OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood, Always InStyle

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The holiday issue of InStyle magazine alone is a little bit of a celebration. Then you put Carrie Underwood on the cover — and a big story on her inside — and it’s really like a gift in itself. There are 438 thick and glossy pages, and a large majority of those feature Underwood’s candor and beauty. And what works for her, fashion-wise. “I love things that make me feel comfortable but aren’t too tight or showing too much cleavage. That might be some people, but definitely not me. I can be sexy and still be classy. I don’t do outrageous outfits, and I never will,” she tells the magazine. “Fashion, to me, is what makes you feel awesome.” As for her always-smoky eye look, check out the online photo gallery that takes her from a high school senior to nine short but amazing years later to see how that makeup trend has been a common theme. “Me and black eyeliner go way back,” Underwood says. The big issue will be weighing down newsstands everywhere on Friday (Nov. 19).