Dark or bright, pastel or pitch black, there seemed to be one lip shade that went with every dress at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Coral lipstick, the color in question, rose to the top of the beauty radar on Sept. 22 — appearing on the red carpet via Naomi Watts, Brittany Snow, and Jameela Jamil. You can see why each star went with the punched-up classic, too: It's a variation on the traditional red lip that feels as modern as the gorgeous gowns paired with it.
Lucky for you, recreating these stars' makeup looks at home won't break the bank, either. Brittany Snow's makeup artist Jenna Kristina used Maybelline's "Vibrant Mandarin" shade at the Emmys — a deep and dramatic orange-red shade that complemented the actor's hair to a T. Better yet, the Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color in the same exact shade is currently marked down on Amazon and retails for just $4.99. (Just in case you do any late-night, post-Emmys online shopping.)
The beauty of this vibrant shade is that, at first glance, it seems a bit over-the-top. However, in reality, it's truly very versatile and works with a range of skin tones. So whether you have a little black dress to add some color to or a basic t-shirt-and-jeans outfit to spice up, coral is the way to go.
To revisit all of the best coral lipstick moments from the 2019 Emmys — and to start off your next makeup wishlist — continue scrolling down. A few memorable favorites from the awards show are listed below.
When opting for such a strong shade, consider letting it lead your entire outfit: Maybelline's "Vibrant Mandarin" lip color is the focal point of the actor's delicately pastel Emmys look.
It's impossible to pick a favorite part from Watts' stunning Emmys outfit — the eye-catching coral lip, or the Christian Dior haute couture gown. Thankfully for fans, you can easily recreate her poppy pout by following makeup artist Kate Lee's lead: "For the lips, I wanted to build a matte orangey-red lip with depth and luminosity," read an interview quote from Lee in a press email from Chanel. "I perfected it by starting with Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Mordoré - Nude and blending it with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion in True Red."
More orange than red, Jamil's chosen shade of coral was the perfect pop of color against her Tiffany blue dress. It looked especially chic paired with a cat-eye and glowing skin.
Not every coral lipstick was brighter than could be. The Good Place actor D'Arcy Carden's glam look showed off the softer side of the shade, and still expertly complemented her dark dress.
Consider coral lipstick strictly for summer, or summery shades? Think again. Fisher proved that the warm color works even with cool metallics.