12 beauty lessons we’ve learned from celebrity sisters
The best waves look effortless.
Whether she's on the red carpet or at a basketball game, Ashley always keeps her blonde waves easy and polished. And when parted in the center, they make a beautiful (and still youthful) transition to billionairess-entrepreneur mode. To wake up with undone, Ashley-approved waves, hairstylist Mark Townsend recommends braiding damp hair and twisting it into a bun before bed. Just be sure to prep the hair first with a leave-in conditioner, like Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, to prevent fuzz.
Good contouring is genius.
Mary-Kate has taught us that topknots work for any occasion, sunglasses have a place indoors, and clothing doesn't get old—it becomes vintage. But we're most inspired by her contoured cheeks. With a bit of MK's kind of shading and highlighting, any woman can slim and sculpt her face. Use a big, fluffy, angled brush to dust a sheer, matte powder one shade darker than your skin onto the hollows of your cheeks (we like the ones in Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit). Blend to soften the edges, then dab a shimmery highlighter on the highest part of your cheekbones.
A little lash definition makes all the difference.
Elizabeth proves that it is possible to have long, full lashes that don't look clumpy or spidery—without adding falsies. For thick, extension-length fringe that emphasizes your eyes and gives you that eight-hours-of-sleep look, "you want to use a mascara that's both lengthening and volume-building," says makeup artist Diane Kendal. "The thick formula will give fullness at the base, and the wand will separate lashes for a longer look." Our current favorite: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Volume & Length Mascara.
Strong brows are striking.
Rooney's full brows have us putting down our tweezers and picking up an eyebrow pencil (a taupe for blondes, and a brown one or two shades lighter than your hair for brunettes). But be careful not to overdraw. "Never create an arch with makeup," says New York City brow groomer Ramy Gafni. "Your bone structure should create the arch for you." Creamy brow fillers add thickness to fine hair, while pencils fill in large gaps.
A good cut is crucial.
When Kate chopped her hair into a long bob, her style instantly went from safe to fresh. Her cut—one that hits just at the shoulders in front and is shorter in back— flatters both straight and wavy textures, softens a round face by hitting below the jaw, and balances a long face with textured layers. Ask your stylist to razor the ends to add a rough choppiness—unless you have fine hair, since razor cuts can make it look stringy.
Bangs require a bit of bravery.
Zooey's bold, blunt bangs have inspired legions of women—including at least one Allure staffer—to commit to serious fringe. And they've all marveled at the look's brilliant powers of deception: Bangs can enhance your face shape, hide wrinkles, even distract from split ends. Lash-skimming bangs that taper down toward the ears flatter heart and oval face shapes. A blunt cut just above the eyebrows works well on square faces, and long, side-swept bangs balance round shapes. Still not ready to commit? Several brands make removable clip-ins.
Vivid lips end a makeup rut.
The easiest way to break out of a boring streak is to try new shades of bright, pigmented lipsticks, something Emily does fearlessly. Fuchsias and oranges without any blue tones look stunning on most complexions. With pinks, chalkier shades are best for fair skin, and rich colors work well on olive and dark complexions. Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips thoroughly, then blot away any excess balm before applying lip color. And keep the rest of your makeup minimal—some blush and mascara are all you need.
Winged eyeliner always works.
As if Beyoncé needs any more sex appeal, her expertly winged liner creates the ultimate come-hither bedroom eyes. To mimic her sultry almond shape, draw a strip along your upper lash line, making it thicker toward the outer corners, then flick it up and out at the ends. And to upgrade your cat eye, try drawing two parallel lines on each eye—the felt tip of Maybelline New York Master Precise by Eye Studio deposits plenty of inky pigment without making a mess.
Natural textures should be embraced.
The principle is simple: The less you fight with your hair, the healthier it will be, and the better it will look. Solange works with her curls, and the result? Hair that's unique, versatile, and just plain cool. When curly- or kinky-haired women transition from chemically treated hair to their natural texture, it can be difficult to get a full spiral formation back to the ends. Ouidad creative director and hairstylist Morgan Willhite suggests prepping strands with a heat protectant and using a cone-shaped curling rod to "tweak any areas that don't have that natural pulse to the curl anymore."
Glow is better than shine.
And shimmer. And sparkle. Kim has her bronzer technique down pat—luminous, natural, and just the right amount of color without looking glittery or orange. Matte pressed powders are the most natural-looking and easy to apply; formulas with subtle shimmer work for night (we love Dolce & Gabbana The Bronzer in Desert). Using a large soft brush, dust powder bronzer over the apples of your cheeks, around your hairline, and on the bridge of your nose.