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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Guest on

Still awkward in my book. She will never be able to shake that homely look

Connie on

She looks marvelous!! Leaving Tom was the best thing she ever did. Guest comment sounds jealous.

Chris on

Smoking hot.

Deo kasmiry on

i want this job how can do

Tina on

Well, it was when she was with Tom that her look changed, including a nose job..

Journey on

She looks absolutely beautiful.

Danielle on

Who will get a beauty advise from her….? but she is a very nice person.

Sassylulue on

Her look has only changed because she has gotten older. If you have followed her acting since was a kid she looks exactly the same nose and all. Girl next door is beautiful and it’s amazing how sexy she is just being her. People on these comments are so rude and only say stuff because they are behind a screen! Katie Holmes is one class act. Bravo to her.

Julianne on

Everyone is beautiful with unlimited funds and talented photoshop artists tweaking them. Put her on the cover au natural and I’ll agree she’s beautiful… if she truly is. When did she grow those high cheekbones? She didn’t. Fake.

guest on

She is absolutely gorgeous – she is a tad awkward in person it seems – in interviews – but I am sure she is totally embarassed about her bad decisions when it comes to her dating, marrying and having a child with friggin Tom Cruise – he is beyond WEIRD!!!

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