The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles were nothing short of spectacular. As our favorite actresses accepted their statues (and cracked up at some of the funniest people in the world), we rounded up our favorite hair and makeup looks of the night. Take a peek at the top beauty moments that truly impressed us.
Danes’ fierce fishtail bun was just as complicated as it looked: It took hairstylist Peter Butler three attempts to get it right. To create the perfect shape, he pulled the sides of the braid to make it wider and coiled it in place while Danes was standing up. “It gave me a better idea of what it would look like throughout the night,” said Butler. Well, trust us, it looked good, really good—and so did that fiery shade of red lipstick.
First off, didn’t Washington just have a baby? She didn’t waste any time! And, while her postbaby figure is a thing of amazement, it was her shimmering gray smoky eyes that stole the show. With a hint of blue and fine silver flecks, it might be the prettiest shade of gray eye shadow we’ve ever seen.
One part Greek goddess, one part dominatrix, Margulies nailed it yet again with another gorgeous updo. After piling her hair into a messy French twist, hairstylist Chris McMillan wrapped a piece of black elastic around her head twice, tying it off in a neat knot at the nape of her neck. We’re heading to Joann Fabrics and buying a spool of black elastic, stat.
The Game of Thrones actress shed her bleached blonde wig—and her own dark brown hair—for a shorter, cropped style that showed off her bone structure, killer smile, and graceful, swanlike neckline. And with a hint of black eyeliner and soft pink blush, we don’t think she’s ever looked better.
In the front, Dockery kept to her usual beauty MO of fresh skin and black liner. In the back, the Downton Abbey actress got flashy with the help of hairstylist Mara Roszak, who decorated her classic chignon with a chic (yep, we said chic) gold hair clip. Shaped like a wishbone, the 24-karat-gold hair accessory was created by designer Ana Khouri—and just went on our beauty wish list.
With hair and makeup reminiscent of a Helmut Newton shoot, Caplan looked almost unrecognizable when she first walked down the red carpet. From the architectural chignon to the graphic black eye makeup, we’re totally into Caplan’s sexy new look—and can’t wait to see what’s on deck from the Masters of Sex star.
The head-to-toe nude look that we saw on the fall runways isn’t an easy one to pull off in real life, but Schilling nailed it with her taupe-y makeup, blonde hair, and slinky, cream Zuhair Murad gown. The trick is to intensify one feature (Schilling played up her lids with a soft bronze shade, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa), and keep the textures sheer. A strong, defined brow kept her from looking washed out.
The textured bob was one of the biggest hair trends of the evening, and Mara’s chin-grazing copper version had to be our favorite. That, along with her J. Mendel gown, edgy black liner, glittery gold shadow, and pearly nude lip, made this one of the coolest overall looks of the evening.
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