think?

#6: Sofia Vergara

2011 Emmy Awards Sofia Vergara Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

I love this woman, and I think she just radiates good health. And happiness. Pairing her lipstick to her dress colour was a pretty ballsy move, seeing as it’s thisclose to matchy-matchydom… but I think it totally works here, especially with those green and gold mega-statement earrings to break things up. There is, perhaps, something going on with the eyebrows, but I haven’t quite figured out what it is yet. (I love a full brow, but are these TOO full? Maybe.)

#5: Padma Lakshmi

2011 Emmy Awards Padma Lakshmi Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Yay to Padma for trying something a bit daring: a concentration of gold shadow at the inner corners of the eyes. I kind of love it. Then, just lush lashes, blush and gloss with a loose updo. Radiant, sexy, gorgeous.

#4: Christina Hendricks

2011 Emmy Awards Christina Hendricks Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

You guys know I love me some Christina Hendricks. And I love her makeup here: the hint of silver on the eyelids, the barely-there blush that doesn’t overwhelm her milky complexion, and then the VERY cool lipstick shade that picks up the tones in her hair. The only thing I’m wondering is if she should have cut her hair that short. I think it looked best when it hovered around her collarbone; it was a bit more sexy. (Not that she really needs extra sexy, of course.)

#3: Rashida Jones

2011 Emmy Awards Rashida Jones Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Rashida is another one of my girl crushes, and I couldn’t be more proud of her side-bun execution. Lord knows I struggle with the things (wore one to a wedding this summer, and compared to this it was the puniest, wimpiest side bun in the whole world). Rashida’s is tops, and I like her makeup too. It plays up eyes and lips but somehow doesn’t overwhelm her delicate features. Maybe Claire Danes would like to take some notes.

#2: Katie Holmes

2011 Emmy Awards Katie Holmes Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Katie is on a roll lately. Although I don’t quite love this as much as I did her gorgeous waves at the MTV Music Awards, it is still a very, very good top knot. It has just the right amount of texture and grit to be sexy yet casual—perfect with the clean lines of her dress and subtle makeup. (Somehow it’s almost cooler to be so low-key on a red carpet, no?) For tips on copying this style, check out this vid.

#1: Minka Kelly

2011 Emmy Awards Minka Kelly Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Minka really should be more famous. Not only did she win the genetic lottery with her gorgeous features, but she also knows how to style herself correctly. And taking a nod from the trend Kate Middleton started way back in the spring, she went for a very covered-up lace dress with simple hair and simple makeup. I’m really, REALLY digging this—isn’t it somehow more modern than what Claire Danes or Sofia Vergara is doing? Not that there isn’t room for all sorts of looks, but I’m totally down with the ladylike updo, groomed brows, long lashes and pop of hot pink gloss. The Duchess would approve. (In fact, she should probably steal this from head to toe.)

And now for the maybe pile.

Maybe #1: Dianna Agron

2011 Emmy Awards Dianna Agron Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Beautiful girl. And even with the makeup, she’s stunning. But I think I have a problem with the lip colour (too dead-looking) and the blue eyeshadow (too much with the blue dress).

Maybe #2: Rachael Taylor

2011 Emmy Awards Rachael Taylor Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

I really like this haircut. REALLY like. But there are two other issues. First, the eyebrows. Are they, like, waaaaay too dark? And then the blush. You know it’s a lot when even I find it too much. However, she still looks really good, so I don’t know what it is.

Maybe #3: Nina Dobrev

2011 Emmy Awards Nina Dobrev Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

It’s hard to believe this is the same person we all went gaga for at the Teen Choice Awards. It’s not that she looks bad here, but I think I prefer Nina with more age-appropriate hair and makeup. This is sort of like she’s playing dress-up at being a “lady.”

You will notice that I didn’t include a bunch of stars, including, for example, Kate Winslet (great dress but VERY cakey foundation), Heidi Klum (needs to get her roots done) and Elizabeth Moss (that hairstyle made her look 29 going on 69).

And now I will leave you with easily the most radical look of the night, from none other than Paz De La Huerta—who, you know, I kind of have respect for. The grey lips, the David Lee Roth hair, the weird single curl escaping at the bottom… it’s so bad, it’s good.

2011 Emmy Awards Paz De La Huerta Emmys 11: The top 10 beauty looks (hint: Minka Kelly gets my vote!), plus 3 that Im just not sure about

Now you get to weigh in:

Which Emmy look(s) do you love?
Which ones aren’t your cup of tea?
Anyone I left out that you think needs discussing?

21 Comments

Thomas
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 11:03 am

I must say, I don’t hate Dianna Agron’s look here. I think, in the way that she is so beautiful, the makeup just makes her look more mature to me, especially paired with the hair… Its actually all making me think a bit of Sharon Stone. Onto Gwyneth Paltrow – why are her teeth blue?! I mean really. Its kinda distracting. I don’t particularly like Lea’s look, as you said the foundation is too cakey, and I just can’t really justify having such a plain beauty look when I haven’t seen the dress. Sofia Vergara – having full brows does not mean you can’t shape them AT ALL, it just means you can’t have tadpoles. Please, get this attended to. Christina Hendricks – ugh. Let’s face it, the woman can do no wrong. This Minka Kelly person reminds me very much of Jessica Alba, I think its the natural skin combined with the natural hair that does it for me. As for this Paz De La Huerta person, CLEARLY on the way to the show, she fell off the top of the ugly and hit every branch on the way down. That, or she actually likes looking like some sort of Lady GaGa concept gone wrong.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 9:30 am

I love how you refer to them as “this ___ person…” I don’t know why, but that makes me laugh! Agree with you on all points – maybe I was too nice this time. :-)

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marta
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 11:41 am

I love Gwyneth’s wrinkles, really I do, she looks refreshingly normal – yet stunning. And I like Nina’s hair too, it is so shiny! Paz de la Huerta needs professional help – don’t you want to trim that piece of hair right away?? And grey lips are for the undead…

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Elaine R
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 12:39 pm

My #1 of the night? Jennifer Carpenter!!! omg the hair and the makeup were both fabulous, just subtle enough. And paired with her dress?! (OMG THAT DRESS). But to be fair, she has such a smoking hot bod that any dress would probably look good on her…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 10:37 am

Agree about the dress! Not sure about her hair though… I don’t know about the middle part?

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Elaine R
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 3:08 pm

i agree about the middle part, back on trend with the side part please!

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Jenncharina
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 2:39 pm

Am I seeing a shadow of a moustache on Minka Kelly?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 10:47 am

I went back and looked at the original giant-sized pic and no… just a shadow. I can’t see any hair.

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katie
Tuesday, September 20/2011 at 4:15 pm

I love Christina Hendricks, seriously she’s like my go to for how to look alive while being very pale you know? I love her hair, I think your right it’s less sexy but it’s still gorgeous, it makes me wish that I a) could rock shorter hair and b) wish I was a red head lol :)

Minka looks amazing oh my goodness, I love her hair and her eye look.

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Alyssa
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 1:41 am

Actually, Paz de la Huerta is very stunning (and is cast as a very stunning woman) on boardwalk empire. This look makes me think she is psychotic. As for minka, her hair color and cut is my “life color and cut”. Everytime I deviate from showing her picture to my hairdresser and experimenting…things go terribly wrong. As is the case with my hair right now :( but every time I go back to her color, I get more compliments on my hair than ever before! She definitely knows how to style herself…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 10:48 am

Lucky! I wish I could pull off Minka’s colour. I really like the lighter pieces around the face – they’re sooo subtle.

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Alyssa
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 1:46 am

Oh my god! I just looked up Jennifer carpenter and I totally agree! She looks stunning! Definitely not as pretty of features as minka but same kind of look…natural hair, soft slightly smokey makeup. Perfection. And that dress!

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Elaine R
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 3:08 pm

I wish I could look like her all the time…

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Makeup Morsels
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 1:46 am

Minka Kelly’s eyebrows look AMAZE. They’re full, but not too full, and perfectly shaped *major brow envy right now*

I thought Nina Dobrev could pull off anything, but that look isn’t really her best. I still think she looks pretty as usual, but the ponytail/winged liner look she had on before was much better.

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Alyssa
Thursday, September 22/2011 at 6:24 pm

Yes! Those eyebrows are incredible. Hate her :/

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Melissa
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 1:53 am

I actually loved Dianna Agron’s look… ok the lipstick is not the most exciting but I am seriously digging how she is pulling off the navy blue liner look. I do think it’s more liner than shadow here, since there’s a flick at the end of the eye, don’t you think? And it’s kind of on-trend.

As for Katie Holmes and Padma Lakshmi’s hairstyles, you’re right about how they look casual and gorgeous, but I’m firmly in the camp that awards ceremonies require more effort and formality. I saw a full shot of Padma and that hair ruined what could’ve been a very elegant look… her Armani deserved better than that!

And you’re right spot on with the Sofia Vergara-effect. I just see that woman and I already feel happy! What a smile and what a sense of humor.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 21/2011 at 10:52 am

I’d be ok with Dianna’s eye makeup if it was just liner but I see it on the lids too… just not necessary both with her dress and for her age. I don’t know why she piles on so much makeup for these red carpet events – she doesn’t need it.

I hear you on the messy updos. I’d probably be more inclined to go with a Minka updo than a Katie one if I was going to the Emmys!

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Evelyn
Thursday, September 22/2011 at 7:16 am

Both Rachel and Minka have brushed up their eyebrows and trimmed a straight line off at the top. I see that ‘look’ on a lot of celebs and it’s not a good one – if they have long eyebrow hairs they should just brush them horizontally and set them because the obviously trimmed thing looks very harsh.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 6:16 pm

I see what you mean. I think it may just be the way the trimming was done because I get mine trimmed and they don’t look so obvious.

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Evelyn
Monday, October 10/2011 at 6:26 pm

Yours are gorgeous – you would never know they were trimmed – the celebs who sport the ‘unattractive’ trimmed look must be cutting too close to the roots of the hairs. I would love to see an exclusively eyebrow related post form you, i.e. best and worst celeb eyebrows with tips on how the bad ones could improve theirs and how we can emulate the good ones!!! Love the blog by the way – it is up there with Lisa Eldridge’s on my ‘must check’ website list!!!

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Aly
Thursday, September 22/2011 at 9:13 am

My god can you believe that Minka is 31?? For a 31 year old Hollywood star he skin is more amazing than a lot of 25 year olds!!! WOW, the texture, no wrinkles…and the glow! Plus, I adore her doe eyes. Also, I thought Nina was gorgeous as always, like Minka they have the most beautiful facial features so anything looks good, but yes she looks too mature here. I grew with the ever entertaining Thomas – Sofia’s eyebrows have no shape, they are caterpillars. Also I never liked that Christina H’s boobs are up so high. They are already mountains, she doesn’t need to hoist them up that high!

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