The 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards returned to full capacity for the first time in three years after going virtual in 2020 and being scaled way back in 2021 due to Covid concerns. The biggest A-list stars of the small screen walked the red (actually, it was gold) carpet to celebrate television’s best while wearing the most elegant couture straight from the runways.
When it comes to the fashion on this year’s Emmy red carpet, sequins, ornate beading, updated old Hollywood glamour, strategic cut-outs, and the continued reign of Barbiecore pink were just a few of the standout trends.
As for the hair trends, copper-colored hair, blunt bobs, blinged-out accessories, loose waves, voluminous updos, and modernized takes on old Hollywood icons ruled the carpet.
The 1990s continue to influence makeup trends as seen on the many celebrities wearing neutral, glossy lips in varying shades of mauve, pink, and brown. Bronze smokey eyes, glowing dewy skin, soft glam, cat eyeliner, and monochromatic makeup were also popular.
Let’s dive into some of the most memorable hair and makeup looks from the 2022 Emmy Awards red carpet.
Youngest ever two-time Emmy winner for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and reigning queen of the red carpet, Zendaya never disappoints. She arrived in a newly copper-colored, half up, half down ‘do inspired by Grace Kelly. Hairstylist Tony Medina added extensions to the Euphoria star’s tresses and used products from Tangle Teezer and Aunt Jackie’s to style her voluminous mane, securing it with a black, satin ribbon. Makeup artist Sheika Daley used Lancôme makeup products to create dewy skin paired with retro cat eyes and a nude, glossy peach lip.
Pam & Tommy nominee Lily James also debuted her take on fall’s trending “it” color for hair, copper. Hairstylist Danillo used Living Proof hair products to style her sleek, behind-the-ear loose waves. Her bronze smokey eyes and nude pink lips were applied by makeup artist Sofia Tilbury using all Charlotte Tilbury products.
Double nominee Issa Rae was yet another star to walk the red-carpet sporting pumpkin spice, copper-hued hair. Stylist Felicia Leatherwood used Matrix haircare on the Insecure star’s sleek, blunt, center-parted lob. Makeup artist Joanna Simkin used e.l.f. Cosmetics exclusively, maintaining the focus on her glowing skin, cat liner, and fluttery lashes.
Another double nominee, Julia Garner wore a platinum, messy updo with a rock and roll edge. Hairstylist Bobby Eliot used GHD hot tools and went with her hair’s natural texture to create the look. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo beat her face to perfection with Chanel makeup. The gold, shimmery, smokey eyes perfectly complimented the floral embellishments on her gown and paired flawlessly with her subtly carved cheeks and soft coral lips.
Yet another double nominee, Sydney Sweeney rocked loose, golden, shoulder-length waves styled by Glen Oropeza. Makeup artist Melissa Hernandez kept the glam simple with a soft glow, light shimmery eyes, and rose lips. All makeup is Armani Beauty, including Luminous Silk Foundation for a flawless base.
Abbott Elementary creator and Emmy winner Quinta Brunson went with a monochromatic bronze makeup look with metallic shadow to compliment her gown. Makeup artist Renee Loiz prepped her skin using products from Olay for a dewy glow. Her sleek, bouncy waves are compliments of stylist Alexander Armand who used Maui Moisture and Olivia Garden products to de-frizz and add shine to the actress’s hair.
First-time Emmy nominee Elle Fanning gave a modern take on old Hollywood with a soft, blonde, pin-curled bob adorned with a diamond-encrusted bow-shaped barrette. Her hair was designed by stylist Jenda Alcorn using L’Oréal products. Makeup artist Erin Ayanian-Monroe kept the look young and fresh with bold, graphic eyeliner and rosy cheeks with L’Oréal products as well.
Another first-time Emmy nominee, Alexandria Daddario looked stunning debuting a dramatic, dark, blunt bob styled by Marty Harper using DesignMe products. All makeup is Dior and was applied by Lottie Stennard, who kept the eyes simple to pop the red lips. The lip color is Rouge Dior Forever in 999.
The E! red carpet host Laverne Cox channeled ‘90s Madonna with her metallic green smokey eyes, carved cheeks, and sleek, high ponytail secured with a leather cuff. Hairstylist Kiyah Wright added extensions and used GHD Platinum + Styler to smooth and shine the actress’s locks.
It was all about the gorgeous cascading hair for first-time Emmy winner Jennifer Coolidge. Hairstylist Marc Mena was inspired by 1960s icons like Bridget Bardot and Sophia Loren to design her voluminous, bouncy waves. He first set her hair using a traditional hot roller set to create large curls, then went in with a curling iron to refine them. Better Not Younger products were used to prep and style her flowing tresses. Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Gregory Arlt kept her glam soft, focusing on arched brows, flushed cheeks, and neutral pink lips.
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Abbot Elementary star and first-time Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph brought the bling to the red carpet dripping in diamonds. Hairstylist Moira Frazier maintained that theme by bedazzling her slicked-back, middle-parted hair and hip-length braid with rhinestone crystals. Makeup artist Mila Thomas kept that trend going by adding three strategically-placed crystals to each of the actress’s boldly lined eyes. Fluttery lashes completed the look.
YellowJackets nominee Christina Ricci arrived sporting a dramatic, dark, flipped-under, jaw-length bob with sleek bangs styled by Mark Hampton using Bumble and Bumble products. Makeup artist Allan Avendano used Clarins to apply her smokey bronze eyes and nude lip stain.
Nine-time nominee with one Emmy win Kerry Washington wowed, as usual, wearing an off-white Elie Saab minidress. Hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew pulled Washington’s hair up into a flawlessly tousled top knot while makeup artist Carola Gonzalez perfected her soft glam using Neutrogena products and Lilly Lashes.
Riding the Barbiecore wave, actress Amanda Seyfried was pretty in pink. The first-time Emmy winner wore an elegant, slicked-back chignon styled by Renato Campora, keeping the focus on her romantic, soft pink eye makeup, defined brows, and berry red lips. Makeup artist Genevieve Herr used Lancôme products, including the Hypnose Eyeshadow Palette in Reflect D’amethyste.
Lizzo won her first Emmy looking fresh-faced and glowing thanks to makeup artist Alexx Mayo and Charlotte Tilbury products. Her voluminous high bun with sculpted edges was created by hairstylist Shelby Swain using Sexy Hair products.
Hacks star and Emmy nominee Hannah Einbinder showed what a no-makeup makeup look should be. Makeup artist Molly Greenwald used Shiseido skincare and makeup to achieve an effortless, glowing complexion. Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF 30 created the perfect base for this clean, dewy look. Her hair was softly slicked back to keep the focus on her luminous skin.
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