Much is made of the models’ pre-show prep, but unless you’ve got four hours a day to spend doing ballet barre classes or are willing to forgo solid food, the chances of honing the body of an Angel are, no pun intended, slim.
You can, however, steal some of their beauty secrets. So off I went, sneaking backstage, to grill some of the models as they had their hair and make-up done...
“I’m a product fiend,” admits platinum blonde Devon Windsor, before reeling off all the gadgets and lotions she uses to keep her skin runway ready. “I love the Clarisonic cleansing brush, it’s an amazing exfoliator that gets rid of all the dirt every day. And I use Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion — I don’t break out that much but I feel like it’s a good preventative. I also use Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme, it’s a good lotion that’s not too heavy but very moisturising.”
Windsor’s pal Cindy Bruna, meanwhile, is an aficionado of her native France’s famous pharmacy finds, citing the Effaclar cream from La Roche-Posay as her can’t-live-without product.
“I like Nuxe Oil for my body, it’s a pharmacy product again, I put it on every day,” she adds.
To stay hydrated on the flight over from New York, 19-year-old Kelly Gale kept a rosewater spray to hand, while Windsor spritzed with Avene Thermal Water Spray.
* Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System, from €119 ( www.debenhams.ie )
* Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion, €25 ( www.clinique.co.uk )
* Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme, €66 ( www.debenhams.com )
* Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, €25 ( www.debenhams.ie )
* La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Anti-blemish Cream, €17.99 ( www.boots.ie )
* Avene Thermal Water Spray, €14.99, 300mls ( www.boots.ie )
You’d think that after all those hours in the make-up chair, these girls would have picked up a tip or two, right?
“Absolutely, you learn from the best,” says model Lily Donaldson. “There are so many tips, like smile when you put your blusher on, to make the apples of your cheeks come out. And apply lipstick with your finger because it makes your lips look plumper.”
Windsor agrees, and says she’s perfected her smoky eye technique by watching the pros at work.
“One of my favourite tricks is using a cream pencil or liner on the waterline under the eye, then it makes your eyes look bigger and brighter,” she says.
And even though she already has incredible bone structure, the American reveals that she also uses a contouring set. “It’s got brown and white colours, so you use it to contour and highlight,” the model adds.
But if they had to forsake all other make-up for just one item, the VS girls are unanimous about what it would be: mascara.
“I like the Chanel mascaras,” says Windsor. “They have a daytime one and then a thick, voluptuous night-time one.”
Gale adds: “It’s super important to curl your lashes before you put mascara on.”
* Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in Vow, €17.50 ( www.debenhams.ie )
* Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit, €7.59 ( www.boots.ie )
* Chanel Sublime de Chanel Infinite Length And Curl Mascara, €31 ( www.boots.ie )
It’s not all face paint and fancy potions, however. Some of the models’ most ardent recommendations won’t cost a penny, or are more commonly found in the kitchen.
“Coconut oil,” states Donaldson, when I ask for her top beauty tip. “It’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever used. You can use it to take your make-up off, to moisturise, in your hair, on your body, and it smells good too.”
Clearly, the London-born beauty isn’t a practitioner of a strict pre-show diet, however — she happily nibbles a cookie as we chat.
Any other nutritional tips? “Just drink water,” advises Windsor, admitting it’s not easy to hit that two-and-half-litres a day target. “I have to tell myself to do it.”
Lais Ribeiro agrees: “On the flight over, everybody was talking but I was sleeping. And drinking a lot of water.”
The Brazilian, with the peachy skin and perfect cheekbones, has the most laid-back approach of all the models I speak to. “I don’t want to say that I woke up like this, but...” She trails off, implying that she did, in fact, wake up like that.
So, the one thing you should definitely invest in to get model-worthy looks? Probably a good night’s sleep.
* Biona Coconut Virgin Oil, from 11.52.