It's been sooo long (a full year, actually) since Emma Stone has made an appearance on this blog—and even longer since she's been at the top of my list of beauty crushes (a title she held throughout 2012). Out of sight, out of mind in this celebrity business. But now she's back, promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and once again dazzling us with an array of creative hair and makeup looks. Let's talk about these five:
Matte red lips and a single wave
Ever thought about doing an updo—but with a deep side part and a single, curling-tonged piece loose on one side? Me neither, but let's consider adding this to our repertoires now. It's an easy way to make the updo look special, and how great that you don't have to curl your entire head of hair (just the one piece)? It also softens the look, since hair scraped all the way back can sometimes be a little harsh. My hot-tool of choice is the Chi flat iron, which easily creates waves like this. Oh, and a few cuffs on the exposed ear are definitely recommended. These SunaharA Malibu ones are well-priced and come in silver and gold.
As for the makeup, it's all about the matte, orangey-red mouth—Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Fascinante—applied with extreme precision. And NO blush. Instead, Emma's makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, added a little sheer colour on the eyes using Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Skin Lights, with cult-classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on top to add shine. Notice how the colour is concentrated on the outer lids, and goes all the way up to the brows; then there's just a hint of black liner and mascara—no false lashes. I still kinda miss having blush, but I think it would've been overkill with the lip and eyelid action.
And is it just me or are Emma's brows getting better? I feel like they're fuller and the fans at the inner corners are in full effect.
Braided bangs and glossy peach lips
For this look, the front section of Emma's hair has been braided and then pinned to one side so that it lies flat to her forehead, with the rest of the hair loose and softly textured. (You could use the Chi iron for that again, just to give it the slight bend.) I would say there's also some dry shampoo or other texturizing product here to give the hair a slightly beachy feel. We could SO do this, guys! Very simple and yet, the little braid adds so much interest.
This makeup is fresh and peachy, with lip gloss, blush and eyeshadow all in the same colour family. (And hair, for that matter.) To me, it looks like the same Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Skin Lights, with some black liquid liner on the upper lash line and outer lower lash line to bring out the eyes. Not sure what's on the cheeks or lips, but for the same effect, I can highly recommend YSL Crème de Blush in Velvety Peach, and Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer in 301.
Silver shadow and a loose updo
Remember when Emma was one of the first celebs to start wearing the runway trend of eyeshadow all the way up to the eyebrows? Two years later, it still looks incredible on her—and something to think about trying in your own life for a big night out. With this trend, choosing the right colour is key, so that you don't overwhelm your face. With Emma's pale skin, a silver is perfect. One to try: Étoile from Dior's new shadow pots range, Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow; it's a little more sheer, so not quite as high-drama. Most people would wimp out and pair it with a nude lip, but not Emma. I love the contrast against this punchy pink. (Check out Sonia Kashuk's new Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm for something similar.)
With so much happening on the face, the stylist wisely chose to pull Emma's hair up into a soft, romantic updo—which lets the silver take centre stage.
Old Hollywood waves with fuchsia lipstick
We're so used to seeing Emma in her signature quirky beauty looks that it's a nice change of pace for her to go all glam Hollywood, for once. This hair, fashioned by stylist Mara Roszak, is perfection—it cascades down in perfectly uniform waves, yet still looks soft and touchable. I love the little swoop down over one eye. Natacha did a great tutorial for how to get vintage-style waves, so head over here for the closest you'll get to replicating this look at home. (She says it's easy...)
On the makeup front, what keeps this youthful and fresh against the contrast of the "done" hair is the lack of any strong shading or colours, save for the wallop of hot pink on the mouth. It's Chanel again, this time the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Rayonnante. Then, just peachy blush (so as not to be too matchy-matchy with the cool-toned mouth) and what looks like a couple of individual false lashes at the outer corners. So great!
Side-parted straight hair with green liner
I saved my favourite one for last! Even though this isn't the best quality photo, I'm obsessed with this hair and makeup—especially the the hair. It's been blow-dried straight, and the front section cleverly positioned so that it sweeps over most of the forehead, but then bends just at eye level before joining the hair on the other side. You'll need to play around with a round brush and blowdryer to achieve this; I recommend working on that section first before the rest of your head to ensure it dries into the right shape. For the sleek finish, she probably had a flat iron run through the lengths, and possible some kind of shine serum, like the wonderfully-scented Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum.
Now let's talk about those amazing eyes. First, the makeup artist dusted a shimmery taupe into the crease, for definition; try Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Cement. Next came green all the way around the eyes, softly smudged and with a thicker line above the upper lashes. Try NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue de Rivoli, or Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Forest Green. It looks like there's also a neutral in the waterlines, like a soft grey or a brown to "ground" the bright colour. As for the lips and cheeks, the green works well with peachy tones. Lately, I've been wearing (and getting compliments on) Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush.
Let me know how you feel about these looks (and products)!
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