If you’re a fan of the Vampire Diaries series, you’ve probably noticed how classically beautiful Nina Dobrev looks on the show as both passionate young heroine Elena Gilbert and edgy vampire Katherine Pierce. Nina’s makeup on the series (thanks to celebrity makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor) has always been understated yet sultry and utterly enviable, leaving many fans wondering how to perfectly imitate her beauty looks.
Here’s your go-to guide for the ultimate in beauty inspired by Elena herself:
Be clean: Makeup artist Beverly previously mentioned how important clean and healthy skin is for the Vampire Diaries cast, in order to have a smooth finish and makeup which looks fantastic. She recommends a high quality cleanser (such as a product by Kiehl’s) for a great start to your face. If you are looking for a more affordable solution, try St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub for a rigorous facial cleanse.
Strong foundation (s): Now that your pores have been cleansed, the next step is to find a foundation or concealer which will give you glowing skin (just like the show’s star herself). While many ladies were not as lucky dermatologically speaking back in high school, we can always make up for lost time and achieve the same youthful complexion that Elena Gilbert displays on the small screen. Try Superbalanced Foundation by Clinique — its liquid quality and pump aspect make for an easy, sleek application and effective base.
Take a look at the following video tutorial by YouTube beauty video blogger and makeup artist Tanya Burr, for a glance at how to re-create Nina’s gorgeous Masquerade Ball look (as her alter ego Katherine).
Lips: Do you prefer Katherine’s vampy red pout, or Elena’s sweet smile? If you prefer connecting with your feminine, girl next door side, try a luminous gloss such as Sephora’s Collection Sparkle Vinyl Lip Gloss in Get Noticed-Peach ($12). On the other hand, if you’d rather release your inner wild child, try a bold crimson such as the new Dolce and Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick in Cool Red ($33, available at Sephora).
Eyes: The eyes have it! Try a more subtle daytime mascara in a lighter brown-based shade if you prefer the laidback charm of Elena, such as classic Maybelline Great Lash. To amp up the wow factor as seductive and beauty-forward Katherine, use a darker shade and variety (Diorshow Mascara in Rich Black) and add winged gel liner for extra effect. Before you know it, you’ll be handling a dual life in no time- maybe not as well as Nina, but still!
Related Link: Nina Dobrev’s Beauty Secrets
Photo Courtesy of: The CW (Vampire Diaries)