Emmys Beauty Trend: Color-Splashed Eyes

Issa Rae Tracee Ellis Ross Scarlett Johansson Eyeshadow Split - Getty - H 2018
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Orange, yellow, pink and blue for the win.

Color rarely makes such a stunning splash at an awards show. Yes, coral, red and berry-kissed lips looked amazing (Jessica Biel! Rachel Brosnahan!) and the dresses were a complete 180 from last season’s #MeToo black. But it was the eye-catching eye looks that brought refreshing life to the red carpet parade at the 2018 Emmys.

Who nailed the night’s kaleidoscopic beauty look? For starters, Issa Rae, whose pro Joanne Simkin blended bright blue shadow with nude shades for the icy look. Then there was Scarlett Johannson’s yellow-gold emblazoned lids, courtesy of pro Frankie Boyd using Pat McGrath’s latest eye palette. Also using McGrath Labs Mothership V shadows was Thandie Newton’s artist, Georgie Eisdell, who layered warm matte brown, rich red and rose gold to create "a stunning smoky, rose-colored eye."

Tina Turnbow reached for Lime Crime’s plum Botticelli shade for longtime client Keri Russell. And Elisabeth Moss, with the help of Dior makeup artist Daniel Martin, wore two orange shades to create “tangerine eyes” inspired by Olivia Newton John’s “bad Sandy” in Grease. Also on the orange eye train was Tracee Ellis Ross, arguably the event’s biggest makeup risk-taker. Lisa Storey used Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick — yes, lipstick — in Tell Laura, a warm orange-red matte lippie, mixed with a touch of Eyes to Mesmerise shadow in Bette, an amber gold, for a “uniquely playful yet bold and painterly makeup look.” Bold, indeed. She nailed it.

So what’s the reason that Hollywood’s in-demand makeup pros swiped prismatic shades across their clients for the Emmys? For Turnbow, “pops of color seem festive and spirited” and “also, it’s time to play with a fall palette, so plum seemed great.” The abundance of color seen on the fall 2018 runways — from Christian Siriano to Prada and Dior — can’t be ignored as a major influence.

And the matchy-matchy mood of many artists: It’s retro, yet fresh. Simkin matched Rae’s shadow to a swatch of her Vera Wang jumpsuit. Likewise, Eisdell wanted to coordinate with drama supporting actress winner Newton’s rosy Brandon Maxwell gown. And Martin wanted Moss’ look to be less polished — or “disrupted” as he put it — this year versus 2017 and tangerine shadow was his approach.

Be it the season, the runway influence, the dress or to make a statement, there’s one clear takeaway from Emmys 2018: Hollywood’s top actresses and their equally talented makeup artists have kicked off a vibrant eye trend for fall. Here's how Hollywood's glam girls got their colorful lids:

Issa Rae: CoverGirl TruNaked Dazed Palette; $10, target.com.

Tracee Ellis Ross: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Tell Laura; $34, Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette; $32, charlottetilbury.com.

Keri Russell: Lime Crime eyeshadow in Boticelli (from the venus xl palette); $56, limecrime.com.

Thandie Newton: Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette; $125, patmcgrath.com.

Scarlett Johannson: Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette; $125, patmcgrath.com.

Elisabeth Moss: Dior 5 Couleurs Rouge en Diable eyeshadow palette in Volcanic and Devilish; $63 each, dior.com.