Steal Celebrity Beauty Secrets
Want to photograph better? Rock that pop-star hairstyle? Look 10 pounds lighter? We got the stars’ secrets from their personal stylists.
My favorite celebrity beauties are the ones who admit that it took a team of professionals to get them red–carpet ready or magazine–worthy. We mere mortals, however, have to somehow manage without such teams at our beck and call. All the more reason to steal their beauty secrets!
Look 10 pounds thinner. Celebrity stylist Lauren Solomon recommends Yummie Tummie™ shapewear, some of which can be worn as outerwear. “Yummie Tummie is a contouring product for whatever area you are not so fond of showing off,” she says. Yummie Tummie leggings and tanks are meant to be seen while they slim your midsection and camouflage lumps and bumps with strategically placed shaping panels.
Part ways with your hairstyle. “To look instantly slimmer, try parting your hair in the center instead of the side. It will elongate your face,” says Patrick Melville, celebrity stylist and owner of Patrick Melville Salon in New York City.
Strike a pose. Wish you looked just a bit more fabulous in those family photos? Steal Solomon’s red–carpet recommendation: “For the most flattering angle, put one foot in front of the other. It makes your legs look longer and leaner. Also, turn to the side just slightly.”
Go for the glow. Use a tinted moisturizer, Solomon suggests. Look for one that also has SPF 20 to help protect your skin. On your cheekbones, rub in a dab of cream blush for a sun–kissed look or to give your arms and legs that same sunny look — without harmful UV rays.
Add drama to your hairstyle. “For short hair, take a little pomade and run your fingers through your hair for added texture,” suggests Melville. Pomade lets you take your texture wherever you want it, he says. “This look can go a few ways. Piece hair apart for a rebel look, or slick and smooth individual pieces for a sophisticated look. The pomade can make your hair look either in control or out of control and rebellious, depending on what you’re going for. ”
Don’t be afraid of heights. For added comfort with high heels, Solomon says, her celebrity clients swear by gel insoles, which can be found at many pharmacies. Insert them in shoes under the balls of your feet.
Perk up your hair without breaking the bank. “Give yourself at–home deep–conditioning treatments and color glazes,” suggests Melville. “These are easy, inexpensive, do–it–yourself ways to keep your hair looking fresh,” he adds. “They’ll extend the life of your color and nourish thirsty hair.” One to try: Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner.
Rock that superstar look with the right eye makeup. For a red–carpet look that you can do yourself, go for eyeliner along with a smoky eye shadow, suggests Solomon. To achieve this look, opt for shadows in gray, navy or wine-colored shades that go on light and can be easily blended or smudged. Go a little heavy on the eyeliner on the top, Solomon advises. “But please blend. Too much eye makeup is scary!”