While most eyes were on the gowns at the Emmy Awards, actresses’ makeup was just as important to complete their red-carpet looks. While some of the faces you wouldn’t dare try at home (January Jones’ Halloween-esque eye makeup comes to mind), others can—and should—be easily emulated. Celeb makeup artist Collier Strong, who has painted the faces of Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Christina Applegate, and Kristin Davis, discusses this year’s top three makeup trends and how you can do them yourself.
Trend #1: Bold, Dark Lips
Stars like Kelly Osbourne—who chose dark lips to complement her purple gown and hair—were owning the red carpet with very dark lips that gave sophisticated, yet sexy wow appeal, Strong says. “Colors ranged from burnt reds to dark plums and crimson. Many stars paired the lip with bright cheeks that added a beautiful flush of color.”
DIY: Don’t be afraid to take the plunge with a dark lip. Choose a blue-based red, which will make your smile look whiter, and follow these steps from Strong: Define your lips with a sharp liner and apply a matching lip color using a brush over the top. Fill in the lips using the side of the liner, then use a lip brush to apply the lipstick precisely. (Strong also recommends his clients use a professional whitening treatment, such as Philips Zoom, to make their teeth look their best.)
Trend #2: Classic Looks
Trend #3: Smoky Eye