February 6, 2003

Campus Couture

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Many guys claim to prefer girls with natural, cosmetic-free faces to those with foundation-caked masks, but what they don’t know is that this “natural” look is really a guise. That’s right, girls everywhere are tricking you into believing that their complexions are the by-products of good genetics, as opposed to a stealthy morning ritual. In reality, makeup isn’t meant to hide, it’s meant to enhance layers of the real you. So don’t shy away from experimenting with these different looks for fear of being accused of false advertising.

Sizzling Siren

Catherine Zeta-Jones epitomizes this look in her most recent role as Velma Kelley, a sultry-eyed bombshell in the movie Chicago. Transforming yourself into a vixen is relatively easy; all you have to do is keep things dark and dramatic. First, shape brows into a striking arch (Bourjois Sourcil Precision, $10). Next, apply a light shimmer all over the lids, and then smear a smoky plum shade up to the eye crease (Stila Apres Ski Eyeshadow Trio, $30). Line eyes in kohl black (She She So Over You Eye Liner, $6), and then finish things off with fatally blood-red lips (Sephora in Deep Red, $10).

Soft & Romantic

Singer-songstress Norah Jones has been sporting this trend, wearing her hair in loose waves and flattering her face in soft, dewy colors. Instead of a matte foundation, use a very sheer, translucent liquid one (Prescriptives Traceless Skin Responsive Tint, $32.50). Color cheeks with a rosy gel blush (BeneFit Cheekies in Head Over Heels, $20), and apply pastel shades over your lids (Urban Decay Shadow Box, $34). Line eyes and slightly smudge in a soft gray (Sephora in Gray, $4), and then complete this sweet look by painting your lips in a pretty pink (Sugar Shine Dividedby2’s in Rainbow, $12).

’60s Mod

Striking cat eyes are making a comeback, an ode to the edgy ’60s mod makeup typified by Brigitte Bardot. All you really need here is bold, waterproof liquid eyeliner (Lanc