Star-Tested Holiday Beauty Tips

Add dazzle to any holiday party with hair and makeup tricks from celebs and their pros

01 of 08

FLYAWAY HOME

FLYAWAY HOME
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Don’t rely on a one-size-fits-all approach to tame your tresses this holiday. To create this party-perfect updo for , stylist Luke Chamberlain reined in flyaways with Redken Forceful 23 hair spray and soothed baby hairs with Oribe Original Pomade.
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02 of 08

MESS IS BEST

MESS IS BEST
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Last-minute invite? Don’t fret about not having hours to pull together an elaborate coif. Stylist Alex Polillo gave Olivia Wilde this easy updo by braiding a loose ponytail, twisting it into a bun and finishing the look with a Jennifer Behr headband (leather gives polish, but play with sparkling or multistrand styles too!). Voilà – party ready in five minutes!

03 of 08

STAY IN SHAPE

STAY IN SHAPE
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Skin-care guru Margot Grant Witz, who has advised stars including , says to keep up your regimen even if holiday parties have you ready to hit the pillow the minute you get home. When it’s cold out and flesh feels tight, “Your face is stripped of its natural oils, kicking your skin into overdrive,” she says. “Fine lines may be more noticeable, and your skin may break out due to having to produce more oil.” Bottom line: Wash, cleanse and tone regularly!

04 of 08

LOOK ALERT

LOOK ALERT
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Logging overtime at the office but still need to make an appearance at the after-work bash? Fake it ‘til you make it with simple tip: “Always curl your eyelashes,” she tells PEOPLE of the one simple beauty credo she lives by. “It opens up your eyes and makes you look awake – even when you can barely keep your eyes open.”

05 of 08

HAVE IT BRAID

HAVE IT BRAID
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“Braids are a great addition to formal looks,” Pantene celebrity hairstylist Hallie Bowman says of one of Hollywood’s most of-the-moment hair trends, worn by stars like . “Before you braid, spray a little spray gel into your hands and rub around first to give a little extra grip.”

06 of 08

FESTIVE FRAGRANCE

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Follow perfume tip to make sure your scent is alluring – not overpowering – at a packed bash with tons of fragrant foods. “I usually apply the fragrance in the air and walk into it,” says the singer turned perfumer. “I think that is the perfect amount for me.”

07 of 08

STAY HYDRATED

STAY HYDRATED
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With dry weather coming up, Sophia Bush has some secret weapons in her arsenal. “Body oils save your skin in the winter,” she shares. “You can buy pure oil, too. Sesame oil is pretty good, and I found a rose oil I really like. I always try different kinds!”

08 of 08

SKIN SAVER

SKIN SAVER
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Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall has a few tricks up her sleeve for looking ageless: She’s the face of Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash, for one, and she’s got a fab foundation tip that ensures she always meets her match. “I use a honey-beige Laura Mercier base and in the winter months, I [mix in] one lighter,” she explains. “You can’t just wear one base all year round – this is really good.”

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