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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 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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LMS on

An article on Katie Holmes so let’s all chat about Tom Cruise! Get real folks…. can’t ONE thread be just about the actress and NOT about her ex?

Deni Smith on

She does look stunning in this magazine. But then again, most people could with the right cosmetics, make-up artist and photoshopping.

vickynicole on

@ Tina – I highly doubt she’s had a nose job. I watched an episode of Dawson’s Creek the other day and her nose looks identical.

Kami on

Should have used the 2nd pic as the cover pic…

Guest on

Katie has a “weird side ways smile” because she has Bell’s Palsy…

Yahoo on

She is cute, but I wouldn’t say sexy (there is no sex appeal to her at all). She doesn’t even show any cleavage – what a prude!

Julesy on

She doesn’t do anything for me.

carried away on

she doesn’t want 2 clean her ears in front of anyone probly cause she uses dumbo sized swabs…

Yours truly on

She will always be homely & just not really physically pretty at all to me. Whats always up with the visible lines on her lips/wrinkles.?

Cindy on

I can’t get past her nose – something looks weird, I mean she always had a small nose but now it actually looks bigger and crooked? what gives lol

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