This is from Madison magazine I thought it would be interesting for all you guys to read
It's part of their basic job description: look after your skin, care for your hair. We asked models to spill their secrets that keep them at the top of the beauty trade. by Sarah Brooks and Justine Cullen.
PART ONE: HAIR
Hair Sucess THEY UNDERSTAND SUN DAMAGE
No model worth her perfect skin would go without sunscreen everyday. And this applies to hair too. Locks that have been coloured are particularly susceptible to the drying and damaging effects of the sun, sea and chlorine. The best way to protect the hair from the elements is by creating a barrier. This can be done my combing or spraying a product such asKérastase Soleil Voile Protecteur through the hair before you swim or go out in the sun.
The combined effects of the colouring process and UV rays can leave hair parched and more prone to tangling. Intensive conditioning is required to remedy this, so always treat hair with a conditioning mask once a fornight, or whenever you feel the need. Slather product on to freshly washed hair, wrap a warm towel around your head and leave for 15 minutes. Model Amelia Jennings also swears by in-salon conditioning treatments. "As well as using Redken products at home, I have a salon treatment once a month to keep my hair looking good," she says. "It really makes a difference and keeps my hair soft."
THEY CARE FOR THEIR HAIR
When your hair is under constant attack from heated appliances and is coated in more styling products in one day of shooting that most of us will use in a year, maintenance is the key. " I really have to look after my hair otherwise the colour looks dull," says model Miranda Kerr . "I use hair treatments every couple of weeks and invest in good salon shampoos and conditioners to keep it looking healthy," she adds. L'Oréal Paris colourist director Christophe Robin agrees. "Colour swells the hair cuticle making it much thicker and drier," he says. So your going to need to give it some TLC if you want to keep it in good condition and make the colour last. "Great-looking colour definitely relies on a good aftercare regimen," he adds. Always use a shampoo and a conditioner specially formulated for colour-treated hair. They are designed to condition and cleanse without stripping the colour pigments; and the conditioners deposit a protective film around porous, damaged areas of the hair shaft, helping to lock in colour.
THEY WORK WITH THE CUT
"Colour can be used to create the illusion of thickness and volume and accentuates the texture of the hair," says Robin. For a model who is constantly under the glare of lights-be it on the runway or in a photographic studio-this becomes all-important. A bob that's all one lenth will benefit from an all-over colour(think Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction), as it will appear glossy, whereas through the mid lengths or ends to emphasise the layers(think Gisele's honey-hued mane). Darker tones will make hair look thicker while lighter shades can break up naturally thick hair.
THEY KNOW THEIR SKIN
You have to work with your skin tone. Hair colour should complement your complexion not to wash it out. Actress Mandy Moore knows just how essential this rule is." Hair colouring really changed how I felt about myself and the way that people treated me," says Moore of her transformation from girlie bottle-blonde to a more natural , and mature, brunette. " You would never think of dressing in a colour that makes you look washed out, so be careful not to make the same mistake with your hair," says colourist Tristan Meade-Jones. Generall, skin tone falls into two categories-cool and warm. As a rule, if your skin has a warm tone like model Carmen Kass , then caramel or honey colours will suit you, and vice versa for cool tones. "You'll know the right colour as it will emphasise your eyes and complexion, " says Robin.
COLOUR CHART if your hair is......
-Light to mid brown like Kate Moss- this is easily the most flexible hair colour to have because you can try almost anything.
-Red Like Karen Elson- Lighten up with strawberry blonde streaks, or choose a warm auburn shade to enrich your natural colour
-Dark Brown like Naomi Campbell- Liven up with shades of red or sunny streaks. Alternatively, be more subtle and a little vampish with a blue black tint.
-Blonde like Heidi Klum- Swing between honey-blonde or dark chesnut, but if your making a drastic, make sure it suits your skin.
THEY DON'T STRESS ABOUT ACCIDENTS
"I love changing my hair colour. But after bleaching the tips once, someone ran dark colour through my hair and the tips turned purple," says model Amber Valletta . When your looks are your lifeline, a colouring mishap can spell disaster. But no matter what colour catastrophe occurs there is always a solution. For salon scares, return to the scene of the crime and ask for help. If they're not happy to sort out their mistake, your next step is to contact a trichologist (hair specialist), who can assess the damage and give advice on taking further action. As for home horrors, either swallow your pride, pull on a scarf and get down to your local salon.
COLOURING AT HOME
Okay, so models have access to the best colourists and stylists money can buy. But if your finances aren't so flash, you can DIY.
WHAT PRODUCT DO YOU NEED? Do you want a permanent colour that grows out or a tone on tone that subtly fades away? Or do you want to lighten your hair? Always read the box to make sure you have the type of product you're after before you dye.
WHAT IS YOUR NATURAL SHADE? Before choosing your new colour, establish your natural hair shade from the colour charts on the box. This will help you work out what level of colour you can achieve. (For example, a permanent hair colour will allow you to colour up to two shades lighter than your natural shade.)
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Make sure you read everything provided in the pack. You need to know how to apply the product properly and how long the colour should be left on.
DO A SENSITIVITY TEST. Before you start lathering colour all over your head, make sure your not allergic to any of the ingredients. Instructions on how to do a sensitivity test will be in the pack.
AVOID STAINING YOUR SKIN. Apply either a moisuriser or vaseline around your hairline, the base of your neck and behind the ears. This will form a barrier and prevent the dye from coming into contact with your skin. A cotton ball soaked in soapy water should prevent staining if you get it immediately.
WASH HAIR 24 HOURS BEFORE. If you clean your hair straight before colouring, any water present in the hair shaft may dilute the colour. Alternatively, if you haven't washed it for a week you'll have a build-up of products that will prevent the colour from penetrating.
MAINTAIN YOUR COLOUR. Re-apply your colour every five or six weeks. If you are using a permanent colour, you'll need to apply new colour to regrowth.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MAKE-UP
There's no point splurging on a fabulous Collette Dinnigan frock if your going to wear it with heels you've owned since 1995. The same rules apply here. If you dramatically change your hair colour then your make-up also needs to update. While red lipstick on a platinum blonde may stop traffic, the same colour on a redhead will be nothing short of a car crash. You may also need to adjust your foundation to suit the new you.
-Cool tones(Cate Blanchett) - Blondes with cooler skin tones should stick to soft pinks when they select a blusher.
-Warm tones (Cameron Diaz) - If you have sun-kissed blonde highlights and a natural tan, replace your normal blusher with a bronzing powder. RAVENS
-Cool tones (Selma Blair) - Fair skins with black hair look great with refined eyebrows. Brows can be emphasised or elongated by using a fine brow pencil, preferably one that has a brush to aid direction.
-Warm tones (Catherine Zeta-Jones) - Warm and olive skin tones suit fuller brow shapes. Deepen with a light coat of brown mascara. REDHEADS
-Cool tones (Nicole Kidman) - Redheads should have fun with feisty colours. Emphasise your mouth with stron lip shades. For an up-to-date twist, opt for rich glosses rather than mattes.
-Warm tones (Debra Messing) - If you are considering coppery lights or an all-over red tint, then try delicate apricot or peach shades. BRUNETTES
-Cool tones (Elizabeth Hurley) - Pink can be just as pretty on brunettes as blondes, especially if they have cool skins. Pastel pinks looks great on newly coloured brunettes with blue eyes.
-Warm tones (Angelina Jolie) - Brunettes with warmer skin should avoid pale taupe eye colours - they can look bland. Opt for more contempory coppery bronze and terracota.
THEY LOVE SHINE
Good lighting and many hard-working hairstylists ensure models have hair as glossy as the magazine pages they appear in. The good news is that you don't need to be in a Dior show to get that sheen. "I'm addicted to my shine serum as it wakes up my hair," says model Alexandra A
here's how to get your hair to glisten every day.
-To increase the shine, use a nozzle on the end of your hairdyer and direct the airflow down the hair shaft. This will ensure the cuticles lie flat, making hair look shiny.
-If your hair looks drab, apply a small amount of serum to your fingertips and run through the hair. Use sparingly as too much product will overload the hair and undo all your styling work.
FOR A MODEL SKINCARE ISN'T PERSONAL, IT'S A CAREER MOVE. GET YOUR COMPLEXION READY FOR IT'S CLOSE UP WITH THESE CATWALK-WORTHY TIPS, TRICKS AND CRISIS SOLUTIONS
Acne, flakiness and red patches are no-ones best friends, but when your a model they're the career equivalent of telling your boss she has bad breath: a short cut to the unemployment office. Sure, computer wizardry might be able to work it's magic on the odd pimple or under-eye circle, but there isn't a computer in the world clever enough to create healthy, radiant, even-toned skin where there was none to begin with - and no retoucher is going to help you get the job at a face-to-face casting. "For ever picture that has a centimetre of make-up and retouching there are 10 that are much more natural. And with both types of shot, the client still wants beautiful skin to work with," says model agent Ursula Hufnagl , who has had former lives as both a model and beauty editor. "For a model, great skin really is the road to success. I can honestly say there isn't a girl on our books with a bad complexion."
Of course, not every model is lucky enough to be born with the kind of skin that will snare them a cosmetics contract. Like the rest of us they're mere mortals, most of them have to work at it. And considering all the travel, long days under bright lights and heavy make-up their number-one asset is subjected to, we'd say that what they don't know about skincare isn't worth knowing. "It's not about the odd pimple, everyone get those, it's about even skin, no pores and a healthy glow," says Hufnagl. And wouldn't we all like that?
THEY WORK FROM THE INSIDE OUT
If you believe beauty comes from within rush out and some Tahitian Noni Juice (from health stores), pronto - it's what Miranda Kerr credits her good looks to. "It's what I put in the inside so I glow on the outside," she says. Although according to the International Dermal Institute's Emma Hobson there is some debate as to which supplements are good for the skin. Many models cite silica and zinc as part of their skincare routine. "Diet is a big ussie. The food we eat is so processed and full of sugar, which really influences your hormone levels and effects the skin," adds Hufnagl.
THEY'RE RELIGIOUS ABOUT CLEANSING
It's the first rule of skincare, and one that most models take very, very seriously. "Their looks are on show 24/7, so I always tell them that it's not just about cleansing once a day or every second day - it's every morning and every night," says Hufnagl. Model Annika Kaban has learnt from experience how this is one rule a girl is wise to stick to. "I never used to bother and my skin was always really clogged," she admits. Little wonder: most models pile on more make-up in a single working day than we'd wear all week. As a result, many of them profess doing nearly bare as often as possible - "I never wear make-up outside of work," declares model Ada Jones. No matter how much you wear, though, any make-up left on overnight congests the pores, forming micro-comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and resulting in skin that looks and feels bumpy. And according to Emma Hobson, there's always a secondary reason to coem clean. " You need to apply moisturiser and possibly a treatment product to achieve healthy skin - and neither of these can be applied over old make-up."
THEY'RE ALL ABOUT MOISTURISER
Forget Dur: most models would rather go naked than skip their daily dose of moistuiser. " Your constantly cleansing, so you need to put the moisture back in," says model Annaliese Treharne . Over-zealous cleansing (usually caused by using too much or too strong a cleanser, rather than cleansing too often) can strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling taut and flaky, so a good moisturiser is essential no matter what your skin type. Try a light, oil-free one for oily skin, or a more nourishing version for drier types. But moisturiser has benefits other than just replacing what cleansing takes away - it can also help to protect the skin from the pore-clogging ingredients (known as comedogenics) found in some make-up by forming a fluid barrier over your complexion.
THEY KNOW THE POWER OF A GOOD SCRUB
Once, twice three times a week ... Even when they're not sure what time zone they're in, most models could set their watch by the regularity of their exfoliation - the secret to the kind of healthy glow that belies a life of late-night parties and cheeseburgers eaten on the run betweens go-sees. "Exfoliation is an excellent part of maintaining a healthy balanced skin - it prevents it becoming clogged and congested and keeps a check on breakouts, " says Hobson. They is not to be too dedicated ti your exfoliation regimen - two or three times a week is more than enough. " Over-exfoliation can sensitise and irritate the skin and cause more breakouts than less, " she wanrs. For a super-gentle exfoliant that cost next to nothing, take a tip from model Annika Kaban. "I exfoliate using a homemade mix of bicarbonate of soda and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It helps with breakouts and dryness. I live by it!
THEY BELIEVE IN THE BASICS
"I apply sunscreen religiously every monring and throughout the day - good sun protection is so crucial. Besides that I just use a gentle cleanser and moisturiser daily and exfoliate once a week, " says Megan Gale , who is such a sun-protection saint that she created her own sunscreen, Invisible Zinc. Model Courtney Wells (Women>Sydney>c-e. Courtney Wells) routine is similarly simplified. "Water, no junk food, lots of sleep and a facial once a month. I don't have time enough to out alot of effort into my skincare, " she says. It's a sentiment many of her colleagues echo, all acknowledging the power of a healthy lifestyle and the most basic routines over dussy regimens and product overload. Hufnagl agrees: "I encourage the girls to deal with their skin problems with diligent cleansing, exercise and diet. Products are there to assist us, but if you don't put in the effort when it comes to your lifestyle, there's no point using a $500 jar of moistusier."
THEY HAVE TRIED-AND-TRUE FAVOURITES
Everyone has products they adore, but when your skin is bread and butter, finding something that works is akin to discovering the Holy Grail. "My miracle product is a Dea Sea mud mask - you put it on a pounding pimple overnight and it will have calmed down by the time you wake up, " raves model Julie Ziersen . "It also helps to unclog pores and get rid of grease. It's beautiful and it doesn't dry out your skin." Equally adored by models Ada Jones and Carlie Grima is St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub, while Miranda Kerr uses Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster for treating pimples, and products from a jojoba-based spa brand called Amore Pacific (not available in Australia). However for a true model favourite, take note: almost every girl we spoke to for this story listed Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner as one of their all-time beauty essentials.
THEY BELIEVE IN MAINTENANCE
For a model, a facial is more than just a pampering treat - it's essential maintenance, much like getting a tune-up for your car. "Oxygen facials are amazing. I really believe in them," swears Kerr. Alternatively, therapist Jeannie Bourke from Venustus (a favourite fashion industry beauty spot in Sydney) advises her shoot-wearing clients to have regular deep-cleansing facials, such as her Deep Cleansing Treatment, adding that benefits of a good facial on the work-related concerns of a model - breakouts, blackheads, dehydration - can't be underestimated for any of us. Emma Hobson agrees: "Skincare treatments are a bit like taking your skin to the gym; they help you achieve optimal health for the largest living organ of the body. The benefits include expert skincare advice, an increase in the skin's circulation, stimulation of the facial muscles, an increase in cells and tissue reproduction, stress relief and stimulation of the body's natural endorphins."
I've got to take a shower I'll write the last 2 paragraphs up after wards
Thanks so much. if anyone has tried cetaphil, or St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub. Cam you let me know if it worked for you. And does anyone have any tips on good but not expensive exfoliating treatments.
THEY HAVE A CRISIS CONTINGENCY PLAN
No-one is more aware of just how stressful a skin crisis can be than Annika Kaban , who once had a major breakout just before a Chanel catwalk show. Luckily she was well prepared. "When something like that happens I use cortisone cream that I get from a doctor, " says Kaban. "I also sometimes use a prescription acne cream that gets rid of spots overnight," Like celebrities, models go to extreme lengths to get rid of a zit before a big event (Britney Spears apparently gets her spots injected with cortisone before a public appearance). Unfortunately -or fortunately, depending on how you fee about needles - such extreme solutions aren't quite so accessible to the rest of us. " If you have an acne condition, your doctor is not very likely to administer a cortisone injection for a simple spot," says Hobson. " For a quick fix, probably one of the fastest, most effective treatments is to use a product that contains benzoyl peroxide,"
THEY PREP FOR IMPORTANT OCCASIONS
Think models just show up for shoots while the crew does all the prep work? Think again. When a model knows in advance that she's got a really big campaign or trip coming up, she often get her skin primed with a couple of sessions of microdermabrasion, which sloughs off the top layer of skin without causing side-effects(dryness, flaking) as a chemical peel. "All that heavy make-up under hot lights really causes a lot of skin congestion, so dermabrasion is very popular with models as they can have it the day before a shoot to get their skin looking amazing with no down time," says Kaye Scoot from The Clinic in Sydney. For those really looking for picture-perfet skin, "Intense Pulsed light treatments are also popular for getting rid of the odd capillary, sunspot or even freckles," says Scott.
THEY OPT FOR PREVENTION OVER A CUTE
Travelling to far-flung destinations might be great for your portfolio, but it's certainly not great for your skin - which is why models who travel have a strategy that helps them avoid dryness, dehydration or sensitivity when in transit. "Flying sucks out the moisture from your skin. It's very dehydrating and because of this, also makes the skin more sensitive," explains Hobson. "The best thing is to drink lots of water before, during and after flying. Get your skin really healthy and well hydrated prior to flying and boost moisture levels by spritzing with a hydrating toner (not just water spray as all this does is evaporate) and applying plenty of moisturiser during the flight."
Thanks so much, Acester. It was a very detailed article.
Belle Chic, I have used Cetaphil Cleanser for more than 3 years, it is the absolute best cleanser I have tried, and I have tried many many brands. It is cheap and simple and doesnt dry you out or make you sensitive, thats why I love it.
Great job Acester! This is really comforting to hear that even models like Miranda Kerr (who I've actually seen) get breakouts and have trouble with their skin. Keeping my face clear is a daily battle!
Something else that helps is yoga, meditation or just writing things down. Acne can make you really self-conscious and down on yourself, so all that stress just makes it worse.
I read in the Sessilee thread that she steams and exfoliates once a week. I started doing it and it's SUCH a big help.