Another night, another awards show! Back to back with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards were the annual Emmy Awards—basically the Oscars of TV. We've got a lot of ground to cover, so get ready to browse all the night's beauty looks below...
There was a long time there when I just couldn't with Sofia Vergara. The eyebrows were so caterpillar-like, the faux tan too intense, the lipstick too frosty. As you can see, the brows haven't changed... so maybe it's ME who has changed. I think I'm ready to accept them, finally—and aren't they better than witchy, skinny, arched brows would be?
Plus, now that she's chosen a much better lipstick colour, everything's changed. Has she even worn red lips before? They are so great on her, especially with the new lighter hair colour. Bold, in-your-face and sexy, and it works.
Sofia is wearing: Lipstick in Ever Red-dy 507
How great does Kerry look here?! There are a few things I'm loving; most of all it's the hair. This Ombré is new, and I think it qualifies as "Sombré"—the new term for "soft Ombré." It's fantastic on her, and especially how it's been styled in this straight but textured look.
Another area of interest are the eyelids. They're navy! Her makeup artist, Carola Gonzalez, described them as "a dynamic blue eye" to match Kerry's clutch and the bottom of her dress.
January got bangs! I think I love them on her (though admittedly I'm on a bang kick lately, so I want everyone to have them). She looks really cute here, and it's definitely a departure from her prim and proper Betty Draper persona... without going as far as that messy multi-tonal braid and WTF eye makeup from a while back. I love the strong red lip and the ear jewellery as well.
January is wearing: Lipstick in 98 Coromandel
Lucy Liu is pretty much ageless (she's 45 now, if you can believe), and she pretty much always gets it right on the red carpet. This look is no exception. I'm so envious of her long, loose, just barely-waved hair. So perfect with the low-key makeup and even the lashes feel right here.
Speaking of great hair, Natalie Dormer's is another example. I'm confused, though. I thought she shaved half of it off? Is it really this bountiful and voluminous that you can't even tell? Whatever her secret is, with all that hair, and her great skin, it makes sense the makeup was pretty natural, focusing on subtle smoky eyes.
Natalie is wearing: Foundation in Creamy Vanilla // Blush in 65 Affinité // Illuminator in Copacabana // Contour in Olympia // Powder in Ivory // Eyeliner in Perversion // Eyeliner in Smog // Eyeshadow in Pose // Mink lashes // Mascara // Lip liner in Naked // Lip stain in Pink Perseverence
Jessica has become one of my red carpet favourites lately—she really seems to nail the whole glam-yet-effortless thing. Of course it was Kate Lee, the queen of subtle enhancement, who did her makeup. We're seeing more and more of this soft burgundy matchiness on lips and lids; Chloë Moretz was another recent example.
Love it all, except I don't think she needed the lashes. Alexandra has such striking eyes and a gorgeous complexion, the bright red matte mouth was surely enough of a statement. I like the ease of her side-swept hairstyle, too.
Alexandra is wearing: Face mist // Moisturizer // Foundation // Powder // Contour // Blush in Frantic Pink // Eyeshadow in Rosy Tan 754 // False lashes // Brow pencil in Chestnut // Lip liner in Red 8C // Lipstick in 8 Iconic Red // Body lotion
Let's talk about how Halle Berry is 48 years old, and looks like this. Good Lord, the woman has great genes. She's not one for red carpet risk-taking, so no surprises here—the only change is that she's added a long, side-swept bang that almost covers one eye. I'm okay with it, I guess... but I think I'd rather see more of her beautiful face. Also, memo to Halle: maybe ease up on the lip liner?
Any time you see Zooey without her signature bangs... well, you don't even know it's Zooey. It looks like the bangs are still there—she's just parted them in the middle—but even so, it makes a huge difference. Aside from that, this curly hairstyle is pretty cute, as is the makeup. It would be better if she didn't have such a sharp line around the edge of her lips, though.
Zooey is wearing: Moisturizer // Concealer (as eyeshadow primer) // Illuminator // Powder // Blush in Love Is The Drug // Eyeshadow in The Dolce Vita // Eyeshadow in The Golden Goddess // Eyeshadow in Champagne Diamonds // Eyeshadow in Dark Pearl // Lip gloss in Ibiza Nights
Allison Williams looks especially glowy here, and look closely—I think it's because of the yellow gold around her blue eyes. I just love this new movement towards lighter, sparklier colours instead of all the heavy smoky techniques we used to see. I'm even okay with the false lashes here, since everything else is really clean (hair scraped back, great brows and nudey lips) and the lashes themselves are quite tasteful.
Allison is wearing: Primer // Foundation in Light-Medium Honey // Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess // Blush in Fearless // Brow pencil in Medium-Tan // Eyeshadow in Ochre // Eyeliner in Golden Beige // Eyeshadow in 88 Abstraction // Eyeshadow in Corcovado // Eyeliner // Mascara // Lip crayon in Lucky // Lipstick in Golden Pink
You know I love Christina, but I'm not down with this new thing she's doing with her hair. Where have the wigs with the bangs gone to?! I think they're much more flattering on her than the styles she's been wearing lately that expose so much forehead. Some people just NEED bangs. She's one of them.
Christina is wearing: Foundation // Concealer // Powder // Blush in Flirt // Illuminating powder // Brow pencil // Eyeshadow in Jetsetter // Eyeliner in Deep Graphite // Eyeliner in Polished Stone // Mascara // Lipstick in Starlet // Lip gloss in Dare Devil
High five to Kaley—how much of an improvement is her new short haircut?! (Answer: a HUGE one.) It looks like she's lightened things up on the makeup front as well. I'm very, very pleased!
Kaley is wearing: Foundation, // Blush and eyeshadow // Eyeshadow in Thunder Cloud // Eyeshadow in Purple Pop // Eyeliner in Jet Set // Mascara in Blackest Black // False lashes // Brow powder // Lipstick in Pop Tart // Lip gloss in Snow Peach
If I were Claire Danes, think I would make a rule for my wardrobe team that all dresses must work with hair down. I just don't love the updos on her. The red lip is kinda nice, though—probably nicer if it were paired with a bouncy blonde blowout.
Wow, Julia is looking amazing right now. I saw her on the cover of September InStyle and assumed it was a lot of re-touching, but she looks just as good here in real life! I love the colour, shape and texture of her hair, and the neutral makeup tones really work for her.
So Sarah is determined to make brown makeup happen. Fine, it's not my favourite, but I think there's a way to do it without being so heavy-handed. Does she really need to have smoky eyes, bold brows, a strong mouth and all the tawny contour under the cheeks? That said... I love her sky-high bun and the fuzzy texture around her hairline.
You guys know I'm one for crisp, blunt ends of a haircut—so these wispy, razored bits at the bottom of Kate's bob aren't my thing. I'm happy she's gone back to a darker colour, though, after that brief flirtation with blonde, as this is so much kinder to her skin tone. Is she wearing bottom lip liner? Hope not. Otherwise, nice job on the makeup, especially the eyes. They're a little bit sparkly and a little bit rock 'n' roll eyes.
Kate is wearing: Eyeshadow in The Rock Chick
This picture isn't doing Michelle justice, because from a front-on angle, I actually think this is one of her best red carpet looks in memory. Her hair is parted down the centre and kept slightly voluminous but smooth, tucked into a low bun at the nape. (Much better than her attempt at edgy at the VMAs.) Filled-in brows, cat eyeliner and a neutral lip complete the look.
A bedazzled skinny hairband and trimmed eyebrow fans are exactly what I expect from Hayden. Not that this is terrible... it's just not the most current of red carpet beauty get-ups.
Hayden is wearing: Primer // Foundation in Buff // Concealer in Light // Eyeshadow in Stay-Put Plum // Eyeshadow in Forever Platinum // Eyeshadow in Stay Golden // Eyeliner in Cosmic Black // Mascara in Carbon Black
Wowza, we haven't seen Katherine Heigl on a red carpet in YEARS. She's looking okay. One thing she might consider is toning down that blonde—while I love a brown eyes-blonde hair contrast, this colour is VERY brassy. And it seems to bring the red out in her skin. I do like her makeup, and always find a dark eyeliner looks best against the same eye colour.
I know Taylor Schilling is having a moment right now, but gosh, I am not into that choice of eyeshadow colour. It's so dark and rusty, it almost looks like a bruise. Everything else is okay here... but just okay. At least she's not wearing cray false lashes!
Taylor is wearing: Foundation in Nude // Concealer // Blush in Pink Glow // Eyeshadow in Platinum mixed with Primer (as highlighter) // Powder // Eyeshadow in Cocoa // Eyeshadow in Cognac // Eyeshadow in Moonlight // Eyeliner in Brown Copper // Mascara in Black // Brow pencil in Soft Brunette // Brow wax in Warm // Lipstick in Sin
Not sure about this headband on Julianna. While she looks amazing with her hair off her face, there's something a bit casual about it—like it's too similar to what I throw on to get my hair up when I wash my face before bed. Lovely makeup though!
What's missing here? I can't quite put my finger on it, because I love the waves in her hair, and the soft makeup with a hit of black tightlining in the waterlines. I think the problem is the brows—they're too light. What say you?
Hmmm, Debra looks quite good here—even though she's got kind of a Botoxed expression, and I prefer more natural-looking brows/lashes. She really suits this vibrant red hair colour, and it looks great tossed over one shoulder, with the swoosh of volume at the front.
Still loving Julie's new chop and its casual styling, although the colour looks super-yellow here. Also wish she'd lose the lashes and lip liner.. and face is looking a tad frozen.
Another celeb, another buttery-yellow hair colour. I think Heidi would look better with a dark blonde, but I suppose this has become her signature now. She's still doing that darn thing with the white liner in her inner lower eyelids. Why, Heidi, why?? I swear, that makeup trick belongs back in the '00s with under-the-brow highlighting.
It's too bad Julia has such a pained expression here, because I thought she looked fantastic at this awards show. Hair, makeup, dress, everything. (Just as a reminder, look at the the Critics' Choice Awards to see how far she's come.) Love the flippy ends of her hair, the soft eyelid definition and flushed cheeks.
'Kay, I think I've finally reached my breaking point with Melissa Rauch. She is adorb, but I feel like I've seen these prom-looking updos with the rounded bangs countless times before. I want to know—does she ever wear her bangs flat? Might that be a bit more modern? Also, she could have loads more fun with her makeup (starting with losing those lashes). Great raw materials here, shame they are going to waste!
Nice one, Amy Poehler. Good call on the beachy hair and subtle smoky eyes. It's nothing crazy, but perfect for her.
Love you, Melissa McCarthy! See how the false lashes actually work her? They really open up her eyes. As for the hair, I'm thinking more of a side part would be nice on her.
No, Kristen. I don't think the blonde hair and spray tan are a good idea... and don't even get me started on these greyish-looking roots. I think she looked much prettier as a brunette rocking her normal skin tone (see: Oscars 2012). And it looks like she took a cue from Taylor Schilling on the eye makeup.
Allison has amazing hair (and an amazing body—did you see her tiny waist?!). Just not sure about these smoky eyes here. They feel a bit too sooty.
These lashes are waaay over-the-top, and not in a good way (like Solange Knowles at the VMAs).
Aside from wanting to give her a few drops of hair-smoothing serum, I like Sarah's look here. Great brows, natural lashes, rosy cheeks and a stained berry lip.
Well, it's not my taste, but I have to admit that Kelly's doing a fab execution of this purple mohawk. The makeup is spot-on for it: strong brows, graphic eyes and matte pink on lips and cheeks.
So great! I like this side-parted hairstyle on Julianne much better than the shaggy 'do she sported at the VMAs. She's got that flirty wave at the front, and then the other side is tucked behind one ear—a great interpretation of a side-swept hairstyle for shorter hair. Love her makeup, too. Seems she's not going so strong on the brows these days, and she wisely skipped false lashes. Très cute.
Amazing hair and amazing brows on Angela Bassett. (Not so amazing duck face, but oh well.) By the way, you'll never guess her age. It's 56! Insanity.
Oh wow, let's give Giuliana a round of applause. The last time we saw her, at the Met Ball, the makeup was NOT okay. (Bottom false eyelashes, anyone? Shudder.) But now, she's gone blonde and completely lightened up her makeup! It washes her out a bit, but I'm not totally against this colour for her, and that nude lip colour is fantastic. The most improved celeb on this red carpet for sure!
Sooo pretty! This might be the Lizzy look I like best so far, a sleek low bun and smoky charcoal eyes. But why isn't her eyeshadow blended better? It seems to stop abruptly above the outer crease, instead of diffusing out.
You know what? I like this. Some might find the super-sleek hair unflattering for Anna, but I find myself admiring her confidence (and the fab earrings). Her makeup is bang on, as well: delicately shaded eyes with a sheer perfected skin finish, flushed cheeks and natural lips.
I said Lena's hair wasn't too bad at the pre-Emmy nominees celebration, but now I feel like taking that all back. Here, worn all the way forward, she's got a major case of mushroom head. Lena, please rethink this ASAP. The makeup is equally worrisome. I get that she's not the typical diffused smoky eye customer, but the graphic liner probably would've worked better without so much colour on the lips and cheeks. Right now, it looks like a kid playing dress-up with mommy's makeup.
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?