Dancing With the Stars pros' top looks
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Dance Fever1 of 13
By Laura Vogel
With all the fox-trotting, tangoing and cha-cha-cha'ing on Dancing With the Stars, keeping the performers looking their best requires some serious skill—and hairspray. The show's head hairstylist, Mary Guerrero, and makeup artist, Zena Shteysel, reveal their backstage beauty secrets, telling told Glo how they created their favorite looks of the past five years. To see more of their gorgeous work, tune in on May 20 for this season's finale.
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Hair: "She definitely knows what she likes," Guerrero said of the Real Housewives star. "She has beautiful hair with tons of volume, and we showed that off with a hot-rollered, half-up 'do finished with a few curls added with a large-barreled iron."
Makeup: "Lisa loves working with makeup," adds Shteysel. "Pink is her color, there was always pink on her lips and on her cheeks. We also used products that added a lot of luminosity on her skin."
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Hair: For this young star of the Disney show Shake It Up, "we did a variation of the faux bob, where we curled it tightly and pinned it up to make it look like it was shorter, in such a way that it wouldn't destroy the curl," says Guerrero.
Makeup: "She's been so much fun," says Shteysel. "Everything you do on her is so beautiful because her face is so pretty—she's just 16. The focus here was on her lip. Her hair was up so I could do the pink glossy lip, which I love."
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Hair: "We went for an old-school pompadour here," Guerrero tells us. "We rolled the hair away from her face and pinned it in a voluminous wave—and we left the back down to make it modern and give her some movement."
Makeup: "Ricki has great bone structure," Shteysel tells us. "For each show, she wanted to switch characters and change up her look. This makeup is based on the wardrobe, very soft and clean. She has really beautiful brown eyes; all they need is just a touch of black liner to really stand out."
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Hair: "Kirstie's hair has tons of volume," Guerrero tells us. "So, again, we did the Veronica Lake wave on her, and added a little volume at the crown by teasing the hair above her forehead."
Makeup: "You'll see here that we've done a lip color that matches her dress, it's our go-to look," explains Shteysel. "Her look's just so pretty. We did a lot of highlighting and contouring with her cheeks and under her jaw. She's got this beautiful eye color that when you smoke them out they really pop."
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Hair: "Wendy's hair here was a vintage, Veronica Lake–inspired style. We curled the hair away from the face," Guerrero tells us. "It's called over-directing the curl, we pull it away from the face and then pin it. We try to keep it pinned as long as possible before the dance for a defined curl; it gives lift and volume."
Makeup: "She was doing a fox-trot on this episode," Shteysel recalls. "Since it's a classic ballroom dance, we chose a vintage look for her. Clean, winged eye with lashes, brown shadow in the crease, black liner. We love vintage, beautiful, timeless looks."
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Hair: "The most important thing is to always beautify the contestants," says Guerrero. Of Dirty Dancing star Grey she explains, "We wanted a very dramatic look for Jennifer, wanted to give her hair a little bit of height. We added a hairpiece, a bun, after blowing dry. We need to make sure the hairpiece will not move no matter what; they are always well-pinned!"
Makeup: "We did a neutral lip, smoky eye, this look was for the Argentine tango," Shteysel says. "It was all about dramatic eyes, so we focused on them—applied false lashes, created a smoky eye with shadow."
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Hair: "She was beautiful before we touched her," says Guerrero of The Hills star. "This is a fun half-up, half-down hairstyle. She has a great amount of volume to her hair, though we did put in some extensions and then created a little bun on top of her head to add some height."
Makeup: "This is another strong Latin-dance look," Shteysel explains. "We went with a very dramatic look, and matched her bold red lip color to her outfit."
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Hair: "Petra was doing the quick-step in this show," says Guerrero. "Hair-wise, we'll try to convince them to go for Ginger Rogers, vintage-y look for this dance because of its fast, jumpy steps. She has great, thick hair, so we used all her own for this updo."
Makeup: "Here, we did a classic clean eye with a matte siren-red lip," Shteysel says. "Petra's skin is amazing, so all we needed to do was moisturize and add a touch of luminizing makeup."
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Hair: "That was a fabulous look," Guerrero says of this retro style. "The bang part was a wig that we cut to just use the front and wove it into her hair. It's fun to do a mix of vintage and modern eras."
Makeup: "This was actually a Grease-inspired look," Shteysel tells us. "Nicole naturally has that great vintage style, so we went with really strong makeup. We wanted to match with the hair and go super-retro with a winged liner and arched brow. It was one of my favorite looks."
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Hair: "We created on Kim, as we often do with talent with long hair, a short look," says Guerrero. "We set the hair in a deep curl and then divided it into four sections. We attach a rubber band an inch or so from the end of each part and bend the hair under, secure with bobby-pins and set with lots of spray."
Makeup: "She has a pretty heart-shaped face," says Shteysel. "I took the hair into account and kept her eyes pretty clean, I really wanted to see that color of the dress on her lips. Since her hair was up, I could play with gloss. Loose hair can get caught on the lips!"
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Hair: "At this point, she was growing out a very short cut; we probably used the most hairpieces with her, though she does have thick hair," says Guerrero. "Every week we have to come up with a new look and style to go with the dance and the look. We had to put a lot of extensions in to get her look—it was a challenge!"
Makeup: "Kate has great skin, so that made doing her makeup easy," explains Shteysel. "This look was for an upbeat, fun number, and we really love to run with a red lip on the show and smoky eyes like we've done here."
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Hair: "Susan has hair with lots of body of it on her own," says Guerrero. "All she needs is a blow-out with a spray that helps hold a curl. For this look, we put Velcro rollers in while it was cooling after drying and pulled it into a loose ponytail."
Makeup: "She takes very good care of herself, her skin was a great canvas for a makeup artist," says Shteysel. "We focused on keeping her skin moisturized. Luminous foundations were gorgeous on her; I focused on accentuating the eye. Her eye shadow was pink or nude, and I put a pop of pink on the lip."