If you want to dress like you listen to Nirvana all day long, read our nostalgic '90s fashion story. For beauty, we turn to Angela Chase, the industry's unofficial muse of the season. No one pulled off a pale complexion, bordeaux lip, and red hair quite like Chase, Claire Danes' character on My So-Called Life. "When Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back I had to listen," Chase said in the show's pilot episode, "because she wasn't just talking about my hair, she was talking about my life."So, as any 15-year-old would, Chase broke out a box of dye--a faux shade called Crimson Glow--and turned her short, straight hair the same rich red found in current collections ranging from Alexander Wang to Celine. And guess what? She was cruising around with Jordan Catalano by episode two. You might not want to channel everything about the most iconic teen of the early '90s (we could do without the angst), but you probably want to experiment with something wine-colored now that fall's officially landed.
If you're feeling really daring, you can start with L'Oreal Feria Power Reds Hair Color ($10) in Blowout Burgundy. The permanent shade will leave you a redhead for good, so try Manic Panic's Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($12) in Vampire Red if you can't commit to more than four to six weeks. Though it looked like Chase rolled out of bed sporting that sharp long bob, we have a hunch she was using a flat iron before heading to Liberty High School. Luckily, technology's come a long way since the early '90s, so protect your newly dyed locks with T3's Single Pass Compact Iron ($79)--it just happens to be Guido's favorite, too. Muss up the ends with Bumble and bumble's Texture Hair (un)dressing Crème ($26) for that I-don't-care-about-anything finish.
Danes' milky white complexion lent innocence to her sometimes-melodramatic character. Mask any imperfections your skin might have with Make Up For Ever's HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($29) in Porcelain and then use Bare Minerals' READY Foundation ($29) in Fair. If the high school student carried one cosmetic in her backpack it would have been Clinique's Lipstick ($15) in Black Honey. For extra drama, try Lipstick Queen's Saint 10 Percent Pigment ($20) in Saint Berry.
Black eye makeup can look too harsh against such pale skin, so stick with a brown liner, like Tarte's EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil ($18) in Brown and CoverGirl's LashBlast Length Mascara ($8) in Brown. Avoid using a highlighter--Chase would rather go on a date with Brian Krakow than sparkle. To top it all off, paint just one coat of Essie Nail Polish ($8) in Devil's Advocate and skip the top coat so it chips faster. Now go find yourself a flannel-wearing boyfriend to kiss under the bleachers.