How Emma Stone's 'La La Land' Role Informed Her Golden Globes Look

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From her gown to her subtly glitzy makeup, the singing and dancing starlet embodied the film for which she was nominated.

This dress is like the embodiment of the feeling of La La Land,” says Emma Stone’s makeup artist Rachel Goodwin. “It has whimsy, it has drama, it has this Old Hollywood yet somehow modern feel. It has all the elements that were represented in the movie.” The silvery star-adorned Valentino gown in question was a long time in the making, and Goodwin says every step of the way Stone’s team was part of the process.

“The first time I saw the sketches, I had the idea of a really soft, very feminine, very romantic feeling [for her makeup]. I wanted it to have an element of some kind of magical, ethereal note.” That came through in the form of a subtle touch of whimsy: silvery-pink glitter shadow (NARS Earthshine, $25) in the inner corner of Stone’s blue eyes, which Goodwin applied with a bit of water and a tiny pointed brush.

The touch of shine was “added for the fun of it, because it was a fun movie that made us kind of dream,” says Goodwin, who shunned eyeliner altogether, using only mascara and lashes, and finishing the look with the warm, neutral NARS Rosecliff Lipstick ($28). “I didn’t want any hard lines, no liner. It felt very Ziegfeld Follies to me, but a little bit more modern.”

When it came to her hair, says longtime stylist Mara Roszak, "The movie La La Land had a nod toward Old Hollywood and the classic musicals and in the same way her hair did too. The updo itself is modern, soft, and more organic, but it did feel like the older '20s to '30s." To achieve Stone's shine without weighing her locks down, Roszak used L'Oreal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum ($6) on the ends, and Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Inject Volume Mousse ($5) on her roots before the ghd Soft Curl Iron ($199). "It is always about having Emma's hair feel like her, but it is always important that we try new things and don't get stuck," says Roszak. "There is an openness between us and the whole group that's so unique and special. It's like we all speak the same language."