Emmys 2019: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup on the Red Carpet

Michelle Williams, Emilia Clarke and more.
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Emmys 2019 beauty

The Emmys are like the Oscars of television—which means pulling out all the stops when it comes to red carpet beauty!

At this year's ceremony, there was plenty of old Hollywood glam, but the most inspired celebs gave it their own edgy spin.

Keep scrolling to see the best hair and makeup of the night.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams Emmy Awards 2019

Michelle Williams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Michelle Williams Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Michelle Williams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Talk about GLOWING. Michelle's flawless skin, subtle makeup and wavy platinum bob added up to one of my favourite looks on her, ever. Her lips and cheeks have the sheerest "you, only better" hint of colour, and I love the subtle swipe of metallic taupe underneath each eye.

Michelle is wearing: Face mist • Moisturizer • Foundation in Porcelain • Blush in Gladiola • Eyeshadow in Rhinoceros • Brow pencil in Light Taupe • Lipstick in Tamboti

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke Emmy Awards 2019

Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Emilia Clarke Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Last time we saw her at an awards show, Emilia had a short bob. Now, with a little help from extensions, her hair is grazing her waist! It looks sleek and modern with her bold brows, peachy lipstick and all-around understated makeup.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil Emmy Awards 2019

Jameela Jamil at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Jameela Jamil Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Jameela Jamil at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Jameela went with the same bright lips, cat eyes and bangs that she rocked earlier this year at the Grammys, only swapping out the red lipstick for an orange. Could her skin be any smoother and more flawless? (And is she freeing the nipple? It happens!)

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts Emmy Awards 2019

Naomi Watts at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Naomi Watts Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Naomi Watts at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Yet another blonde bob on this red carpet was Naomi's. The face-framing wave, blunt ends and asymmetrical cut are SO chic. Classic red lipstick and strong brows complete the look.

Naomi is wearing: Foundation in 30 BeigeEyeshadow in Blurry MauveLipstick in True Red

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore Emmy Awards 2019

Mandy Moore at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Mandy Moore Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Mandy Moore at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Mandy paired her colour-blocked pink and red dress with big waves and neutral makeup. She pulls off the brown smoky eyes and nude lips, but this would look A LOT fresher with a lighter touch overall (more glow, less contour!). 

Mandy is wearing: Eyeshadow

Zendaya

Zendaya Emmy Awards 2019

Zendaya at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Zendaya Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Zendaya at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

With her auburn hair and vintage waves, Zendaya is serving up major Jessica Rabbit vibes. (I love this hair colour with her skin tone!) Makeup-wise, she stuck with her usual golden neutral eyes, long lashes and clear glossy lips.

Zendaya is wearing: MoisturizerPrimer • Foundation in 425 Bisque W • Foundation in 435 Bisque W • Concealer in 370 W Bisque • Powder in Translucent • Eyeshadow in Amber Velour, Scorching, Opulent Onyx and Galactic Sapphire • Liquid liner • Brow pencil in Auburn • Brow pencil in Chestnut • Brow gel in Transparent • Lip gloss in Sweet Glow

Amy Adams

Amy Adams Emmy Awards 2019

Amy Adams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Amy Adams Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Amy Adams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

We rarely see bold colour on Amy—here, she did a classic cat eye with softly flushed cheeks and sheer berry gloss. I love that she jazzed up this look with a pair of oversized hoops. But the best part is her fishtail braid at the back!

Amy is wearing: Lipstick in Mulberry Mist

Julia Garner

Julia Garner Emmy Awards 2019

Julia Garner at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Julia Garner Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Julia Garner at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

From her bright purple gown to the metallic makeup, nothing about Julia's look is boring. The eyeshadow application is mesmerizing, and her skin looks flawless, but it's the unusual lip colour that really takes this to the next level. In a way, I find the makeup is too sophisticated for the dress!

Julia is wearing: MoisturizerEye cream • Face mistFoundation in 12 Beige RoséConcealer in 10 BeigeBronzerPowder in 20 ClairBlush in Alezane • Highlighter in Rosy GoldEyeshadow in Lueurs Ambrees • Eyeliner in Brun AgapéMascara in Noir • Brow pencil in Blond Tendre • Lip balm • Lip liner in Beige Innocent • Lipstick in Metallic Bronze

Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Emmanuel Emmy Awards 2019

Nathalie Emmanuel at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Nathalie Emmanuel Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Nathalie Emmanuel at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Nathalie always loves a red lip, and this time went for the boldest, most opaque and matte shade possible. It looks modern worn with slicked, half-back curls, lots of bare skin and her signature nose ring.

Nathalie is wearing: Lipstick in True Red and Rouge Noir

Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner Emmy Awards 2019

Sophie Turner at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Sophie Turner Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Sophie Turner at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Sophie played it safe in pastels, emphasizing her eyes with a pinky-taupe shadow and her lips with a creamy peach lipstick. I love the chunky lashes and dusting of glitter, but I can't help but miss her in bolder looks like this one.

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps Emmy Awards 2019

Busy Philipps at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Busy Philipps Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Busy Philipps at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Busy confirmed in her Instagram stories that she's not wearing any skin makeup here—just sheer washes of pink on her lids, lips and cheeks. (And hair!) A little mascara and dark, straight brows help to frame her face.

Busy is wearing: Blush in 8th Muse

Jodie Comer

Jodie Comer Emmy Awards 2019

Jodie Comer at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Jodie Comer Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Jodie Comer at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Jodie had my favourite half-up hairstyle of the night, with a little volume on top and gorgeous tone-on-tone highlights. Like Mandy Moore, she went with smoky eyes and nude lips, but these look a little subtler and more lived-in. 

Jodie is wearing: Foundation in 22 Beige Rosé • Lipstick in Beige Naturel

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell Emmy Awards 2019

Kristen Bell at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Kristen Bell Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Kristen Bell at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

An off-the-face updo was the right choice for this intricately beaded gown, and I love that Kristen picked up the lavender shade in her eyeshadow. It's just that the harsh edges of her lipstick seem to age her a bit. 

Kristen is wearing: Lipstick in 325 Ultra Tender

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan Emmy Awards 2019

Rachel Brosnahan at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Rachel Brosnahan Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Rachel Brosnahan at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Speaking of amazing skin, Rachel has the most flawless canvas for this creative eyeshadow look—a light blue that diffuses from the inner corners into a darker shade at the outer edges. I also love the texture of her brows, and the soft lip stain.

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams Emmy Awards 2019

Maisie Williams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Maisie Williams Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Maisie Williams at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Maisie looks like an actual doll in this bob with short, choppy bangs. I actually really like how it draws your attention to her eyes and shows off her full brows. It's also nice to see un-enhanced lips, in a pretty rosy shade!

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington Emmy Awards 2019

Kerry Washington at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Kerry Washington Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Kerry Washington at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Okay, I like the general idea here of a ponytail with bangs, plus cat eyes and lip gloss. (The latter is a great cool-toned pink!) But Kerry's hair looks messy, and the eye makeup is really heavy. It doesn't help that her outfit seems too casual for this event.

Kerry is wearing: Moisturizer • Foundation in CocoaConcealer in Deep • Blush in Captivating • Liquid liner in Jet Black • Eyeliner in Jet Black • Mascara in BlackBrow pencil in BrownLip balm •  Lip gloss in Radiant Rose

Joey King

Joey King Emmy Awards 2019

Joey King at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Joey King Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Joey King at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

After being shaved off last year, Joey's hair is growing out, and you've got to hand it to her for rocking her natural curls (even if they are a little piecey). I like the delicate makeup and how she's mixing warm and cool shades, but I'm not sure it all comes together with the dress.

Joey is wearing: Foundation in 20CP • Concealer in 20CPPowderIlluminator • Blush/bronzer in Strip • Eyeshadow in Naked Honey • Liquid liner • Mascara • Brow primer in Brunette Betty • Brow pencil in Café Kitty • Lip liner in Stark Naked • Lipstick in Sheer Liar • Lip gloss in Rapture

Halsey

Halsey Emmy Awards 2019

Halsey at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Halsey Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Halsey at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Halsey traded in her rainbow roots and orange blush for a romantic curly updo and pretty makeup. This matte berry lip is so good. I just find the overall styling dated, and her hair colour is too dark, solid and obviously dyed-looking.

Halsey is wearing: PrimerFoundation • Bronzer • Highlighter • Eyeshadow in Modern Dreamer (on cheeks) • Lipstick in Copenhagen

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Emmy Awards 2019

Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Kim Kardashian Emmy Awards 2019

Close-up of Kim Kardashian at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

Sometimes, Kim surprises us with wet hair or an updo, but here, it wasn't to be. Super-long hair, contoured skin, nude lips and smoky eyes—basically the same thing she's been doing since when, 2011? 

Kim is wearing: MoisturizerEye creamFace mist • Primer • Concealer in 7 • Contour in Medium II and Dark I • Eyeshadow in Coco Bean, Kintsugi and Harlow • Eyeliner in Black • Lip liner in 1.5 and 2.0 • Lipstick in 90's Glam and 90's Supermodel

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?

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