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Sometimes not wearing a bold lip can make the biggest statement, since it allows your eyes to really take center stage. For the My Sister's Sister premiere, makeup artist Jenn Streicher created a soft, bronze, smoky eye for Emily Blunt but kept the makeup from looking too over-the-top by avoiding red lipstick and instead swiping on a translucent lip color, NARS Belle de Jour in sheer beige.
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DON'T FEAR BROW LINER
Yeah, yeah, we know – it has a bad rap for good reason. But Scarlett Johansson makes us want to give the product another shot. The key is to apply it with individual feathery strokes rather than thick lines, explains makeup artist Emma Lovell, who used MAC Fling eyebrow pencil to elongate and shape Scarlett's brows before the London premiere of The Avengers.
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ROLL WITH IT
If you think Velcro rollers are just for grandmas, guess again! Lily Collins's stylist Thomas Dunkin used the blast-from-the-past tool to create a polished and full ponytail for the Mirror Mirror actress's evening at the Cartier Mansion in N.Y.C. Dunkin's suggestion: Blow out the hair first, put in the rollers, and once hair is set, remove them, pull locks into a pony and spritz on Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray.
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BE A TEASE
Mad Men's head stylist Terrie V. Owen spilled his secret for getting Christina Hendricks's va-va-voom tresses: Starting at the nape of your neck, use a comb to tease the heck out of your hair before pinning it up. This guarantees tons of volume (even if your locks are on the finer side). Then finish it off with a hairspray – Owen uses White Sands Liquid Texture Thermal Styling Spray.
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DITCH THE HEAVY METAL
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LET YOUR LIPS BE YOUR ACCESSORY
For the Kids' Choice Awards orange carpet, Taylor Swift opted for a neutral dress and minimal accessories, so makeup artist Lorrie Turk added color and interest to the ensemble in the form of a coral pout. Using a lip brush, she applied CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor in Cheeky.
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GO FOR THE COLD
To give Emma Stone's hair extra bounce for the Kids' Choice Awards, celeb hairstylist David Babaii washed it with ITampLY Pure Shampoo and Conditioner, then followed with a final cool-water rinse. The shot of cold H2O adds volume and seals the cuticle, guaranteeing shine.
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DON'T NEGLECT THE DéCOLLETAGE
If you're going to wear a low-cut top, like Rihanna did at Battleship's Tokyo premiere, follow her lead and apply an illuminator to your chest. Her makeup artist used St. Tropez Violet illuminator, but anything with a bit of reflective quality will make your skin look instantly sexier and sun-kissed.
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GIVE FAUX LOCKS SOME LOVIN'
It's no secret that celebs get long locks overnight with extensions, but you may not know the insider trick for getting them to look natural and shiny. Rather than leaving the added sections untouched, Selena Gomez's extension specialists Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee applied Shine Drops by Unite to the pieces after blow-drying. The result: faux strands that look like the real deal.
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USE A CHEAT SHEET
The eye shadow palette Miranda Lambert used at the ACM Awards (Too Faced Natural at Night Eye Palette) comes with handy how-to cards so that creating three different looks – night, fashion and classic – is a cinch. (We also recommend taping to the mirror a picture of an eye look you want to emulate and using it as a guide.)
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GET GLOSSED OVER
Jessica Chastain knows the power of a good gloss. Her hair guru, Negin Zand of Sally Hershberger in L.A., used L'Oréal's Fiberceutic treatment to amp up the beauty of her red mane (rather than covering it with dyes or highlights). Known in the industry as "Botox for hair," it strengthened and thickened Jessica's locks and made the color really pop.
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Celeb stylist Mark Townsend uses a special technique to give Christina Aguilera's hair a piecey look and keep it from being helmet-headish and overstyled: He takes a dollop of Malin+Goetz Hair Pomade, rubs his hands together to warm up the product, then "rakes" his fingers through her tresses.
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USE BRONZER AS EYE SHADOW (REALLY!)
After prepping Paula Patton's lids with primer, makeup artist Fiona Stiles applied CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer (in Light Bronze and Brown Bronze) from the lash line up to the brow "to add a little depth to the eye" for the Vanity Fair Oscars party.