Just as with all awards shows, this year’s Emmy Awards were full of beautiful, wonderful and ridiculous looks. As per usual, there was a whole lot of side swept hair, soft curls and sleek updos. Actors’ makeup ranged from sexy to glamorous to entirely too overwhelming, so let’s take a look at some of the best and worst ones, shall we?
I loved Kelly Osbourne‘s defined brow and lovely red lip that coordinated wonderfully with her dress and earrings. Her skin glowed beautifully, too.
Besides looking wonderful in general, Morena Baccarin‘s makeup was spot on.
At 13, Kiernan Shipka isn’t expected to be wearing a whole lot of makeup regardless, but there’s just a cute hint of pink blush and tinted lip balm that work so wonderfully with her outfit. I think I’m adding this to the “best” list primarily because it accompanied her outfit perfectly and was understated in the best possible way.
Mayim Bialik isn’t somebody usually spotted on “best dressed” lists (not because she’s not great, but because she tends to play it safe), but I think her whole look was great.
I’ve been such a big fan of Alfre Woodard since she was awesome on Desperate Housewives, and I loved her neutral look. A glowing, dewy complexion plus sheer berry lip color was a win.
I loved Claire Danes‘ neat hair, but the red lipstick was so excellent, particularly because she left her eyes nearly bare sans a hint of sparkle.
The hair was a little “eh,” but Anna Gunn‘s makeup was so fresh and pretty.
I loved Sarah Hyland‘s dress, but the makeup was just too harsh.
I normally like bursts of color, but Emily Deschanel‘s shiny opaque fuchsia lip color was awful.
Taylor Schilling‘s hair was lovely, but the makeup was dated and overdone.
January Jones‘ makeup was a nightmare. And you know it’s sad when your imaginary TV daughter has infinitely better style than you.
All hatred of The Big Bang Theory aside, I just couldn’t hand the ridiculous eyeshadow Kaley Cuoco wore. Her dress? Incredibly pretty. Her “I just learned what a smoky eye is” makeup? And then they added a pale pink lipstick? Eh, no thanks.
Now, how about hair? (As well as the ultimate worst and best beauty!)
Kristen Connolly‘s perfectly styled bob was one of my favorite looks all night.
The color and smoothness of Carrie Preston‘s hair = wonderful. Sure, it was the same “Old Hollywood glam” hair put over one shoulder that everyone does, but she did it very, very well.
I love the smooth, clean look Michelle Dockery went with; she’s quickly becoming one of my favorite red carpet people. Plus, her eyebrows were exquisite.
Jessica Lange‘s hair had just the right amount of body and movement to look beautiful without being overdone.
I admittedly hated Zooey Deschanel‘s lipstick, but I loved her cute teased waves.
Ireland Baldwin is usually so lovely, but her hair looked was wispy and over the place.
Congrats to Betsy Brandt and all of Breaking Bad, but good gracious, that pompadour.
Oh, Amanda Peet. When did you start coming around again?
While I am weirdly biased toward Malin Akerman usually (I feel like they wrote her part poorly for the movie version of The Watchmen), I just dislike this weird poofed-up, poorly teased updo so much.
Jessica Pare is a very pretty girl, but this hairstyle is all over the place and doesn’t feel red carpet ready.
Oh Mindy Kaling, I think you are the most wonderful, but this hair reminds me of the “ultimate prom hairdo” I would’ve cut out from a magazine at age 12.
The “I Don’t Know How To Feel About Your Face” Awards:
Is Elisabeth Moss‘ orange-toned makeup was the right amount of pretty or just too much color?
I cannot determine whether I think Lily Rabe‘s deep wine-colored lipstick is wonderfully dramatic or totally washes her out.
Best of the Best:
It was a tie between Miss Kerry Washington (because of course it was) and…
Christina Hendricks! Both women looked incredible, coordinated hair and makeup with their individual outfits perfectly, and had wonderful smiles on. I know it sounds corny, but good gracious, it’s just so true.
I mean really.
Worst of the Worst:
Well, at least somebody from Girls won something last night, right? Hyuck hyuck. Yeah, but really: Lena Dunham, what on Earth were you thinking with this? It’s like somebody brought you to a MAC counter and told the newest makeup artist there that you want to look like Courtney Love had a baby with Hot Topic.
Who do you think was worst and best in the bunch?
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