Emmy beauty pros share 11 tips you can actually use in real life

A super-softening lip prep. Brush-free hair styling. Celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists pull out all the stops on Emmy night — and we’ve got their most ingenious, celeb-tested tips and tricks.

Julianna Margulies: Swap bronzer for darker foundation


To create Margulies’ lit-from-within complexion, celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern for Elizabeth Arden prepped the star’s skin with serum and moisturizer before sparingly applying foundation. And those killer cheekbones? They come courtesy of a darker shade of cream foundation, blended into the hollows of her cheeks “to contour and boost the definition of Julianna’s already exquisitely chiseled face.”   

Sofia Vergara: Balance a white gown with a red lip


Take note, brides: Wearing a long white dress is the perfect foil for a striking red lip, according to CoverGirl spokesperson Vergara. "It was a simple dress, in white, so I wanted to do something a little different than what I do," she said of choosing her Emmy's look. The hue she used? CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Ever Red-dy 507. "It's like a red...a fiery red." 

Natalie Dormer: Showcase one feature


Dormer’s Emmy look was all about the shoulders, and everything from her sexy waves to her simple bracelets put the spotlight on that feature. Looking sexy without being too revealing is “about choosing a focal point and picking one body part to highlight,” says Dormer's fashion stylist and Dove style expert Micaela Erlanger

Halle Berry: Switch up your smoky eye


Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua used bronze shadows on Revlon spokesperson Berry. “To create a softer and sexier smokey eye, stay way from dark grays and blacks and use warm browns and [burgundies] with red undertones that complement all skin tones.” 

Claire Danes: Blast braids with hairspray


After hair pro Peter Butler braided Danes’ hair fishtail-style, he “sprayed it with a generous amount of Leonor Greyl Laque Souple to give it texture while still keeping it structured.” The blast of medium-hold hairspray ensured her braid would coil into the perfect chignon. Another red carpet hair tip: Do your final check while standing, not sitting. “I made sure she was standing while I pinned the braid into place to get a better idea of what it would look like throughout the night,” said Butler.  

Kerry Washington: Hydrate lips while you do the rest of your makeup


How did Neutrogena makeup artist Carola Gonzalez guarantee that Washington’s nude lip color would last and look smooth all night? Intensive pre-color hydration using balm, specifically the brand’s Revitalizing Lip Balm. “It really helps to keep lips moisturized and diminish appearance of dryness on lips. Leave for at least 20 min. before lipstick application.”  

Michelle Dockery: Check all your angles 


Dove style expert Erlanger, who dresses Dockery, Olivia Munn and Lupita Nyong’o to name a few, makes sure her clients look impeccable from every angle. “During fittings I always photograph outfit from the front, side, and back. This is an opportunity to double check that an outfit is perfect from all directions.”

Taylor Schilling: Create a soft wash of shadow


Applying eye shadow to lids straight off the brush is the key to intense, opaque color. But what if you want a diffuse wash of color like Schilling’s? Dab a bit of creamy brown shadow onto the back of your hand and apply it with a fluffy brush, says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow, who used Laura Mercier products to create the actress’s ethereal face.   

January Jones: Soften a bold lip 


When it comes to bold lips, severe demarcations are now being replaced with a more flattering soft-focus definition. Case in point: January Jones’ stunning orangey-red pout, created by Chanel celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin. After painting on the vibrant color, Goodwin outlined the edges with her favorite pen highlighter, Éclat Lumiere. “This helps make sure the lip is perfect, but not harsh.”  

Lena Headey: Skip brushes to maximize texture


Dove’s go-to hair guy Mark Townsend wanted Headey to “look like a modern Audrey Hepburn with an edge.” To that end, he blow-dried while scrunching with his hands. “I wanted to keep as much of her natural texture as possible so no brushes were allowed!” Shine was another high priority: “When her hair was dry I took a small amount of Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream Serum in my hands, rubbed them together, and then raked it through her hair to give it tons of shine and piecey-ness. This is so important for the red carpet because shine is actually light being reflected, so her hair will look gorgeous under the harsh lights and flash bulbs.”  

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Revisit rollers


To ensure Louis-Dreyfus’ blowout was as voluminous as possible, stylist David Gardner for Oscar Blandi used a medium-sized round brush while drying sectioned hair. “Blow on the hair while it is wrapped around the brush— do not unwrap and pull, just blow as is. Then, while hair is hot, wrap that section in a Velcro roller and leave to cool.” Once hair is cold, remove rollers and brush out and finish with a bit of texturizing spray.