True Blood Beauty
The ladies of HBO’s “True Blood” (and a few of their friends and fans) were on the top of their beauty game for the Season 6 premiere at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, June 11. From curled tresses to killer smoky eyes, we give you tips to recreate the looks of your favorite vampire, shape-shifter, werewolf, halfling, oh, and human actresses.
Karolina Wydra, a newcomer to the True Blood series, captured attention on the red carpet with her perfectly glossed, siren red lips. Lipgloss tends to come off faster than lipstick, but you can still get a nice glossy color with one simple trick. Use a lip stain in a matching color as a base. Lip stains have long staying power, so even if your gloss comes off you’ll still have a vibrant color.
When you have a style that works, go with it. Former True Blood cast member Anna Camp has kept the same flippy, layered haircut throughout Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project and True Blood, and I for one, never get tired of it. If you have thinner hair, a cut like Anna’s can help you build a little extra volume. It’s also super quick to style. Just flip ends out or in with a large curling iron.
Shimmery eyeliner can create added dimension to evening eye makeup. True Bood werewolf Kelly Overton’s subtle sparkle is really rich looking in a natural color like brown, rather than going for an all-out glam color like gold. If you can’t find a liner you like, use an angled brush to layer a shimmery eyeshadow over stick eyeliner.
Katharine McPhee’s short, ombre tresses make for the perfect summer hairstyle inspiration! If you’re thinking about trying an ombre dye job, make sure to go no lighter than one or two shades past your natural color. Katharine’s rich caramel color is just right.
Lucy Griffiths—who plays Nordic vampire Eric Northmam's "sister" Nora in the series—mastered a natural makeup look while still managing to make her features pop on the red carpet. Recreate Lucy’s natural beauty with a few key beauty essentials: matte lipstick or lip balm in a shade close to your natural lip color, volumizing mascara, eyebrow pencil and light colored neutral eyeshadow.
Ballet seems to be the inspiration for Jessica Clark’s slicked back topknot hairstyle, which we far prefer to her character Lilith's usual blood-soaked look. To avoid flyaways on top, put your hair in a ponytail while it’s still wet. Next run a fine-tooth comb over the top and resecure your hair tie. Then use hairspray to douse the top of your hair before starting on the top knot. The hairspray will keep your wet style all night, but won’t look greasy thanks to the extra combing.
Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah Ann Woll, who plays vampire newbie Jessica in the series, rocked a fitting, winged out smoky eye to the True Blood premiere. To get the vampy look, apply grey or silver eyeshadow to the lid. Next, line the bottom of your eyes with a black liner only from the outer edge to about halfway in. Then use a tapered makeup brush to apply black eyeshadow in a triangle shape, starting halfway across the eyelid and working out to the end of the browline. Make sure to blend the shadow into the eyeliner on bottom for a seamless finish.
I used to be in a losing battle with my eyebrows. I over tweezed and searched beauty counters for the perfect eyebrow pencil, all in hopes of the perfectly arched brows of Courtney Ford, who plays recurring character Portia Bellefleur. But I learned a trick: Try eyebrow stencils as a template when you’re tweezing. You can fill in the sparse areas with eyebrow pencil while you’re growing them out.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
In a look that's reminscent of her character Pam's sexy vampire style, Kristin Bauer van Straten wore lush voluminous curls to the night’s event, keeping the other half of her hair pinned back to one side. I love how Kristin’s curls look so touchable and bouncy, not stiff with hairspray. Create this texture by waiting until the end of styling to spray your hair. This will also allow curls times to loosen up and look more natural. If your hair doesn’t hold curl well, using a setting spray before styling will help.
Lauren Bowles’ hot pink matte lipstick is fresh and summery paired with slicked back hair and luminous highlighter on the apples of the cheeks. To get Lauren’s lip color for a night out try Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink or Kevyn Aucoin’s Matte Lip Color in Tenacious.
Carrie Preston sported a bright red wig to play waitress Arlene in the first three seasons of True Blood before finally taking the plunge and dying her naturally blonde locks. I love her courage, but brightly dyed hues take a lot of color maintenance. To make your color last, make sure to use color-protecting shampoo and conditioner.
I’m incredibly envious of Jurnee Smollett’s Bell’s voluminous curled style on premiere night! I’ll never be able to get the same volume or texture, but her high-def shine is attainable with an after-shower shine spray or serum. My favorites are by It’s a 10 and John Frieda.