In anticipation of Monday’s Emmys Awards, the trend experts at StyleList are here to show you how to recreate their favorite character beauty looks.
“Here at StyleList, we're sort of obsessed with awards season. This year, the TV stars nominated for the Emmy’s include a handful of A-listers—as well as a couple of gorgeous up-and-comers. And, while all of these small-screen actresses are beautiful themselves, it’s their character looks that we really can’t wait to copy.”
Click through the gallery for tips from the StyleList team and see which leading ladies are winning the beauty game.
House of Cards: Claire Underwood
This ruthless First Lady of the United States stops at nothing to conquer the Capitol. We love how she always plays her cards right with subtle, demure makeup and a power pixie.
House of Cards: Claire’s Power Pixie
To re-create this short hairstyle, start with platinum hair color (OK this step is optional, but pixies do look great on blondes!) and work a dab of Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Frizz Vanisher cream through damp strands. Then, using a bristle brush, blow-dry your locks over to one side and comb for a naturally sleek and polished look.
Mad Men: Joan Harris
While she may have once filled in as Don Draper’s secretary, in Season 7 of Mad Men, Joan has really come into her own. She never hesitates to ask for what she wants—and she usually gets just that. As for what we want? Her vibrant red hair and classic red lips.
Mad Men: Joan’s Vibrant Red Hair
For allover color, try an at-home kit to experiment inexpensively. There are lots of different shades of red out there, so be sure to get one with an orange tint. We suggest Feria Multifaceted Shimmering Color in Deep Copper.
Mad Men: Joan’s Classic Red Lip
Every woman needs the perfect red lipstick in her beauty arsenal. And now you can try them on virtually—no makeup remover necessary—by downloading the Makeup Genius app.
Parks and Recreation: Leslie Knope
She might just be the funniest midlevel bureaucrat this country has ever seen, but her beauty game anything but laughable. Right now, we’re coveting Leslie’s lush blonde lob.
Parks and Recreation: Leslie’s Lush Blonde Lob
Definitely don’t attempt Leslie’s buttoned-up cut at home. Ask your stylist for a lob haircut with face-framing layers. As for styling, give DIY a go—a one-inch barrel iron and a spritz of Elnett should give you just the right amount of bend and hold.
Orange is the New Black’s Piper Chapman & Alex Vause
Sure, this crafty blonde has been pulling off prison orange, faded highlights and sallow skin with, shall we say, grace, but we’d prefer take on her undone beachy wave look.
And Vause—exactly how did she manage to keep her iconic cat eye flawless throughout her entire stay at Litchfield? We can only assume that this pro smuggler found a way to get liquid liner past the guards.
Orange is the New Black: Piper’s Tousled Waves
Love the look of the carefree waves Piper sported during jaunts with then-girlfriend Vause? Good news: They can be easily recreated. Add a little TXT It Tousle Waves Spray to damp hair and then gently tousle your strands before drying them with a diffuser attachment.
Orange is the New Black: Alex’s Iconic Cat Eye
Winged liner is notably one of the more difficult applications to perfect. Try a few different methods until you find the one that works best for you. Our favorites: The Flick Method and The Tape Hack Method with a great liquid liner like Infallible Blackbuster.
Game of Thrones: Khaleesi
We know we’re not the only ones dreaming about the ethereal Daenerys Targaryen. This Mother of Dragons is on a course toward Westeros domination, and looks ridiculously gorgeous with platinum blonde hair (in masterful braids) and our biggest obsession, perfectly defined brows.
Game of Thrones: Khaleesi’s Platinum Blonde Hair
If you’re starting with a blonde or sandy brown base, shop the hair color aisle for the lightest white blonde on the shelf like Superior Preference Les Blondissimes in Ultra Light Ash Blonde to get this look. Then get to braiding.
Game of Thrones: Khaleesi’s Perfectly Defined Brows
Full brows rule all. Mimic the queen’s look by filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil like Brow Stylist Custom Brow Shaping Pencil. And don’t fret about symmetry—you’ll achieve a more natural look with slightly uneven brows.