Like most of the attendees at last night’s Golden Globes ceremony, Emma Stone wore a black dress to stand in solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse. But her dress wasn’t the only powerful statement she made on the red carpet. As it turns out, her makeup was equally symbolic.
Stone, who brought tennis legend Billie Jean King as her date after portraying the female rights activist in last year’s Battle of the Sexes, stunned in a one-shoulder black lace gown by Louis Vuitton.
The La La Land star also used the red carpet as an opportunity to support women in another poignant way, however, with a little help from makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin. The beauty guru revealed to People that the color palette she chose for the Oscar-winner had a far deeper meaning than complimenting her skin tone (which it most definitely did): It actually represented the women’s suffragette movement of the late 19th century.
Goodwin told the outlet she got the idea to let her work tell a story thanks to the message behind the TIME’S UP movement, saying, “Once I heard about the idea of women coming together and wearing black to the ceremony, and the message behind it, my friend Arianne [Phillips] designing the TIME’S UP pin, and what the message is, I wanted the makeup to have a message as well.”
While the creation took a little research, the end result was well worth it. “I thought, red lipstick was a color suffragettes wore, so I did more research and found that they also wore very specific, symbolic sashes, pins, petticoats and all these things in purple, emerald green, and white when they were fighting for the right to vote,” she said.
Consequently, Goodwin chose a dark emerald NARS eyeliner around Stone’s top and bottom lashes (you can try the brand’s Velvet Eyeliner in Kalisté, $24), adding a hunter green shade from its Glass Tears Eyeshadow Palette ($49) to her lids. She added white shadow at the inner and outer corners of her A-list client’s peepers, finishing the look off with a purple-hued lip.
In an Instagram post, Goodwin added, “Tonight my beauty inspiration came from the symbolic colors of the women’s suffrage movement. I wanted to create a makeup [look] that would somehow be imbued with the message of female empowerment and solidarity.”
She also included a quote from British female rights activist Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, which read, “Purple, as everyone knows is the Royal color. It stands for the Royal blood that flows through the veins of every suffragette, the instinct for freedom and dignity, white stands for purity in private and public life… and green the color of hope.”
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