We suggest winning (or whimsical) beauty looks for our favorite award contenders.
Written By JACK SUNNUCKS
Our Best Actress in a Drama bets are placed, but at The Violet Files, there’s another game in town—the sport of beauty predictions. Here, a few thoughts as to how some of our favorite nominees could channel (or transcend) their beloved characters for TV’s biggest night, the Emmys—replete with helpful face charts by VIOLET GREY Melrose Place makeup artist Christopher Miles, should you (or our starlets) care to bring these looks to life…
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY
If anyone deserves to live her best hair on the red carpet today, it’s Sarah Paulson. Nominated for The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story, Paulson’s dedication to the role of prosecutor Marcia Clark is exemplified by the crispy perm she adopted. In real life, Clark was demonized during the trial for her allegedly dowdy appearance. Paulson could do her curly hair justice with a Veronica Lake–inspired wave (Violet recommends: Windle & Moodie Curl Enhancer for the occasion)—a nostalgic and elegant look oft repeated with great success on the red carpet. This would be best accented by a strongly pigmented red lip, another Lake signature that Paulson could easily own as well as her impending Emmy.
Washington is always impeccably dressed on screen and off—think of her character, Olivia Pope, and you’ll probably picture her stalking the corridors of power in a sharp white suit. Her red carpet look is somewhat less minimal, Washington being a fan of risk-taking conceptual gowns, often by Miu Miu and Prada, or sparkle—witness the silvery Marc Jacobs number at last year’s Emmys. As one would imagine, this is usually counterbalanced by barely there makeup. We’d love to see Washington reverse this trend and explore her love of color and texture on her eyes and lips rather than on her dress: Try Lipstick Queen’s Brat Pack Lipstick, perhaps offset by an Olivia Pope–esque power suit.
GRACE & FRANKIE
Lily Tomlin has been nominated for her much-beloved portrayal of Frankie Bergstein, one half of the divorcée duo she plays opposite Jane Fonda on their hit Netflix show. Frankie enjoys chanting, flowing robes, and New Age religion (much to the chagrin of the uptight, helmet-haired Grace). Offscreen, Tomlin favors elegant suits and simple makeup that brings her porcelain complexion to the fore on the red carpet. To that end, she could use Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow, finishing with Bobbi Brown’s Slate on the eyes. For a final touch, instead of Frankie’s favorite method of relaxation—wafting incense—she could set her look with a botanical spray for a sensory pick-me-up.
Cookie Lyon is the most delightfully camp TV character since Joan Collins’ Alexis Colby on Dynasty, and Taraji P. Henson portrays her with an almost visceral energy. In contrast to her character’s wild ‘90s-inspired getups, Taraji keeps her fashions relatively pared down—it’s her perfectly arched brows that draw all the attention (Hollywood brow guru Damone Roberts is her go-to guy; if she’s not using a pencil from his MAC collaboration, she might favor the brand’s brow gel to achieve a feathered effect). And for a dose of Cookie’s nookie, a set of Strike a Pose lashes from Velour would give her something under which to smolder, and a dark lip might serve as a reminder of Cookie’s bitter bon mots.
The comeback of Kirsten Dunst on Fargo has been wondrous to behold. As Peggy Blomquist, beautician on the edge, she winningly combines likability with vague psychopathic tendencies, a mix Dunst at which has always excelled. Dunst, known for her whimsical red carpet appearances, wore Gucci to great effect in Cannes—perhaps she could channel the house’s ‘70s beauty aesthetic in a nod to Peggy as well as the trend of the season. An aquatic eyeshadow would be well in line with her character’s palette (try Chanel Quadra Shadow in 232), delivering a luminous shimmer and matching her eye color. A subtle pearlescent shine on her lips (MAC Mineralize Glass in Lovingly You) would complement any pastel Gucci gown. Peggy would be proud.
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