Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellington lets you in on her beauty secrets. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
We’ve all had those moments: You want to get rid of bloat in a week’s time for a big event or need to turn your complexion around in 24 hours for a big job interview. With a long list of big-time catwalks including Chanel, Chloé and Prada, and five years as a Victoria’s Secret Angel under her belt, model Lindsay Ellingson has become a master at solving a beauty problem quickly. She reveals some of her tricks for looking fresh:
Start on the inside (aka eat the right things!) “You can just tell when a girl looks sick or is too thin. I get light-headed and my energy fades. It’s good to eat lots of clean, hearty meals so that you’re not starving yourself — something like chicken, sweet potato and broccoli. I don’t like putting food in my body that makes me feel toxic so I always carry almonds in my purse. I’ll eat a cheeseburger if I want one, but I’ll just balance it out with a green juice. I eat less sugar, it just helps my skin glow and stops my energy levels from spiking.”
Put the Starbucks runs on pause “I love cold-pressed, iced black coffee, but caffeine is dehydrating so I drink Kusmi Detox tea instead.”
Add some heat to your yoga “I’ve been doing hot power yoga four times a week and feel more toned than ever. It’s not as hot as Bikram — I tried that once and almost passed out! Be in tune with your body and listen to it — if you’re tired, it’s OK to rest.”
Hydrate well, inside and out, to fake a solid night’s sleep “I need about nine hours of sleep, but I’ve learned to function with much less. I would fly overnight to Milan, arrive in the morning and go straight to 14 appointments — that’s your job. So I started to sleep with an eye mask or take some melatonin [during my flights]. And drink lots of water. When you wake up dehydrated, your skin feels horrible. So I would put on the Skyn Iceland Hydra Cool Firming Eye Gels, roll an ice cube around my eye zone and spritz my face with the Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater — it helps me look awake. I also use the Marie Veronique Organics Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask whenever my skin is looking dull. It feels really good on your skin and exfoliates at the same time, so you’re getting two things done at once.
When all else fails, copy the makeup artists “I’ve definitely arrived super tired and broken out on the last day of the Paris shows. Thankfully the makeup artists are amazing when it comes to erasing signs of fatigue. They’ll give a face massage using the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré face cream to increase the blood flow to your face and use eye drops for extra sparkle. I also like to use Ling Drying Lotion on a pimple at night and it’ll be gone by the time you wake up.”