The Tonys!

The Honest Company
 

One of the major perks of growing up in New York City is that I had access to a rich and subversive theater community. Whether I spontaneously decided to catch a Broadway matinee or huddled together with diverse strangers at a divey off-off Broadway theater watching actors pursue their dreams. As an immigrant, I always found it difficult to relate to many of my peers, always straddling American customs and foreign traditions. I was weirds and quirky. I was the girl that brought a Thermos of borscht and enviously eyed my peers’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

All of these feelings of disconnect would fade away when I was at the theater. I would get lost in the musical numbers or dramatic monologues. I would feel joy, sadness, empathy, anger, and above all I would feel like I belonged.

This is something that theater accomplishes - it brings you closer to genuine stories with palpable emotions that bring you into a community. I have spoken to so many people who echo this sentiment - theater helped them find themselves and, as a result, find their tribes. There’s also the fact that plays and musicals has been representative of the diverse populations of the world and their interactions, long before mainstream films have been.

We saw this reflected in the work that was spotlighted at this year’s Tony Awards. In musical comedy The Prom, a same sex couple is barred from attending their prom together until they receive the help from former actors past their prime. In Hadestown, a couple travels through hell together with their only goal being to get out together. To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted from the seminal novel from Harper Lee, reminds us that legal racial inequality is not too far in the past and probes us to consider ideologies around racial inequality in modern times. Beetlejuice may elicit laughs (they casts musical number did at the award ceremony) but reminds us, quite frankly, that it’s “a show about death”.

Inclusivity and acceptance has always been the vibe of theater and that is something we definitely see reflected at the Tony Awards year in and year out.

The red carpet boasted impressive backgrounds that included the venue (Radio City Music Hall) and a rainbow flag floral assortment in honor of World Pride. James Corden hosted the live telecast, staying true to the format of theater - if you mess up, keep going, it’s live.

Hey mainstream media - TAKE NOTES.

Scroll down for our favorite looks of the night. Links with an asterisk (*) are actual products used. Comment below or hit me up on social with your faves!


 
The custom look was made from the curtain backdrop from Porter’s time on  Kinky Boots  and intended to resemble a uterus to defend female reproductive rights, a hot button issue right now.

The custom look was made from the curtain backdrop from Porter’s time on Kinky Boots and intended to resemble a uterus to defend female reproductive rights, a hot button issue right now.

Billy Porter

The Grooming: La Sonya Gunter

The Ensemble: Celestino Couture

Try: To mimic Billy’s flawless complexion, use Tarte Shape Tape Concealer* ($27).

 
The second time nominee matched the carpet in this beautifully wrapped number while reppin’  King Lear.

The second time nominee matched the carpet in this beautifully wrapped number while reppin’ King Lear.

Ruth Wilson

The Makeup: Talia Sparrow

The Hair: Christopher Naselli

The Ensemble: Brandon Maxwell

Try: Ruth’s eye makeup was a subtle pink glitter lid that you can achieve easily with Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($24).

 

The Broadway mogul makes another statement in red with sleek hair.

Jordan Roth

The Grooming: Yuki Hayashi

The Hair: Rutger

The Ensemble: Givenchy Couture

Try: Work 100 Proof Smoothing Oil ($36) from Drybar through damp hair to repair damage and increase shine.

 

The acting powerhouse wore a delicate pink gown paired with monochromatic makeup.

Regina King

The Makeup: Oslyn Holder

The Hair: Tiffany Lamb

The Ensemble: Prada

Try: Use a beautiful matte pink on the lip like Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother ($20) from Kat Von D.


 
The American Theater Wing trustee was a purple confectionary dream.

The American Theater Wing trustee was a purple confectionary dream.

Lucy Liu

The Makeup: Mario Dedivanovic

The Hair: Danielle Priano

The Ensemble: Christian Siriano

Try: Makeup prep is more important the color products placed on top and Mario used The Silk Canvas ($52) form Tatcha to prime Lucy’s complexion.

 
Samira traded her orange jumpsuit for this gorgeous green number.

Samira traded her orange jumpsuit for this gorgeous green number.

Samira Wiley

The Makeup: Disco

The Hair: Derick Monroe

The Ensemble: Pamella Roland

Try: We’re so lucky Disco shared the exact eyeshadows she used to create this beautiful smokey eye: Truffe*, Verdâtre*, and Noir* ($20 each) - all from Surratt.

 
I love a lady in a suit - especially Tina in this metallic number.

I love a lady in a suit - especially Tina in this metallic number.

Tina Fey

The Makeup: Gita Bass

The Ensemble: Thom Browne

Try: A beautiful red lip is the perfect addition to any outfit. Copy Tina’s look with Maybelline’s Made for All lipstick in Red For Me ($7.49), a universal red for all skin tones.

 
Ali is the first wheelchair using actor to be nominated and WIN the Tony Award. Her  speech was inspirational .

Ali is the first wheelchair using actor to be nominated and WIN the Tony Award. Her speech was inspirational.

Ali Stroker (with David Perlow)

The Makeup: Kat Nejat-Thompson

The Hair: Kat Nejat-Thompson

The Ensemble: Rachel Antonoff

Try: Grab The Rebel ($53) eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury for a colorful twist on a smokey eye.

 
The Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner stunned with this custom feathery creation before changing for the In Memoriam, where she sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.

The Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner stunned with this custom feathery creation before changing for the In Memoriam, where she sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.

Cynthia Erivo

The Makeup: Terrell Mullin

The Hair: Coree Moreno

The Ensemble: Chris Gelinas

Try: Grab a strip lash from Kiss* - like Triple Push-Up Brassiere ($6.99) for instant drama. I recommend practicing with fake lashes as those with more hairs or thicker strips can be too stiff for a newbie to finagle.

 
The Marvelous Miss Brosnahan looked more like a good witch with this dress and her new blonde locks.

The Marvelous Miss Brosnahan looked more like a good witch with this dress and her new blonde locks.

Rachel Brosnahan

The Makeup: Lisa Aharon

The Hair: Owen Gould

The Dress: Christian Dior Haute Couture

Try: Use the Glow Face Palette* ($45) from Dior to help your skin look healthy and glowing, in case you need a little more oomph.

 
The 17 year-old currently plays Lydia Deetz in  Beetlejuice  on Broadway.

The 17 year-old currently plays Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice on Broadway.

Sophia Anne Caruso

The Makeup: Kristen Bacino

The Hair: Deena Moe Caruso (her mom!)

The Dress: Pamella Roland

Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills does it again - this time turning her famous eyebrow gel into a tube formula. The new Dipbrow Gel ($18) will help you keep your brows in shape for the red carpet through the after-party.

 
I don’t know what’s more exciting - Laura’s  return to Broadway  in 2020 or her  beef with Audra McDonald .

I don’t know what’s more exciting - Laura’s return to Broadway in 2020 or her beef with Audra McDonald.

Laura Linney

The Makeup: Chris Colbeck

The Hair: Matthew Monzon

The Dress: Christian Siriano

Try: Kevyn Aucoin knew beauty, especially celebrity beauty, and he transferred all of his knowledge into this product line. I recommend the Expert Lipstick in Eliarise ($35) for a moisturizing red lip.

 
11 years after making her debut on Broadway, Caitlin is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical

11 years after making her debut on Broadway, Caitlin is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical

Caitlin Kinnunen

The Makeup: Caroline Baribeau

The Ensemble: Kenneth Cole

Try: We know that Caroline used Burt’s Bees lipstick but not the exact shade. I love the brand’s lipstick and would use Sunset Cruise ($9.29) to replicate this look.

 

Oh yeah, and the Queen of Musical Theater was there too:

 

Cover photo by Luca Bravo.

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