America Ferrera's Modern Vintage

God-given curves aside, America Ferrera's look had 'pin-up queen' all over it at the Emmys.

Ferrara's makeup artist Vanessa Scali, working with Nars, referenced the sexy Vargas girls with those majorly red lips, but it worked, because it looked modern, not kitschy.

"A sheer, radiant face makes the red lips look timeless," says Scali. Warning: Matte skin with a strong, red lipstick just looks old fashioned, not sexily retro.

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To prep skin for red lipstick, do as Scali did:

  1. Apply foundation only where you need it, and blend with your fingers.
  2. Apply concealer after foundation and only onto any areas that needed coverage. You'll find you need less concealer than you thought, says Scali.
  3. On the cheeks, use a combination of The Multiple in Portofino and Orgasm Blush, which gave Ferrara a slight touch of color and shimmer that "looked radiant--not made up," says Scali.
  4. Now that her skin looked fresh, healthy, and real, it was time for lipstick in Scarlett Empress, a semi-matte blue-red.

Leave it to Betty to show everyone how it's done.

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--image via justjared.buzznet.com

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