Fairchild ArchiveBy Baze Mpinja, Glamour magazine
Their bodies! That hair! Their gorgeous skin! Man, those Kardashian girls hit the genetic lottery jackpot. But we don't hate 'em because they're beautiful-we love them for giving us loads of hair-and-makeup inspiration. Sisters Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian mastered the kind of beauty style that's as trendy as the runways but not too out-there for real life. Warning: The following slides may cause a sudden urge to go crazy at Sephora. Proceed with caution!
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Beauty Idea #1: Kim Kardashian's Go-To Dramatic Eyes and Nude Lips
This is a look we all know and love on Kim-major lash drama paired with flesh-tone gloss. "This has been her signature for years now. Kim feels the most beautiful with this kind of makeup," says Mario Dedivanovic, Kim's makeup artist. For standout yet believable false lashes, go with individuals instead of strips. Stick short or medium ones in the center of your lash line, and place longer clusters on the outer corners for a fluttery, natural effect. Want Kim's sexy lips? Try two of Dedivanovic's faves: MAC Lipstick in Creme d' Nude, and layer Chanel Glossimer in Sweet Beige on top.
Beauty Idea #2: Kim Kardashian's Way-Up-Top Knot
What better way to show off statement earrings (and a gorgeous face) than with a slick, striking high bun? Notice the lack of annoying flyaways here-the trick is to apply a bit of hair wax to your sides before you pull it up. Or zap stray baby hairs by spritzing your brush with hairspray and gently smoothing them down.
Beauty Idea #3: Kim Kardashian's Smudgy Purple Lids
Don't ignore the non-charcoal shadows in your makeup bag-softer colors like the purple Kim wore to the MTV Music Awards make eyes pop too. "To create this, I used a vibrant, almost fluorescent cream eyeshadow pencil on her lids, then went over it with a more natural-looking purple shadow," Dedivanovic says. "When you use a cream shadow then press powder shadow over, it creates a beautiful silky, velvety texture."
Beauty Idea #4: Kim Kardashian's Bardot-Inspired Ponytail
Kim's been compared to iconic beauties like Elizabeth Taylor, and here she channels another classic stunner: Brigitte Bardot. And why not? The shine, the bump and the long bangs create the perfect storm of sexiness. To add height to your ponytail, tease your crown with a rattail comb, then smooth the top layer with a brush to cover the messiness underneath. Push the crown forward as you pull your hair into a ponytail to keep the shape. Finish with lots of hairspray.
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Beauty Idea #5: Kim Kardashian's Allover Glow
We gotta declare Kim the new glowiness queen of this decade. To add pretty shimmer to Kim's de´colletage and shoulders, "I use the Giella Eye M Glam highlighter," says Dedivanovic. "I dust it on with a big body brush and buff it into the skin. It gives a glow without too much coverage-and it matches all skin types," he says. Dedivanovic also knows the secret to Kim's clear complexion: "No matter how tired she is, Kim will never ever go to sleep without taking off her makeup."
Beauty Idea #6: Khloé Kardashian's Hair Color Switcheroo
"Khloé is really playful. She embraces the fact that she's taller and looks different from her sisters, and she likes to break away and do her own thing," says hair and makeup artist Rob Scheppy, who works with the whole Kardashian family. Excellent example: Khloé's brief stint as a redhead. She stuck with the fiery shade for only less than two weeks, but the hot look got everyone's attention. We're rooting for a comeback!
Beauty Idea #7: Khloé Kardashian's Sleek Strands
You gotta love a hairstyle that's sexy and simple-like Khloé's classic blowout and middle part. "A center part can be hard to pull off," says Khloé's hairstylist, Clyde Haygood. "Khloé has a fuller face, yet it's very symmetrical. So a center part works beautifully to frame and hug her face to show off her dynamic features." Be sure to part your hair before you blow-dry to set it, and apply a volumizing mousse to damp roots for body. Another reason Khloé looks chic: that daring pop of pink on her lips. With an unfussy 'do, you can pull off a bright lipstick shade without looking overdone."
Beauty Idea #8: Khloé Kardashian's Sexy Waves
You can't accuse Khloé of sticking with the same old hair look-whether she tweaks her hair color or the texture, she always manages to make it look fresh. These girly waves show off her softer side. The how-to: "I use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron on medium-high heat," Haygood says. "While the iron is closed, wrap two-inch sections around the barrel in a twisting motion, holding on to the ends. Count to five seconds for fine hair and up to 10 seconds for thick hair, then release." Gently finger-comb the waves and spritz with a light-hold hairspray.
Beauty Idea #9: Khloé Kardashian's Crimson Lips
It was Scheppy's idea to pair Khloé's black Gucci dress with classic red lips for the Hollywood Style Awards. "I thought all she needed was one bold statement on her face. She loved it," he says. He went with MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, a just-matte-enough shade. "It's my favorite color, and it works on every skin tone," says Scheppy. To make it last, fill in lips with a matching red pencil before applying. Want a touch of shine? Dab lip balm on top.
Beauty Idea #10: Kourtney Kardashian's Dewy Skin
"Kourtney is the bohemian Kardashian sister. She's more carefree-her makeup doesn't have to be so perfect," says Scheppy. But her skin always looks flawless. For dewiness like hers, dust powder onto only your forehead, nose and chin. Or skip it altogether!
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Beauty Idea #11: Kourtney Kardashian's Baby-Doll Lashes
It's impossible to look at a Kardashian without feeling at least a teensy bit of lash envy. Allow Kourtney to help illustrate our point. Feel it yet? Of course you do. For a wide-eyed effect of your own, curling your lashes is the number one must-do. "It makes eyes look so open and awake," says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow. But, surprise, you don't need a curler. "My favorite trick is to apply thickening mascara, then push lashes back with my finger while the mascara is still wet. That'll lift them up," says Turnbow. Pair the look with matching coral blush and gloss. So fresh!
Beauty Idea #12: Kourtney Kardashian's Five-Minute Chignon
"Kourtney wears her hair up a lot because she doesn't like sitting in the chair so long. Pulling it up is fast, and it looks cute on her," says Scheppy. We agree! And a little bit of messiness creates that whole effortlessly chic vibe that's ideal for daytime. Just use your hands to make your bun, and if tiny hairs stick out in some spots, let 'em.
Beauty Idea #13: Kourtney Kardashian's Bold Brows
Well-groomed eyebrows balance out large eyes and voluptuous lips beautifully. "If your eyebrows are already dark, lightly fill in gaps with a brow pencil and blend it out with an pointed-tip cotton swab. If they're full enough, just use brow gel to tame them," says Turnbow. And no matter what, don't use a black or even black-brown pencil-it'll look too harsh.
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