Glam, Bam, Thank You Ma'am — The Best Of Emmys Beauty

By the time the Emmys roll around every year, we're feeling long overdo for a shot of serious red-carpet glamour. Thankfully, the stars did not disappoint last night and we got our long-awaited dose of showstopping beauty looks — and then some. Among a sea of sequins, we saw some good, some bad, and some just plain confusing (we're looking at you January) looks sashay down the red carpet.
One big trend we noticed this year was a return to more natural, effortless (but still glamorous!) hair and makeup amid the usual sea of high-maintenance updos and severe smoky eyes (ahem, you know who you are).
We loved Claire Danes' sleek curls, swooned over Julianne Moore's bold, crimson lip, and were quite pleasantly surprised by Lena Dunham's glam transformation. So, without further ado, here are our top picks for the ladies who blew our minds, made us speechless, and left us wanting more.
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When we saw Julianne Hough marching down the red carpet, we weren't quite sure what was going on with her hair. Did we like it? Did we hate it? We're feeling too many feelings! But, the more we looked at it, the more it grew on us. Her retro finger waves and pinned-up faux bob were different from anything else we saw last night and we loved how the look complemented her mermaid dress. We're with you this time Julianne, but maybe next time, try not to take us on such a roller coaster of emotions, mmkay?

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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We knew Lena Dunham was going to be the most talked-about actress at this year's ceremony, but we weren't expecting her to storm the red carpet looking as glam and put-together as she did. From her Mia Farrow-esque pixie cut to her smoky eye, Lena managed to stay within the lines of the red-carpet beauty status quo and blow it out of the water all at once.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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Watch out Christina Hendricks — there's another redheaded beauty looking to take your place as the de facto Emmys bombshell. Julianne Moore absolutely killed it (even more so than usual) in that marigold Dior dress. We couldn't take our eyes off her sleek, straight hair, courtesy of Fekkai's Renato Campora, and those lips. Simply stunning, Ms. Moore.

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In a platinum bob and barely there makeup, Elisabeth Moss quite literally made our eyes widen with excitement when she first appeared on our screens last night. Quite a transformation from her plain Jane (er, Peggy) Mad Men days.

Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages
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Kerry Washington can do no wrong in our books. Usually. While we weren't crazy about her dress this year, we couldn't help but love her low-maintenance hair and makeup. Her skin looked flawless and her hair was swept up in an effortless updo that we're itching to replicate right now. We think she was a breath of fresh air in a sea of overdone starlets.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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Here at the office, we were a little divided on how we felt about Claire Danes' dress, but her hair and makeup more than made up for it. Her sparkly smoky eye owed its intensity to Matin Maulawizada of Laura Mercier, who used Black Ice Sequin Eye Colour to add major sparkle to her gaze. Her chiseled cheeks and nude lips didn't hurt either. And don't even get us started on those stunningly sleek Veronica Lake-inspired waves.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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Look, it's not like we're surprised that Julianna Margulies ended up on our best list again — she always seems to wow us with her red carpet choices. From her smoky gray-green eye to her low-key bun, we couldn't take our eyes off of her.

We needed the scoop on that stunning stare ASAP, and fortunately her makeup artist, Molly Stern, took some time to give us the DL on the look. She used a mix of L'Oréal Infallible Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke, blended with NARS Eyeshadow in Ecstasy on the lid (a, sadly discontinued seafoam green), then smudged a slate liner on the lower lash line and dabbed a bit of gold shadow on the inner corner of the eye to brighten it up. Yup, it was that easy. We'll be stealing that trick for our next hot date, thankyouverymuch.

Photo: Jim Smeal/BEImages
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How refreshing to see such natural, effortless hair, especially amid all the shellacked coifs. Leslie Mann's DIY top knot and natural makeup were our picks for easiest to do at home (without the help of an army of pros, that is). We always knew Mrs. Apatow was a babe, but tonight she really proved that you don't have to go over the top to command attention.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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We hold a very special place in our hearts for Blossom, so you can bet we were stoked to see Mayim Bialik back on the red carpet and absolutely rocking it. The Big Bang Theory star was sporting a cast (sad face), but we barely noticed because we were too busy gaping at her mesmerizing curls. Good to see you can still bring it B, cast or no cast.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA
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Of course Zosia Mamet couldn't let her Girls co-star Lena Dunham have all the fun. Her take on the slicked-back-hair trend we've been seeing everywhere this season was downright inspiring. Couple that fashion-forward 'do with a subtle cat-eye and a nude lip and you've got the makings of one babelicious beauty look.

Photo: Paul Hebert/Retna Ltd/Corbis
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Our favorite Boardwalk babe shined in a red satin dress, but it was her loose, retro curls and bronzed skin that we were transfixed by. Gretchen Mol may play a badass on TV, but her Emmys look was all about approachable beauty.

Photo: Peter Brooker /Rex USA

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