In The Help, a drama set in the 1960s, Emma Stone plays Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young journalist examining the complicated relationships between white Southern families and their black household staff. Make-up Department Head Brad Wilder created a natural look for Stone, whose character he describes as a woman who “would just get up and go in the morning.
“Skeeter has just graduated from Ole Miss and is a progressive young woman for that time,” he said. “She's not that interested in wearing a lot of make-up, unlike most of her friends in Jackson. She doesn't pay particular attention to her hair and hairstyle and because of this I wanted a ‘no make-up’ look.”
Keeping the simple look polished was no easy feat, considering the sweltering humidity of the Mississippi summer. Wilder depended on primers to keep Stone’s make-up manageable during the day, but iced towels wrapped around the actress’s wrists were the most effective tool to keep her comfortable between takes when the temperature crept above 115 degrees.
“Powder really didn’t help that much and I didn’t want to start building a cakey mess,” he said. “There were days when all you could do was blot and reapply.”
This breakdown was originally published in Issue 92 of Make-Up Artist magazine.
Member Comments for Emma Stone as Eugenia in The Help
Comment By BNico2890 on 2011-09-02 17:14:04
Thank you so much for sharing this breakdown with us! Ever since seeing the movie I was dying to know what makeup was used on Emma. Her makeup is flawless, not to mention simple and natural, which is a perfect everyday look for a girl on the go like Skeeter.