With the final Twilight movie at the cinemas, Kristen Stewart will be doing some serious time on the red carpet. Allure magazine’s compiled some great lesson we can learn from her.
Kristen Stewart’s laid-back attitude toward fame and fashion has made her somewhat of a red-carpet rebel, with a beauty look to match. Here are the lessons in subversive chic we’ve learned from the inscrutable ingénue.
Have a signature look
You rarely see Kristen Stewart walk the red carpet in anything but smoky eyes. ‘She doesn’t like lipstick,’ her make-up artist, Jillian Dempsey, told Allure. ‘She hates the maintenance, and every time I try a loud colour on her lips, she nicely asks if I can wipe it off.’ But who can blame her? Stewart found a look that works because it suits her facial features and personal style. Sometimes it’s classic smoky eyes with gray and black shadows, sometimes it’s brown and bronze, or sometimes she adds a hint of color, but it’s always perfectly smudged, and always cool.
Protect your skin
If there’s any reason to put down the bronzer, a scan of Stewart’s complexion is one of the biggest. She’ll never step in front of a spray tanner – she’s pale, and she’s not trying to change it. (Hey, it worked in her favour – she was cast as the lead in Snow White and the Huntsman, remember?) ‘I’m pretty white; that’s just what I look like,’ she said to Allure. And when your skin looks that good, who’s arguing?
Know your most flattering shade
Time and time again, Stewart gravitates toward blue – all variations of it. There’s something to be said for finding that one shade that makes your eyes shine a little brighter, your hair look more vibrant, and your complexion glow, which is what a cobalt dress, teal liner, or navy shadow does for the actress.
Embrace your natural texture
We may never know what most celebrities’ hair looks like without the aid of a blow dryer, but that’s not the case with Stewart. No one is more synonymous with mussed hair than the Twilight star, and while she sometimes gets flack for her rumpled waves on the red carpet, you have to admit it looks sexy and cool. The key: It’s never greasy or limp, which you can avoid by spritzing some dry shampoo at the roots.
Experiment with hair colour
We’ve gotten pretty comfortable with the idea of Kristen Stewart as a brunette, but over the years she’s had a variety of different hair colors – from various shades of blonde (which softened her features and skin tone), to jet black (which made her blue eyes appear even bluer). The lesson here: Even if it’s not your natural tone, new hair colour can change your entire look or highlight one of your favourite features. But you’ll never know until you try. (Just make sure to see a professional for dramatic switches.)
A dark manicure doesn’t have to be grungy
A dark manicure doesn’t have to be grungy. Picture after picture reveals Stewart has a penchant for moody manicures. Whether it’s black, oxblood, or navy polish, she keeps her nails a natural shape and a length that is neither too short nor too long. That way, it always looks sophisticated – not like a teenager who scribbled on her nails with a Sharpie.
Written by Sophia Panych, this article originally appeared on Allure.