From the pre-Raphaelite painter who inspired the makeup palette to the feeling her hairstylist wanted to exude with her ‘do, here’s everything you need to know.
For someone who’s on a winning streak leading up to the Oscars, her ensemble for the big night is far from a last-minute decision. Emma Stone’s longtime makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, reports that she’d been seeing her gold Givenchy gown in different incarnations for months, giving her substantial opportunity to ponder the best beauty plan and get inspired.
Of course the dress, which frequent collaborator and hairstylist Mara Roszak says “had this ‘40s goddess feel,” was a major part of the puzzle. “We wanted the hair [and makeup] to match the slightly damp, dreamy goddess look,” she continues. “She looked like a breath of fresh air.” The “different feel” of this dress, compared to others that Stone has worn, pushed Roszak to create a new hairstyle that reflected it.
“She’s never worn a dress like this, and it feels like a fresh thing for me as well,” adds the stylist. The complementary style Roszak chose was a brushed-out, very soft, dreamy wave, which she accomplished with the help of L’Oreal Paris Boost It High Lift Creation Spray ($5) and plenty of L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15), her pro secret. “It’s my favorite; hairspray ensures the hair stays in place and combats the weather,” she says. “The weather in L.A. has been so touch-and-go, and you never know what you’re going to get.”
When it came to Stone’s makeup, Goodwin says she looked to the soft, bronzy and pale golds in the textured gown as well as 1930s beauty and pre-Raphaelite paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who immortalized countless ethereal redheads in his artwork. “It was a mash-up of these two worlds,” says Goodwin. “Rossetti had a lot of muses that were redheads, and I’ve always loved them. The combination of the golds and skin and red hair and the ethereal feeling of that angel-type woman is where I got the inspiration for the makeup.”
A Gustav Klimt painting was inspiration for the brick-red hue on Stone’s lips. The “deep, deep burnished brown-red” Goodwin says specifically works with the golds in her gown. “It’s harmonious. It gives that richness and works in that framework. I’ve always loved brick shades, I think there’s something beautiful about how earthy they are but still glamorous.” For the record, Stone’s was NARS Mona Audacious Lipstick ($34), which Goodwin applied in two layers (blotting between each) after first covering her lips in concealer and powder to create a long-lasting base.
The actress’ eyes were kept soft, featuring the same cohesive tones. Amber, bronze and gold picked up the texture and sparkle of the gown. “I don’t like to necessarily adhere to trends, I like to go with what’s right for the moment, for the dress,” says Goodwin, adding that for a big moment like the Oscars she must think ahead. “You want to make an impact and make sure it’s timeless. You don’t want to look back in 10 years and think, 'Why did we make that decision?'” Safe to say Stone won't be regretting anything in 2027.
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