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Edited by on December 18 2010 at 10:54 AM

Ask any female celebrity, “Who’s your beauty icon?” and she’ll likely answer Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, or Marilyn Monroe. But while those three classic beauties might be the most obvious contenders, they aren’t the only ones. I have a friend with red hair and fair skin who considers Julianne Moore her beauty icon, and takes cues from photos of Moore as to whether she can pull off a blue-ish red lipstick or a peachy blush herself. I also prefer having a current beauty icon because then her looks change with the trends.

Forget About Audrey Hepburn, Whos Your Beauty Icon?

Right now, I’m completely inspired by Alexa Chung (above), a British model/writer/TV host. (I’m not the only one; she just won a British Fashion Award.) Her clothes are quirky but put-together, and her makeup is the same way. Chung somehow makes neutral brown eye shadows pop yet can follow that up for her next outing with just mascara and bold fuchsia lipstick; she seems like the type of woman who would never fall into a beauty rut. In fact, my brown-to-blonde ombré hair color was inspired by her—and since she just chopped her hair into a cute shaggy bob this week, I’m thinking of trying it myself. (Allure)

Whether you go classic or current, who is your beauty icon?

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Story by Nicole Vardo

My hair is as notoriously messy as the previous night's festivities, I'd like to think of myself as a young Jackie. O with more sex appeal, I can write my own dictionary and nine times out of ten I'm wearing Manolos. Follow me on twitter: @nicolevardo

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