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Hollywood Halloween How-To: Bella Swan

Bella Swan, the lovely teen-turned-vampire in the Twilight Series, is an easy, elegant and recognizable character costume. Thanks to the movie Breaking Dawn that came out recently and the soon-to-be-released Breaking Dawn Part 2, many girls are eager to duplicate Bella's style!

Actress Kristen Stewart has a fabulous signature style all her own, and thanks to the styling talents of the Twilight series crew, her looks on-screen as she portrays Bella Swan are beautiful and varied.

Bella the Vampire

Breaking Dawn 2Courtesy of Lionsgate Films

You'll be seeing more of Bella the Vampire soon when Breaking Dawn 2 premieres, but in the meantime, you can dress like her for Halloween!

It's hard to adopt Bella's signature look in a recognizable way since her fashion choices are so understated. That's why it's so important to get her vampire look just right. Fortunately, Breaking Dawn part 2 is coming soon -- 11/16/12, to be exact -- so we can see more of Bella at her vampire best!

Light colored foundation is an important base to make skin as light and translucent as possible. Red lips are a must. If you can pick up a pair of red contacts and they don't bother your eyes, go for it, but this may be one area where you'll have to forego realism... Paint red highlights into your hair using a spray-on red hairspray, and spray it back, away from your face. Bella's signature clothes are either a faded brown leather jacket, a form-fitting button down shirt, a flannel shirt or a southwest look. Paired with vampire makeup, and maybe some glitter on your skin if it's daylight or fangs if your version of Bella is riled up, you can get the look!

Bella's Prom Dress

Bella Swan at PromCourtesy of InStyle

When you're as confident and laid back as Bella Swan, you can pull off anything at Prom -- even a boot cast!

Bella's blue prom dress is simple and beautiful -- and it looks comfortable, too. Never one to show off, Bella dresses down her halter-style dress with an embellished cardigan, charcoal-gray leggings and signature Converse tennis shoes. A walking cast or boot will definitely help people guess who you are ! A decent replica of the dress is available at costume stores like, but a visit to a local thrift or vintage store could turn up a pretty cobalt blue silky dress in a similar pattern. Bella's long hair is a half updo, pinned back and curled into ringlets using a 1" curling iron.

Wedding Day Bella

Wedding Day Bella is a way cooler costume than Wedding Day Barbie, don't you think?Courtesy of Bridal Guide

It's easy to replicate Bella's wedding ensemble. While designer Carolina Herrera created the actual wedding dress in the film, a thrift store wedding dress or  costume and some fake wedding accessories (don't forget the engagement ring) pair well with bella's beautifully twisted messy updo and a gauze veil held in with a bejeweled hair comb. Your hair needs to be long enough to fit into a bun and thick enough to pull into two ponytails stacked one on top of the other. Or, pick up a long wig and create this do directly on the wig! For shoes, Bella wears silk pumps embellished with crystals. You can find inexpensive dyeable pumps at mall stores like Payless and embellish them with crystals or bling from accessories stores like The Icing.

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