The Victoria’s Secret annual shebang is kind of like your Year 10 formal: the prep is more fun than the actual event.
The only difference? Our Year 10 formal pre-game was defined by incidents involving regrettable fake tan, where as the Victoria’s Secret Angels get their glow by way of ultra-luxe 24-carat gold sheet masks.
Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk are among the Angels given the gold treatment by Israeli facialist Mimi Luzon. Her $US300 (approx. $AUD405 – and yes, they ship to Australia) gold sheet masks are purported to boost radiance, soothe redness and lift tired skin.
According to Mimi Luzon, the ions within gold stimulate cell renewal and improve skin elasticity. Curious? If your beauty budget doesn’t quite stretch to $400 for masks, try Peter Thomas Roth’s version, the Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask, for $US68 a pop from Sephora.
Massages are a must (but not where you think)
Backstage, make-up artist Tom Pecheux treated the girls to circulation-boosting facial massages before prepping skin with BUTTERelixir oil, a blend of rosehip, Argan and apricot kernel oils.
The holy grail of hair tools
Victoria’s Secret Angels are just as famous for their tousled tresses as they are their wings, and backstage, it’s all about the Beachwaver tool to get the look. “For a more natural effect, what I’m doing is picking up a random piece of hair, curling it one way, then picking up another piece of hair, curling it another way,” lead hairstylist Anthony Turner tells marie claire US.
Bin the black liner
For the models’ come-hither cat-eyes, Pecheux favoured a charcoal grey eyeliner over bolder black. The effect is sultry, smoky and less harsh than black can be. Try M.A.C Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Grey Utility.