We don’t know about you, but the KeraGirls are always just as interested in what’s above a red-carpet-walker’s shoulders as below them! So, when watching the recent Emmy awards, we were tallying whose hair and makeup impressed the most, instead of which designer gowns merited the biggest applause.
On the Emmy red carpet, the classic updo was given a fresh new take by several young stars. Sarah Hyland of Modern Family paired her youthful, flirty long-skirt and crop-top combo with a sophisticated, donut-styled topknot and dramatic makeup including bold brows and mauve lips. Mom-to-be Hayden Panettiere of Nashville contrasted her glittery gown with natural-looking makeup and a textured updo accented with a slender diamond headband. Homeland starClaire Danes let a few wisps fly loose from her fishtail bun, and set off her filmy scarlet gown with bright red lips and ruby earrings. Jessica Paré of Mad Men wore her black hair in a neat chignon, along with soft lavender eye makeup and pink lipstick, to complement her sparkly black gown. And Taylor Schilling, star of Orange is the New Black, put aside her jail jumpsuit for a beaded nude gown topped off perfectly with a tousled chignon, dusty eyes and soft pink lips.
The must-have cut of the season—the long bob—also made an impression at the Emmys. Julie Bowen of Modern Family wore her lob with one side tucked behind the ear and the other side falling into a tousled texture, and matched her pretty floral dress with navy smokey eyes. Kristin Wiig also wore a messy textured lob, with neutral pink lipstick and smokey eyes to set off her simple white gown. American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson let her startling black-and red dress do most of the talking, by keeping the rest simple: straight, slicked-back hair and understated makeup. And Scandal’s Kerry Washington wore her lob straight and slightly textured, with blue ombre eye shadow and natural lips that contrasted nicely with her orange gown.
The other big look we noticed on Emmy night was unfettered long hair. Julia Roberts rocked a short blue beaded gown by wearing her long blonde highlights in soft waves and keeping her makeup on the understated side. New Voice judgeGwen Stefani channeled Donatella Versace—aka stick-straight platinum strands, dark eyeliner and pronounced lashes, and a silvery, futuristic dress. Zooey Deschanel of The New Girl wore voluminous curls, with pink cheeks and lips to match her stunning pink gown. Redhead Debra Messing sourced her look from the golden days of Hollywood, with sideswept curls and a subtle blue smokey eye to go with her dark blue form-fitted gown. Elementary star Lucy Liu went minimalist, with a heavenly white gown, long flowy tresses and barely-there makeup.