a step-by-step guide to ms. bosworth's cover look.

It may seem unfair to claim anyone can "get Kate Bosworth's look." She is, after all, the kind of beautiful movie star that seems to have sprung, fully formed, from a celluloid clam shell. 

So while we'll never promise anyone they can look like Kate Bosworth (at least not until genetic modification becomes as common as Tylenol), we can guarantee this:  Thanks to makeup artist Pati Dubroff's step-by-step tips, you will get Kate Bosworth's beachy eye makeup, as seen on the cover of our March issue.

Ready?  Here we go...

Step One:  Start with a clean face.  Duh.  We like Clarins Pure Melt Cleaning Gel to remove dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. 

Step Two: Take a bronze eye pencil and line your upper and lower lid.  "But when you line your lower lid, make sure you only go about halfway - stop before you get to your inner corner," instructs Dubroff.  "And don't forget to flip your top lid up, and carefully line underneath your lashes.  It tickles a little, but if you're delicate, it won't hurt, and it's the key to getting a truly smoky eye."  We like M.A.C Cosmetics Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bountiful Brown.

Step Three:  Curl your lashes.  "This gets your lashes away from the eye, which makes it pop more, and also shows off the color you've just put underneath it," says Dubroff.

Step Four:  A delicate, sheer sweep of eyeshadow starting at your inner eye corner.  In this case, it can even be a bronzer.  We like M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder in Medium Dark.  Makeup brushes are best, but Dubroff says if you practice, you can even use the rubbery tip at the end of some eyeliner pencils as a smudgy application tool for powder.

Step Five:  Mascara.  Wipe it on a piece of toilet paper before applying to keep it from clumping.  Our favorite is Maybelline New York Falsies' mascara in black.

Bonus:  You can do this whole look with a colored eyeliner and shadow instead of bronze.  Play around until you come up with a combination that you love.  We like Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On eye pencils because they come in every conceivable color (right now, we're digging 1999, a plum color with flecks of gold glitter).

Learn more about Pati Dubroff on her website.