The $8 Hyaluronic Acid Serum Used to Prep Reese Witherspoon’s Skin for Tonight’s Emmy Awards

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According to her Instagram chronicles, Reese Witherspoon brought tonight’s self-described “shortest commute” Emmy festivities to her backyard to celebrate the cast and crews of The Morning Show, Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere.

While the show may look a bit different this year, the 44-year-old had her trusty glam squad at her side—and a classic red lip, complete with a Louis Vuitton dress—as longtime makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan shared some interesting skin-care prep steps behind the glowing-skin look.

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COVID TEST✔️ MASKS ✔️ EMMYS GLAM ✔️ check check check! lots of precautions to make today a safe possibility but we did it! @reesewitherspoon LOOKS STUNNING in her @louisvuitton dress, tossled hair and classic red lip 💄Cheers!! 🥂. . . . . . SKIN PREP: -Started with @theinkeylist Hyaluronic Acid Serum to hydrate and plump the skin followed by a few drops of @theinkeylist Q10 serum which is chalk full of antioxidants. – @theinkeylist Peptide Moisturizer – For under the eyes I used the @theinkeylist Caffeine Eye Cream to prevent concealer from creasing as well reduce puffiness and any unwanted darkness. – finished the skin prep with @theinkeylist Polyglutamic Acid Serum which the perfect makeup base or ‘primer’ to lock in moisture. . . MAKEUP: SKIN: @patmcgrathreal Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation in shade 8 all over the face and décolletage. -To brighten the undereyes I applied @patmcgrathreal Sublime Perfection Concealer shade L4 followed by the @patmcgrathreal Blurring under-eye powder in Light to set the concealer and avoid any creasing. #sublimeperfection EYES: @patmcgrathreal MTHRSHP MEGA: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Pallette in bronze nebula all over the lid and underneath the bottom lash line. major mohogany mixed with bronze from the same palette in the outer corner. #MTHRSHPMega #CelestialDivinity  – @patmcgrathreal Dark Star Mascara in xtreme black LIPS: @patmcgrathreal matte trance lipstick in Elson 2 – @patmcgrathreal permagel ultra lip pencil in Major #PMGLabLove #patmcgrathlabs

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For starters, Deenihan applied what she refers to as “Holy Grail” The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($8) “to hydrate and plump the skin,” followed by a few drops of the brand’s Q10 Serum, a product she gives an A-plus to for its antioxidant arsenal.

“I applied a few drops of the Q10 serum, which is chock-full of antioxidants, protecting the skin against damage caused by free radicals and the environment—especially beneficial with the current poor air quality on the West Coast.”

The Peptide Moisturizer, Caffeine Eye Cream and Polyglutamic Acid Serum—“the perfect makeup base or ‘primer’ to lock-in moisture and create a thin veil over the skin, allowing makeup to glide on seamlessly for an overall even application,” according to Deenihan—rounded out the mix to make for a decidedly affordable all-under-$15 lineup of products.

“Virtual awards or not, makeup is makeup and proper skin prep is always essential before starting with any color,” Deenihan says.

As for the makeup moves, the warm, neutral eye and matte-red lip look was made entirely with Pat McGrath Labs products—with the brand’s popular Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation in Light-Medium 8, Concealer and Under Eye Blurring Powder adding to the radiant-skin theme.

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