Emma Stone: Glamour Magazine
Well, Spring has officially sprung my friends and I could not be happier about it. Even this early you can begin to feel an electricity in the air. Those few glorious extra hours of daylight when you get home from work, the wildflowers beginning to rear their heads on the side of the freeway, and if you’re me, concocting ideas for recipes while sifting through enormous piles of fava beans at the Farmers Market. But, I must say, my favorite part of it all has to be the annual return to color.
Color fabrics, color make up, color in every shop window, supermarket and magazine. Suddenly the world seems as if it’s being processed through a kaleidoscope lens. From the palest lilac to the most torrential tangerine, we seem drawn to color like bees to pollen, awakening a need seemingly inherent in our nature. By April our psyche begins to want to drink in color, like a tall glass of cool water in a hot desert, its presence utterly refreshing and life affirming, promising our rescue from the bleak monochromatic backdrop of the winter landscape.
For Glamour magazine’s May cover I worked with radiant, not to mention super cool, Emma Stone who I think encapsulates the youthful optimism and energy of early Spring perfectly. Emma happens to be one of my favorite people in the world so I realize I may be a little biased, but these shots taken by Matthias Vriens McGrath really capture her spirit and personality well. Emma doesn’t take herself too seriously and I think that comes through in these photographs.
I went for a bright sheer raspberry lip (Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Romance) paired with a classic cat eye using Calligraphy liner pen by Hourglass Cosmetics on the cover then changed it up on the inside shots, using only warm neutrals Josie Maran Argan oil lipstick in Birthday Suit on her lips and a concoction of Taupe #15 cream shadow by Make Up For Ever mixed with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on her eyes, creating two very different looks.
I had a seriously fun day on this shoot, doing what I love to do most in the world, play with make up, laugh, eat, and create beautiful pictures. This was the first cover I’ve done with Emma since she had her hair colored blonde for her role as Gwen Stacey in the new Amazing Spiderman. It was great getting to experiment with a whole new color palette and approach to her make up.
My suggestion for Spring: try wearing the color you find yourself suddenly most drawn to. Shake it up! If you always wear brown eyeliner then replace it with the purple one you’ve been eying instead. Trade in your trusty nude lip for the juicy popsicle pink one you ripped out of a magazine last week. Sometimes something as tiny as turning over a new make up routine leaf is all it takes to make us feel totally in tune with the rituals and seasons and isn’t that what life is all about? My plan is to keep it colorful.