The 13 Best Emmys Beauty Moments of All Time

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Jennifer Anniston, 1999.Photo: Getty Images.

This Sunday is the 71st annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. From the leading ladies of Killing Eve to the presenters, who include Taraji P. Henson, Zendaya, and Naomi Watts, the show is sure to be teeming with beauty inspiration. After all, the Emmys have a long track record of unforgettable hair and makeup moments.

It begins with Mary Tyler Moore, a de facto beauty muse for ’60s and ’70s working-girl beauty. She oozed girl-next-door charm, with her flipped bob, winged cat-eyes, and perpetually pink pout. Similarly at ease in her signatures was Cecily Tyson, who accepted her two history-making Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman with a braided updo, thick fringe, and superhuman glow in 1974. In addition to memorable takes on the decade-defining brown lipstick trend, as seen on Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie, the ’90s was defined by standout hair moments carried off with natural ease. Take, for example, Jennifer Aniston’s iconic boho twists, or Sarah Jessica Parker and Keri Russell, who both sported their born-with-it curly textures with stylish aplomb.

And through the 2000s, stars continued to embrace their individuality: Christina Hendricks and her Joan Holloway–esque flicks of winged liner, Zoë Kravitz and that cool girl shave, Kerry Washington—her unforgettable cloud of brushed-out spirals was a perfect complement to her prenatal glow. And as for 2019? Zendaya caused double takes with her auburn, Hollywood waves and smoky eyes. Here, the most memorable beauty moments in Emmys history.

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