Tia and Tamera Mowry, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, the Property Brothers… We have an obsession with famous twins (and twins in general, really). Our enthrallment with duplicate humans makes sense when you consider the rarity of them: Getting two kids for the price of one (metaphorically speaking, of course) occurs in only three out of 100 births. So it’s really no wonder that when we meet a pair, especially one as stylish, intriguing, and perfectly coordinated as fraternal twins Chrystal and Chrystian Brooks, the subjects of our Double Vision video shoot, we want to know everything about what it’s like to live with a carbon copy of yourself.
Certainly there are the classic inquiries twins get every time: Do you ever try to trick people into thinking you’re the other? Do you ever finish each other’s sentences? Have you ever fought over having a crush on the same person? But with Chrystal and Chrystian—two up-and-coming model types from Louisiana, whose vivid, ethereal Instagram accounts you could get lost in all afternoon—we only wanted to know about one thing: What inspires their aesthetic, both as a pair and as individuals?
I first met the duo on set at Byrdie’s studio, as they sat side by side in two makeup chairs, twin sheet masks draped over their faces, making it slightly harder to tell the two apart. Still at the beginning of their modelling careers (and already shy by nature), the sisters are refreshingly unaccustomed to having recorders shoved in their faces and excessively chatty beauty reporters (guilty) interrogate them about their skincare routines and beauty inspirations.
But once the sheet masks came off and we started warming up to each other, it became clear that despite their exceedingly well-harmonised afros, no-makeup vibes, and brightly coloured clothes, there are differences between the Brooks sisters. They are fraternal, after all. One has dry skin; one has combination. One is quicker to respond to my cheeky interview questions, while the other hangs back, a little quieter. Not to mention a rousing game of Fuck/Marry/Kill, Beauty Edition, revealed that when pressed, the Brooks twins don’t have the exact same taste in skincare, makeup, and food.
They may be two chic sides of the same coin, but the sides are distinct—and these images of our newest muses freestyling spring 2018’s coolest beauty trends reflect that.
Which beauty icons inspire you?
Chrystal: Solange, for sure. And we’re really inspired by other twins. You know Cipriana Quann and Tk Wonder? They’re really inspirational. I like when [people] look more natural like that. Subtle.
How have you been inspired by the beauty vibes in the South versus the beauty vibes in L.A.?
Chrystal: In Louisiana, their makeup and beauty is really calm. It’s really natural there.
Chrystian: There, they’re more about hair, I think.
Chrystal: Yeah, it’s such a drastic change going from state to state. I notice in L.A. that they put so much more of an emphasis on makeup, beauty tips, and things like that. But not in Louisiana.
Products: Get the look with Mecca Max Eye Pencil in White ($18)
Do you ever disagree on certain beauty looks?
Chrystian: We convince each other to try things. If I like something, I know you’re gonna like it. Or you have to, haha. Like flare pants. I took some convincing. But she was like, no, look how cool they look this way! And finally, I was like, okay fine.
Do you ever feel competitive about your looks?
Chrystal: Yeah, because our afros are different. Her afro sometimes is bigger than mine, so I have to pick mine out so it can look more like hers. Sometimes I’ll be like, you need to trim your hair!
Products: MAC Chromaline Pigment in Magenta and Rich Purple ($39)
What are each of your go-to beauty products?
Chrystal: I’m really into clay masks right now. There’s this green mask from Sephora.
Chrystian: And we like Fenty Beauty.
Chrystal: Oh yeah, Fenty. But we’re not really big on a lot of makeup. That’s probably because we’re from the South, haha.
Chrystian: But whenever I buy a product, she starts using it.
Chrystal: Yeah, we share a lot.
Chrystian: But I don’t think we have the same skin type. Mine’s more oily or combination, and yours is more…
Chrystal: …dry. Yeah.
Products: Nyx Prismatic Shadows in Mermaid ($12)
Now I thought we’d play a few rounds of Fuck/Marry/Kill, Beauty Edition. Okay?
Chrystal: [Laughs nervously.] Okay.
Chrystal: Marry the foundation, right?
You can have different answers!
Chrystian: I think I’d marry the liquid lip.
Chrystal: The liquid lip? I’d kill that. I’d definitely kill that.
Chrystian: I’d kill the foundation.
So then you’d both fuck Trophy Wife?
Chrystal: Yeah, the highlighter.
Chrystian: Yes, yes.
Products: Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip kit ($207)
Okay, onto food. Fuck/Marry/Kill: Po’boys, tacos, green juice.
Chrystal: That’s a tricky one. I’d kill po’boys. Then I would marry green juice because it helps me.
And then fuck tacos.
Chrystal: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Chrystian: Kill po’boys; marry tacos.
Now, skincare. Fuck/Marry/Kill: Sheet masks, eye cream, serum.
Chrystal: Marry sheet masks.
Chrystian: Hmm… I think I need to marry eye cream.
Chrystal: I guess I’ll kill serum, yeah?
And fuck eye cream.
Chrystian: I’ll kill serum too.
Solid. Thank you very much for playing.