Budget, but make it fashion: Top 3 Emmys Looks

Celebrity beauty has always seemed unattainable to the masses. Maybe it was due to the lack of diversity, or perhaps because society views celebrities as otherworldly, with ultra expensive taste. Though some of our favourite celebs were all glitz and glam on the Emmys gold carpet Monday night, one thing stood out, their makeup. Though we can’t all afford the thousand-dollar outfits to match their fashion game, their beauty game seems more achievable.

As the holiday season approaches, you may be scrimping and saving on some luxuries, but your beauty purchases don’t have to take a hit. Looking at the top three favorite looks of the night, here is how you can achieve an Emmy-esque look without breaking the bank.

  1. Yvonne Orji

Makeup by @missdrini

Yvonne Orji has been blessed with some beautiful eyebrows, and who doesn’t want full, strong brows?

To achieve Orji’s brow look: Brow gel is from Nigerian brand Blot Beauty, and her brow powder is by black-owned UK-based Beauty Line.

All products are conveniently under $20 and can be shipped right to your doorstep, so you won’t even have to leave your house to match Orji’s brow game.

2. Issa Rae

Makeup by @joannasimkin

Issa Rae looked like the Cinderella we wish we had.

Rae, who is a Cover Girl was repping hard at the Emmys with a full face of Cover Girl; which in itself is worth celebrating, because 10 years ago that may not have been an option for highly melanated folks.

Cover Girl is a drugstore brand and all the products used to create Rae’s look are under $30 (Beauty Blender included). So if you also want to look like Cinderella for the night you can, using the same products as Rae.

3. Leslie Jones

Makeup by@lolasbeautymark

Jones was popping in her chromatic pantsuit, but her eyes popped even more.

Jones rocked a smokey eye using the Urban Decay “Born to Run” palette ($60) and lashes from the Miami-based brand Narcissistic Creations (less than $15).

And to top off her ABH Lip Palette ($62) was none other than Fenty Gloss Bomb($23).

Honourable mention: Nyakim Gatwech.

Gatwech was oozing Qweendom on the gold carpet.

Gatwech who is South Sudanese went from rags (living in a refugee camp) to riches (being at the Emmys) and she did not come to play!

Unfortunately, the exact makeup she used to achieve her glow was hard to find (we know they must be L’Oreal), but her beauty is worth celebrating.

As you can see, all the makeup worn by our faves are within reach.

It’s also worth acknowledging that not too long ago, seeing a melanated person at the Emmys; nominated or even presenting, was a massive feat. To be able to go out and buy whatever they were wearing is another hurdle we’ve crossed, and this is why representation in all sectors matter.

The camaraderie and joy in seeing women who look like the women Qweens was created for, being recognized for their work and looking so good doing it, at such a high scale, is a feeling that needs to become the new normal.