Saturday, November 28, 2009
Twilight's vampires may sparkle like diamonds in the sun, but mortals like us look best with just a touch of strategically placed highlighter. Sweep a cream or powder along the tops of the cheekbones, then dab what's left on one finger on the tip of your nose (trust us—it balances the look). A golden hue is best for dark skin, while a champagne-colored or pinkish shade flatters fairer skin tones. And everyone should avoid colors that are too frosty—they can make skin look ashen.
No need to draw blood to get the effect—a lip stain in a cherry or berry shade, applied more heavily in the middle of the mouth, will do the trick. Draw on a liquid stain or dab a deep berry or burgundy lipstick onto your mouth with your fingers, and press lips together.
It rains over 100 inches a year in Forks—so where's the frizz? We're guessing it's keeping the movie-set hairstylists pretty busy—unless they, too, have found the only secret weapon that works: the MIT research that went into the Living Proof No Frizz line of stylers. Instead of temporarily masking fuzz with loads of silicones that weigh down your hair, these products form a feather-light coating over hair that actually keeps humidity from seeping in and wreaking havoc in the first place.
What do beauty editors and the Cullen kids have in common? You got it—a fear of the sun. But you don't have to hide in a cave to keep your skin protected; just make sure to slick on a broad-spectrum sunscreen (they protect you from both UVA and UVB rays) before leaving the house. The most potent sun-blocking ingredients include Mexoryl, Helioplex and Active Photobarrier Complex .Choose at least an SPF 30, and really slather it on—it takes a teaspoon or two of cream to protect your face and another few to keep your neck shielded.
First, apply a chestnut shadow over your lids just up to the crease. The important thing is to choose one with a matte, powdery consistency—creams and shimmers reflect too much light. Then line both the upper and lower lash lines with a soft-tipped chocolate-colored pencil, and smudge with your fingertips.
An Even Complexion
Even with all the sunscreen in the world, those who actually venture outside in the daylight are destined to earn some dark spots on their skin. To lighten them, dab spots every night with a cream containing 2 percent hydroquinone or both niacinamide and glucosamine. When used along with SPF 30 sunscreen, they should fade in three to six months. A glycolic acid peel used once a week can help speed things up.
Whether you've got long, straight locks like Bella or an Alice-esque pixie, any style looks best when hair has a glossy finish. An at-home glaze,coats each strand for maximum luster. Plus, it can last through several shampoos—without flattening the hair the way that some silicone-based serums can.
Since we're mere mortals, our eyes may not change colors with our moods. But they can—with the right shadow shade. Purple eye shadows, like the ones used at the spring Versace show, can bring out the golden flecks in brown and green eyes. If your eyes are blue, go with bronze or peachy shades like the pros used backstage at Derek Lam .