Careers In Modelling – How To Look Good

Careers in modelling – how to look good

In modelling, your body is your most important asset. If you don’t look after your health and your looks, the telltale signs will be obvious to prospective agencies and employers and you’ll find it difficult breaking into the industry or progressing in your modelling career. Here are some tips on how to look after your health and your body and how to present yourself well to get ahead in modelling.

Eat a healthy diet

Beauty isn’t just on the outside – what we do to the inside of our bodies has a major impact on how healthy we look on the outside. It’s therefore important to eat healthily. Aim to eat a balanced diet comprising all the main food groups. The main proportion of your daily calorie intake should be from complex carbohydrates such as wholemeal grains, breads and cereals, which are a good source of energy and nutrition. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods as much as possible, although it doesn’t do any harm to treat yourself now and again – the key is everything in moderation. Also get your five daily portions of fruit and vegetables and eat a good few portions of dairy products and protein every day. Cut out as much saturated fat as possible and try to focus on eating ‘good’ unsaturated fats such as those found in oily fish, seeds and nuts.

Eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean restricting yourself. Although models needs to be slim, being underweight is unhealthy and dangerous and you should never try to starve yourself. Ensure you meet all your nutritional needs while getting the appropriate amount of exercise and you should be able to stay svelte and healthy.

Exercise

Exercise regularly to keep your body in shape. No one type of exercise is better than another – do whatever you enjoy most. Swimming is good all-round exercise and most people have a public pool in their local area, or you could join your local gym where there will be professional instructors on hand to work out an appropriate programme of exercise for you. Alternatively, simply try walking or cycling. As well as two or three dedicated exercise sessions per week, aim to be as active as possible on a daily basis by, for example, walking up to the corner shop to buy a pint of milk rather than taking the car or the bus.

Drink plenty of water

If you’re dehydrated, which many of us are, your skin won’t look as bright, fresh, soft and glowing as it should. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, to keep your skin refreshed.

Cover up in the sun

Sun worshippers may look healthy and tanned in the short-term, but excess sun exposure quickly takes its toll and is one of the most ageing factors on the skin, doing as much damage as nicotine from tobacco smoke. Too much time spent in direct sunlight can cause wrinkles and lessen the elasticity of the skin, and worse still it can cause skin cancer. Any time you go outside, even if it’s not a particularly hot or sunny day, cover up appropriately and wear a high-factor sun screen cream.

Facial skincare

Work out a good beauty regime and stick to it. You don’t need to spend money on exclusive or designer skincare products. Just understand your skin type (normal, combination, oily) and try out various good-quality products from your local high street beauty care store until you find the ones that are right for you. Never use soap on your face. Always use a gentle cleanser. You’ll also need a toner to freshen up your complexion and wipe away excess cleanser, and a moisturiser to keep your skin soft and supple. Choose a moisturiser with UV filters to protect your skin from the sun.

Body care

Use a good moisturiser all over your body to keep your skin soft, toned and fresh. Was your legs, armpits and bikini line rather than shaving – it’s a more natural and long-lasting look. Have it done professionally if you want, or simply buy a good-quality home waxing kit. In addition to a good body cream, you’ll need a good foot cream to keep your feet in tip-top condition. There’s nothing worse than feet with hard skin, blisters or sores. Wear comfortable, flat and supportive shoes whenever you can to help avoid irritation and swelling.

Hair

Get a good haircut regularly to keep your hair in good condition. The more often it’s cut, the healthier and glossier it will look. There’s nothing worse than straggly hair with split ends. Steer clear of outlandish hairstyles and colours. You want to convey a professional image at all times, and you need to be flexible and adaptable for various modelling purposes. Don’t try to dye your hair at home – domestic dyes are of a lesser quality and it’s difficult to get a natural and stylish result.

Teeth

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals if possible, and replace your toothbrush regularly to ensure it cleans effectively. Flossing is also an integral part of a good daily dental hygiene regime. Get your teeth looked after professionally too by visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up. Have any treatment that’s necessary for your dental health – a good smile is vital for any model. You can also help to limit decay and staining by limiting your intake of tea and coffee and avoiding fizzy drinks as much as possible.

Nails

Attention to detail is important for a model, so keep your fingernails and toenails immaculate – they’ll be noticed if they’re scruffy. You don’t need to go to a professional nail salon on a regular basis. Just use hand cream regularly, keep the cuticles in good condition, and cut, file and buff your nails before covering them in a protective clear varnish. Do this every few days – stale and flaking varnish looks unsightly.

Sleep

It’s true – you do need your beauty sleep, not just to keep you looking physically well, but to help you remain alert and confident to face prospective agencies. Aim to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. The hours before midnight are particularly beneficial, so try to get into a routine of going to bed early and getting up early. Never go on big nights out or late night drinking sessions the night before an appointment with an agency or a photo shoot. Your bleary eyes and pale skin won’t look very photogenic and won’t convey a very professional image!

Posture

Models need to know how to sit up and stand up straight – slouching, arched backs and rounded shoulders don’t look good on camera or in front of an audience. Think about how you sit and walk. Keep your back upright and straight, hold your shoulders back, tuck in your tummy and bottom and keep your chin up. This will help you to stand tall and walk confidently as well as sit in an elegant manner. Classes such as yoga, pilates and Alexander Technique can work wonders for your posture.

Underwear

Most women don’t wear the right bra size and aren’t even aware of it. A good-fitting bra can really boost your assets and accentuate your waist as well as giving you better support to keep your breasts in good condition. Go to a professional lingerie shop, not just a high street department store where the staff are often unqualified and the bras of poor quality, and get yourself measured for a good-quality, good-fitting bra. It’s better to fork out for a couple of good bras than to have a wide range of flimsy and ill-fitting ones.

Most women make the mistake of wearing too big a back size, yet the majority of the support that a bra provides should come from the back strap and not from the shoulder straps. The back strap should fit tightly but not uncomfortably – you should still be able to slip two fingers between the strap and your back. Another common mistake is to wear a cup size that’s too small, which can result in bulging at the armpits or front of the chest. Ensure that the cup holds your entire breast, from under the armpit all the way round to the front and also above the cup.

How to Get the Faux Glow

Orange is NOT the New Black

Most self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colourless sugar that interacts with the top layer of skin to darken it. Unappealing orange tints from a self tanner are often due to a saturation of DHA which can occur when you layer on too much product or when using a brand containing higher levels of DHA than your skin type can handle. To determine how a self-tanning solution will work with your skin, apply a small amount of product to a test area before covering your whole body. Some people tolerate higher levels of DHA than others based on the tone and pH of your skin. Besides avoiding the urge to slather or spray on loads of product, choosing the right formula can also help determine how your tan appears. Use a reputable brand containing less DHA and build up your colour accordingly. Bronze seekers should also go for products infused with erythrulose, a sugar sourced from raspberries to yield longer lasting results and a beautiful golden hue. Some great self tanners, like those found in the St Tropez collection, also contain green pigment to help counteract any orange.

Scrub Up

Exfoliating thoroughly is the single most important step if you want smooth, streak-free colour. The outer layer of the epidermis, which is what the self tanner interacts with, is composed of dead skin cells that only last seven to ten days before they shed. You want to make sure you have an even layer of dead skin cells so that they all tan and slough off together. Go for a scrub that is gentle (think spherical, man-made beads over granular and uneven ones) to avoid irritating the skin prior to tanning. Ideally you should be seeking out an oil-free scrub to avoid creating a barrier between your skin and the tan. Being sloppy with your scrubbing means that some of the skin will begin shedding after only a day or two, leaving you with an uneven patchy finish.

To Hydrate or Not Hydrate Your Skin?

Many experts recommend moisturising before you tan, while others believe that lotion interferes with the DHA and the skin. A good way to avoid the controversy is to use a gradual tan moisturiser prior to your usual tanning product which is formulated to work with DHA without clogging up your pores. Plus, if you miss a spot with the full-fledged self-tanner, you’ve already covered it with the gradual tanner. Skin should be dry pre-application, but you should use a light layer of oil-free moisturiser or particularly dry areas like elbows, hands, feet, ankles and knees so they don’t over absorb colour. Look for products that contain hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut or avocado oil to help compensate for any dryness. This is a clever fool-proof trick that will solve any dilemmas when it comes to the question of quenching your skin.

Start from the Bottom

Self tanning novices are best off using an easy to control mousse or gel with a wash off cosmetic tint. The advantage here is that you can see what you’re doing and you won’t miss any spots. For self-tanner veterans, using an aerosol spray is the quickest, most natural option. Start from the bottom of your body and work your way up so that you don’t crease the colour when bending.

Shady Lady

To fake cleavage worthy of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, don your favourite push up bra thirty minutes after applying self-tanner. Next use an aerosol spray to contour the M-shaped indentation created by the bra on your decolette. This second coat will make the area appear darker and more defined. Other than this optical illusion, contouring endeavors should be left to the experts to avoid streaky, stripey outcomes. To thin thighs, use a powder body bronzer or long wearing gel to darken the sides of your legs.

VIVA’s Top Tanners

For Fair Skin

Creme de la Mer Gradual Tan -Tanning takes on a truly luxurious feeling and is light and subtle enough to compliment a celtic complexion. Tanning rookies can also take part knowing the results will be flawless and even. James Read Liquid Tan in Light – He’s the tanning expert to know, spritzing the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Poppy Delevigne. His Liquid Tan creates a natural, long lasting bronzed finish perfect for those with pale complexions.

Medium Skin Tones

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse – This super lightweight, easy to apply, velvety mousse delivers an ultra-even all-over tan. Infused with aloe vera, it dries in 60 seconds and develops naturally and evenly.

Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Tinted Self Tanning Gel – Packed with Argan oil and essential fatty acids, this light gel formula is deeply hydrating, scented with tiare flower and only takes an hour to develop.

Deep Skin Tones

St Tropez Dark Bronzing Spray – This fine, light weight spray tan is perfect for enhancing darker complexions as well as being incredibly long lasting and fragrance free.

Rodial Brazilian Tan Dark – Containing caramel for a rich chocolate hue, this Rodial product is second to none for achieving a just-back-from-Rio tan.

TOP TIPS

*Wearing latex gloves or using a tanning mitt will prevent staining your hands and give an even finish

*Use broad and uniform strokes to avoid uneven patches and streaks

*Choose the right tan for your tone and build up colour gradually. Use a gradual tanners on a pale skin whilst darker skin tones can benefit from more intense formulas|

*Don’t panic if you’re patchy! Use a little lemon juice and scrub the affected areas with a nail brush. The acid gently and naturally dissolves mistakes

The Ideal Honeymoon

As the big day’s events draw to a close, you and your significant other deserve nothing short of an absolutely cherished honeymoon to enjoy the blissful feeling of being a newly married couple. However, with a well-planned honeymoon comes a list amassed with a lengthy number of to-do checklists; and figuring out what outfits to take and what to leave is a dilemma on its own. Fear not, here are a few reminders to keep you in check while you plan the finest getaway of your life.

Where are you headed off to?

Thoroughly narrow down your options by being conscious of the weather patterns at your destination. Rainy? Take a rain jacket. Sunny? Bring a hat. Just a little chilly? Pack your favorite pashmina. Regardless of where you are going, make sure you pack for possible alternative weather. Constantly be aware of the weather changes so you’re prepared for anything.

Aromas & Candles

If you’re planning on a thoroughly relaxing honeymoon, pack a few scented candles and soap gels to immerse yourself in a luxurious bath and put your mind at ease.

Line it Up with Lingerie

It would be a crime in itself to not mention the honeymoon lingerie and sleep wear. Accentuate your beauty by donning yourself in lace and satin night and day with a selection of bridal lingerie. Here are a few suggestions as you pack for your exquisite adventure.

  • A delicate lace bra and panty set: Push-up or multi-way, choose a set that will provide the support and also show off your post-wedding glow.
  • A soft robe: Who knew bridal night wear could be so sensual? Tease your partner with soft materials adorned with intricate lace designs.
  • A baby doll set: Be a vision in white with soft ivory or a beauty in colour; you can’t go wrong.
  • A chemise: relax in a sea of silken softness whilst still looking your best.

Keep it Comfortable

Travelling long or short distances can be tiresome. Pack comfortable travel clothes so you can leave your worries at home, and enjoy uninterrupted delight with your partner. Pair your favorite outfits with a set of cotton bras and panties to experience the epitome of comfort.

Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to bask in the bliss of your post-wedding excitement and to enjoy the company of your partner. Celebrate the wondrous union in the way that will leave memories for years to come. Therefore, regardless of where you go and what you pack, remember to focus on your partner and yourself; what you wear is just an added (but still arguably important) bonus.