LEIGHTON MEESTER: AKA BLAIR WALDORF
The Queen Bee herself, Blair always looks the epitome of chicness and upper-class royalty. She exudes more confidence than one would think possible, and her evil streak seems to know no bounds. But whether she’s taking down poor little Jenny or trying to win the heart of her latest suitor, Blair’s hair and makeup are always, always flawless. Not to mention she is personally responsible for starting the headband craze now sweeping the nation! Here’s how you can get the look.
Blair’s eyes and lips are always a bit more done up than you’d think appropriate for school — but of course she gets away with it! The key is in a sultry, smoky eye and a matte red lip. Start with Stila Smudge Pot in Black ($18) — its creamy consistency and inky color make it perfect as both a shadow and a liner. Trace the lid with an eyeliner brush, staying as close to the lashline as possible, and then smudge out a bit to get that “come hither” look. Swipe a blacker-than-black mascara over your top lashes — Dior DiorShow Mascara in Black ($24) will make them look long, lush and thick with just one coat! Finish with a red lip stain that will give your pout a sexy, just-bitten look. Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24) has a click pen and miniature brush that will give you just the right amount of color.
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Blair’s raven locks are always that perfect amount of curly without being over the top, creating a chic boudoir-inspired look that screams sexiness yet never push her look over the top. This look is surprisingly simple to create! Start by applying a shine serum to dry hair to enhance glossiness — we like Kerastase Nutritive Serum Nutri-Sculpt ($25.95), of which you only need a few droplets to really make hair gleam. Then all you need is a wide-barrel curling iron, so that your curls will be bigger instead of tight and Shirley Temple-esque. Try the CHI Turbo Spring Curling Iron ($105.95), whose 1 1/2” plates will create those fantastically tousled waves that Blair always sports. Comb through the curls with your fingers and voila! Bouncy, gorgeous waves. All you need to finish the look? One of Blair’s signature headbands, of course! This Isaac Mizrahi for Target Wide Satin Headband in Pink Slip ($12.99 at target.com) is an interesting mix of glitzily glam and sugary sweet.
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BLAKE LIVELY: AKA SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN
Serena’s style is an intriguing mix of glammed-out-to-the-max Upper East Side princess with “I could care less, I just threw this on because it was the first thing I pulled out of my closet” ease. Her hair and makeup follow the same pattern — sometimes her tresses are pulled up in a messy ponytail and all she’s slicked on is some peach-colored lipgloss, other times she’s got tons of curly tendrils and a face full of gorgeous makeup. Dying to be the next Serena van der Woodsen? Here’s how to do it.
Serena believes in thick, dark eyeliner to play up her baby blues. Too Faced Liquid Lava in Lava Matte: Super Matte Black ($16.50) draws on thickly, easily and oh-so-sultrily. The key here is to trace it not only along your upper and lower lashlines, but in the waterline (the inner rims of your eyes) as well — this will really make the liner stand out and look a lot thicker, even if you’ve only drawn the thinnest line along your top lashes! Following with a blush such as Tinte Shimmering Face Pearls in Nikki Pink ($11.20), a pretty shimmery pink, on the apples of the cheeks will add a subtle innocence and sweetness to the look. Finish with a nude or pink gloss on the lips for an understated yet sophisticated feel. We like theBalm Plump My Pucker Tinted Lip Gloss ($14), which comes in a ton of pink shades that complement every skin tone.
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Dying for Serena’s gorgeous curly tendrils? Start with a curl-activating shampoo and conditioner to really get the hair follicles moving — John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Around Style Activating Daily Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.19 each) hydrate and minimize frizz while still bringing curls to the forefront. Part hair on the side to maximize lift and body — a center part just doesn’t work as well with this look. Then work in a curl cream like PureOlogy Real Curl Define Cream ($22.49), which not only protects against color fading but defines and shapes curls. Then, let it air dry — you’ll be left with gorgeously tousled waves!
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TAYLOR MOMSEN: AKA JENNY HUMPHREY
The girl who’s trying to usurp Blair Waldorf’s title of “Queen Bee” wouldn’t be content unless she always looked the part, right? Jenny Humphrey tries super-hard to fit in with the well-to-do girls from Constance Billiard — and while her clothes might not always hit the mark, her hair and makeup are always right on point. Soft waves go hand-in-hand with soft makeup to create an almost angelic look — though we all know she’s anything but. Read on to find out how you can create the look for yourself!
A subtle rosy shadow may seem barely there, but against creamy, porcelain skin it truly pops. NARS The Multiple in Antibes ($37) is a creamy shadow that can be used on both the eyes and cheeks to give them an iridescent glow. But the real key here is in the lashes, which are long, lush and blacker-than-black. Try CARGO Blu_Ray Mascara in Black ($20), which is designed to be seen even in high-definition television — so it will make your lashes seem super-long and thick! Finish by slicking on a pink lipstick like Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Tint in Samilke ($23), a pretty rose hue.
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Jenny’s hair is surprisingly simple to replicate. Her tresses are all about shine, shine, shine! Fresh Hair Cream—Anti Frizz ($26) will keep your hair from becoming too frizzy and will add some much-needed definition, while a dime-sized amount of Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream ($19.50) will seriously keep your locks shining and glistening all day long. To dry your hair in the shortest time possible — while remaining utterly chic, of course — try the T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Dryer. Yes, the $200 price tag is off-putting — but the fact that it literally cuts drying time in half is no small feat! Finish by parting hair in the middle and then off you go to dethrone another queen.
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