Beauty lessons from K Stewart

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Beauty secrets from K StewartWith 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.


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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Tiaan Smith

    Bella had a great style.I’m not a fan of K Stewart. She does know how to dress though, I’ll give her that.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riana Alexander

    Just loves Bella’s style.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Love her! She looks like a porcelain doll!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I’m not a fan of K, but even I have to admit… the girl looks good.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Like the idea of a statement look, will try smoky eyes more often.

    6 years ago •

  1. voges

    I like the lighter colour in her hair

    7 years ago •

  1. Curvella

    I have to agree that trying bright lip colours can be daunting but it’s always worth having a go. Just wear it ;)

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I have seen some ladies with this style already :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    She manages to look smouldering without being over the top at all. Her makeup just enhances her beautiful skin and her eyes. She doesn’t seem to wear much makeup on a daily basis so the red carpet makeup turns her from everyday pretty into someone striking and beautiful

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I’m with Kirstin with the laid back look

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I like how her lipstick makes the all look fresher

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Nice ideas, finding your own personal style and working with what we have, always works.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tauqfeeka

    Her hair and lips are done well..

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I just think that Kirsten is such a contradiction to the everyday “trying to fake perfection” celebrities. Hope she stays like she is…

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Black clothing is my most flattering shade! Makes me look thin too:) Side swept hair looks elegant… Hair color is everything! I love the brunette and blackish shades!

    7 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I love her, she always looks amazing but yet not overdone

    7 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Love the color on her lips, looks pretty all “dolled up”

    7 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    I need to find my most flattering shade…

    7 years ago •

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