Get the Look: Emily Ratajkowski at the 2016 Emmys

Emily Ratajkowski may not have been nominated for an Emmy Award, but she definitely stole the show. If you’re not familiar with the actress/model, she appeared in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video and in the movie “Gone Girl.” At the 2016 Emmy Awards, her makeup artist Hung Vanngo gave her a sultry, smudgy smokey eye that paired perfectly with her sleek low pony. Although it may seem like looks like this one are only achievable by stars, they’re totally not! I’m here to show you exactly how to get this look using products you can find at your local Target or Wal-Mart.

1. Start with a Flawless Base

When you’re walking the Emmy red carpet you’ll naturally want to hide every imperfection. A full coverage foundation like the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation ($12.99) would do the trick. Apply it with a beauty sponge for an even application. You’ll also want to highlight parts of your face with a concealer to give you a natural glow much like Emily’s. Pick a medium coverage concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your actual skin tone and apply it under your eyes, on the center of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and on your chin. I used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer ($9.99).

2. Smoke Out Your Eyeshadow

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Emily’s eyes are showstoppers in all of their metallic blue smokiness. But don’t be discouraged—with the right combination of blue-toned eyeshadows, this look is totally achievable! I recreated this look using Wet 'n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Poster Child ($4.99) and the L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue ($7.95). 

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You’ll want to start with a black eyeshadow base. I used the Elf Cosmetics Cream Liner in Black ($3), but you could use any kind of cream product. Apply it all over your eyelid using a brush or your fingertips.

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Now dip a fluffy crease brush into the light blue shade (third from the top on the right side) from the Poster Child palette. You’ll want to apply this shade into the crease of your eye, dragging it all the way out to the tip of your eyebrow. Then, using a flat, stiff shader brush, apply the L’Oreal eyeshadow in Midnight Blue on your lid, on top of the black base.  You’ll also want to drag this shadow out to match the previous color. This shadow brings in the right amount of metallic shine. With a skinny brush, apply a small amount of the black eyeshadow from the Poster Child palette (bottom left side) into the crease, keeping it focused on the outer “V” of your eye. This creates depth and brings the look to life. Lastly, using another shader brush, apply the bright teal shade to the inner third of your eyelid and down around your tear duct (Tip: if you wet your brush before dipping it into the teal eyeshadow, you’ll intensify the color payoff).  

Because this is a smokey eye, you’ll want to smoke out your lower lash line. To do this, just use the same eyeshadows and brushes we used on the lid. Starting with the light blue shade, then the L’Oreal eyeshadow, and finally the teal color. You can make this look extra smokey by applying a black eye liner to your waterline. I used the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil ($7.99). Add your favorite mascara and you’re good to go!

3. Pick the Perfect Nude Lip

Emily’s pinky nude lip is the perfect subtle finish to an amazing look, but pinky nudes may not be the perfect fit for every skin tone. If you have a medium to dark complexion, I suggest going with something that has a brown or orange undertone. I chose the NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ($6).  

Dramatic looks like this one can seem intimidating at first, but with the right products they’re easily attainable! You’re also free to make this look your own by adding winged eyeliner or using a bolder lip color. Here’s the look I created:

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Attending class may not be the same as attending an award show, but you can definitely look just as good!