Issa Rae's Skin Was Prepped With A $1,000 Moisturizer And 5 More Behind-The-Scenes Beauty Look Breakdowns From The 2022 Emmys

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When it comes to awards shows, I don’t just look forward to what my favorite celebs will be wearing on the red carpet — I also can’t wait to see how their hair and makeup will be styled. This year’s 2022 Emmy Awards did not disappoint.

Sydney Sweeney on the red carpet
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Everything from old Hollywood glam to glowy skin was seen tonight on celebs like Zendaya and Issa Rae. Read on for a detailed breakdown of some of these beauty looks:

This post will be updated as more beauty breakdowns are shared. 

Zendaya's soft curls were inspired by old Hollywood glam.

closeup of Zendaya

"For Zendaya’s Emmys look, we decided to go with a vintage theme inspired by Grace Kelly, a classic silhouette," said celebrity hairstylist Tony Medina in a press release.

To achieve this, he used Tangle Teezer’s The Ultimate Styler to add volume and shine to Zendaya's hair, according to a press release. "I strategically placed two 20-inch Hidden Crown Hair Seamless clip in extensions in Medium Auburn Brown to the center of the back of her head for fullness," he said.

"I gave them a trim to match her hair length and pin curled them to blend in with her head of curls. To secure the extensions, I added a bit of teasing at the root using the skinny side of Tangle Teezer’s Wide Tooth Comb," he continued in the press release.

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Zendaya getting ready for the Emmys
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To set the actor's curls, Tony used Aunt Jackie’s Frizz Patrol Mousse on each section and then gently brushed them out with Tangle Teezer’s Wide Tooth Comb to create a waved shape toward the bottom of her style.

closeup of Zendaya's hair

For finishing touches, Tony used Aunt Jackie’s Slicked Flexible Styling Glue on her hairline and Aunt Jackie’s Shine Boss for an overall glossy finish.

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Sydney Sweeney's soft shiny waves stole the red carpet.

Sydney Sweeney on the red carpet

Celebrity hairstylist Glen Oropeza, who worked on Sydney's hair, said the inspiration for her hair was Jennifer Lawrence when she cut her hair into a long bob.

“We’ve been wanting to do a completely new look for some time and tonight felt like the right moment knowing what a big night it is for Sydney," Glen said in a press release. "We thought this fresh cut and style would complement the back of the dress beautifully along with the neckline."

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Glen applied Nexxus Weightless Style Smooth & Full Blow Dry Balm all over her wet hair, focusing most of the product on the ends of the hair to heat protect, offer frizz control, and boost volume.

closeup of Sydney's hair

He used the Shark FlexStyle™ Air Styling & Drying System – an all-in-one hair dryer and styler – with the round brush attachment. According to the press release, he took small sections of the hair and dried it outward beginning from the back of her head and moving toward the front.

He finished by adding some soft bends and curls into different sections of her hair.

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Lizzo's stiletto fire-red nails were everything.

Lizzo's nails

Issa Rae's skincare consisted of everything from a $1,000 moisturizer to a $125 serum.

Issa Rae waving

According to a press release, celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin relied on Lancer Skincare to get Issa's skin red carpet ready. She prepped her skin by first using The Method: Polish, which gently exfoliates the skin to make it smooth for makeup application.

Next was the Lift & Plump Sheet Mask to promote hydration and ensure Issa had long-lasting moisture throughout the night. From there, Joanna used the brand's Triple Peptide Drops, which are packed with vitamin E and niacinamide to deliver a youthful radiant glow to Issa’s skin.

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To brighten the eye area, Joanna used the Legacy Eye Treatment Duo, which is infused with crushed pearl and has an applicator that gently massages the delicate skin under the eye to reduce any puffiness.

closeup of Issa's face

For moisturizer, she used a small amount of the Legacy Youth Treatment on Issa's face, neck, and décolleté. The final step for Issa’s red carpet skincare was to prep the lips with the Volume Enhancing Lip Serum for lush, youthful lips.

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Kaitlyn Dever's soft glam and nude lip.

Celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles mainly used Milk makeup products to achieve Kaitlyn's stunning makeup at the awards show. She specifically used Sunshine Tint Foundation in Light Medium to even out her skin tone. For concealer, she used Future Fluid Concealer in shade “5W”  to cover up any blemishes for a weightless, crease-proof, second-skin finish. For shaping and contouring, Fiona used Matte Bronzer in “Baked” under her cheekbones before applying Lip & Cheek in “Werk.

Celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles mainly used Milk makeup products to achieve Kaitlyn's stunning makeup at the awards show. She specifically used Sunshine Tint Foundation in Light Medium to even out her skin tone. For concealer, she used Future Fluid Concealer in shade “5W” to cover up any blemishes for a weightless, crease-proof, second-skin finish.

For shaping and contouring, Fiona used Matte Bronzer in “Baked” under her cheekbones before applying Lip & Cheek in “Werk." Over that Fiona layered Bionic Blush in “Infinity” to brighten the apples of the cheeks.

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For her eyes, she used Color Chalk in “Hopscotch” and “Double Dutch.” Fiona started with Hopscotch on the lid and Double Dutch in the crease for depth. She then used Infinity Longwear Eyeliner in “Outer Space” and “Limitless” along the lash lines to define the eyes.

To further elongate the eyes, Fiona buffed the mixture of those two eyeliners on the outer corners of the eyes. She then curled her lashes and applied two coats of Kush Volumizing Mascara to both the top and bottom lashes for full, fluffy lashes. Set the brows with Kush Fiber Brow Gel in “Dutch” for depth and definition. She finished Kaitlyn's look by applying Lip & Cheek in “Werk” followed by Matte Lipstick in “C.R.E.A.M.” To set the look, Fiona used Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray all over her face. 

To further elongate the eyes, Fiona buffed the mixture of those two eyeliners on the outer corners of the eyes. She then curled her lashes and applied two coats of Kush Volumizing Mascara to both the top and bottom lashes for full, fluffy lashes.

Set the brows with Kush Fiber Brow Gel in “Dutch” for depth and definition. She finished Kaitlyn's look by applying Lip & Cheek in “Werk” followed by Matte Lipstick in “C.R.E.A.M.” To set the look, Fiona used Hydro Grip Set + Refresh Spray all over her face.

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Kaley Cuoco's elegant low knot with fringe perfectly complemented her bold dress.

Kaley Cuoco smiling in a pink dress

Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Ambassador Christine Symonds created Kaley's chic knot by first prepping with Clairol Professional Thermal Shine Spray and Leave-In Styling Treatment, as described in a press release.

Then, she gave her a voluminous blow-dry before pulling her hair back into a loose low pony. The trick was that she didn't pull her hair all the way through on the second wrap to leave a knot. Christine left out Kaley's bangs and added some Thermal Shine Spray to make sure everything stayed in place.

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Which beauty look is your favorite?