She SAID: Red Carpet to Reality

Shahada Karim

If you’re ever wondering about the next trend in beauty, look no further than the red carpet for an indication of where the next season will take us. Evidence of Autumn/Winter beauty trends were rampant along the red carpet at this  year’s Emmy Awards. Looks ran the gamut from polished to nearly punk, but every result was effortless and flawless. Even the most high maintenance looks didn’t appear so, and are easily translated from red carpet to reality.


emmybeauty4Claire Danes epitomized the idea of soft definition, with lightly lined eyes and a pale pout. The overall look was polished and general unobtrusive, despite eyeliner and false lashes along the top lashline. Her brows were red carpet beauty 7softly defined, and there was hardly evidence of real color on her cheeks.  A satin pale pink pout tied the look together.

This look is easily interpreted with a natural finish foundation like Armani Maestro Fluid Makeup, and a soft cream cheek color from the likes of Bobbi Brown or Clarins. Soft brows, wispy falsies (or a kick ass mascara like Too Faced Better Than Sex) are all pulled together with a pink lipstick like Louboutin’s offering in Bikini.


It’s just so lovely to see Lady Gaga’s actual face these days, without all of the distracting gear emmybeauty2that used to define her signature style. The entertainer showed up on the red carpet looking every bit of Old Hollywood, buffed to icon-style perfection with fluttery lashes, light contour, and a polished pout. red carpet beauty 8

Pulling this look off requires a stronger foundation; think MAC Pro Longwear for coverage and staying power. Contour (and highlight) is visible, but just barely so beneath a distinct peach blusher like Kevyn Aucoin’s Dolline. Ditch the iconic red Hollywood lip, and opt instead for a peach number like Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Satin Peach.


Much like her onscreen television persona Cookie Lyons, Taraji P. Henson’s Emmy looemmybeautyk made a statement the minute she emerged onto the carpet. Smoky eyes, polished contoured skin, and a pale nude lip managed to look no-nonsense and completely glamorous all at once. She even added a bit of a ‘punk’ edge with a dress featuring chain adornments.

Channel your innred carpet beauty 9er Cookie with a strong base like NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. A natural contour from a palette like Cover FX will take care of any desired ‘shaping’ needs. On the eyes, opt for a foolproof shadow like Burberry’s Eye Color Cream in Charcoal. The long wearing formula will not crease or fade, even under the hot gaze of Southern California’s current heatwave. Finish the look with a true nude suited to your actual skin color (not by definition of the word ‘nude’ on the box) like Ardency Inn Lipstick in Sweet Nothing.


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