Repair your skin
Celebrities might have a team of professionals helping them get red-carpet ready, but no matter what kind of help they have, starting with the healthiest skin possible is key. Makeup can only do so much, and the less you have to wear the better, so we suggest dealing with any skin care concerns you have now, before you hit the party circuit. This means using targeted masks once a week for whatever complexion issue you need to clear up (dryness, blemishes, redness, etc.). You can also add a serum to your skin care routine to target areas that need a little extra care. Serums also target various skin concerns and penetrate skin more deeply than your average moisturizer. The more you can do now to boost skin's appearance, the better you'll look when those flashes start going off.
Focus on your eyes
Even the most fresh-faced celebrities get a little help around the eye area to make their peepers stand out (Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts come to mind). Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler to open up your eyes and then add two coats of your favorite mascara. A double coat will help really put the focus on your eyes, which can make or break a photo. Just think back to all those photos where your eyes were half-closed or you were looking away from the camera – not as cute as the bright-eyed shots where you're looking right at the camera.
Say no to shine
Even a little bit of shine will show up in a photo ten-fold. Keep a stash of oil blotting papers on hand to banish any oil throughout the night so you always look fresh in photos. They don't mess up your makeup, they're easy to use and unlike powder, they don't add even more product to your skin. We like Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10), which absorb excess oil without disturbing or smudging makeup.
Another celebrity secret when it comes to achieving flawless, camera-ready skin is luminizing foundation or skin highlighters. These products work to brighten skin and create the illusion of a healthy, glowing complexion – even when you're tired and stressed out from your jam-packed holiday schedule. Try NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($42), which provides sheer, buildable coverage and gives skin a natural-looking glow. We especially love that this formula is lightweight so it never feels heavy on your skin.
Watch: How to look thinner in photographs
Contrary to popular belief, pictures do lie. So make sure they're saying you're skinnier than you really are!