Celebrities know it takes a village to pull off beauty looks worthy of the red carpet. To learn the tricks of the trade, we spoke with the L'Oréal Paris beauty pros primping the likes of Karlie Kloss, Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore. Here are six insider tips straight from the pros:
1) Fake Full Lips With the "Royal" Treatment
Sir John told us he learned this trick from Queen Bey: Coat your lips with lipstick, then press them together ever so slightly, letting the bottom lip come over the line of the top lip. This "haze liner" technique is the key to a pouty bee-stung effect. It may take a bit of practice, but he's assured us that once you get it right, it's easy to do every time. -- Sir John
2) Extend the Life of Your Manicure With Rubbing Alcohol
To make your nail color last longer, swipe the nail bed with rubbing alcohol before beginning your base coat or adding polish; this will remove excess oils and dust that average polish removers leave behind. -- Tom Bachik
3) Dewy Skin is the Key to Flawless Contouring
Contour on skin that's still damp from moisturizer and foundation for extra fluidity. -- Sir John
4) Section Your Hair to Create a More Voluminous Ponytail
You'll need to divide your hair into two main sections: a front section (or all of the hair from your hairline to the tips of your ears) and a back section (everything else). Gather the back section into a mid-height ponytail. Next, tease the front section to add volume and then join it with your premade ponytail. -- Mara Roszak
Do you need to see it to believe it? Watch Mara make this voluminous ponytail here.
5) Use Powder as a Lipstick Shield
Keep lipstick from feathering (or bleeding over the lip line) by first layering lip liner, then lipstick, and finally applying a touch of pressed powder around the mouth. -- Sir John
6) Curve Your Strands With a Flatiron
Create natural-looking waves using a flatiron in a scooping motion (we liken the movement to using an ice cream scoop -– forward, then backward). A flatiron, unlike a curling iron, de-frizzes and smooths at the same time. –- Mara Roszak
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A poppy red lip for the holidays? Always a winner, but a bit expected. Mix up your pout palette by adding a hint of purple; give burgundies and merlots their moment in the, er, winter sun. These dark-ruby shades are the perfect accents to neutral or smoky shadow.
Tip: Layer your lip colors to land on the ideal shade. A cool blue-red, even over a warmer red tone, will help make your teeth look whiter.
From beginner, ready-in-minutes styles -- like a twist-wrapped topknot -- to more expert creations -- like French-braided crowns -- you can’t go wrong with a plait to make your hairstyle feel extra special.
Tip: Spritz your bobby pins with hairspray to give them extra grip. They’ll keep your style in place all night long.
Even if you’re steering clear of glitter for the season, you definitely want your skin to be radiant. Use a glow illuminator to create a fresh, dewy complexion that won’t quit.
Tip: Remember to exfoliate weekly to shed dry skin.
Styles from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the runways this season, meaning one of our favorite beauty looks is in again (though some could argue it never really left). Swipe on a thick line of liquid black liner and top it off with sky-high lashes for a truly classic holiday vibe.
Tip: If you’re new to the liquid liner game, draw a pencil outline first.
This season, give your statement necklaces a break and instead pull the attention to your hair. Finish any hairstyle with a jeweled headband, clip or tiara (that’s right, they’re not just for royalty anymore) to add a touch of glitz and glamour to your look.
Tip: Back-combing, or teasing, the hair just behind the headband will help keep it from sliding out of place.
Glittery shadow sometimes gets a bad rap, as it can sometimes come off a bit juvenile. But when done right -- paired with nude lips, an effortless hairstyle and buff nails -- the result is sultry and sophisticated.
Tip: Apply a wash of silvery shadow over almost any daytime eye look to give it evening-ready appeal.
Mix barely-there hues -- think peach blush, light-gold eye shadow, an almost-nude lip color -- with one darker element, like black liner, and you’re sure to stand out at any holiday party.
Tip: For a simple, neutral eye, start with a lighter tone like beige or champagne across your entire lid. Then, smudge a darker brown or mocha color into your lid crease for a subtler twist on a smoky eye.