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She's on the cover of 2008's Most Beautiful issue, but Hudson doesn't owe her famous sun-kissed looks to thousands of hours logged at a spa. "I don't even remember the last time I got a manicure," says the mom to son Ryder, now 5. "I even got to the point where I started waxing my own legs because I don't have the time. I'd rather be home with Ryder sitting there waxing my legs. I haven't gotten a facial in a million years. I don't do those kinds of things. And when I do, I always think, 'I should do this more often.'"
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The new mom is beautiful inside and out, having signed on as ambassador for a Pampers/UNICEF program that provides tetanus shots to babies and mothers in developing countries. (Every pack of diapers with a UNICEF logo sold pays for one shot.) "You give them the vaccine, they don’t die," says Hayek. "It's not just about creating a better world for my daughter, Valentina, but also being more passionate about diminishing the suffering of women and children all over the world."
To learn more, go to www.unicefusa.org
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MARY J. BLIGE
"I'm at my most beautiful when I'm in a good mood, not dealing with any drama, and feeling healthy," says the singer. But when she wants to get glam in a pinch, Blige has a quick beauty tip. "I put on eyeliner and mascara and some liner on my mouth and some gloss in the middle, and that's the perfect five-minute face."
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"I grew up with a mom that most moms don't look like," says the star of last summer's comedy The House Bunny. But with a little help from mom Demi Moore, and some experimentation, she's finding her own way: "There's a cool Korean spa my mom found in L.A. I go with my best friend, [Gossip Girl's] Jessica Szohr. That and getting my nails done are my biggest indulgences."
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"It sounds corny, but when I'm with my comedian friends, I just feel good. I'm lucky because I feel way more beautiful than I really am," says the comic.
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The actress admits to a new beauty addiction that she picked up on the set of her hit comedy, Samantha Who?. "They airbrush my makeup on," she says. "Now I don't want to do anything without that – it's quick and it's good. I want to get out of the makeup chair as soon as possible. I'm so low-maintenance."
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EVA LONGORIA & TONY PARKER
They're one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful couples, but the Desperate Housewife – known for her knockout red-carpet appearances – looks the best when she's low-key, according to her husband. Putting a cute spin on it, the NBA star says, "I like her best in jeans, a T-shirt and Hugs." Says Longoria Parker, "He means Uggs."
BONUS: Go behind the scenes of the couple's photo shoot here!
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Her fiery locks aren't just a signature style – for Fisher, they also provide a convenient excuse! "It was great having red hair as a kid because I had something to blame my temper on," the Aussie actress says. "Now I go for the same color palette as Conan O'Brien. I did dye it blonde once, but it backfired, as I had nothing to blame my temper on!"
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"To look good in the water, you have to pick the right swimsuit," advises the gold-medal Olympic swimmer. "I own close to 500." And that's not her only tip for a pretty poolside look: "I wear makeup in the water. I always wear a waterproof mascara, Maybelline Volume Express. All my makeup is waterproof, even my concealer."
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THE GOSSIP GIRL CAST
Onscreen, they are gorgeous, scheming, backstabbing high schoolers. Off-screen, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Penn Badgley, Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen (clockwise from bottom) are still gorgeous but somewhat kinder to one another. "I assure you," says Badgley, "we are all fun and charming as hell."
BONUS: Go behind the scenes of the cast's photo shoot here!
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The natural redhead says that when she was younger, she hated her flame-red hair. "Nobody likes being different as a kid. In first grade kids called me Freckleface Strawberry – it was a drink mix. It is also the title of my children's book," says Moore, who dyed her hair blonde for the film Blindness. "It was fun for two days, then I started to hate it. I spent all my life wishing for different color hair, but now I felt too weird to enjoy it. The minute the movie wrapped, I changed it back."
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If he hasn't already taken enough ribbing from his Miami Dolphins teammates about his elegant moves on Dancing with the Stars, more is on the way. "This article will be plastered in the locker room," predicts the 6'6" Taylor. But the defensive end is taking the jokes in stride: "In the guy world, it's a sign of respect. I'd be more worried if they didn't tease me."
BONUS: Go behind the scenes of Taylor's photo shoot here!
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"I grew up in the business, so I was used to putting on makeup every day," says the star of the High School Musical movies, who went without makeup for her PEOPLE photo shoot. "Just recently I've learned to be okay with myself without wearing makeup. I think it was a special someone telling me that I didn't need it. I started taking care of my skin and realized I didn't need as much as I thought I did."
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"I have blonde eyelashes and blonde eyebrows, so my typical insecurity is that my eyes go away when I don't have makeup on," says the country singer, who also went makeup-free for her PEOPLE shoot. "But it's important to be comfortable with who you are and go natural once in a while."
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"I feel self-conscious when I have makeup on. It just doesn't feel like it's part of me," says the actress, who didn't wear any for her PEOPLE shoot. "I feel my most confident when I am at my most natural. However, I do have my days when I really want to do something dramatic, whether it be really dark, dark eyes or dark lipstick. I love red lipstick."
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JESSICA ALBA & CASH WARREN
"[Pregnancy is] the most beautiful thing that can happen to you," Alba says, admitting that she has a bit of a "glow." "Everything in my face is puffed up. I have the face of a teenager! I feel like I'm 16 again." Even Warren says he's gotten in on the action, admitting, "I don't know if it's as much of a pregnancy glow as kind of a barbecue-grease glow. I've gained probably about 10 pounds." (The couple welcomed daughter Honor Marie last June, just a few months after this interview.)
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The Grammy-winning beauty admits that she still gets nervous on the red carpet. "I feel more beautiful when I see the pictures after. I'm like, 'I wish I had felt like I looked like that when I was actually there.'"
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