Major hair, makeup, and nail inspiration ahead.
It’s Hollywood’s big night celebrating excellence in television.
After being postponed due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the Emmys returned on January 15, and the red carpet was back with a vengeance. While TV’s brightest stars laid the glamour on thick on the fashion front, there were countless standout moments on the beauty front.
After all, TV’s biggest night has seen many iconic hair and makeup moments throughout the decades. Think: Barbra Streisand’s winning an award for her first TV special, My Name Is Barbra, with a mod pixie cut and graphic eyeliner in 1965 or Zendaya taking home an Emmy statuette for Euphoria with a swept-back bouffant and rose lip in 2022.
Tonight, the most talked-about beauty moments fell into two camps: Simple elegance and bold statement-maker. In the former, it was no surprise to see Claire Danes looking as timeless as ever with an S-waved bob and soft pink lip. Meanwhile, for Selena Gomez and Simona Tabasco, it was all about taking a bold lip to the extreme, sporting a deep oxblood and ultra-bright fuchsia, respectively. But perhaps the biggest statement of all? Ali Wong’s indigo smoky eyes framed by her signature frames.
Below, scroll through all the best beauty looks from the 2024 Emmys.
Nodding to her grandmother Priscilla Presley’s iconic beauty, Riley Keough wore a teased, bow-tied half-up and charcoal eyeshadow punctuated by feline flicks. “I wanted to keep her makeup pretty and soft with a smudge along the eyes to pair with her ’60s hair,” says makeup artist Mai Quynh, who used Chanel’s Ombre Première Libre Loose Eyeshadow Intense, Longwear Colour in Mûrier Noir to create the eye look.
Ali Wong brought the drama! The Beef star wore translucent cat-eye frames with a set of denim-inspired smoky eyes. Her makeup artist, Daniel Martin, used Diorshow 5 Couleurs Couture 5 in #279 Denim for the bold eye moment. Meanwhile, her hairstylist, Clayton Hawkins, gave her a set of side-swept Old Hollywood waves using ghd’s Curve Soft Curl iron.
Always one for a vivid dose of color, Padma Lakshmi wore neon-bright pink lips painted on by her makeup artist, William Scott. The former Top Chef host also wore matching fuchsia eyeliner along her waterlines. As for her glow, Scott used Delavie Sciences' Aeonia Age Defying Serum for a dose of dewy hydration.
Yellowjackets star Sophie Nélisse served up a sultry eye statement with her gaze smoked out in a burnt copper shadow by makeup artist Lilly Keys. A sleek updo and muted coral lip finished the look.
To craft Issa Rae's look for the night, makeup artist Joanna Simkin drew inspiration from the classic glamour of Diana Ross and Diahann Carroll. Full falsies and Chanel's Ombre Première Laque Longwear Liquid Eyeshadow in Rayon were used for her gilded gaze. A plume-embellished updo helped Rae maximize the glamour.
Channeling Old Hollywood glamour, Claire Danes wore her golden blonde bob in shiny S-waves with a fresh glow and soft pink lip.
Lancôme’s new global ambassador, Joy Sunday, glowed with a juicy berry lip, voluminous lashes, and graphic strokes of white eyeliner, courtesy of her makeup artist, Sheika Daley. Want to recreate her luminous lip? First, apply Lancôme L'Absolu Intimate Soft Matte Lipstick in cool berry brown 440 Got Me Blushing to the center of the lips and blend outward. Then, add a swipe of Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in 01 Pure for a vinyl finish.
Prey star Amber Midthunder wore a sleek, stunningly embellished braided updo with bronzed lids and a mauve lip.
The White Lotus star Simona Tabasco echoed the high-octane colors of her floral Marni dress with a bright fuchsia lip.
Playing off the deep crimson stone in her sparkling necklace, Selena Gomez wore a matte oxblood lip. She framed her pout with a romantic side-swept updo.
Jasmin Savoy Brown
Jasmin Savoy Brown accented her slicked updo with a soft kiss curl for a retro touch. Glittering pink shadow, draped cheeks, and glossed lips furthered the glamour.
Wednesday's Jenna Ortega layered lob showed off her soft smoky eyes and a cool nude lip, painted on by makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis using Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in #976 Daisy Plum.
A set of jet-black cat eyes and an embellished headband punctuated The Underground Railroad star Mychal-Bella Bowman's beauty look.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Leave it to Tracee Ellis Ross to serve up a timeless beauty combination: red lips and a voluminous ponytail.
Makeup artist Kate Lee gave Ellen Pompeo a rosy glow as if she'd just "just returned from a morning walk." For that "flushed, pink cheek," the pro used a gorgeous combination of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Winter Glow Blush in Rose Polaire and Mauve Glacé, layering gradually to build up the color.
Supplying a lesson in color coordination, Rachel Brosnahan matched a wash of burgundy eyeshadow to her corseted Versace dress.
Tiny Beautiful Thing's Kathryn Hahn received a radiant glow from makeup artist Fiona Stiles to complement her raspberry lip. The pro used Yon-Ka Paris Creme 28 Hydratant Douceur moisturizer and a medley of Addiction Tokyo The Glow Sticks blended on the high points of the face for luminosity.
From her dark berry lip to her wispy, French-girl bouffant half-up crafted by hairstylist Mark Townsend using Olaplex products, Audrey Plaza was the epitome of chic.
A bombshell beauty, Niecy Nash-Betts paired soft, brushed-out curls with razor-sharp cat eyes and a dusty rose lip.
Taraji P. Henson
A vision in monochrome, Taraji P. Henson played off the plummy hue of her dress with draped blush and lids smoked out in a harmonizing shade.
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