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Pre-Emmy Celebration 2014: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

Selena Gomez, Taylor Schilling and more.
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Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration 2014 beauty looks

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...

Selena Gomez

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

Selena Gomez at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

I love Selena's flowy hair and big, natural brows. Her skin is on the glowy/dewy side, and even though there might be a slight foundation mismatch (the bottom of her face seems lighter), she's just SO pretty.

Taylor Schilling

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

Taylor Schilling at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

This is the best Taylor has ever looked. 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?) 

Lea Michele

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

Lea Michele at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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. Is it just the lighting or does her face not match the back of her neck and shoulder?

Christina Hendricks

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

Christina Hendricks at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

Love the makeup—and as always, her skin—but I will always prefer Christina with her hair down (even if it's a wig!). This gold shadow is super-pretty with the peachy lips and cheeks; the only thing I'd change is adding more brow definition.

Sarah Hyland

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

Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

My first reaction was that Sarah looks pretty here... but then the more I stared at the picture, I started to question the heavy contouring. Does anyone need this much? As a wise commenter recently said: "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

Kerry Washington at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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 we're 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

Sophia Bush at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Ashley Madekwe at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Lena Dunham at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Padma Lakshmi at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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). In gold, it's subtle yet exotic. Well played, Padma!

Ariel Winter

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

Ariel Winter at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

Last time we saw 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 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 Deeley at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

Cat's hair here! It is everything. I take back what I said 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 spray tan?

Julianna Margulies

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

Julianna Margulies at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Michelle Monaghan at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

I raved about Michelle's red lips and shiny hair at the Critics' Choice TV Awards, but I'm not as crazy about this look. I think she lightened her hair, but l preferred the darker auburn with her skin tone—this shade sorta washes her out. I do like the super-natural makeup.

Minnie Driver

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

Minnie Driver at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

I should be careful for what I wish for. All these red carpets, and I was wishing Michelle Dockery 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

Bellamy Young at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Julie Bowen at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

The last time we saw Julie on this blog, it was the Golden Globes and I wasn't a fan. So I'm really pleased with her beauty decisions this time around: a new chin-length wavy bob and fresh, clean makeup. 

Kate Walsh

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

Kate Walsh at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Rachelle Lefevre at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

Rachelle did an amazing job with these 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 Pressly at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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 at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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

Taryn Manning at the 2014 Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Celebration.

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!

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?