Kate Mara, Lena Dunham And More Proved That Natural Lips Ruled At The 2012 Emmy Awards

Kate Mara and Lena Dunham at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
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We all know that bold, red, va-va-vooom lips may scream “Old Hollywood” 99% of the time, but at tonight’s Emmy Awards, stars proved that sometimes it’s a less-is-more beauty look that REALLY gets the attention. Nude, skin-toned, naked…whatever you want to call it, this hue totally dominated the makeup game, with everyone from Kate Mara to Lena Dunham sporting the trend. Lena and Kate both paired their lips with a smokey, dark eye, adding a seriously sultry edge to an otherwise demure look. The surprising result is simultaneously innocent AND seductive, and we’re pretty much obsessed. Also, is it just us, or do the deep side parts, light brown/reddish hair color and rosy cheeks on the actresses look strikingly similar? Clearly these two are on to something, and let’s just say this pale lip look packs a MAJOR punch.

Kerry Washington and Emily VanCamp at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
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Kerry Washington and Emily VanCamp are also in on the secret, but instead of pairing their understated lips with high drama eyes, these ladies went slightly more au naturale. Kerry repped some ridiculously long lashes (WHOA) and polished brows, whereas Emily stuck with a swipe of black liner and creamy, flushed cheeks. No matter how you decide to go, it’s a girl-next-door kind of vibe that’s guaranteed glam enough for the red carpet. In fact, it JUST might be fall’s most wearable beauty trend that you can jump start right this second. After all, if these unexpectedly understated lips are good enough for the stars of the Emmy Awards, they’re good enough for us.


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