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Confessions of a Housewife: Kyle Richards' Style Secrets

Kyle Richards

Family.com caught up with Beverly Hills socialite, Real Housewives star, and mom of four, Kyle Richards, to talk favorite beauty products, fashion steals, and find out the secret to that gorgeous hair.

What is the secret to your amazing hair?
I do use Pantene, but also it's also about taking care of your hair. I try not to heat it or use a flat iron. I'm really neurotic about how I brush it. I won't snag it or rip it and I'm always on my four girls, "You have to start from the bottom and work your way up." I've always had long hair. A couple years ago I thought it would be a good idea to cut it to my shoulder, chop it and layer it and make it blonde. Everybody said that was my ugliest color. I was like, 'Okay, that look is not working for me. I'm going to go back to my normal color and let it grow out again.' People are neurotic about their skin. I'm neurotic about my hair.

I don't use product. I think it just makes your hair dried out and the alcohol in the stuff is bad for your hair. I just use shampoo and a really heavy conditioner and then if I'm not going to anything important where my hair has to look really good, I'll even leave a little conditioner in it and just twist it in a bun and sleep with it like that. I won't put shampoo on the ends of my hair, just on the scalp. I just let the suds run down because I don't want to dry out my hair.

What do you do to keep your skin looking so great?
I have noticed as I've gotten older if I don't drink water, it completely ages you. The biggest change I see regarding my skin is when I drink a lot of water. So if I have a photo shoot or something where I have to look really good I'll just make sure I'm drinking a lot. I just choke it down as much as I can a few days before I have to look really good and that's when I really notice a difference in my skin.

Do you have any favorite beauty products?
Proactiv tinted sun block. It looks like you have nothing on your face and it covers enough so it makes your skin look even and it's sun block so it's great. Off camera, I'll wear no foundation and just go with a heavy moisturizer and a little bit of concealer under my eyes and lip gloss. I always have to have lip gloss.

Do you have a favorite color or brand?
My favorites are Mac Viva Glam 5, Mac Enchantress and then Lip Fusion in the Sun. I swear, I could write a book just on lip gloss. There are the forgotten lost ones that they discontinued that I cry over. I go and I buy a whole bunch at a time because I'm so scared that it will get discontinued.

Any favorite beauty bargains?
My new favorite lipstick, that people have actually been emailing me and tweeting and asking what color I had on, is L'Oreal Infallible. The color is called Sunset. My favorite mascara in the world is L'Oreal Voluminous.

What are your style secrets?
I like to buy things that are classic. I don't like to buy things that are too trendy. It's not my style. I like to wear things that are feminine and sexy but not showing too much. I don't like my boobs showing too much. I'm not a bows and frilly type, but I love the sparkles that are very much in style right now. Sometimes I wear that but tone it down with just black pants and boots.

You're a mom, so how do keep up with your kids and still look fashionable?
Well, I'm only 5'3" so I like to wear heels, but it's not practical for me to run around in heels with my kids and the baby, so I try to find something that's flattering on me, like cute pants and just pair it with a cute top. I don't like to have tight tops because I've had four kids. I don't like anything clinging to my stomach. I'll like to mix something really expensive with something that's not expensive. When I was in New York, I wanted to find something to wear on Watch What Happens. I went to Bergdorf's and I bought a top, but then I went and bought my pants at H&M. It was so funny, I actually went in to Bergdorf's and I wanted black leather pants so badly. They pulled out these pants that were like $800 and they looked horrible on me. The girl helping me had on these cute black leather pants. I said, 'Where are those?' She said, "I got these at H&M" and I flew out of there to get to H&M.


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