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Our Top Five Emmy Beauty Moments: The Good, The Bad, And The Ill-Advised

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There were definitely a few award recipients on last night’s 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast that we’ve never seen or heard of before. Archie Panjabi, we’re talking about you. But you’ll be pleased to know that facial recognition issues didn’t stop us from sizing up the beauty happenings on the red carpet. The sea of one-shouldered gowns mentioned in our event coverage? We saw right through it, instead honing in on the hair, the makeup, the nail polish, and the self-tanner. Here, our top five beauty moments—both good and not so much.

1. Black Is Back

Anna Paquin’s bold-shouldered McQueen number got all the attention. But prolonged staring revealed something else, namely an expert black nail polish job. The obsidian shade and its almost-black jewel-toned counterparts were everywhere last night, adorning the fingertips of January Jones, Lea Michele, and Jayma Mays, to name but a few. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann deserves some of the credit for the ubiquity of deep hues, as she personally painted Jones with her deep purple/burgundy Dark Side of the Moon varnish, and treated Michele to a few coats of her as yet unreleased holiday color, Lady Sings the Blues, an opaque navy with silvery blue sequined flecks.

2. Lobbed and Lovely

After letting her corn silk blond bob grow out over the summer, Mad Men‘s Jones is now the proud owner of a shoulder-grazing lob. Her hair is exactly the length at which things start to look awkward on us, but the style suits her amazingly well, as did the matte texture of her undone ‘do, which came courtesy of her go-to stylist, Mark Townsend. Townsend’s collaborator, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, channeled Lisa Fonssagrives, leaving Jones’ face bare and re-creating the mid-century model’s signature extended eyeliner with Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Noir. Two coats of its Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir on the top lashes and one coat in Purple on the bottom finished the look.

3. A Woman of Her Word

Claire Danes’ blond mane was also impressive, but it was her extreme lashes that really got us. Danes has been a spokesperson for Latisse for a few months now, and she takes her job very seriously; the award-winning Temple Grandin star is walking proof that the prescription serum works. Those things are lethal!

4. Bigger: Is It Better?

Sleek, straight looks were the style of choice last night, although there were a few dissenters willing to go the vertical distance. The Office‘s Mindy Kaling and Glee‘s Naya Rivera engaged in a high-hair-off, both sporting exaggerated, structural topknot situations that definitely stood out from the crowd.

5. Blinded by Bronzer

An over-tanned Heidi Klum got plenty of stares, and not just because of her super-short Marchesa dress. The Project Runway star went a little trigger happy with her self-tanner and bronzer. Everything in moderation, liebchen.

Clockwise from top-left: January Jones: Kyle Rover / Startraks Photo; Claire Danes: Gregg DeGuire / PictureGroup / AP Photo; Jayma Mays nail detail: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Anna Paquin nail detail: Jason Merritt / Getty Images; January Jones nail detail: Casey Rodgers / NBC / AP Images; Heidi Klum: Krista Kennell / SIPA Press; Nail polish, courtesy of Deborah Lippmann; Lea Michele: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Naya Rivera: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images; Liquid eyeliner: Courtesy of Chanel; Mindy Kaling: Jeff Vespa / WireImage

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