Colorful gowns took center stage at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, as nominees, presenters and winners walked the red carpet donning vibrant shades of orange, blue and coral. We particularly loved Ginnifer Goodwin’s tangerine Monique Lhuillier number. To complement this rainbow of dresses, makeup and hair was kept subtle yet gorgeous.
Channeling a combination of Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy, presenter Ginnifer Goodwin, who stars in ABC’s Once Upon a Time, balanced her cut out gown with a signature pixie cut and sixties winged eye makeup. “This was a Twiggy-inspired makeup look, so we kept it simple with a classic thick black liner,” said mark celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh. Mai used mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage and mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Black.
While the verdict may still be out on her strapless yellow Lanvin dress, Emmy winner Claire Danes, star of Showtime’s Homeland, looked gorgeous as a mom-to-be. Matin Maulawizada, global artistry director for Laura Mercier created Claire’s eye-focused look. To create smoky, seductive appeal, Matin applied Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Extreme Black followed by an application of Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold to complement the electric yellow dress. The look was finished with Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour in Burnished Cooper and Black Ice. Claire’s Veronica Lake inspired hairstyle was created by hairstylist Peter Butler using Frizz-Ease products.
Fox TV New Girl star Zooey Deschanel looked stunning in a light blue strapless Reem Acra dress and makeup by artist Jorjee Douglass using Hourglass Cosmetics. Zooey’s look was all about a glowing complexion. Jorjee started by priming her skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and followed with Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory. To perfect her complexion, two different shades of Hidden Corrective Concealer were used in Fair and Pearl. The foundation was finished with Oxygen Mineral Powder in #1 and the cheeks flushed with Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush.
Gretchen Mol, who appears in the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire, stepped out in a luscious orange vintage Valentino dress. Makeup artist Daniel Martin created a “modern vintage” look for her using Lancome cosmetics. He kept the look fresh and chic with a subtle luscious lip. He colored her pout with L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Rich Cashmere and Crème de Maroon and added definition with Le Lipstique LipColouring Stick in Sheer Natural.
Winning an Emmy for her starring role in HBO’s Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore a cooper-colored gown personally designed for her by Vera Wang. Her makeup, courtesy of Clarins (and a few other brands) was created by artist Karen Kawahara. “To get Julia’s look for the Emmys, I started with Clarins Beauty Flash Balm mixed with Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream to energize and prep her skin. I then applied Clarins Total Eye Concentrate to cool and smooth around the eyes,” stated Ms. Kawahara. After face, eye, lip and cheek color were in place, Ms. Kawahara misted Julia’s entire face with Clarins Fix’ Make-Up to keep everything from fading.
Actress Christine Baranski of CBS’s The Good Wife wowed the crowd with a thigh skimming colorful metallic dress. Her fresh and appealing makeup was thanks to Elizabeth’s Arden’s global makeup artist, Rebecca Restrepo. To prep Christine’s skin, Rebecca used Ceramide Gold Ultra Lift and Strengthening Capsules for the Face & Eyes. Next came Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink followed by Pink Glow Blush on the apples of the cheeks. Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Truffle was used to create a soft, smoky effect. The whole look was finished with Ceramide Loose Powder in #2.