Actress Kirsten Storms — best known for playing Maxie on General Hospital — was showing off her makeup technique on Instagram, but the real star of the photo was her beautiful new hair color! “Smokey eye,” she posted before adding, “Yes, I lightened my hair.” And the results are just stunning!

Following some time away to recover during a leave of absence from GH, Kirsten returned to social media to show how she was getting back into the swing of things again with a new hair color, cut, and new piercings in her ears. Returning to work feeling much better, the actress also opened up to explain that she needed to take time off because she was battling depression. But now Kirsten is back in Port Charles and diving into a big new storyline as Maxie and Nathan are expecting their first baby!

Kirsten is a great mom herself, co-parenting her daughter, Harper, with ex-husband Brandon Barash (he played Johnny on GH). Little Harper is getting ready to turn four in January, and it also looks like she’s preparing for a career in cosmetology! As you can see in another video Kirsten posted, Harper has crazy makeup skills. Now that’s a smoky eye! “My eyelids look beautiful,” mom says in the clip. “You said I look like a kitty cat?” And when Harper says she still needs some more makeup and asks what color she should use, Kirsten chuckles and suggests blue!

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Girl time ❤️

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Harper’s styling efforts aside, Kirsten has always looked gorgeous no matter how she cuts or styles her hair. And over her decades in daytime, the actress has shown off lots of different looks, sometimes going long, other times super short. She’s also experimented with shades from platinum blonde to chocolate brown! One thing is for sure, we're loving her new hair!

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