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How To: Do Your Makeup and Hair Like a Top Model

Like many of you, I am a faithful watcher of America's Next Top Model. Even if it hasn't produced any actual supermodels—as Bravo's upcoming model search is trying to do—it's an entertaining show. Now, some of the "advice" Tyra gives makes me roll my eyes, mostly because it's made more dramatic for TV. But one thing Tyra is right about is the importance of looking simple and makeup-free on go-sees.

Remember Natasha—er, "Nata"—from last season? She has signed with Muse, an agency in New York, and her first photographs are coming out. Compare the simple look she's sporting in the Polaroid with the glammed-up "after" makeover shot from ANTM (which, frankly, is too DeBarge for my taste). I think she looks fresher in the T-shirt shot—more "working model" than "aspiring model."

Now, Natasha is probably wearing some makeup in these new Polaroids, but the reason she looks good is that the makeup and hair isn't over the top. To find out how to get this clean, fresh, "no-makeup" model look,

  • Hair: Tyra is right: To look like a model, wear your hair in a simple ponytail, or let it swing naturally. One thing I like about Natasha's new hair color is that it looks natural, but she has a few subtle highlights woven in near her face. This softens the look.
  • Skin: If you look closely, you'll see that Natasha's freckles show through, but you don't see any undereye circles. She's probably wearing concealer and a tinted moisturizer. Get the look by dabbing—not smearing—concealer over dark circles and any blemishes, then using a tinted moisturizer like Stila illuminating tinted moisturizer spf 15 to even out skin tone. Or, to save money, just add a few drops of foundation to your everyday facial moisturizer. Either way, your skin shouldn't be hidden.
  • Eyes: A coat or two of black mascara is all you need. If you're a blonde or a redhead, use brownish black mascara for a more subtle look.
  • Eyebrows: Modern brows are full but groomed. It looks as though Natasha probably has done some very subtle "filling in" of her brows. You can get the same look at home easily with a brow gel, such as Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel.
  • Lips: Barely-there color is the name of the game. Look for a lip balm with a light and sheer color tint, such as Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer.

So what do you think? Will we see Nata on the runways? I think she's very pretty and she's got a great personality, but the reality-TV curse is going to be hard to beat.

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austerity austerity 9 years
She was incredibly arrogant on the show. Very unappealing. Amazing how she looks much better without makeup on though!
vawilliams vawilliams 10 years
Beautiful model, natural picture is gorgeous, do not like her personality though.
mrspiven mrspiven 10 years
i wish she would have never been on antm. she is beautiful and i would have loved her photos if i didn't know she had such an off-putting know-it-all personality. now i look at her and it bothers me.
queen-lala queen-lala 10 years
jeda21 jeda21 10 years
You can tell that she has inherent beauty, and that all the special makeup they apply on her jobs will only enhance it. Aveda also carries some excellent sheer lip tints, but since they have natural ingredients, they don't make my gastric issues act up. A neat alternative for gals with similar gastric issues.
AK AK 10 years
Hey Bella, I have one more question. Do I need a brush to apply this? Or can you just blend it with your fingers?
Emiily Emiily 10 years
She looks beautiful in the Polaroid.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
EEEwwww she looked so much better before.
AK AK 10 years
Thanks Bella! I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Stila one then. Thanks for helping me out and replying to my other post as well!
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Hey AK, I'd use a tinted moisturizer if I were you. At 17, you don't need to wear a lot of foundation — it's actually more age-appropriate to wear a tinted moisturizer. I like the Stila one a lot (and use it). Whichever one you go with, make sure it has a SPF of at least 15. Tinted moisturizers are great because they protect your skin from sun (with SPF), they keep your skin hydrated and they even out your skin tone. The look isn't as heavy as foundation, but it's enough to give a smoother, more even skin tone.
AK AK 10 years
Bella, what does a tinted moisturizer really do? Would you recommend using it if I'm 17? I don't want to ruin my skin or anything.. Is it like using a foundation? I know you posted about them before and I want to try this Stila one but I'm unsure!
zephyrmori zephyrmori 10 years
she doesnt look russian in the left photo :\ i like her right photo. tried out the au naturel look today. i feel really good since i am quite new to make up. it is not too heavy but it gives me a very fresh look. me like ;)
designergirl designergirl 10 years
The first photo is terrible. The make-up is way too harsh for her face. She looks grogeous and understated in the second photo.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
antm winner**
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i agreed with most of the ANTM winners except for when nicole and jaselene won. i still say natasha shoulda won but its great shes with muse now. my fav Antm alum will always be Naima though
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 10 years
Oh wow - so much better than ANTM! I always think that after the makeovers all of the girls look like they are in drag because they have so much makeup on and dramatic hair! It's just too much - I think on an upcoming season they should do "natural" makeovers instead like Natasha's angency did for her - so pretty!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 10 years
How Ironic I'm watching ANTM now on mtv!!! They just got done with make overs and now they are moving on the make up!!
menthadict menthadict 10 years
I'm absolutely in ove with Natasha and I'm sure she'll make it far
shafiii shafiii 10 years
she can never be a model. hated her on the show
Mollish Mollish 10 years
*here, not her
Mollish Mollish 10 years
Wow...I usually didn't think she was that hot on the show (I think the blonde straw-for-hair she started off with was a turn-off) but she looks amazing her.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
I love that look of freshness, but my eyelids are dark and if I don't use some shadow, I look dead! And I agree the simple straight ponytail is the best way to go - get the hair out of your face, especially if you have great bone structure.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
Ooh love it. I love Natasha, and was so disappointed she didn't win but I'm glad to see her at least with an agency.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Most models have to be at least 5'7"—preferably 5'9" or higher, though. Gisele is 5"11, but Iekeliene Stange is 5'9". Occasionally you'll get a Devon Aoki (5'5", if memory serves) or a Kate Moss (5'7", I think) who's a little shorter. Either way, Natasha is tall enough for the modeling world. Now, Eva Pigford... probably not. Not tall enough for runway, that is. But I don't think ANTM models are being groomed for runway—they're being groomed to become spokesmodels, which is where they'd make more money anyway.
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 10 years
Nice tips, thanks.
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