Secrets from Hollywood's Iconic Beauties

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Secrets from Hollywood’s Iconic Beauties
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Even though she's as famous for her curled coif as she is for her music, Diana Ross' hair wasn’t always as big as her voice. "When I met Diana, her hair was naturally very fine," Lamas says. "She wanted to have big, bold curls to match her daring personality, but at that time there wasn’t a product available that could set her hairstyle without weighing it down." Lamas played scientist and discovered that rice protein naturally plumped up the hair shaft, leading to his Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream. Use it or another cream and the advice below to create big, head-turning curls.

1. Smooth a hydrating styling cream that helps add body throughout damp locks, then dry hair as you normally would. 
2. Working in equal-sized sections, use a 1-inch curling iron to create curls (naturally curly-haired girls can skip this step). 
3. Mist your curls with hairspray and gently scrunch, taking care not to break up the curls. 
4. Tease your roots with a fine-toothed comb for added body and lightly spray with more hairspray. 
5. Gently comb hair into place and set the look with one last sparing spritz of hairspray.

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1960s British model Twiggy became famous for her androgynous looks and big, beautiful eyes. "She always carried eye drops with her to hide any redness she might have," Lamas says, "and we played up her eyes even more by using falsies and white eyeliner, which emphasizes the whites of the eyes, making them look bigger." Follow his simple how-to when you want peepers that pop.

1. Using white eyeliner, line your top and bottom lashes as close to the lash line as possible from the inside corner of your eyes to just past the middle. (It will look like a sideways "v" with the point near your nose.) 
2. Apply false lashes to the outer corner of your top lashes. Lamas recommends using individual falsies. 
3. Finish with two coats of mascara, allowing the first layer to dry before applying the second.

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Big sunglasses, check. Statement bag, check. Perfectly coifed do, check. First Lady Jackie O had it all, the latter thanks to Lamas. While Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis visited him regularly to have her hair colored and styled, her home routine was key in keeping her tresses soft and healthy. "She once told me she often used a silk scarf to cover her hair when she went to bed," Lamas says. This extended the life of her ‘do (thereby reducing styling damage) and it protected her hair against damage from cotton sheets. "I suggested she use just a touch of a rich oil—she liked lavender oil—on her ends to help keep her hair hydrated, seal split-ends, and protect from further damage," Lamas adds. Try his other tips for supple locks of your own.

1. Use products free of sulfates (a lathering ingredient), as they can dry out locks and strip them of color. 
2. Pick a shampoo and conditioner that contain rich, moisturizing ingredients such as avocado and olive oils to help hydrate your hair on a daily basis. Baobab oil, sourced from African trees, is high in vitamins A, D, E, and F and known for its ability to retain moisture and keep hair silky smooth all day long, so Lamas uses it in his Naturals Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. 
3. Skip the hair dryer and heat styling tools as much as possible to reduce breakage and keep your hair healthy.

Screen siren and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn had such "striking features and beautiful skin that she required very little makeup," Lamas says. To keep her skin picture perfect, she swore by a twice-a-week steam facial similar to this one, he adds.

1. Plug your bathroom sink and carefully pour in a large pot of boiling water. 
2. Stand over the sink for about 2 minutes with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam in and open your pores. 
3. With the sink still full of water, use a facial exfoliator such as Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub, rubbing in a circular motion for about 45 seconds to dissolve dirt and lift away dead skin cells. 
4. Rinse with cool water to close pores.

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Model Bianca’s exotic good looks and naturally pouty lips seduced rock royalty and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. "She knew her lips were her best feature, so she enhanced them by pairing bold red lipstick with just a smudge of eyeliner and leaving the rest of her face clean," Lamas says. She also kept her lips soft by exfoliating regularly with this routine.

1. Mix equal amounts honey and sugar in a bowl to make a natural scrub. 
2. Stretch your lips with the fingers of one hand and with your other hand, use a dry medium-firm toothbrush to gently massage your lips with the scrub, moving in circular motions for about 15 seconds per lip. 
3. Apply lip balm of your choice to seal in moisture.

She may have raised a few eyebrows over the years with her ultra-glamorous lifestyle and string of failed marriages, but Elizabeth Taylor was also known for her thick, arched eyebrows—a departure from the ultra-thin, tweezed brows of her day—and piercing violet eyes. Now that big brows are back, rock them yourself.

1. First see a professional to attain the best eyebrow shape for your face. Then you can maintain your brows on your own by simply following where they were tweezed or threaded. 
2. Brush hairs into place with an eyebrow comb or soft toothbrush. 
3. Using a thin angled brush and brow powder a few shades lighter than your hair color (or a few shades darker if you’re blonde), fill in any sparse areas, blending the color in with light, short strokes.

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When working with actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, Lamas noticed that she was constantly reapplying hand cream. "When I asked her why, she replied, 'A woman’s age shows on her hand much quicker than anywhere else,'" Lamas says. "That definitely stuck with me and partly inspired our Spa Sensuals Hand System." Here’s how to keep your mitts ageless.

1. Exfoliate hands with any body scrub at least once a week and more often during the winter or if you live in a dry climate to remove dead skin cells and cleanse the pores on your hands, which will help moisturizer effectively penetrate your skin. 
2. Follow with an ultra-rich hand cream containing ingredients such as shea butter, vitamin E, almond oil, and mango butter to seal in hydration and keep your hands soft. Look for fast-absorbing formulas that won’t leave hands greasy.

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President Dwight Eisenhower and Mrs Mamie Eisenhower, in a fur coat and gorgeous hat, sit  in the open car and wave as they  leave the Capitol in Washington Jan. 21, 1957, just before swinging into Constitution Avenue on traditional inaugural parade route. 

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, with wife, Mamie, son John and his wife, Barbara Jean during the inauguration on January 21, 1957. This First Family looks incredible, with First Lady Mamie in a sparkling gown and daughter-in-law Barbara Jean in a simple but elegant gown.

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Ah, there she is! U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower shakes hands with the gorgeous Jacqueline Kennedy as she and President-elect John F. Kennedy arrive at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C., on  January 20, 1961.  Jackie is wearing a beautiful coat with matching hat, and fur muff to keep her hands warm.

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On January 20, 1961 newly-elected President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy leave the White House, in Washington, D.C. for a series of visits to inaugural balls. The first lady wore her specially-designed haute couture white silk sheath and matching coat. 

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US President-elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and US Vice-President Lyndon Johnson are all smiles on January 21, 1961 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. during Kennedy's inauguration ball.  Kennedy was the first Catholic, and the youngest person, to be elected for Democratic party the president of the USA. 

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A distant view of Lyndon Johnson, shown taking the oath of office, during the inauguration ceremonies in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 1965.  Administering the oath is Chief Justice Earl Warren, right, with First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson in the middle with a stunning red coat and hat.

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President Johnson dances with Mrs. Hubert Humphrey while Vice President Humphrey dances with Lady Bird Johnson at the Inaugural Ball at the Mayflower Hotel. 

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Lady Bird Johnson, center, her daughters Luci Baines, left, and Lynda Bird, right, pose in New York City on Jan. 12, 1961.  They are modeling the gowns they will wear at the inaugural ball on Jan. 20, 1961.

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Richard M. Nixon, right, is sworn in as the 37th president of the United States administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren, left, during inaugural ceremonies in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 20, 1969.  His wife, Pat Nixon, holds the Bible for her husband, sporting a hot pink coat - a welcome pop of color among the rest of her companions.

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All was jolly at the Washington Hilton inaugural ball on January 20, 1969 as President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, got together with fellow Republicans. We love the addition of sparkles to First Lady Pat's outfit!

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Gerald R. Ford takes the oath of office as the 38th president of the United States as his wife, Betty, right, stands at his side in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on August 4. 1974.  

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President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter have one hand for the crowd along Pennsylvania Avenue and one for their daughter Amy. The Carters elected to walk the parade route from the Capitol to the White House following his inauguration in Washington, on Thursday January 20, 1977. We are seriously lusting after the First Lady's coat from this ceremony, the silhouette is simply classic.

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President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter are pictured with their daughter Amy at the first of seven Inaugural Balls, and the First Lady looks stunning. We love Amy's cape as well, she looks adorable!

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Feast your eyes on all of these fabulous looks! President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford pose with President-elect Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter (our favorite outfit!), Margaretta Rockefeller and husband Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, Joan Mondale(LOVE her shoes) and husband Vice President-elect Walter Mondale prior to departing the White House for the inauguration of Jimmy Carter as the 39th President of the United States on  January 20, 1977.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan who is decked out in red, wave to the crowd on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., after he was sworn in as the nation's 40th president on January 20, 1981.  

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We love the First Lady's high collar on this jacket as President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan leave the White House to attend the first of several inaugural balls, in Washington on January 20, 1981.  

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First Lady Nancy Reagan is a vision in blue as she looks on as President Ronald Reagan is sworn in during ceremonies in the Rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome in Washington on January 21, 1985.  Reagan, forced indoors by a record inaugural freeze, reenacted his oath taking. 

Photo Credit: Ron Edmonds, AP

The colors of the holidays work perfectly on these two First Ladies! Former President Ronald Reagan, his wife Nancy Reagan, new first lady Barbara Bush and her husband President George Bush, walk down the Capitol steps after the inaugural ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1989.  

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President George H.W. Bush and wife, Barbara dance at the inaugural ball at the Pension Building in Washington on January 20, 1989.  Barbara is wearing a bright yet deep blue gown in an elegant silhouette.

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President and Mrs. Clinton, wearing a contrasting blue hat with her red suit, wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on January 20, 1993 during the presidential inaugural parade.  

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President Clinton and his wife Hillary share a laugh at the Youth Ball at the Post Office Pavilion on January 20, 1993.  New York fashion designer Oscar de la Renta created a long embroidered tulle gown with matching cape that Mrs. Clinton wore to the 1997 inaugural balls. She looked stunning!

Photo Credit: Bill Waugh, AP

President Clinton, his daughter Chelsea and wife Hillary talk after Clinton was sworn in for his second term by Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist during the 53rd Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 1997. We love the salmon color that Hillary chose for her suit, and that daughter Chelsea was able to join them on stage.

Photo Credit: Doug Mills, AP 

President Clinton in a dapper suit and his wife, first lady Hillary Clinton in an elegant gold gown, dance at the New England Ball on January 20, 1997.

Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, AP

First Lady Laura Bush chose a bright pop of blue jacket to wear alongside President George W. Bush while they review the troops from the steps of the Capitol, with Lynn Cheney choosing a more demure coat as she stands with Vice President Dick Cheney.

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First lady Laura Bush in ravishing red, is escorted to the presidential limousine at the South Portico of the White House for an evening of inaugural gala on January 20, 2001.

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First lady Laura Bush dons red again, waving as she arrives on stage for a Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on January 20, 2001 in a sparkling gown.  

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Fashionable family: President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush depart the North Portico of the White House for the limousine ride to the Capitol where he will take the Oath of Office and begin his second term on January 20, 2005. The couple is accompanied by their two daughters Barbara and Jenna, dressed just as elegantly as their mother and father. 

Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite, AP

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are simply stunning as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House on January 20, 2009 during the inauguration festivities. 

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance at the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2009. Michelle wore a gorgeous white gown that took our breath away! Earlier that day, Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president.

Photo Credit: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images


No matter what year it may be, the classic, chic looks of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and other simply stunning women will never go out of style. They were blessed with amazing genes for sure-and the aplomb to stand out from the crowd. "These women knew how to play up their best features and had the confidence to emphasize what made them unique," says celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Peter Lamas, who's worked with several icons. "Far from the cookie-cutter definition of beauty today, the women of the Golden Age of Hollywood were sophisticated and dared to show off what made them different."

Highlight your assets and achieve the timeless, enviable looks these ladies are known for-and turn heads wherever you go-with Lamas' easy step-by-steps.

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