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Blue-eyed blond? Take beauty tips from Taylor Swift

We make no secret of our love of country music-slash-pop star Taylor Swift; we don't think we'll ever be too old to listen to You Belong With Me on repeat during relationship hiccups and girl just can do no wrong when it comes to the red carpet. It must help that she's now besties with Karlie Kloss, right? While most of the column inches dedicated to Taylor's red-carpet appearances focus on what she's wearing - and girl can rock a two-piece like no other - we'd like to take the opportunity to bow down at the altar of Taylor's hair and makeup crew, because they are really knocking it out of the park.

We all know what it's like to be stuck in a hair and makeup rut - something we like to call a "routine", to make us sound organized and not boring - where every day we do the same ol' ponytail and do our faces with the same foundation and the same slick of peachy pink lipstick, but Taylor is one star who seems more than happy to mix things up and play around with bangs, side partings, bright lips, bold eyes, curls... you name it, she's done it.

The good news? Her looks aren't too tough to emulate! We've focused on four of our favorites, with some tips on how you can get the look at home - maybe for your rehearsal dinner - or pointers you can happily pass on to your makeup artist on the big day. (Gently now; don't assume you know better than the trained professionals because Dreamwedding told you so!)

Tay Tay (can we call you that?) is rocking a choppy bob these days, but from 2012 to last year, she had those blunt bangs that worked oh-so-well with her elfin features. For the 2012 American Music Awards, Taylor worked that angular bang with an updo and a soft, bronze smokey eye. Top tip? Smokey eyes really don't have to involve anything on the black scale - that's buh-bye to dark grey, dark browns and black kohl pencils that we love so dearly! Try a softer, more romantic take on the look using more subtle shades. Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette has a great selection of colors that would be perfect for achieving this look. And for method? Check out this handy tutorial (but to go Taylor rather than Kimmy K, we'd ditch the false lashes):

At 2013's People's Choice Awards, Taylor let her super turquoise earrings do the talking, pairing another smokey bronze eye with a nude lip and hair that had been curled and swept off her face. For a simple at-home DIY, let your hair dry in loose braids and sleep on it before blasting with salt spray (we love Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray) and curling a few sections using a tongs or wand. Simple! For an alternative to Taylor's earrings, Sylvia Toledano's turquoise hoops are super-cool and would look beyond incredible with an earthy, ethereal gown at an outdoor wedding.

Taylor rocked this 1940s look when she supported her other BFF Hailee Steinfeld at the premiere of Romeo & Juliet late last year. With her soft, glamorous vintage wave (try a wide-barrelled tongs to achieve the look) and orangey red lipstick, she looked every inch the Mad Men housewife. We love Tom Ford's Wild Ginger lipstick (almost as much as we love that website - we defy you not to get mesmerized by those sensual lip gifs!).

Finally? Taylor really looked her age at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, going for full-on color with this cobalt blue gown and bright pink lip. It's a color combination that shouldn't work, but it really does - even with that brightly colored smokey eye (we spy some gold and teal liner on the lower lash line) complete with mega false lashes. And they say you shouldn't do lips and eyes! Trust Taylor to defy convention (and look great doing it). We really rate CoverGirl's Lip Perfection in Bombshell; we own three of these lipsticks and, without exception, they are the longest lasting lip colors (through lunch!) we've ever tried.


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