9 beauty lessons we learned from Kristen Stewart
Have a signature look
You rarely see Kristen Stewart walk the red carpet in anything but smoky eyes. "She doesn't like lipstick," her makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey, told Allure. "She hates the maintenance, and every time I try a loud color 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.
Great palettes for smoky eyes:
- Classic: Rimmel London Glam'Eyes HD Quad Eye Shadow in Black Cab
- Bronzed: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Rives
- Colorful: Nars Flowers Eyeshadow Palette
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 favor—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.
Our favorite blue eye makeup:
- Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock
- L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator Eyeliner in Black Sapphire for Blue Eyes
- Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Snow Shadow
Embrace your natural texture
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.
The best nonflaky dry shampoos:
- Sachajuan Volume Powder
- Redken Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo
- Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo
An updo doesn't have to be uptight
When Stewart wears her hair up, it's always soft and easy, with the perfect combination of no part, lots of wispy pieces, and just the right amount of volume. Even when she goes for a ponytail, a style normally known for being sleek and restricted, she softens it up with comb marks at the crown and natural texture throughout the tail.
Step out of your comfort zone
Step out of your comfort zone. Sure, Stewart has a tried-and-true look, but she does take a risk once and a while. Occasionally, Dempsey is able to convince Stewart to step out of the house in a cherry red or hot fuchsia lipstick, and the results are stunning. When going the bold-lip route, Dempsey tones down the eye makeup and adds a little color to Stewart's cheeks so her skin doesn't look washed out next to the bright hue.
For bright lips without the touch-ups, try these long-wearing shades:
- Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 10 Rouge Filtre
- Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl
- Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera
Experiment with hair color
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 color can change your entire look or highlight one of your favorite 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.
Our favorite dark polishes:
- OPI Nail Lacquer in Siberian Nights
- Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Viper
- Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Black Taxi