Emma Stone was in Paris last night to premiere her new movie, The Amazing Spider-Man. Keep reading to get ELLE’s exclusive scoop on her hair, makeup, nails, and wardrobe for the evening—plus scads of behind-the-scenes photos taken as her look came together.
For her dress last night, Emma and her stylist Petra Flannery settled on a Fall 2012 Gucci runway look. “The philosophy behind dressing Emma is to keep her fresh and fun,” Flannery explains. “She embraces fashion and exudes confidence therefore what she wears doesn’t feel overpowering.”
“When Emma is on her own she is more of a dress casual, jeans and tees kind of girl,” Flannery adds. “However, she always has a flair even in this respect. Sort of modern-day Katherine Hepburn.”
Depending on Emma’s hair color, Flannery will approach her red carpet wardrobe slightly differently: “When dressing Emma as a blonde versus a redhead, I take color into consideration a lot. As a blonde, I love playing up the fairness with pastels or contrasting her in black. As a redhead, she can wear more unique colors such as chartreuse.”
For her makeup last night, Emma worked with Chanel celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin. “I wanted to channel one of my all-time favorite screen sirens Carol Lombard, who like Emma, was both glamorous and hilarious at the same time,” Goodwin explains. “The dress had this very 1930s flair to it, both really dreamy and dramatic, kind of like Paris itself. It’s both Emma’s and my absolute favorite city on earth, and it never fails to inspire.”
To start, Goodwin says, “I prepped Emma’s skin with Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base, then applied Vitalumiere Aqua Compact Foundation in 10 Beige, buffed with a soft synthetic brush. I lined her lids with Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in Charcoal, and applied a wash of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in Abstraction, a shimmery peach rose shade available in November. I finished with two coats of Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir and extended the length of her brows with Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde.”
More details from last night’s hair and makeup—plus Emma’s behind-the-scenes photo diary—after the cut.
To give Emma a little cheek color without overpowering her, Goodwin likes to “define her cheekbones with a hint of warmth from a sheer lip color,” she says. “I dabbed a bit of Revlon Lip Butter in Brown Sugar to her cheekbones. It adds a hint of transparent color that also gives a pretty glow to her skin, which I love.”
“The focal point of the makeup was definitely the lip,” Goodwin continues. “I used Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli. I love the contrast of a deep lip shade on fair skin; it’s always so arresting and takes a real commitment to wear. Only a girl with real confidence can pull it off with grace.”
Goodwin adds that Emma is just that type of girl: “Emma loves makeup, and she’s not afraid to experiment with color, which make me really happy as an artist. She truly adores fashion and beauty and is open to the collaborative process. She’s a rare bird!”
When it came to hair last night, Emma relied on stylist Mara Roszak. Of her look, Roszak says, “I was so incredibly inspired by this dress. The moment we all saw it, we knew it would be an amazing look. Because it was the Paris premiere, I knew I wanted to go for something really glamorous with a classic feel.”
To achieve the style, Roszak applied mousse to Emma’s towel-dried hair and then rough dried to add texture and hold. “Using a 1-inch barrel iron, I took narrow sections and wrapped the hair around the barrel, released and then pin curled,” Roszak says. “I sprayed the pin curls all over with a lightweight hairspray and let it sit for about five minutes. I let the curls out, from the bottom up, and bushed them out lightly with a Mason Pearson brush. While brushing the hair, maintaining the ‘S’-wave was key. In the front around the face, I used finger wave clips to keep the shape of the style. I gently teased at the nape of the neck by backcombing with the Mason Pearson, and then pinned one side under, crisscrossing the bobby pins for extra hold.” Finally, she says, “I sprayed all over with Moroccanoil Finishing Spray.”
To combat the damp weather in Paris last night and to ensure the style lasted through the night, Roszak says, “Pin curling the hair and letting it set is key, along with using the right finishing spray. I like using hairsprays that add shine and hold, but aren’t too wet, which helps with humid weather. Keeping the style as dry as possible with dry shampoo helps.”
Of keeping Emma’s hair shiny and healthy, Roszak adds: “I absolutely love Emma’s blonde hair, and what most people don’t know is it is her natural color! She occasionally shampoos with a purple shampoo to brighten the color. Blonde hair can be a bit more delicate, and as a blonde myself I always make sure to use a rich moisturizing conditioner at least once a week. I like Moroccanoil’s Intense Moisture Mask. It’s also great to put the mask on in the shower with a shower cap on and let the steam penetrate the conditioner.”
See the look progress last night in the behind-the-scenes photo diary, below.