Star-Tested Beauty Tips & Tricks

Hollywood's hair and makeup stylists share their top tips for getting gorgeous

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LAUREN CONRAD'S CAT-EYE LINER

LAUREN CONRAD'S CAT-EYE LINER
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“Lauren loves her signature cat eye look” says the makeup artist, Amy Nadine. Her secret to getting a perfect angle with your liquid liner? “Spot the end of your brow and visualize an imaginary line from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow; that s the angle that you want to draw the wing. With light brush strokes, create the wing incrementally.”

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RIHANNA'S RED-HOT HUE

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“I usually permanently lighten her hair and then I go over it with a semi-permanent color to achieve the fire-red hair,” says the pro, Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen of achieving the color-saturated look. “I keep her hair looking vivid by using color-preserving shampoos and conditioners.”

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OLIVIA WILDE'S NATURAL WAVES

OLIVIA WILDE'S NATURAL WAVES
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“The best way to get a natural looking wave instead of a beauty pageant curl is to simply wrap the hair sections around the curling iron without even opening the clip,” says Brian Magallones of creating Wilde’s look using this insider’s tip. “This way the ends don’t get curled, and you get more of a wave than a curl.”

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'FAN' YOUR LASHES LIKE JEN

'FAN' YOUR LASHES LIKE JEN
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Applying mascara using a tiny fan brush rather than a wand was key in creating feathery lashes. “To make her blue eyes really pop, I finished with three coats of mascara,” says Chanel celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin. “I applied one coat [using a fan brush], then brushed out the lashes, a second coat, again brushed out the lashes, and finally a third coat.”

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FALSE-LASH LASHING

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“Never use false eyelashes,” reveals as the best tip she’s learned from her longtime makeup artist, Jeannia Robinette. Instead the duo prefers using a Shu Uemura eyelash curler and multiple coats of Dior Show mascara. “It’s nice because then you don t have to feel over the top and made up. Your eyelashes should just look natural.”

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TWILIGHT TRANSFORMATION

TWILIGHT TRANSFORMATION
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Each day after wrapping up filming on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, makeup artist Charles Porlier handed each star a towelette saturated with Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser to easily remove all traces of makeup and transform the vampires (and those who love them, like ) back into their worldly off-screen selves.

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MIND THE GAP

MIND THE GAP
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Even sometimes needs help keeping her brows in perfect shape, so her makeup artist Lisa Garner fills in any gaps using hair-mimicking Talika Eyebrow Extender. “Not only do the fibers build a natural looking brow, the gel really keeps them in place,” Garner explains, “so they looked beautifully groomed all night long.”

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POST-WORK-OUT REFRESHER

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Taraji P. Henson keeps her pores clog-free by finishing up her exercise routine with a mint-infused facial cleanser. “I love using it when I shower after a good workout. It wakes me up! Minty tingly fresh,” she says of her top choice, Reneé Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel.

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SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS

SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS
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“The biggest mistake women make with hair color is trying to make their very dark hair a very light all-over blonde,” says master stylist and eponymous hair-color brand CEO Kelly Van Gogh. “The wear and tear on the hair will eventually make a woman look older when in reality she was trying to look younger.” The most flattering color, she says, will fall within two or three levels of your natural hue, like brunette beauty .

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CONTOUR QUEEN

CONTOUR QUEEN
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The most high-impact secret stole from her makeup artist Amy Nadine? “She taught me how to contour,” the star says. “You do your foundation, then a little brush of blush around the chin line and cheekbones to add dimension. I don’t do it every day, but if I’m going out for the night or doing full makeup for the day, I’ll contour.”

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BEACH BEAUTY

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“It’s just as important to shield your lips from harmful sun rays as it is to protect your face and body,” says e.l.f. cosmetics Creative Director Achelle Dunaway who recommends keeping your seaside-beauty simple with an S.P.F. balm and a few sweeps of waterproof mascara.

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SKINCARE ROADMAP

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“My mom gave me moisturizer when I was an adolescent and said, ‘Put this on in the morning and the night and you ll thank me for it later,’” says beauty icon Sharon Stone. “I ended up having great skin in my mid-life.”

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TROPICAL SHINE

TROPICAL SHINE
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“I love coconut oil as a deep conditioner,” says Kyle White of the Oscar Blandi Salon, who has colored the hair of stars like . Microwave a tablespoon of the oil sourced from your local foods store and apply to hair before bed. In the morning, shampoo out and enjoy the shine – and smell like the tropics for days.

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EYE CREAM IQ

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“Twice daily use of eye cream is important for all four eyelids – yes, people have 4 eyelids,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, explaining the importance of protecting upper and lower lids to keep them flawless like Michelle Williams’s. “In the morning eyelids must be protected from environmental toxicity and irritation, which lead to inflammatory aging effects. The evening cleansing and hydration protects the repair process during hours of sleep.”

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JADA'S PIXIE DO HOW-TO

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“Jada wanted to try something fun and fresh for the summer. We thought that this pixie cut would be perfect for the humid weather and her busy schedule,” says her hair stylist Marcia Hamilton. The key to keeping a look like hers pretty rather than boyish? “Leaving some length in the fringe area makes a short cut sexy and flirty.”

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STRAIGHTEN UP

STRAIGHTEN UP
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“I got that keratin straightening,” Keri Russell says of how she finally conquered her unruly natural curls. “I can wet my hair and there’s no big deal. It’s done and I love it. No more hair dryers. No more curling-iron. No more brush. It’s amazing.”

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FIRST STEP TO FLAWLESS

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“I always do the moisturizer first and let it sink in for a minute,” says makeup mogul and teen Beauty Rules author Bobbi Brown of her first step to flattering makeup. “When you put moisturizer on you don t need as much makeup – and you actually look better.”

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WHITNEY'S WAVES

WHITNEY'S WAVES
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“It all starts with the blow out,” says Allie Paronelli of Neil George salon in L.A. of creating famous waves. “Taking 2- to 3-in. sections and over directing the hair while using good tension [with a boar bristle brush] will give you the volume your looking for,” says Paronelli. “It’s also best to let your hair cool before removing the round brush.”

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ALL-NIGHT SHADOW

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“For eye shadow, I like applying with a damp sponge applicator or small brush,” says celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark founder Brett Freedman. “It may look a little dark going on, but it dries to its true color and tends to hold much longer. I often do this for photo shoots or red carpet events where the shade really needs to hold up under the lights.”

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FERGIE'S BROW MATCH-UP

FERGIE'S BROW MATCH-UP
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After went back to blonde recently, she recruited brow pro Tonya Crooks to take the total look to the next level. “I lightened Fergie’s brows about three shades, to a nice dark blonde/light brown color, for a contrast against her skin since she’s pretty tan,” she says, explaining, “If I went too light with the color, her brows could appear washed out against her tan skin.”

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SHINE ON

SHINE ON
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“Shiny skin is better – it looks younger, more youthful altogether,” says The Core Club esthetician and Sava Spa owner Joanna Czech, who works with stars like Kyra Sedgwick. “Matte is not alive. Matte may be good for a photo shoot, but not for real life,” she explains. One way to give a softer finish is to skip powder, which can highlight fine lines.

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JENNIFER'S LONG LASHES

JENNIFER'S LONG LASHES
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“What makes working with Jennifer easy is her beauty and the familiarity of knowing her, having done her make up for so many years,” says Cougar Town makeup artist Robin Siegel. The one trick she never skips on set? “Curling the eyelashes before mascara,” which opens the eyes and visually lengthens lashes.

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SPOT-ON SKINCARE

SPOT-ON SKINCARE
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“Most women with dark skin are prone to hyperpigmentation,” says Specific Beauty founder Dr. Heather Wollery-Lloyd of one of the subtle signs of aging that can be caused by everything from acne scars to hormone shifts from pregnancy or birth control pills. She recommends preventing the tough-to-treat dark spots with daily sunscreen and treating with a signature product created for darker skintones.

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LIGHTEN UP LIKE NICOLE

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“Nicole loves to play with her hair color and was just ready for a dramatic change,” says George Papanikolas, who brought from dark brunette to a sunny blonde for fall. He battled damage by gradually lightening her hair over the course of a week, using a deep conditioning product like Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor between each process.

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LEIGHTON'S CLEAN SWEEP

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“I like using Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths at the end of my work day on the set,” says of her favorite time-saving skin saver. “I can quickly take my makeup off without water and go about my day.”

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HARMONIZE YOUR HAIR COLOR

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“We lose pigment in our skin tone as we age, so if you go too light blonde then you sort of look washed out,” says celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, who suggests that blondes choose honey tones as they mature to better complement skin. “If you start having gray hair it means your skin tone is also fading. So that s a good gauge of where you should be in your hair color.”

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NATALIE PORTMAN'S HIGH-DRAMA LIPS

NATALIE PORTMAN'S HIGH-DRAMA LIPS
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“I lined her lips with a nude pencil and filled them in with more of a burgundy shade,” says makeup artist Jeanine Lobell, who chose Rouge Dior in Fantastic Plum as a base for the Black Swan buzzed-about lip color. “Then, I went over the first layer with a true blue red [Rouge Dior in Zinnia Red] in the center to give the color more dimension.”

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SELENA GOMEZ'S RED-CARPET VOLUME

SELENA GOMEZ'S RED-CARPET VOLUME
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“It’s best if your hair is not freshly washed if you want to build texture,” says celebrity hairstylist and creator of Hamadi Organics Jamal Hammadi, who created the People’s Choice look. “I recommend washing hair the day or night before you style it.”

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LEA MICHELE'S SEXY CURLS

LEA MICHELE'S SEXY CURLS
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“While curling, I made sure to alternate the time I held each curl in the iron,” Dove celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend shares of creating the star’s tousled curls at the SAG Awards. “The longer you apply heat, the sharper the curl. I alternated the curl time between 2 and 10 seconds to create different shapes throughout the hair that wouldn’t fold together.”
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JUSTIN BIEBER'S HAIR MAGIC

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“Justin and I love Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer,” says the groomer Vanessa Price of the secret to his swooned-over locks. “It creates the perfect amount of texture in his hair. We spray it in and scrunch it together with our hands.”

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GWYNETH'S GOLDEN GLOW

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“I applied the St. Tropez Everyday Lotion to her body and face to give her a sun kissed glow,” says makeup artist Leslie Lopez of the Academy Awards look, which she created by strategically sculpting the star using with an arsenal of bronzing products. “I added the St. Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator down her arms, legs, cheek bones, chest and shoulders, which really helped to complement her gold Calvin Klein [Collection] gown.”

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TAYLOR SWIFT'S SKINCARE PREP

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“No matter what, I have some sort of moisturizer to start off with before I put on foundation,” tells PEOPLE of giving her face a flawless head-start. “It really helps the foundation to stick your face and blend really cohesively with your skin.”

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LEIGHTON MEESTER'S FLY-AWAY TAMER

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“I get my hair done all the time, so I’ve learned this along the way: It’s good to use a little bit of hairspray on the end of a blush brush to tame flyaways,” tells PEOPLE of her favorite pro secret for smoothing stray hairs without weighing down strands.

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COLOR YOURSELF PRETTY

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“My philosophy is always ‘play!’,” says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow. The new season is the perfect time to follow Hollywood’s lead and test out the trends. “For spring I’m loving pops of color, it can really light up your face. Select a shade that you’re drawn to. Be a little daring. Have fun!”

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LOSE THE BAGGAGE

LOSE THE BAGGAGE
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“It’s like a DIY spa at the crack of dawn,” says makeup artist Nick Barose. One of his favorite eye-prep tricks that he passes along to celeb clients like Anne Heche involves using Clinique All About Eyes Serum. “Put it in the fridge so it’s ice cold when you apply it to your under eyes in the morning to depuff.”

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ANNE HATHAWAY'S HAIRCOLOR

ANNE HATHAWAY'S HAIRCOLOR
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“Evaluating your skin tone is critical when it comes to selecting the right brunette shade,” says colorist, Clairol Color Director Marie Robinson. “Those with porcelain skin like Anne s should avoid cooler shades like those with ‘ash’ in the name. Coloring with a mink brown and adding strategically placed caramel and golden highlights will really complement a fair complexion.”

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