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Ask the Expert: The Beauty Maestro Troy Surratt

Behold Troy Surratt, the man who helped Jennifer Lopez find her “inner” glow (he bronzes her cheeks, eyes, and chin). Now with his own beauty line, the protégé of makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin dishes on crafting a foolproof face and looking 10 years younger (pain-free).

What are some of the coolest moments you’ve been privy to while working with the stars?

When I have a fashionwire.com/celebrity-fashion” target=”_self”>celebrity in my chair, it’s the only time in her hectic schedule she’s sitting still. Agents and personal assistants take advantage of that. I’ve seen movie deals signed and campaign offers negotiated.

Which products help makeup last all day?

Guerlain bronzer has saturated color that warms your complexion. Tom Ford lipstick is super-long-lasting—choose a cool blue-red if you have a fair complexion or a russet red if you have a warm complexion. Apply a single sweep of matte setting powder to keep everything in place. Finish with a mist of rosewater, then bounce a damp Beautyblender sponge over your entire face to lift excess powder—the rounded end tackles the cheeks and forehead, while the pointed tip gets the delicate areas surrounding your eyes and nose.

What’s an easy way to shave years off your look?

Appearing clear-eyed and well-rested is key. Applying Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat right underneath your tear ducts has an instant brightening effect. Use Rohto eyedrops to keep your whites clear—they also have a cooling agent to make you feel awake.

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To shave years off your look, apply a luminating pen underneath your tear ducts. —@TroySurratt

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Have you ever picked up a makeup tip from a client?

Anjelica Huston taught me how to prevent lipstick from getting on your teeth: Wrap your lips around the tip of your finger, and pull your finger out to remove color off the wet line of the mouth.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever done makeup?

Everywhere from fast-moving boats to trailers in the woods. But the wildest experiences have been in the private salons of celebrities’ homes. These custom makeup areas are equipped with everything you can imagine, like mini fridges for chilling fine perfumes and face creams. Glimpses into that world make up for the trailers in the woods.

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Bonus! Surratt shares his favorite beauty picks:

1. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5.5, $ 41 each; yslbeautyus.com.

2. Guerlain Terracotta Terra Tropica Palette, $ 72; saks.com.

3. The Original Beautyblender sponge, $ 20; sephora.com.

4. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $ 24; jurlique.com.

5. Surratt Diaphane Compact ($ 20) and Loose Powder in Matte ($ 20); barneys.com.

6. Rohto Hydra Eye Drops, $ 9; drugstore.com.

7. Tom Ford Lip Color in (from left) Scarlet Rouge, Cherry Lush, and Crimson Noir, $ 49 each; neimanmarcus.com.

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For more pros’ tips, tricks, and best-kept secrets, pick up a copy of InStyle’s July issue, on sale and available for digital download now.

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Ask the Expert: The Wedding Whisperer Jung Lee

When it comes to weddings, Jung Lee, the owner of New York City event-production firm Fête, has organized rock-climbing rehearsal dinners and reception tables the length of city blocks. So when she speaks on all things bridal, we’re bound to listen. Here, she spills her wedding-bargaining tips and why you may want to skip the last cocktail (and it has nothing to do with that grinding groomsman on the dance floor).

InStyle.com: What’s the first thing you need to know about wedding planning?

Jung Lee: Every single thing is negotiable, so never take the first price you’re quoted.

Is there an effective way to haggle with a vendor?

Tell the person how much you love his or her work and suggest a compromise. I’ve seen restaurants agree to provide only a portion of the food if the bride wants to cut costs and bring in some of her own.

What’s the key to throwing a killer at-home reception?

Focus on serving very good wine instead of going overboard with the food. Wine never goes bad, so you can save unopened bottles for your next party.

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The key to throwing an at-home reception is serving very good wine instead of going overboard with food. —@fetenyc

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Is there a chic way to set up the bar essentials?

Mix and match your tumblers, highballs, and champagne flutes atop a beautiful tray near your bar station to make it look like you have a well-curated collection of glassware. Add some peony blooms to the display: It’s the most economical flower, meaning it’s large enough that you’ll need only a few to make an impact.

What often goes unnoticed at weddings?

At most events the caterer will serve the best-quality booze during cocktail hour, then move to the less expensive bottles. Four hours into a party, you’re not going to realize what you’re drinking.

Where can you save a few bucks without your guests knowing?

Do the fake-cake trick. Get a small topper and place it on a pedestal for pictures and the cutting ceremony. Have an inexpensive sheet cake from a bulk retailer in the venue’s kitchen to actually serve to guests.


Bonus! Lee shares her favorite party-hosting accessories and under-$ 20 wine pick:

1. Glassware, from left: Marta Coolers ($ 3 each), Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses ($ 2 each), True Stemless Wine Glasses ($ 3 each), Cylinder Flutes ($ 2 each), Simplicity Flutes ($ 4 each), CB2; cb2.com.

2. Wood and lacquer tray, Pacific Connections, $ 205; pacificconnectionsusa.net.

3. North Coast chardonnay, Clos du Bois, $ 15; closdubois.com.

“Serve this chardonnay alone, or combine with equal parts orange, lemon and lime juices to make punch,” Lee says.

For more pros’ tips, tricks, and best-kept secrets, pick up a copy of InStyle’s July issue, on sale and available for digital download now.

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Expert Picks: The 10 Best Mani-Pedi Combos for Summer

With sandals finally taking the place of slush-soaked boots, nails are in dire need of some TLC. We delved into the creative genius of three of the best fashionwire.com/celebrity-fashion” target=”_self”>celebrity nail experts in the business: Jin Soon, Jenna Hipp, and Julie Kandalec. They shared their picks for summer’s best mani-pedi pairings. Whether you prefer a more classic combo, or embrace the bold options this season has to offer, we’ve got a look for you.

Take a look at our picks in our gallery!