40 of the Best Beauty Looks at the Emmys

Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington and more.
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Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington and more.
40 Emmys beauty looks

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...

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara, Emmy Awards 2014

Sofia Vergara at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington, Emmy Awards 2014

Kerry Washington at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Kerry is wearing: Eyeshadow in Cosmos // Eyeshadow in Forever Platinum // Eyeliner in Twilight Blue // Mascara // Foundation in 11 // Blush in Raisin Glow // Lipstick in Warm Caramel

January Jones

January Jones, Emmy Awards 2014

January Jones at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Lucy Liu, Emmy Awards 2014

Lucy Liu at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer, Emmy Awards 2014

Natalie Dormer at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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 Paré

Jessica Pare, Emmy Awards 2014

Jessica Paré at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Jessica is wearing: Eyeshadow in 537 Quadrille // Eyeshadow in 106 Hésitation // Lipstick in 17 Orchidée

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario, Emmy Awards 2014

Alexanddra Daddario at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Halle Berry

Halle Berry, Emmy Awards 2014

Halle Berry at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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?

Halle is wearing: Eyeshadow in Adventurous // Eyeliner in Sueded Brown // Tinted lip balm in Ingenue // Lip gloss in Sweet Beige

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel, Emmy Awards 2014

Zooey Deschanel at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Allison Williams, Emmy Awards 2014

Allison Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks, Emmy Awards 2014

Christina Hendricks at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco, Emmy Awards 2014

Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Claire Danes

Claire Danes, Emmy Awards 2014

Claire Danes at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Claire is wearing: Lip liner in Rouge Profond // Lipstick in La Flamboyante // Lip gloss in Pirate

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts, Emmy Awards 2014

Julia Roberts at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Julia is wearing: BB cream // Primer // Blush in Nectar Lace // Eye and brow colour in 1, 2 and 5 // Eyeshadow in Golden Frenzy // Mascara // Lipstick in Fleur Impressioniste

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland, Emmy Awards 2014

Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Sarah is wearing: Eyeshadow in Naked // Eyeshadows in Swiss Chocolate, Smut and Bronze // Highlighter in Soft & Gentle // Blush in Style

Kate Mara

Kate Mara, Emmy Awards 2014

Kate Mara at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery, Emmy Awards 2014

Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere, Emmy Awards 2014

Hayden Panettiere at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl, Emmy Awards 2014

Katherine Heigl at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Taylor Schilling

Taylor Schilling, Emmy Awards 2014

Taylor Schilling at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies, Emmy Awards 2014

Julianna Margulies at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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!

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan, Emmy Awards 2014

Michelle Monaghan at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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?

Debra Messing

Debra Messing, Emmy Awards 2014

Debra Messing at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen, Emmy Awards 2014

Julie Bowen at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum, Emmy Awards 2014

Heidi Klum at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy Awards 2014

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch, Emmy Awards 2014

Melissa Rauch at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

'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!

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler, Emmy Awards 2014

Amy Poehler at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Nice one, Amy Poehler. Good call on the beachy hair and subtle smoky eyes. It's nothing crazy, but perfect for her.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy, Emmy Awards 2014

Melissa McCarthy at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig, Emmy Awards 2014

Kristen Wiig at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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 Janney

Allison Janney, Emmy Awards 2014

Allison Janney at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba, Emmy Awards 2014

Uzo Aduba at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

These lashes are waaay over-the-top, and not in a good way (like Solange Knowles at the VMAs).

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman, Emmy Awards 2014

Sarah Silverman at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne, Emmy Awards 2014

Kelly Osbourne

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.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, Emmy Awards 2014

Julianne Hough at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett, Emmy Awards 2014

Angela Bassett at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic, Emmy Awards 2014

Giuliana Rancic at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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!

Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan, Emmy Awards 2014

Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Anna Chlumsky

Anna Chlumsky, Emmy Awards 2014

Anna Chlumsky at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunhan, Emmy Awards 2014

Lena Dunham at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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?