I don’t know a girl (or guy) in the world who doesn’t have a big fat crush on Emma Stone. Maybe it’s the infectious laugh, the great big eyes, or the skin so luminous it makes you wish you’d never seen the sun in your life. But something about her is just so alluring (and we don’t throw that word around lightly). We sat down with the actress and Revlon spokesmodel to find out her beauty secrets. And if you’re so inclined to buy, oh, everything she mentioned, we bolded them just in case.
__I just saw the trailer for Gangster Squad—your ’40s makeup is gorgeous. __
“Christien Tinsley, who did the makeup, needed to do a whole beauty look that took three hours every day. It’s really strong eyebrows and red lipstick and all the stuff that I like. The craziest part was making my skin one solid thing, because I have freckles and all of that. So it was concealer, then foundation, then concealer, then foundation again, and powder. It was thick, very thick.”
Does your character onscreen ever affect your beauty look off-screen?
“It actually weirdly infiltrates in a way you don’t necessarily see happening at the time. Just because you’re accessing different parts of your personality and playing someone a little different than yourself. So if that person is drawn to something, you find yourself drawn to it, too. I personally find myself dressing that way. So I was dressing in corsets, garter belts, gowns…in my daily life.” (Yes, she’s joking.)
You’ve gone from blonde to red to blonde again. Is there a shade you especially loved?
“I liked Zombieland. But I think it went with all that crazy heavy makeup and the tan that came along with that character. And my mom is a redhead, so I like it sentimentally, too. There are sometimes people that I don’t know very well that are like, ‘Hey great to meet you. You should go back to red,’ and I’m like, ‘Mmm, good to meet you?’ I go to Tracey Cunningham for color, and when I’m in New York I go to Marie Robinson.”
How do you care for it between treatments?
“I can’t do hair to save my life. If you put a gun to my head I would say shoot me. If I put anything too heavy in it, I look like a drowned rat for like a week. I was thinking about trying coconut oil—I heard that’s helpful—but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get it out.”
You’re the face of Revlon. Have you always loved makeup?
“On stage in theater is probably where I really found an interest in makeup. When I was in youth theater, you did your makeup before performances every day. And I was Eeyore. It was all gray makeup, and I would paint on black worry lines and black arrows and black lips. And I was the great mother in The Little Mermaid. She looked like Christina Aguilera, but a ghost version. Big white hair. Glitter face. Red lipstick. That’s when I realized you could change your face—make yourself look older. I thought it was really fun.”
Do you have any beauty regrets?
“I wore so much makeup when I was 15 and 16. I wore SO much makeup. Black eyes. Bronzer. It was crazy. I was getting spray tans. And I had acrylic nails. Square ones. French tip. I’m not kidding. I had acrylic nails for Gangster Squad again and I was like, ‘The horror!’ They were rounded ’40s nails. I had them for two months. Those things are awful for your nails.”
What’s your skin-care routine like?
“It’s a superslutty routine. I try new things all the time because I’m really interested in skin care. My goal is to get to where stuff is completely just what it is, like coconut oil, argan oil, or olive oil, but it doesn’t always work out that well. I got yelled at because I was putting coconut oil on my face three times a day and a dermatologist was like, ‘How is your skin alive?’ So right now I’m using a Cetaphil bar and just an Elta Lotion. I use the EltaMD UV Clear and then the Elta PM Therapy. My skin is so dry, I just need hydration.”
Do you have a signature scent?
“I’ve worn Chance by Chanel, like, forever. I really like the smell of it.”
How would you describe the smell?
“I don’t know. I’m not good at that. Like a brisk morning! Is that what you do? But the weird thing is, I think there’s something off about my pH because things smell totally different on me. When you stay at a Four Seasons hotel they have all this Bvlgari stuff and if I use the body wash I smell like pot the rest of the day. It makes no sense. It mixes with my chemistry and I just smell like I have clam-baked all day.”
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