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The Best Hair and Makeup from the Emmys You Need To See Right Now

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A virtual red carpet didn’t stop celebrities from bringing out the glamour for the 72nd Emmy Awards on Sept, 20. Though it was live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, even the celebs were watching from home, as the venue didn’t have an audience. Those famous faces still brought their A-game for beauty and fashion. Thanks to COVID-19, instead of walking the red carpet, stars showed off their glam over video. Their looks were no less covetable this year, so we got the inside scoop from the best hairstylists and makeup artists in the biz on how you can recreate the best celebrity hair and makeup looks.

Reese Witherspoon

There’s just something about the bright orange-y red lip that Reese Witherspoon is wearing that just catches our eyes. To create the statement lip, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan applied Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson 2 on top of the Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Major. The Little Fires actor paired the bold lip with side-parted, soft vintage waves for a look that’s so effortless and glam, we can’t stop looking. 

Rachel Brosnahan

You can truly never go wrong with a black cat eye, and Rachel Brosnahan shows exactly why it works. The rest of her makeup is quite simple with a flawless base and light pink lipstick. Her tousled waves complete the full subdued look. 


Weeks before the show, Zendaya let us know she’d be dressing up for the virtual event — and she didn’t disappoint. The actor was one of the first to show off her whole look for the night, keeping it classic and cute with a sleek low bun and very soft, neutral makeup. She looks absolutely radiant in this neutral glam look paired with the eggplant-colored gown created by Christopher John Rogers. 

Yvonne Orji

The raised fist shaved into Yvonne Orji’s buzzcut is making as much of a statement as her bold burgundy lip. The fist design, which was created by Atlanta-based barber Mickey West-Potts, serves as a political statement in response to the many incidents of police brutality that have occurred. She has been slaying this short haircut for a few months now, and we are excited to see what other designs she has cut into her hair. 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross created her own red carpet tonight, and she looks absolutely incredible on it in a metallic, green, frilled gown from Alexandre Vauthier. The Black-ish actor’s makeup is simple — except for that violet matte lip. She slicked back her voluminous curls into a bun using products from her hair-care line, Pattern Beauty.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi shows us she can do no wrong in a custom Prada gown and medium-length cornrows. On each side of her head, two tendrils of hair are styled into small loops to decorate her hairline. The actor looks radiant and dewy with her light, natural makeup. 


Jewels are the star of H.E.R’s look tonight. The singer’s curls were slicked back into a long, waist-length braid that was bedazzled to the gods. And, of course, her edges were swooped to perfection.

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