The Victoria’s Secret Angels wear shimmery, glowing makeup to match their sexy lingerie. We may not be able to get you that $1 million bra, but we can give you the breakdown on how to get an “Angel” face.
“The main thing is no hard lines and no contouring,” said Page, VS Makeup artist, whose key product wasn’t bronzer or even mascara, but red (as in bright red) cream face paint by Kryolan. “They use it on young kids in theatre—it’s shorthand for youth.” Instead of applying it after foundation, he began by blending it out on his wrist and tapping it on the models’ cheekbones with his fingers, buffing a little bronzer on top and then dabbing foundation where needed as the final step. “When you put blush on first, it makes you look immediately better and more alive.”
1. Use a primer to prep the skin. Not only will it help your makeup stick, it will also get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Lauren used VS Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer.
2. Illuminate the face. Lauren likes to add Radiant FX Face Illuminator for a special glow. Her pro tip: Only apply Illuminator to areas you want to reflect light.
3. Reduce shine. Use a loose powder on areas that might look oily.
4. Apply eye shadow. Lauren used the VS Eye Shadow Quad:
-Start with lightest shade, True Gold, on brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Her advice: Spray water on your brush to pat shimmer on lid.
-Add Antique Gold from the lash line to the crease.
-Use a pencil brush to apply Rose Gold to the outer corner of the eye.
-Use a smudger brush to apply the Chocolate Bronze shade along the lash line. Apply a little bit to the outer corner of the eye, as well.
5. Add eyeliner. For this demo, Lauren used a Guerlain Kajal Kohl liner pencil on the waterline of the eye.
6. Use mascara. According to Lauren, the Victoria’s Secret Angels never walk the runway without lots of mascara.
7. Finish with a glossy lip color. Make a bold color more wearable by using a finger to apply the color like a stain.
As for those cascading waves seen on every model, lead hairstylist Akki said, “I wanted them to feel a little more chic, wearable and easy since we’re in London.” The look required a lot of extensions (they were mostly used to add volume, not length), endless cans of Victoria’s Secret Mega-Lift Mousse, and about eight big rollers per head. Akki massaged the mousse through damp roots, blow-dried the hair and ran the ghd classic curl tong through the mid-length to the ends. Then, he set large sections of hair in rollers that stayed through makeup touch-ups, lunch break and rehearsal. Right before it was time for the girls to get dressed (or rather, undressed), Akki unrolled the waves, running his fingers through them for separation and softness and adding a touch of Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Shine Serum to prevent frizz. And just like that, after months of preparation, it was time for the sexiest show on earth.