Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration 2014: The Must-See Beauty Looks

Who had the best hair and makeup at this year's Emmy nominees party? Come see!
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Who had the best hair and makeup at this year's Emmy nominees party? Come see!

This year's Emmy Awards are happening tomorrow night—and last night was little pre-party to celebrate all the nominees. Who ruled this decidedly casual red carpet? Let's see...

Taylor Schilling

Taylor Schilling, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

The other Taylor S.—Schilling, not Swift—was the clear winner for me out of all the beauty looks. It's her flawless skin, accented by a baby cat eyes in black liquid liner and that OMG-amazing orange-red lipstick, that do it for me. (Maybe it's one of these celebrity favourite oranges?) I feel like her brows are maybe a little unruly, though, and I'd like to give her my Givenchy brow wax pencil.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

A much cuter showing by Lea this time, compared to her perplexing Teen Choice Awards look the other week. It looks like her bangs got a trim, so you can actually see her eyes now—and the longer pieces on the front are reminding me of Olga Kurylenko's new cut that I recently went gaga over. Is it just the lighting or does her face not match the back of her neck and shoulder?

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Speaking of non-matching foundation... looks like Selena had a rare makeup misstep here! The bottom half of her face is SO light compared to her forehead and neck. I never understand why this happens. Wouldn't you use the same makeup all over the face? Or is this an illumination attempt gone wrong? Otherwise, it could've been great—love the flowy hair and big, natural brows.

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Like the makeup—and as always, her skin!—but I'm not so crazy about the hair. (I'm assuming this is her real hair, not a wig?) The gold on the lids is super-pretty with the peachy lips and cheeks... just not sure about the false lashes and the lack of brow definition. I think I would've preferred a stronger brow and lighter hand on the eyes. (And of course, one of the fabulous wigs in her collection.)

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

My first reaction was that Sarah looks pretty here... but then the more I stared at the picture, I started to question the need for so much contouring and highlighting action. I guess it's not wrong—but it's not exactly an effortless or age-appropriate beauty look either. (Sarah is 23.) As laurad said in the comments: "Probably everyone would look better by just trying to emulate Clémence Poésy all the time." Truth!

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Okay, now here's the other side of effortless... Kerry looks like she needed a tiny bit more effort. I'm down with the glowy skin, but I think she needs a bit of mattification, and perhaps the under-eye concealing/highlighting is a bit too light. We're also used to seeing her with more eye and/or lip definition. If you look closely, you'll notice the tightlining in her lower waterlines, which I think could've been complimented by a bright lipstick—especially since her earrings are so tame. A juicy coral would've been amazing!

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

We've seen a lot of experimental beauty on Sophia lately—like her vampy CFDA Awards look and her Cleopatra eyeliner—but for this event, she kept things simple. The makeup is just fresh skin, lip gloss and lashes; it's the wavy side-swept hair that makes the statement. Not exciting, but very nice.

Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Perhaps we could give her a blotting paper, but otherwise I think Ashley looks like great here. She totally pulls off this sleek hairstyle, and the matte medium lip colour is really working for her. Would love to see her mix it up a bit more, though. Aside from the different part in the hair, this look is pretty much the same as the last time we saw her, at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

So Lena Dunham got a platinum blonde bowl cut. And it's not as bad as I thought after its debut on Instagram. I think the blonde colour is a fun change for her, and the way it's styled here is more like a cute choppy bob instead of the bowl shape, which flatters no one. (If even Milla Jovovich can't make a bowl cut work, there is NO hope for the rest of us.) Notice how she left her brows dark... there's that light hair/dark brow contrast I was talking about again!

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Gosh, Lizzy should wear pink lipstick more often—this shade is so pretty on her! Love her strong, straight brows also. Interesting how she's got a warmer colour around the eyes (plus a thick swipe of black liner), which contrasts with the cool tone of the lips. I think this is a much more modern way to wear makeup, versus doing all warm or all cool.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Ooh, here's another celeb who looks amazing in pink. Padma's is a classic hot pink, which is super-gorge with her skin tone—and so interesting with the gold around her eyes. See how it's dipping down at the tear ducts? That's a runway-inspired trend a few celebs have been experimenting with (like Sophia Bush, and Hailee Steinfeld at the Teen Choice Awards). In gold, it's subtle yet exotic. Well played, Padma!

Ariel Winter

Ariel Winter, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Last time we saw 16-year-old Ariel, it was at the Young Hollywood Awards in a punchy berry lip. Here, she's playing with the rosy brown makeup trend, wearing the tones on both lids and lips. I think this is a prettier version of the makeup Kylie Jenner wore to the Billboard Music Awards; it's just a little bit more pink and therefore more flattering.

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Cat's hair here! It is everything. Maybe I take back what I said before about the brassiness. Here, it doesn't look that way at all— maybe she got a toner put in? Whatever happened, between the colour and the texture it has become the hair of my dreams. I still wonder about her skin tone, though. Too much bronzer, faux tanning or the real thing?

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

I love Julianna's look, but I think cigarette smoking is taking a bit of toll on her skin (she's 48). Otherwise, everything is lovely here: the neon-bright glossy lips, defined lashes, flushed cheeks and centre-parted hair. Very striking!

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

I raved about Michelle's red lips and shiny hair at the Critics' Choice TV Awards, but alas, the beauty lovefest didn't continue here. I think she lightened her hair? I feel the darker auburn was much more complimentary with her skin tone—this shade sorta washes her out. Same goes for the lighter eyebrows. With such natural makeup as well, this look just feels too monotone.

Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Minnie looks like she's having the most fun out of anyone on this red carpet—so she automatically gets beauty points for that. Also love the perfectly applied red lipstick on her. Her hair looks like it's thirsty for some kind of smoothing cream or oil.

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Yikes, I should be careful for what I wish for. All these red carpets, and I was wishing Michelle D. would do something more exciting with her hair. Now she has... and I don't like it. I guess I can't separate her from her Downton Abbey character; this textured style just looks messy and out of place. Fortunately, the makeup is quite nice. Would've been even nicer if her hair was smooth, sleek and off-the-face.

Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

I usually love me some baby hairs, but I think Bellamy has one of those hairlines where it might be better to use the ol' toothbrush 'n hairspray trick. She has such an unusual hairline that I think the sleekness would be more ideal. I also think she'd be more flattered by a lighter hair colour—her brows are so much lighter, and it's just not harmonizing.

Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

The last time we saw Julie on this blog, it was the Golden Globes and it was NOT good. So I'm really pleased with her beauty decisions this time around: a new chin-length wavy bob and fresh, clean makeup. That said, does it seem like there may be a little Botox issue here that's keeping her from making normal expressions? Her mouth looks a little stiff.

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Have I mentioned I loathe layers? Yes, yes I believe I have. So I hope Kate's shorter pieces here are just bangs being grown out and not too-short layers all the way around her head. I dunno, I think I preferred her with bangs. Fantastic makeup, however. Skin looks great and the sparkly-smoky eyes are perfection!

Rachelle Lefevre

Rachelle Lefevre, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Go Canada! Rachelle did an amazing job here for her first Beauty Editor red carpet appearance, with luxe supermodel-esque waves and soft, sexy makeup. I love the eyes especially—they're dramatic, but there's still a real ease about this look, like she's not trying too hard.

Jaime Pressly

Jaime Pressly, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Jaime is so elf-like, no? And one of the minority of people who do suit short haircuts. I still can't help but feel like this look is a bit 1990s—and not in the cool retro revival way we've been talking about. I'd love to see her grow her hair out to an earlobe-length, off-the-face bob (without all those spiky layers) and with more modern makeup.

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Laura Prepon is not hearing us. I get that the unflattering black hair is for OITNB. And that she overtweezed the heck out of her eyebrows sometime after That '70s Show ended. But surely the brows could be filled in to create a bit better shape? And do we have to persist with the cheap-o false lashes and obvious lip liner?

Taryn Manning

Taryn Manning, Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, 2014

Kind of concerned for Taryn Manning after seeing this photo. She looks... unwell. Maybe it's the styling, though. I don't think this blonde hair/dark roots combo is doing her any favours—it completely robs her face of colour. I'd love to see her with something darker, richer and warmer; maybe something in the Michelle Monaghan family. And more colour on her face is needed ASAP!

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