Issa Rae Used a $3 Eye Shadow for Her Emmys Look

There isn't much about the Emmys 2021 that feels relatable. Have designers clamoring to loan you a dress, and world-class makeup artists at your beck and call? No and sadly, no. Make a tearful speech in front of a room (or a tent, due to this year's pandemic precautions) filled with celebrities? Nope. But there is one thrilling way, at least when it comes to beauty, for stars come down to Earth — with affordable drugstore beauty products. Tonight, Issa Rae is doing just that.

The actor, writer, director, and creator of Insecure (which missed the 2021 Emmys eligibility period by a hair) and executive producer/co-star of Black Lady Sketch Show (for which she's nominated for two awards) showed up on the red carpet with a face full of E.L.F. cosmetics as applied by makeup artist Joanna Simkin. 

Every single item in Rae's lavender look, including both skin care and makeup, sells for $15 for less — especially impressive when it comes to her lavender eye shadow, which looks like a million bucks. The bold effect comes courtesy of Simkin's handiwork and E.L.F.'s $3 Bite Size Shadow palette in Açaí You. (Another way Rae is relatable? She couldn't wait for to debut her full look, and posted this teaser from the glam chair — mimosa in hand.) With a beauty look so bright, we can't wait to see what else Rae has in store for the red carpet.

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