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It used to be the Oscars that brought out the biggest stars and their head-turning styles. While the show is still ultra-glam, of course, the Emmys red carpet gets bigger and better every year. That’s because TV stars are now just as big as movie stars—and are often actual movie stars, too—and put in just as much effort on the red carpet. We’re talking hours and hours of hair and makeup prep to be on every best-dressed list. So far, the 2019 Emmys beauty looks are already giving us life.
We love when stars take some risks with Euphoria-style makeup and trendy hairstyles but most end up staying pretty safe. Gone are the days of a newly-blonde Cher wearing ombre pants (in 2000) and Sarah Jessica Parker in a pink ballet dress and a half-up hairstyle that same year. Now, stars seem a bit nervous to take risks but this year might turn things around. There’s something happening in fashion and beauty that has people inspired to look more unique and express themselves with makeup and style. This is especially true when it comes to gender.
There was non-binary star Jonathan Van Ness slaying the Creative Arts Emmys red carpet last week wearing a Christian Siriano gown and what looked like a bit of gorgeous makeup. Zendaya recently wore the same suit as Michael B. Jordan and she possibly wore it better, and Sam Smith wore “big white heels and a beat face” to a movie premiere this past week. Things are changing and fashion and beauty trends are changing right along with them.
Below, our favorite looks of the night from glam updos to laid-back styles.
There’s no such thing as too many curls.
The When They See Us and Orange is the New Black actress is a clear standout in her towering high ponytail.
Finally–the Euphoria look I had my fingers crossed for!
The Pose star looks effortless in her free-flowing curls and luminous makeup.
I’ve never seen a more perfect shade of coral lipstick.
Thanks to the TV host’s cat eye and lavender hair, this red carpet is officially not boring.
If ever you needed proof that the classic bob is going nowhere, here it is.
The British actress stands out in a towering top knot.
When you’re done getting lost in the Pose star’s gorgeous eyes (I know I’m not the only one), please get into the pink lipstick that perfectly matches her gown.
Glossy eyelids are tricky to pull off, but this beauty queen has clearly mastered the textured look.
Our Lady J
The Pose writer and producer is giving me Old Hollywood Glam realness with her bouncy curls and red lipstick.
The hint of green shadow on the inner corners of the TV host’s eyes is mesmerizing.
Long locks definitely suit the Game of Thrones star. We bow down.
The Game of Thrones
actress warrior is serving in a wet hair look and classic red lip.
It looks like the Game of Thrones actress has traded in her lavender locks for this chestnut brown hue. We’re not complaining.
The This Is Us star is serving bawdy with this voluminous lob. Slay, Mandy, slay!
The Game of Thrones star is letting her bold, red lip do the talking.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star is smizing like a Top Model contestant in her metallic shadow.
The Emmy winner and TV director is giving me life with this side-swept bob.
Blush eyes. Blush lips. A classic half-up, half-down ‘do. The Game of Thrones star looks like straight-up royalty.
Loving the subtle curl action in Davis’ voluminous afro. It’s perfection.
The Fleabag writer and actress added bouncy curls to her bob.
Taraji P. Henson
The Empire star went for a bob with a wet and wavy finish.
This strawberry blonde shade is flawless.
The actress-turned-TV host is keeping the millennial pink trend alive.
The Pose actress is serving tons of length and body with her side-swept ‘do.
Loving this throwback updo on the singer.
The Act star looks adorable in her grown-out pixie.
Hair pulled back and minimal makeup–what else do you expect from a supermodel?
Meow! This thick cat eye with a ponytail and face-framing bangs is one of our favorites from the star-studded night.
Simple, yet stunning.
The most perfect bob (and platinum blonde) we’ve ever seen.
A sleek low ponytail FTW.
I’ll be thinking about this sparkly turban for a very long time.
The blush paired with the pink gown is everything.
Ariel from The Little Mermaid, but make it fashion.
A classic lob with a hint of waves.