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4 grunge-inspired beauty looks to make your own

Styling by Tiyana Grulovic; makeup by David Allan Jones for Cover FX/Page One Management (www.p1m.ca); hair by Justin German for Pantene/Page One Management.

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Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur credits a brewski with launching her career: At a 1991 Smashing Pumpkins show in her native Montreal, her roommate flung a beer bottle at singer Billy Corgan. Afterward, she approached Corgan to apologize, starting up a friendship. Three years later, Corgan recommended Auf der Maur to Hole, then invited her to join his own band in 2000. Over the years, Auf der Maur’s distinctive look – heavy brows, smoky eyes, wild waves that almost anyone can rock – has more than endured, still feeling fresh today. To replicate her tousled locks, apply John Frieda Frizz-Ease Spiral Style Spray Gel ($10.49 at drugstores and mass-market retailers nationwide) to wet hair, then scrunch tresses upside down, make a centre part, brush hair out gently and air dry. Topshop T-shirt, $28 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com).

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When feminist, activist and Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna helped launch a zine called Riot Grrrl in 1991, she ignited a widespread movement of the same name, forging a path for women in the male-dominated punk rock world at the same time. (Hanna is also credited with naming Nirvana’s grunge anthem when she joked that Kurt Cobain smelled like a women’s deodorant called Teen Spirit.) Known for her ironic blending of schoolgirl kilts with T-shirts bearing political messages, Hanna’s beauty look was equally unorthodox: a sexy cat eye and curly lashes offset by raven hair spiked with fiery red streaks. For a statement-making mane like Hanna’s, spritz wet hair with a texturizing spray, then blow dry and clip in Luxhair Longtop Extensions in Bright Auburn ($203 through www.chatters.ca). Preen sweatshirt, $730 through www.ssense.com.

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A precursor to and influence on grunge, Kim Gordon is the consummate polymath. Best known as the guitarist and singer for Sonic Youth, formed in 1981, she also counts artist, actress, fashion designer, record producer and director among her job titles. As varied as Gordon’s professional life has been, however, her style is more fixed: She still wears her straight blond hair in a deep side part (not unlike the models on Chloé’s spring runway) and almost never shuns heavy black liner. To effect Gordon’s sultry black-edged eyes, run Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof in Trinidad Black ($27 at Dior counters nationwide) along each eye’s waterline (the wet inner ridge above the lower lash line), then gently slide the pencil along the lower lash line from one end to the other. Close the eye and repeat along the upper lash line and finish with a coat of deep black mascara. 3.1 Phillip Lim leather overalls, $1,575 at Jonathan+Olivia (www.jonathanandolivia.com). T by Alexander Wang top, $160 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com).

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With her raucous voice, nose-thumbing attitude and anti-prom-queen stance, Hole front woman Courtney Love was the grunge movement’s quintessential star. Dubbed “kinderwhore,” her look synthesized a penchant for Victorian nightgowns, fluttery built-up lashes and hair that went beyond bed head. Along with her signature bright pout, that aesthetic is back. To simulate Love’s exaggerated red moue, seen on Prada’s spring/summer runway, exfoliate lips with a gentle scrub, then coat them in a strong red lip colour like M.A.C’s Russian Red ($18 at M.A.C counters nationwide). Chloé Comme Parris dress, $440 by special order through www.chloecommeparris.com. Ardene rhinestone tiara, $19.99 at Ardene (www.ardene.com).

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