It’s easy to look smashing on a fancy night out, but nothing’s chicer than a woman with perfectly polished off-duty style—think Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, and Jessica Alba. It seems like these movie-star mommies have never experienced a Chubby Monday, ill-conceived horizontal stripes, or a sudden acne outbreak. The great news is, scoring a naturally fabulous look isn’t so hard to achieve. Here are seven secrets for pulling together your beauty and fashion look in seconds flat.
• Curly Cue
Before you apply mascara, curl your lashes! It’s a simple step that makes all the difference. Curled lashes open up your eye area, helping you look naturally radiant and refreshed. We love Shu Uemura’s classic eyelash curler ($20, shuuemura-usa.com).
• Bag It
A great bag instantly upgrades any outfit. Think bright shades and statement-making shapes, like Marc by Marc Jacobs’ candy-color Kitty St. James satchel ($495, saksfifthavenue.com) or J. Crew’s Edie attaché bag in Italian calf hair ($698, jcrew.com).
• Layer Up
Dark bags or under-eye circles? Take a cue from pro makeup artists and apply your concealer after your foundation! Layering the lighter hue over your foundation brightens the area and evens out your skin tone. Try Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit ($32, bobbibrowncosmetics.com).
• Go Deep
Get glossy, bouncy curls with weekly deep-conditioning treatments. Blended with shea butter, avocado and coconut oils, Motions Deep Conditioning Masque (for natural hair textures) nourishes and strengthens textures – hello, movie star hair!
• Freshen Up
Rock your style for days at a time by refreshing your locks with Motions Naturally You Hydrate My Curls Pudding. Try this light-weight styler on one or two day old hair to re-moisturize and enhance your vibrant curls.
• Pop Life
Whether it’s a fuchsia cardigan, a banana-yellow clutch, or emerald stilettos, pops of color are everything this season. Add instant ooh la la to a ho-hum outfit with Rebecca Minkoff’s turquoise Becky silky jacket ($328, bloomingdales.com) or Kors Michael Kors’ lipstick-red patent Vail wedges ($195, bloomingdales.com).
• Welcome Matte
Control midday oily T-zone outbreaks with blotting tissues, not powder (it can cake up and look weird). Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control blotting tissues ($18, sephora.com) give skin a naturally stunning matte finish.