In a year when Netflix series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were nominated alongside shows from giants like HBO and NBC, you can bet that the stars broke beauty traditions, too. With bold blue shadows, optically-dazzing nails, and up-to-there updos, the ladies of the Emmys arrived to make a statement. And the winners are...
Best Blue Shadow in a Supporting Role: Kerry Washington
As Olivia Pope on Scandal, Washington can do no wrong. She's also never made a mistake on the red carpet, and this year is no exception. With deep indigo shadow on her lids, she proved that blue eye makeup doesn't have to look like a bad '80s flashback.
Best Red Lip in a Starring Role: Claire Danes
Painted on the lips of Lena Dunham, January Jones, and Christina Hendricks, red lipstick stuck out as one of the evening's brightest trends (perhaps to match all of those red dresses?). We personally took to Danes's glossy-rouge color, which combined the right amount of red and orange for a stunning contrast to her light features.
Highest Bun Award: Teyonah Parris
Parris stole our hearts this year as Dawn on Mad Men. When she's not busy being Mr. Draper's secretary, she's been studying up on her hairstyling techniques. So it seems from the looks of this sky-high bun, a style we also spotted on Julianna Marguilies and Sarah Hyland. To get a similar look (with a lot less work), try a simple sock bun.
Outstanding Performance in Nail Art: Sarah Hyland
When it comes to red carpet bling, why stop at jewelry? Modern Family star Sarah Hyland contrasted her vermillion-hued skirt with a simple-yet-chic nail look: nude polish accented with horizontal gold stripes. Recreate her mani with a neutral shade like Ruffian's Naked and Rosary, a metallic rose-gold.
Best Middle Part in a Prime Time Series: Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel was almost unrecognizable on the red carpet without her trademark bangs. Instead, she opted for a style also seen on fellow funny lady Amy Poehler—easy-breezy loose waves parted down the middle. Want the look? Try our ridiculously easy wavy hair tutorial.