This week I am loving Emma Stone, star of new film The Help. Few celebrities look so fantastic with natural make-up, but Emma works this look beautifully. Elegant and charming, the American actress has become a model of inspiration and fashion.
Stone also isn't afraid to try out new trends while remaining true to her feminine style, looking neat and pretty, simple and clean.
In The Help, which is showing at cinemas now, Emma plays Skeeter, a southern writer at a time of racial discrimination in Mississippi.
In the film, Emma has a Celtic look, with her bright red, wavy hair accentuating her pale skin. The make-up artists were evidently looking for a no-make-up look, to reflect Skeeter's character -- a progressive woman who is more interested in the issues of the day than her appearance.
To get the look, the Brad Wilder team applied a foundation to match Emma's skin tone. It is very important not to use make-up darker than your skin tone, because it will look very unnatural. It is best to choose a fluid product with semi-matt or satin finish as this will reflect the light and make skin look rejuvenated.
Light skin has been a symbol of beauty and wellness for many centuries, so women fortunate enough to have been born with it must take extra care because it tends to be more delicate.
If you want to get Emma's look, I recommend Long Lasting Natural Finish Foundation in Porcelaine by Bobbi Brown, which will give you the right shade without making you too pale. If you use powder, make sure it is the same colour as the foundation and avoid any that are too white. Try Dior Forever DSK Comp 10 Ivory and apply to the cheeks, forehead and nose.
Blusher is very important with this kind of look as it gives vitality and warmth to the face. Avoid brown and terracotta colours (intended for browner complexions) and instead go for very soft tones such as pink, raspberry, orange, coral or peach. In powder, cream or mousse, choose an iridescent pink blush and apply it to the top of the cheekbones, blending to the temple. Taking a blusher brush from the top of the cheeks to the temples can create the illusion of higher cheekbones. I recommend Perfect Blush by Trish McEvoy in Natural.
To get Emma's eyes, a reddish-brown shade, such as Pure Colour Duo Eye Shadow in Cobblestone by Estee Lauder, will give definition and contrast with pale skin. Paler skin tones can also pull off colder colours such as blues and greys, just don't use too much -- a light sweep will do.
This type of eye look suits a brown eyeliner -- it is softer than a dark black line and frames the eye more softly. Emma only applies the eyeliner to the upper eyelid, drawing a long line right to the outer edge of the eye, to highlight the almond shape -- Dual Ended Eye Liner in Bronze Chocolate by Bobbi Brown is a good choice.
For mascara, apply a clear or brown colour. I like Lash Power Mascara in Dark Chocolate to give some colour to the lashes and more depth to your eyes.
For the natural look, strong colour on the lips is a big no-no. I would either not wear lipstick, instead opting for a gloss or balm, or if you feel naked without a bit of lippy, use a light soft pink tone lipstick. Laura Mercier has a wide range of colours that aren't too in your face or attention grabbing. Try the Creme Lip Colour and line the lips with the same or very similar colour, such as Estee Lauder's Double-Wear Lip Pencil in Pink.
Sometimes getting a natural look is even harder than a striking look. The secret is finding the correct balance between looking washed out and overly made-up.