Exclusive First Look: Katie Holmes's Best Beauty Advice - and What She Won't Do In Front of a Guy

03/19/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

Katie Holmes Allure CoverTom Munro for Allure

It’s no secret that Katie Holmes is stunning, but we’ve never seen her quite this sultry.

For Allure‘s April issue (on stands March 26), the star (and face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics) goes from “girl next door” to sexy screen siren, posing for the magazine’s cover in a smoky eye, wet hair — and not much else.

But though Holmes is model-gorgeous in the pics, she shares the beauty advice her mom once gave her that keeps her grounded: “She said, ‘You may be pretty, and you may be talented, but nobody will remember that if you’re mean.'”

The star also shares her makeup and haircare must-haves — as well as her beauty must-not-do in front of potential dates. “When you’re cleaning out your ears, you probably don’t want an audience!” she says.

Click to see another photo from the shoot; then visit Allure.com for tons more on Holmes’s great style, beauty tips and to see a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot. The April issue hits stands March 26.

Tell us: What’s the best beauty advice your mom gave you?

–Alex Apatoff

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Katie Holmes Allure CoverTom Munro for Allure

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yeahright on

What????? Cleaning out your ears? Why would that even be in the top ten possibilities of something someone else MIGHT do in front of a date?? That’s something people do in the shower or in the bathroom when waking up? Really????

GEM on

THERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE WITH THIS GIRL!!!! SHE ISN’T SULTRY EITHER, PLEASE!!! LOL

Rich on

Anyone can look decent when Photoshop is available!! She is and always will be a plain Jane!!! Nothing special here but a girl that continues to act wierd and looks homely!!!!

Pinkdaisy on

Very attractive woman.

texaschickeee on

Mom gave the best advice. she is right, Being mean doesn’t get you anywhere.

Dawn on

Love her!! She has the most beautiful face. ;)

Carly on

She looks WAY over-photoshopped, not beautiful. She looks much better natural.

rain on

She isnt as pretty as when she was in dawson creek that weird side way smiles she has it was cute when she was in her teen now its a little weird. Her face is more hollow because she’s gotten older and her calves look fat to me. Even though she is very tall her legs look chubby.

Guest on

To”guest” who made a comment about Katie probably regretting her choices, marrying Tom, having a baby with him etc.. I obviously don’t know Katie but I can almost guarantee she does NOT feel that way.. Because had she not of met and married him she would not have her daughter Suri, who us so obviously the light of her life. I am also a divorced single mom and while I wish I could change alot of things in my past, having a child with my ex is NOT one if them. I think Katie is beautiful, brave and wise and I wish her well

Charlotte on

Have we forgotten how she looks in all of her candid, on the street pictures? Yes, she is pretty. But these pictures are all smoke and mirrors just like every other magazine picture.

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