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A Model’s Top 10 Beauty Tips

One of the advantages of having been a model is all the time I spent in the makeup chair, watching the pros at work. Often I took notes on what they were doing so that I could duplicate their magic at my own makeup table. Some of my favorite makeup artists even shared their insider tips for DIY beauty products. And I’m going to pass them along to you!

Here is a list of 10 natural foods and creative makeup tricks that are healthy, thrifty and will give your beauty routine a little boost!

Tip #1: Forget toner – use fruit!
A lot of toners at the department and drug store contain harsh chemicals that can strip the skin of natural oils and leave skin too dry. Not cool. Skip the toner and try using the juice from a pineapple or lemons on a cotton pad. Just  swipe on your face! Both these fruits contain natural lactic acids that are great for brightening the skin and making it look refreshed. Just one more reason fruits are great!

Tip #2: Don’t forget your knees and elbows!
How many times have you felt self-conscious about these two body parts because they can look dry and discolored (do you see me raising my hand?)? Here’s a bleaching mask that will work wonders on these areas: Add the juice of a few lemons (2-4) to 1 cup of powdered milk. Then, add enough water to mix into a paste. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with an exfoliating pad or brush.  Now get your cute skirt or dress on and rock it!

Tip #3: Make your hair extra shiny!
There are so many shampoos on the market now that it can be hard to figure out the best one to use. Skip the guesswork – buy whatever smells great, then make your own shampoo concoction by adding a couple Vitamin E caplets to the mix! Rub them into the shampoo in your hand and then lather. Your hair will be extra luminous!

Tip #4: Deep-condition your hair…naturally!
Use an overripe avocado (I know! So simple!). Just mash it up in a bowl, and spread evenly through your hair. Take a plastic bag and tie it on top of your hair when it’s evenly distributed so it absorbs better. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes, and then rinse out. Avocados DO have a purpose other than with chips!

Tip #5: Master the smoky look you see in magazines!
You see the smoky eye on everyone from models to actresses to news anchors. Here’s a simple and effective way to get the look: Use a medium-toned shadow and brush it over your entire lid. Deepen the color in the crease and on the outer half of your eyelid away from your nose. You can use a darker shade like dark brown for the contrast, or just wet the eye shadow brush for the same effect.  Blend, blend, blend. Let the colors fade into each other. Girl, get ready to turn heads!

Tip #6: Brighten your eyes with this easy trick!
Another little secret I learned from being a model – to make the whites of your eyes pop, use a navy eyeliner pencil in the bottom inner rim of your eye. The contrast of the color against your eyes will make them look great. You’ll instantly look more awake. Hello, I’m ready for my close up!

Tip #7: Make your lips even poutier!
To plump up your pout and get the most voluminous effect, use a highlighter pen or pencil and dab a touch in your cupids bow on your top lip. Then trace the highlighter along your bottom lip outside of the lip liner. Get ready to chase away the boys!

Tip #8: Change up your lip color!
Lipstick is a great way to add color to your face and to enhance your look. Use what you have in your drawer to create a brand new look. A simple and easy way to spice it up is to add a dab of your blush on top. It creates a totally different shade and you didn’t have to spend a penny!

Tip #9: Get your makeup off easily and fast!
It’s a pain to remove your eye makeup at the end of the night. A simple way to take it off is use baby wipes! They are hygienic, soothing and won’t harm your face like many other harsh chemicals in makeup remover. It’s also so perfect if you’re on the go. The travel size packs can fit into any bag.

Tip #10: Create a shimmering face!
A great way to make your skin look absolutely luminous is mix white eye shadow into your foundation and then pat evenly over the face. You’ll create a brightened and pretty look that’s fast and convenient!

Wanting to look and feel beautiful is as old as time. Before the age of processed makeup and hair products, smart girls turned to natural resources to look their best. With these tips, you’re on your way to your best look. Have fun!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by VictoriaLaReaEllis on October 12, 2012 at 15:26

    Love these tips! Can’t wait to try them. Something that I have found to work great for me to help get rid of pimples is by opening up Advil liquid gel capsules and putting the liquid on your pimple with a q-tip about twice a day. It doesn’t have bad chemicals in it and it doesn’t dry out your face. 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by lovejesus2012 on October 10, 2012 at 21:12


  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by krl5 on October 7, 2012 at 17:08

    To get makeup off easily, I use lotion. I just rub some on a tissue and then rub it onto my eye lids and stuff. It works like a charm, and smells good 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by kkglove on September 30, 2012 at 22:31

    Girls I have a YouTube channel and I talk about beauty and i have a vlog called HealthyVlog,
    If you can go check it out it meant the world to me <3

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by kkglove on September 30, 2012 at 22:30

    Right now im digging BB creams.
    Currently im using the garnier one I wouldn’t recommend it for people with oily skin but I have combination skin and I just use the right primer set it with some powder finish with finishing spray and your good to go.
    I really don’t like clogging my pores that’s why I love BB creams!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by kkglove on September 30, 2012 at 22:26

    For the deep conditioning,
    I really can’t use avocados because they darken my hair too much I have light brown hair and I really don’t know what kind of deep conditioner I should use.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by claireslover7 on September 30, 2012 at 19:15

    With tip #3 would Vitamin D work? Or just Vitamin E? Which Vitamins would work?

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nairafin on September 26, 2012 at 15:28

    I used to wear massive amounts of black eyeliner when I was only twelve but now I can’t remember the last time I wore makeup, and since i hardly ever get outside, the most time consuming thing I do with my face is pluck my eyebrows and struggle with my acne. XD

  9. nadia

    Posted by nadia on September 26, 2012 at 05:55

    I just want to lick my face when i rub lemon juice on it 😛

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by swilson22 on September 23, 2012 at 08:33

    Dear Nicole,
    Thank you so much for the tips! They will definitely help in the future 😀 In fact, I’m considering doing some modeling, because I have received some offers. Do you have any tips that will help stay on God’s path? Or know of any certain agencies that will help me out along the way?

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by 101magster on September 8, 2012 at 07:38

    I have a few questions about some of the things said in here:
    what kind of plastic bag? do you mean like a plastic ziploc bag that you usually use for food?
    and for the lemon or pineapple juice, do you have to squeeze the juice from the pineapple or can you use canned pineapple juice that you would drink
    and one more, where do you buy the vitamin c caplets?
    thanks for the tips nicole!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by starpoi on September 1, 2012 at 08:26

    how to get rid of acnea

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by MOLLYLOVESGOD on August 27, 2012 at 18:19

    these tips help so many

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Blovedforever on August 6, 2012 at 07:28

    wow! so cool:D thank you!

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Janazza on August 5, 2012 at 00:29

    About using lemons on your face, don’t let it sit for too long. If you get to a point where it kinda burns, get it off then. If you don’t your face can get red, but it is a good idea. Just be sure to not leave it on for too long.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by mishik1 on July 28, 2012 at 13:52

    wow these tips are very good! THANKYOU!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Mindy on July 24, 2012 at 09:34

    Hey Nicole 🙂 Does your hair need to be wet when applying the avacado? Or does it need to be dry?

  18. Nef

    Posted by Nef on July 17, 2012 at 20:32

    i do the avocado thing all the time ! it really works ! but i mix mines with egg yolk. makes my hear really strong and soft 🙂

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by KeilaAnn on July 15, 2012 at 16:56

    Love love love this! I will have to try some of these out.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by klau on July 13, 2012 at 13:07


  21. emma4623

    Posted by emma4623 on July 13, 2012 at 09:37

    hey nichole, is there a way to get rid of easy-to-see circles around my eyes without using eye makeup, my mom won’t let me use eye makeup just yet, any tips?

    • gymluv101

      Posted by gymluv101 on August 8, 2012 at 09:13

      you might try putting some ice in ab beg and wrapping it with a paper towel then after you get out of the shower, lay it over your eyes.

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by reannegabriel711 on July 10, 2012 at 12:47

    I can’t wait to try those tips!

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by Cat15 on July 9, 2012 at 15:18

    Just tried the navy eyeliner tip and it works wonders! Thanks so much!

  24. Jesuskissed

    Posted by Jesuskissed on July 8, 2012 at 11:56

    One way to bleach your teeth at home is to make a paste out of lemon/lime juice and mix it with baking soda and brush your teeth with it, my sister and I do it on occasions and it works super well! Also to have soft lips, after brushing your teeth use your wet tooth brush to exfoliate your (clean) lips and don’t forget to moisturize!

    Just a few of my beauty secrets 😉

  25. naynay141516

    Posted by naynay141516 on July 7, 2012 at 10:16

    Wow. . . avacados. Who would have guessed?

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by Emy12346 on July 6, 2012 at 20:52

    Okay this may be a very odd question, but the 2nd tip says the treatment bleaches your skin, does that mean it makes the elbow’s and knee’s a lighter color, or does it mean it tone’s with your skin’s color?

  27. emma4623

    Posted by emma4623 on July 6, 2012 at 12:09

    wow! these tips are so better than any magazine can give! (please forgive me if i spelled magazine wrong! :P)

  28. johnje97

    Posted by johnje97 on July 5, 2012 at 11:30

    I’m not happy with all of the emphasis of physical beauty on this site. You’re supposed to love the way God made you. The Bible says “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” (Peter 3:3-4)
    Take off the make-up and let your smile do the trick 🙂

    • Jesuskissed

      Posted by Jesuskissed on July 8, 2012 at 12:00

      I agree that inner beauty is far more important, but there is nothing wrong with wanting your inner beauty to shine through on the outside and take care of God’s temple, making it even more glorious.

    • naynay141516

      Posted by naynay141516 on July 7, 2012 at 10:18

      but there is nothing wrong with wanting to enhance the beauty that God gave you. I love makeup and God. And I do understand the need to be beautiful on the inside. But what’s wrong with wanting to enhance your outer beauty while letting your inner beauty shine?

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by shlee205 on July 3, 2012 at 12:45

    Baby wipes? Awesome~!! now i dont have to waste my money on makeup remover….

  30. nanner95pop

    Posted by nanner95pop on July 3, 2012 at 10:19

    Awesome tips! I am definetly going to have to try some of these…although the avocado hair condition sounds kind of gross, lol.

  31. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 2, 2012 at 22:33

    Thank God for fruit! Lol

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Emy12346 on July 6, 2012 at 20:58

      Haha Amen! It can make breakfast tastier, and gives you a flawless look 😀

  32. kala12395

    Posted by kala12395 on July 2, 2012 at 20:09

    Hey Nicole, do you know where I can find some vitamin E caplets?? I <3 all of these tips!

  33. Project Inspired

    Posted by shilpathegreat on July 2, 2012 at 19:54

    This is great!

  34. KelseyAnnL

    Posted by KelseyAnnL on July 2, 2012 at 18:43

    I use baby wipes. They are fantastic AND a lot cheaper. I’ll have to try the lemon juice. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  35. Project Inspired

    Posted by InLoveWithMyJesus on July 2, 2012 at 13:27

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting to see on here! Thanks for listening, Nicole. Hope to see more like this soon 😀

  36. dancing4Jesus

    Posted by dancing4Jesus on July 2, 2012 at 11:31

    will tip number 3 also help against fighting spilt ends? if not do you have any things to put in the shampoo htat will do so? thanks and God Bless

  37. Project Inspired

    Posted by joyfulllarissa on July 2, 2012 at 10:41

    I already have really long-thin legs, it it seems like a lot of times this year jeggings/skinny jeans are the only pants that don’t require a belt for me. Personally, I don’t like something that is high wasted– it feels uncomfortable. Too low… feels like it is always falling down. Even my mom would say my pants are modest– adn she is tougher on me than dad!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by joyfulllarissa on July 2, 2012 at 10:43

      I went back a page… I was going to comment on a different article.. about skinny jeans

  38. SunshineGirl

    Posted by SunshineGirl on July 2, 2012 at 09:18

    Any tips on putting eyeliner on the bottom lid? It always ends up to thick and weird looking.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by sunshinedaises on August 20, 2012 at 10:30

      when i put eyeliner on my lower lid, i either do what lizzie said and apply right on the water line, or i aim for my lower eyelashes and i use small, gentle strokes to apply the color there. also, when i’m done applying eyeliner, i wipe my under-eye area with makeup remover and use a wipe to touch up the eyeliner so it’s not super heavy 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by marleybob98 on July 6, 2012 at 17:10

      Use a Q-tip to wipe off excess eyeliner. That’s what I do.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by lv2playmusic on August 6, 2012 at 05:30

        And wet n wild liner pencil is easier if you are just starting to learn eyeliner techniques. it’s glides on really smoothly and doesn’t look to thick because you don’t have to go over it again and again. and when you use the q-tip, be gentle because the skin under your eye is incredibly sensitive. Sometimes, it also needs to have water on it.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by InLoveWithMyJesus on July 2, 2012 at 13:29

      I’d like some eyeliner tips, too. I’m with you SunshineGirl.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lizzieD on July 2, 2012 at 13:18

      The way to make the line look it’s slimmest is by applying it on the waterline of your eye with a non-liquid liner. This can make your eye appear smaller sometimes when you use a darker color, though. Something pretty cool an different that I have tried was using a white liner on the waterline to make your eyes pop and look wide awake! Hope this helped ❀‿❀

  39. Project Inspired

    Posted by Emy12346 on July 2, 2012 at 08:43

    I love these tips!I’ll defiantly try them. But do you have any tips advice for Acne? 🙂

    • gymluv101

      Posted by gymluv101 on August 8, 2012 at 09:10

      a really good and and not really expensive acne treatment is astringent. the equate brand is not expensive, and if you use it once a night after you take your makeup off. just squirt some on a cottonball and let it do its magic! I love it, and also a good exfoliator is Equate Apricot Scrub! Use it in the shower! It’s so easy and it really does smell like an apricot! Hope I helped!

  40. Project Inspired

    Posted by fireflygirl13 on July 2, 2012 at 08:28

    Hey, I don’t wear make up, but i read this anyway for when I do. And I was shocked. You teach us, Nicole, to show our inner beauty, but this article made it seem like make up was the only way. I was most shocked when you said, “Girl, get ready to turn some heads.” These are some great tips, and I’ll maybe even try one or two of them, I just think the wrong emphasis was put into this article. I apologize for any offence.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lv2playmusic on August 6, 2012 at 05:28

      I see how you would think that, but I also think it is better to look here for makeup tips, when they aren’t heavily put on. I love that it is aimed to look natural or that only one part of the face is highlighted, unlike some pics in magazines. I am the kind who wears makeup, and before I read these tips, I used everything under the sun. I love it because it helps me know how to highlight one feature of my face instead of putting heavy makeup all over. I think this was aimed for the girls who wear makeup so they don’t do anything to heavy and not wear as much as secular magazines say is necessary. Don’t know if htat cleared anything up, but I do agree to some extent. I thought the same at first,

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by misssproat on July 9, 2012 at 13:10

      Everyone is beautiful, make-up just enhances it. It makes your beauty EVEN MORE noticeable.

    • kayla.hb13

      Posted by kayla.hb13 on July 4, 2012 at 12:29

      I don’t see any problem for this article– it is not wrong to look beautiful or enjoymakeup as a Christian, but it isimportant to remember inner beauty is the most important!

  41. Project Inspired

    Posted by countrychic143 on July 2, 2012 at 08:24

    ive always used babywipes to get rid of my makeup. My “Aunt” is a beauticion so i get all of these tips! I love em.

  42. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on July 2, 2012 at 07:43

    thanks a lot! im gonna try these!

  43. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheMouseLover on July 2, 2012 at 06:31

    Should it be freshed squeezed lemon juice or can it be thekind you buy in a little bottle. (it wouldn’t be a problem for me either way, just wondering which works better) 🙂

  44. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on July 2, 2012 at 05:55

    I absolutely love those tips! Thanks soooo much! 🙂

  45. Posted by on July 12, 2011 at 12:52

    quick question: when you said add vitamin c caplets in the shampoo, do u,like, mash them before and then put them in the shampoo?

  46. Posted by on July 12, 2011 at 12:49

    these tips are amazing!!! luv ’em….. and for all those girls who think they need a lot of make-up to be noticed, go for natural shades….. no one will even knowa you’re weairng any!!!!

  47. Posted by on June 16, 2011 at 12:05

    Just tried the lemon thing…Got pucker face just smelling it! 🙂

  48. Posted by on June 2, 2011 at 07:50

    Grab a hot towel and a bowl of boiling water- stick your face over it for 5-15 minutes with the towel over your head. It’s a lovely alternative to all those face washes, and works!

  49. Posted by on April 25, 2011 at 09:47

    Lemon Juice? That’s so easy! I’m trying it now!

  50. Posted by on April 2, 2011 at 19:40

    I love these tips! Thanks for posting! 😀