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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

Mark T Beauty: All The A-Listers Are Doing It

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If you ask us, there are two kinds of blogs in the world. The essential—those would be of the fashion, gossip, and cooking varieties, natch—and the gratuitous, i.e., those devoted to personal vacation pictures, cat diaries, and hard news (just kidding). Hairstylist-to-the-stars Mark Townsend’s new online destination belongs to the former for two reasons: It’s beauty-centric, which makes it instrumental to our lives, and it provides the one thing that a lot of other, similar sites can’t: access. Townsend’s roster of clients reads like a paparazzo’s dream come true. He’s the one who gave Glee star Lea Michele her face-framing bangs, and he cut Ashley Olsen’s flaxen locks into the asymmetrical bob that she sported to last year’s CFDA Awards (which we promptly copied). Jessica Biel, meanwhile brought him to the MTV Movie Awards and to the Today show just this week alone. And the Revlon spokeswoman returned the favor last night, by showing up at the Smyth Hotel in Tribeca to toast the official launch of his digital endeavor, Mark T Beauty. “Online is the future,” Townsend told us. “I’m doing approachable beauty and making sure we’re talking to the absolute authorities.” Authorities like makeup artist Rachel Goodwin and stylist Estee Stanley, both of whom have worked on original editorial shoots that are now available for viewing on Townsend’s site. “We’re trying to create the fantasy, and then show how it can be featured in real life,” he noted, pointing out that hair and makeup how-tos and product recommendations are provided for every photo shoot he posts. It’s his blog that most interests us, though, as it’s filled with first-person accounts from the red-carpet front lines that provide the instant gratification of knowing right away exactly how Ms. Biel gets her bouncy blow-out. For those of you craving more behind-the-scenes footage, video vignettes start next month.

Photo: Don Flood for Mark T Beauty, June 2010

A Cut Above the Rest

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The newly opened Marie Robinson Salon in the Flatiron District just might be the biggest thing to happen to the New York beauty community in recent memory. First, there’s its made-for-Hollywood back story, in which Robinson, Sally Hershberger’s star colorist for the past seven years, quit to start her own, eponymous atelier and much of Hershberger’s staff followed, causing a mass exodus. Then there’s the salon itself, an extraordinarily large 5,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue laid out by Manhattan based-designer James Huniford—the construction and opening of which seems perhaps more daunting even than the idea of defecting from the queen of the $800 haircut.

But the vibe at MRS doesn’t reflect any of this tension; quite the contrary. “It’s kind of like a clubhouse,” senior stylist Allison Woodruff explained as she tended to my lob and we chatted about our favorite Beach House tracks. Woodruff, like most of Robinson’s personnel, has come up through Manhattan’s salon system. The highly experienced and sought-after team includes alumni from Pierre Michel, Bumble & Bumble, Oscar Bondi, and Sally Hershberger, all of whom have been coiffing together for years, making them not only peers but friends. “I just tried to surround myself with the most talented staff out there—people I’ve known since I was 18, in some cases,” says Robinson, who has had Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Liv Tyler, and Uma Thurman in her chair. “And it’s like, ‘I love your work…and I love you. Does it get any better?’ ” Yes, in fact; turns out it does. Celebrity stylists Danilo and Mark Townsend will also work from MRS when in New York.

The petite, platinum blonde Robinson, who says she’d never really had ambitions to go out on her own, had an epiphany a few years back and just realized that things could be “different.” She re-evaluated what she liked and disliked about the salon-going experience for both stylists and their guests and the “universe” made her new project a reality. Personal touches include two lounge/waiting areas, instead of one, so things stay calm “even if it gets crazy,” and a general sense of happy contentment that’s palpable when the elevator doors open. Full disclosure: I’ve never had a chatty relationship with my stylist before—it’s just not my thing—but Woodruff was so comfortable in her element that before I knew it, I had done the unthinkable and delved into boyfriend territory. Oh, and did I mention my hair looks amazing?

The Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, NYC, (212) 358-7780.