Issa Rae’s Beauty Breakdown Includes $1000 Cream


Issa Rae
Tayo Kuku Jr

Issa Rae‘s 2022 Emmys look was one for the books. As she celebrated her HBO series, the actress was a hit at the ceremony. InsecureThe final season of the series saw three nominations for ‘The Voice’.

The 37-year-old Californian native arrived at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Monday, September 12 wearing a custom Sergio Hudson gown in black and white. The figure-hugging dress highlighted her curves, and featured a dramatic cutout at its bodice. While the comedian’s outfit will be remembered forever, it was her glam, however, that stood out to Use.

The LittleThanks to her makeup artist, star looked like a dream. Joanna Simkin. Her beat featured a dramatic highlight and a dramatic winged liners. “I was inspired both by the geometric pattern of her dress and by the fact that she is nominated for her final Insecure season,” Simkin told Us Weekly only. “I wanted her to look timeless [but didn’t want] the look to compete with the dress — but rather enhance how strong and powerful she looks and is.”

To do this, the beauty guru prepped Rae’s skin with Lancer’s Legacy Eye Treatment, to make sure “Issa’s eyes were wide awake for the red carpet.” Simkin then hydrated the producer’s face with Lancer’s Legacy Youth Treatment, which retails for a whopping $1,000. The moisturizing didn’t stop there, Simkin also applied Lancer’s Omega Hydrating Oil all over Rae’s body.

The painting began. Using all e.l.f. Cosmetics products, Simkin started with the brand’s C-Bright Putty Primer. “I always love Vitamin C-infused primers and this one really enhanced Issa’s glow while gripping her makeup for all-night wear,” she explained, adding: “Primer is key for award shows.”

Issa Rae's Emmys 2022 Beauty Breakdown

Issa Rae
Joanna Simkin

Afterward, the glam expert went in with e.l.f.’s new Halo Glow Liquid Filter, which launched this year and went viral on TikTok, in shade 8 rich. The product has a subtle shimmer that can be captured on the camera. Simkin then used the line’s Bite-Size Eyeshadow in Truffles, which comes with a budget-friendly $3 price tag. “The two neutral shades contoured Issa’s eyes, while the smooth black created a beautiful smokey and defined wing.”

As for how fans can recreate Rae’s look at home, Simkin said: “Make sure to damp your sponge before applying foundation.” She explained that the sponge will help so you don’t “soak up too much product and the moisture will allow the sponge to bounce on the skin and create a seamless finish.”

Simkin stated that when Simkin worked with the LovebirdsShe aims to enhance her natural beauty and shine as a star. “Her glow is my number one priority and using products that enhance her beautiful skin tone and radiance will always be the first thing I think through instead of color matching,” she shared.

Issa Rae's Emmys 2022 Beauty Breakdown

Issa Rae
Tayo Kuku Jr

Rae’s look was finalized with a bone-straight blunt bob that was brought to life by celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood.

The actress was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series for her role in Issa. InsecureShe was unable to win the race, however. HacksStar Jean Smart. The series was also nominated as Outstanding Cinematography in a Single Camera Series and Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing in a Comedy Series.

The show premiered in 2016 and ran for five seasons until it was cancelled in 2021. The HBO comedy followed Rae’s character as she navigated friendships, relationships and career struggles while living in Los Angeles.