Four models share their secrets to camera-ready skin

by Renee Ultado, contributor

With their symmetrical faces, sculpted bone structures, and imposing heights, we chalk up these model qualities as to simply winning the DNA jackpot. Having a clear and healthy complexion is also part of the job though, and just as they need to watch what they eat and exercise to stay toned, models have to make an extra effort in caring for their skin. We talked to four professional models about how they cope with heavy makeup, erratic work schedules, and the beauty secrets they've picked from hours of sitting in makeup artist chairs.

Photos by Miguel Alomajan

Photos by Miguel Alomajan

For Philippine-based Ukranian model Inna Gavrylenko, being a model is not an excuse to be lax with skincare. With shoots being an almost daily agenda and frequent makeup changes an integral part of it, the model lifestyle can really take its toll on the skin and result in acne breakouts.

Inna regularly visits a dermatologist and avails of skin treatments whenever she has the time. After a job, she uses a regular makeup cleanser and one formulated to remove waterproof makeup. A makeup artist recommended her to use argan oil, and now Inna swears by it as a moisturizer for the face and other dry parts of the body. 

She also uses a sheet mask for added minerals and skin pampering, and runs an ice cube all over her face in the morning before applying her day cream. Inna claims it's good for minimizing pores and helping makeup last longer, not to mention a refreshing way to start her day!

Photo courtesy of Two Management

Photo courtesy of Two Management

Male model Cheyenne Draghi claims that he has his fair share of skin woes. As someone who has sensitive skin, he struggles with the amount of product that is applied on him for photo shoots and fashion shows. Getting made up is part of the job though, so he makes sure to remove all traces of product as soon as the shoot is done to avoid breakouts or other skin irritation.

Photo by Esmee Aleida

Photo by Esmee Aleida

Photo by Constance Evans

Photo by Constance Evans

Cheyenne travels a lot for work so his skin is prone to feeling dry and looking dull. To remedy this, he makes it a point to exfoliate regularly. And while he claims he is really not into beauty stuff, he shares that he loves using Chanel La Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream and the anti-acne line of La Roche-Posay, Effaclar K.

Photos from Vision LA

Photos from Vision LA

For American boy-next-door Bryce Howard who likes to work out, sweating and post-gym grime is the main concern. After showering, he uses Cetaphil to gently cleanse his face without drying it out. He also exfoliates twice a week but recommends using an exfoliator without scrubbing beads. 

While he doesn't follow a special diet for his skin, he noticed that it's clearer on days he drinks more water and stays away from dairy products. He also learned from his agent to try and avoid absentmindedly touching his face, as it can introduce bacteria and irritate the skin.

For moisture, Bryce swears by rosehip oil, which was recommended by a fellow male model. He mixes about six drops with a palm full of water and then pats it onto his skin for a healthy glow.

Bea Aquino is one of those lucky girls who have perfect skin with little effort. Her smooth and poreless complexion is maintained with a simple routine using classic products that most Pinays have probably tried. For cleansing, she uses the Pond’s White Beauty Pearl Cleansing Gel followed by a swift swipe of Eskinol all over the face.

Though she gamely sports (and rocks!) the crazy makeup concepts applied on her for shoots, Bea keeps her personal style down to the basics. She puts a prime on sun protection, and never leaves the house without slathering the Belo Sunscreen Lotion over her face and arms. She finishes her day routine with a light layer of Clinique powder foundation

Sometimes, all you need is a simple routine with products that work exceptionally well on your skin. Have you found your HGs? How do you maintain and prep your skin for shoots?