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With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award under her Louis Vuitton belt, Emma Stone is a bona-fide superstar. She’s also one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood according to Forbes, and is currently starring in the Netflix sci-fi series, Maniac. In her public appearances, Stone rarely plays its safe, sporting an eclectic array of beauty looks. “She is up for anything,” says Rachel Goodwin, her dedicated makeup artist for over a decade. Goodwin, the director of pro artistry and red carpet for NARS, visited MECCA HQ recently, so we got the scoop on Stone’s most arresting looks from recent times.
At the premiere of Battle of the Sexes, the movie in which she played tennis champion Billie Jean King, Stone aced the red carpet with a dramatically smokey eye statement composed of varying shades of brown. Goodwin, inspired by the actor’s platinum blonde locks, adjusted the colour palette slightly. “I went a bit cooler, with greyish browns versus warm browns,” she says. “I had just received the new NARS shadows to experiment with, so I was like ‘We’re doing something fun!’” She tightlined with a blue eye pencil, and outlined Stone’s lips with the coral-hued Valencia lip lacquer.
“Sometimes you have to be in a mood to work a red lip,” says Goodwin. “I always say if you’re not in the mood to wear something, it will wear you.” Clearly, at an event for Louis Vuitton in Paris, Stone was in the perfect headspace to rock this vibrant rouge on her pout. In this case, Goodwin applied Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Red District, a traffic-stopping shade that looked especially fetching with Stone’s mannish black and white ensemble designed by Nicolas Ghesquière. “Lipstick can change your outlook, it’s a new lease on life,” adds Goodwin. “But it has to reflect the mood that you’re in.”
Stone made a maverick fashion choice at this year’s Oscars. Instead of a gown, she donned a custom Louis Vuitton suit comprising a burgundy blazer, pink sash belt and black trousers. Goodwin took cues from the rich jacket colour for Stone’s lids, anointed with a gradient of reddish shades from burgundy to soft pink. She added a navy liner, lashings of mascara and a soft pink blush, extending the colour outwards for a modernised eighties power statement. She finished the look with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let’s Go Crazy, a jubilant pink shade, topped with a transparent gloss. Stone’s fresh-faced complexion came courtesy of NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.
At the Golden Globes this year, actresses wore black on the red carpet to highlight Hollywood’s gender inequality. “In the wake of the #MeToo movement, I was trying to figure out how to make a feminist statement in her makeup,” says Goodwin, a cerebral thinker who looked to the suffragettes of the early twentieth century. “The colours they used in all their regalia were green, purple and white, and each had a symbolism behind it.” She applied an emerald green shade on lids, a shimmery white on the brow bone, and NARS Audacious Lipstick in the deep purple shade of Kirat. She also dabbed some of the lavender lip colour on Stone’s cheeks. The winning look gets our vote.
At this year’s Met Gala, Stone wore a heavily embellished Louis Vuitton dress. The gilty pleasure continued on her eyes, where Goodwin applied a bewitching blend of metallic shades. “What I loved about the dress is the fun mix of different metals,” she says. “And I decided to replicate that on the eyes.” Goodwin is an alchemist when it comes to blending glinting shades, and she often combines cool and warm metals for visual interest. To recreate the look, blend NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Galapagos with the quicksilver shade from NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Underworld. It’s a riveting combination that would surely get notice at one of this season’s glitzier soirees.
Inspired by the south of France setting of Louis Vuitton’s 2019 resort show, Goodwin channelled a slightly retro vibe worthy of all the starlets who made the locale famous. “I love that sixties fantasy,” she says of icons such as Brigitte Bardot, “with a dramatic liner and neutral smokey eyes.” Goodwin traced Stone’s peepers with NARS Eyeliner Stilo, deployed a deep taupe shade in the crease, and finished up with NARS Lip Liner in Borneo and a dash of the new Orgasm lip balm, a peachy pink that flatters everyone—Oscar winners included.
Words by George EpaminondasPhotography from Getty ImagesOctober 2018
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