Yeah, watching models do their thing during Fashion Month (that's four weeks of shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris) and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show looks like some non-stop, wildly glamorous event, but some of the less-Instagrammed side effects involve jet lag, over-worked skin, and stressful runs to and from shows (think go-sees on America's Next Top Model times 100). Yet, their skin still somehow manages to look amazing even backstage when they're makeup-free.
Sure, some (OK, a lot) of that has to do with genetics, but these women also have regular access to the best beauty pros in the world. Translation: Backstage at fashion shows is a chamber of skin care (and manicure!) secrets. So, we did as any inquiring mind would do and pulled a few of the models aside to get their tricks to keeping blemishes at bay and getting that glow we all wish we had 24/7. Here, the chamber is opened.
Steam can help open up your pores.
After weeks of walking the runways, Olivia Hunter goes makeup-free in her down time. Tons of gunk can get stuck in your pores after long days of shows with heavy makeup on, so she gives her face a deep clean with an at-home facial steam. "You get a bowl of hot water with some mint tea and put a towel over your head while your face is over the bowl," she says. "Everything feels completely cleared out."
Toothpaste a zit when you're really in need.
You've seen how Bella Hadid wakes up jet-lagged skin, but when it comes to a sudden onset zit, she lives by one of Gigi's skin care hacks. "My sister always told me to do this, and I feel like it works really well—the toothpaste-on-the-pimple trick," says Hadid. Be careful though, toothpaste can dry your skin out and make it more irritated, so don't overdo it.
A religious skin care routine is key.
With so much happening all day between shows and makeup changes, a majority of models told us a steady nighttime regimen (so their skin can calm down) is crucial. Nicole Atieno's first step is to take her makeup off with a face wipe, then wash her face with a hydrating cleansing cream (because sometimes wipes aren't enough). After that she might use a scrub or a mask on her T-zone if she feels like she needs it before finishing off with moisturizer.
DIY can do a face good.
After long days of putting all kinds of products—with all kinds of ingredients—on, Jay Wright tries to undo that damage by going natural at home. After a show, she loves to make a mask with avocado and honey to keep her skin moisturized and bright.
It's not always what goes on your body, it's what goes in it.
Abigail Culver doesn't do much when it comes to her skin, in fact she just rinses her face with water most of the time. Instead, she focuses on her diet, avoiding chips and other salty foods as much as possible before shows and tries to eat fruit when she's craving something sweet.