Issa Rae showed up to the 73rd annual Emmy Awards wearing a custom silver Aliétte gown, enhanced by glowing skin, metallic purple eye shadow, and bold lashes. The overall look was a riff on the disco era and was taken even further by the Insecure star’s custom grill.
While the newlywed turned heads as she walked the red carpet, it was only once all of the attendees were inside that we learned her secret: This entire beauty look was created using products under $15, including skincare. “The beautiful custom Aliétte felt like a nod to the ’70s, Studio 54, and disco glam,” said Joanna Simkin, celebrity makeup artist. “I was instantly inspired to do a sparkly purple eye shadow and fluttery lashes to accentuate Issa’s gorgeous features while playing up a bold statement eye.” The star of the show? E.l.f. Cosmetics’ $5 Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow in Supernova.
Below, Simkin breaks down Issa Rae’s gorgeous red carpet look, including details about how to achieve the perfect purple power eye at home. As they say on TikTok, issa vibe—right? Right.