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Beauty secrets of the stars: Katie Holmes, Nicole Scherzinger and Gwyneth Paltrow

Lisa Haynes takes a peek inside their personal cosmetics bags

Katie Holmes: Face of Bobbi Brown

Q: What's your make-up must-have?

A: I always apply blush in the morning, because I have dark hair and I really need it.

Q: How does your look differ for evening?

A: When I'm going out, I apply eyeliner on the inside of both the top and bottom lid.

Q: What's your hero beauty product?

A: I love the new Bobbi & Katie palette. It complements different skin tones and the colours go from morning to evening, so it's everything you need in a day.

Q: What's in your make-up bag?

A: I used to carry huge tote bags with dry shampoo, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and a blush brush but realised I had to cut back. Now I carry a smaller bag with just a make-up palette.

Q: What's your best beauty tip?

A: Bobbi has taught me the importance of blending techniques. You don't look like you have a lot of make-up on, no matter how many products you use — it never looks cakey.

* Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Bobbi & Katie Palette, £50, available now (087 0034 2566).

Nicole Scherzinger: Global ambassador for Herbal Essences

Q: What's your daily beauty routine?

A: Every morning I wash my face with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, followed by eye cream and moisturiser. The SK-II eye cream is one of my favourite beauty products.

Q: What's your make-up must-have?

A: All I need is some eyeliner and lip gloss.

Q: What's in your make-up bag?

A: Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick, Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Spray and nail polish.

Q: Do you like to experiment with your beauty?

A: I love to experiment with different looks all the time. The other day I wore turquoise blue eyeliner underneath my eyes. At the moment I'm also really into bright coral lips.

Q: How do you look after your long hair?

A: I use the Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner on a daily basis, and Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Intensive Mask as a weekly treat if my hair is in need of some TLC.

* Special edition Nicole ScherzingHair bottles of Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner, from £2.25, are available now from outlets including Boots and Superdrug.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Creative inspiration for Max Factor

Q: What's your make-up must-have?

A: A good mascara and a little blush really goes a long way.

Q: How would you describe your signature look?

A: I love that really cool kind of beachy look — a little bit undone, with a darker, smudgy eye. I like sexy and understated.

Q: Do you like to experiment with your beauty?

A: I feel very inspired by women who can wear both strong eye and lip make-up at the same time, but it's not a look that necessarily suits me. I love a simple red lipstick teamed with an otherwise bare-looking face.

Q: Do you wear make-up every day?

A: No, I don't wear make-up every day, especially if I'm just working from home or picking up the kids. However, if I have a meeting I'll definitely put on some concealer, mascara and creamy blush.

Q: What's your best beauty tip?

A: I try to look after my skin as much as possible by keeping it fresh-looking through exfoliating and moisturising. I exfoliate my skin about four times a week.

* Gwyneth Paltrow's latest Max Factor ‘The Actress' campaign celebrates the launch of the new Creme Puff in gold packaging, £5.99, available now (Boots/Superdrug).


...Go goth for Hallowe'en

Don't hide your face behind a mask this Halloween. Engage your inner vamp for the sultry Gothic look: think smoky eyes, plum lips, porcelain skin and blackened nails.

To work the ghostly pale look, aim for an ethereal, supernatural glow. Hannah Murray, Topshop Beauty make-up artist, recommends using an illuminating finishing powder that captures the light: “Use a large powder brush and sweep over the T-zone for an on-trend candlelit matte finish.”

Create a paler complexion using a face powder a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Contrast with blood-red lips and pinky-red eye shadow for a beautifully possessed effect.

If you're a fan of smoky peepers, up the intensity by layering on more kohl and blend, blend, blend.

“Make sure you build up the colour gradually,” advises Kate Hughes, Lord & Berry cosmetics spokesperson.

Be inspired and layer eye shadow over the liner in an inky blue or Byzantium purple for a smoky look.

And every glamour Goth loves crushed velvet, so emulate the texture on your lips. Create a luxurious matte look with a deep plum or burgundy lipstick.

Make-up guru, Francois Nars says: “Try a matte velvet-look jumbo lip crayon.”

Add some bite with a pencil outline in a boldly contrasting shade. Use a darker berry tone for the outer edge and fill in with lipstick for a two-tone pout.

Transform in to a nocturnal creature with Illamasqua's Bat Lash Duo, containing Swarm speckled black glitter nail varnish and bat-shaped false lashes, £25 (

Or get a devilish look using MAC's Rick Baker Paintstick in Black Black, £17 (

We also love Topshop's Halloween Nail Wraps, £6 (

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