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Of course it’s easy to look like a movie star when you’ve got a team of makeup artists, hairstylists and various other magicians at your disposal. But these 12 celebrities have some refreshingly real words of wisdom to offer when it comes to beauty. (Plus a few clever tips, too.)

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“There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.” – Laverne Cox

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“Joy is the best makeup. But a little lipstick is a close runner-up.” – Anne Lamott

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“I believe in glamor. I am in favor of a little vanity. I don't rely on just my genes. Looking good is a commitment to yourself and to others. Wigs, killer heels, Pilates, even fillers—whatever works for you, honey.” – Iman

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“While bangs don't look good on everyone, confidence does.” – Lauren Conrad

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“I think that the most important thing a woman can have—next to talent, of course—is her hairdresser.” – Joan Crawford

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“Who is the beauty icon that inspires you the most? Is it Sophia Loren? Audrey Hepburn? Halle Berry? Mine is Nosferatu, because that vampire taught me my number-one and number-two favorite beauty tricks of all time: avoid the sun at all costs and always try to appear shrouded in shadows.” – Mindy Kaling

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“I don't like standard beauty. There is no beauty without strangeness.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

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“A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer!” – Beyoncé

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“Makeup is the finishing touch, the final accessory.” – Marc Jacobs

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“To make lips look naturally pink, I put on red lipstick, wipe it off, and then apply clear gloss.” – Halle Berry

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“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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