Zooey Deschanel Covers Allure, Talks ‘Bangs and Eyes’ Look and Beauty Mistakes

Zooey Deschanel Allure magazine cover
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Jeepers creepers ... Zooey Deschanel's eye-opening Allure February cover

Who's that girl? It's ... Zooey Deschanel!

The New Girl star is puckering up for the Norman Jean Roy-lensed February cover of Allure, which sees the "adorkable" actress rocking an ivory silk organza dress from Louis Vuitton.

She also makes plays up her big blue peepers with lush lashes and orange-red lipstick.

Indeed, Deschanel tells the magazine that, beauty-wise, she's all "bangs and eyes."

"There have been periods when I’ve grown my bangs out, but I always cut them back, so it’s like, why go through the trouble," she says of her signature fringe, which she maintains with Oribe shampoo, conditioner and hairspray.

For the purposes of her saucy showgirl-inspired fashion spread, those heavy bangs are paired with a retro teased-up beehive that would make Tracy Turnblad weep, while a glass-beaded Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit paired with peacock green Marc Jacobs heels shows off her killer figure.

In the accompanying interview, Deschanel opens up about being "an outsider on the inside," her beauty mistakes (overplucking her brows, going blonde), and why she's not insulted by comparisons to Katy Perry ("she's really pretty").

Zooey Deschanel Allure magazine cover

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Backstage beauty: Zooey Deschanel plays a quick study in Allure's stripped down shoot.

And though she downplays her reputation as an It girl and hipster sex icon ("what is 'it?,'" she asks, before admitting that she's only been to Williamsburg [Brooklyn] once), the self-professed positive person is quick to defend herself against criticism that she's not serious enough.

“If you feel like dressing like a girl, there’s nothing wrong with that," says Deschanel, who also dons a Jason Wu gray silk top with girlie bow and '40s-style black wool shorts for her shoot.

"I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful. That’s a very good way to keep women down."

And if the nail art fan wants to wear bows on her toenails (or tuxedos on her fingernails, which she flaunted at the 2012 Golden Globes), so be it. Other beauty musts include sunblock from Josie Maran, John Masters Organics pomegranate facial oil, Laventine cleansing oil, and just a touch of makeup.

"Well, I have a Rimmel contract," she says. "They have really good liquid eyeliner. I don’t wear a ton of makeup.”

With those bangs and those eyes? Why bother?

For more Zooey Deschanel, visit Allure online and pick up the February issue, on sale soon.