Star-Tested Holiday Beauty Tips
MESS IS BEST
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!
STAY IN SHAPE
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!
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.”
HAVE IT BRAID
“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.”
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.”
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!”
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.”