Glam Slam: Emmy Week, Red Carpet Makeup

The countdown is on until this Sunday’s Big Emmys show. Access Hollywood is also producing the network Emmy pre-show, “Red Carpet to the Primetime Emmys,” so we’ll be right there for all the action! One of the things I always love to see and get inspiration from is the makeup.

Celebrity makeup artist Valerie Sarnelle, who has worked with Halle Berry, Eva Longoria Parker, Courteney Cox and Cher, says you can expect big changes this year, makeup-wise.

“For the last few years, award shows from the Grammys to Emmys were all about Old Hollywood glamour. However, this year, I believe we will see a new set of rules and new breed of makeup musts, creating a new standard for Hollywood starlets, TV mavens and longtime favorites.” Valerie shares all the trends and how you can get the look at home.

I believe this is a look that will be seen all over the red carpet on the eyes of younger actresses from the casts of “Glee,” “Gossip Girl” and the like.

This is a high impact look that is a breeze to achieve at home.

1. Start by covering your entire eye with a base or creamy concealer and then apply a sheer neutral shadow on the lid and blend it away.

2. Apply a raisin-y color and blend it out to create depth with a large contour brush.

3. Apply a cream shadow, like my highly pigmented Root Beer that adds instant drama. While cream shadow is still wet, liberally glob on a loose glitter shadow - which is a huge trend for fall. This will create a sparkly lid with a lot of dimension that will stay in place.

4. Use the same raisin-y color that you used in the crease as a liner and to smudge under the bottom eye lashes.

5. Lastly, apply tons and tons of fake lashes, followed by a cream liner right under the lash line to blend it together.

This is a look that I think we will see on an actress in her late 30s, early 40s, like Ellen Pompeo and Calista Flockhart. It is the perfect way to play up tans, while looking clean, fresh, but still age appropriate.

To get this look at home, apply a perfectly matched foundation to your entire face with a small kabuki brush and then apply a pink stick rouge, like my Angel Glow Baby Face Stick, right under your cheek bones and blend upwards with your finger. Set your blush with a sheer finishing powder and a silicone primer to ensure that it stays on even, while dancing the night away.

Very few women can pull off red lips and berry is a perfect alternative to this look that I hope has come and gone. Look for this show-stopping pout on A-listers Courteney Cox, Eva Longoria Parker and Sofia Vergara.

The key to getting this look at home is LIP LINER. Look for a neutral shade liner and line the outside of your lips with it and fill in lip. Liberally apply a deep berry lipstick followed by a gloss, which should be one shade lighter. I love Valerie Beverly Hills’ Candie or Bitten glosses, for this look reapply after every glass of champagne!

Not all women can pull off the “berry look” - a fantastic alternative is true nude lips. I think this would look great on women like Kyra Sedgwick, Jenna Fischer and Julie Bowen.

To get this look at home, start by using a lip primer to lock in color. Next, line lips with a neutral shade, followed by Valerie Beverly Hills’ Blossom lipstick topped with a nude shimmery gloss.

Over plucked brows are out, out, out - and I believe this trend will be an absolute must this year.

To get this look at home, use a spoolie brush (or clean mascara wand) and a good brow gel to keep hairs in line and looking well groomed, without being over done.

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday night on NBC and don’t forget to check out the live network pre-show, produced by Access Hollywood.

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