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Hair and Makeup Inspiration from the 2014 Emmy Awards

BlogFashion Trends | August 28, 2014

While the 2014 Emmy Awards didn’t offer much in the way of surprises, the beauty looks on the red carpet were innovative and interesting.

Here are hair and makeup ideas from the Emmys that are sure to inspire:

Taylor Schilling wearing a rich, red cognac eye color. Kerry Washington with a brilliant blue eye shadow.

Bright Smokey Eyes

Unlike the majority of the winners this year, the vibrant, smokey eye was a fresh, unexpected look.  Taylor Schilling from Orange is the New Black (cough*robbed*cough) pushed this beauty look to the fashion-edge with a rich, red-cognac color.  Kerry Washington made her dark eyes sparkle with a brilliant blue eye shadow. While this look is a bit more labor intensive than the traditional smokey eye (perfect blending is a must), the results look effortlessly chic.  Pair this eye look with a light foundation, a subdued blush, and a nude lipstick.

Tip: A brighter smokey eye look is a great canvas for lashes! Add a fringe of fake-lashes for a dramatic twist on this beauty trend. 

Natalie Dormer and Kate Mara with perfectly tousled waves.

Deconstructed Waves

Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones and Kata Mara from House of Cards personified easy elegance with Deconstructed Waves. This versatile hairstyle looks great with any hair cut, and can look as perfect in the line at the grocery store as it does on the red carpet.

Tip: This look demands a strong, yet flexible hold. Speak to a hair stylist about products that will make your hair look its best.

Adding light and shade in the right places elevates a no-make-up look to a camera ready look.
(Angela Bassett)

Contours and Highlights

It seems that fresh faces were all over the red carpet. Although this makeup look is seemingly simple, it is actually the result of careful contouring and highlighting. Adding light and shade in the right places elevates a no-make-up look to a camera ready, “ I woke up like this” statement. Luckily, Empire’s amazing blogger Lauryn Salzwedel has great tutorials for highlighting and contouring. Check them out!

Tip: For a quick highlighted makeup look, use a bit of champagne eye shadow on the cheekbones, inner corners of eyes, and the brow-bones.

Short textured pixie hairstyles were looking chic and stylish on the Red Carpet.
(Hallie Berry, Kaley Cuoco and Lena Heady)

Rock Star Hair

The night’s short, textured styles are sure to inspire. Event hair can be challenging for cropped hair, but instead of trying to mold the hair to mimic a longer style, these trendsetters opted for a full, messy look.

Tip: For an edgy look, slick one side of the hair back. A little bit of gel gives you the look of a fashion-forward undercut, without the commitment.

Rose Leslie paired an auburn lip with her rich, auburn hair.

Auburn Lips

There is no denying, red lips were everywhere. One look, however, took the bold lipstick trend to the next level.  Rose Leslie from Game Of Thrones paired an auburn lip with her rich, auburn hair. The look manages to be both classic and modern.  Jon Snow may know nothing, but Ygritte sure knows lipstick.

Tip: Adapt this look with your hair’s undertones.  While you may not be able to match your hair, you can pick a lipstick with the same intensity.

Although the awards were predictable (except for the BBC’s Sherlock taking home some statues…YAY Sherlock!), Emmy beauty was unexpected. The hair and makeup looks are sure to be an inspiration for every day beauty and formal trends well into the spring season!

What were your favorite looks of the night? Which show needed more Emmy love? Why wasn’t Peter Dinklage nominated?
Let us know!

Megan Murray

Written by Megan Murray

Megan Murray is an Empire home office employee with a passion for make-up and pop-culture. She has been a contributor to various health and beauty blogs. At any given time, Megan owns at least 12 different shades of green eye shadow.

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