The model industry attracts a lot of attention from both female and male audiences. People often consider that models are representatives of beauty standards and a “model” of a beautiful human being. Due to this, it isn’t shocking that many females think about looking “like a model”.
In this article, I will share with you tips on how to look like a real model, as well as I will crush some common myths about how models should look like!
Let’s start from the “top” and discuss “model like” make up.
First of all, real models do not wear too much make up on daily basis! Remember that rule.
I have been in the model business for over ten years, and people often ask: “You are a model, shouldn’t you wear more make up?”.
When you hear something like this, just slap this person on the face (metaphorically, please don’t slap anybody on the face).
This is one of the biggest myths about models.
The majority of real models do not wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis. This myth came from insta-models or non-professional models (which don’t have a contract with a model agent or agency).
There are a couple of reasons why professional models rarely wear make-up. The main reason is that our bodies and skin is tired from “tons” of super-lasting makeup use from our work, and we can’t handle to wear any makeup on non-working days because:
- We just want to let our skin breath.
- Professional make up is harmful for your skin and you don’t want to use extra make-up during non-working days.
Another big reason why models wear light, “natural” make up, or no make up at all, on non-working days is because it is in our contracts. Most model contracts include a statement that the model must always look fresh and “casting-able” because the model business is unpredictable, and you never know when a casting will be. If you want to succeed in this business, you must always be ready for casting.
For those who didn’t know, models are not allowed anything over “natural like” make up during castings.
The best choice for model-like makeup will be perfect skin tone, a tiny bit of bronzer, light blush, accented eyebrows, and tinted lips.
However, on special occasions, models do their make up as much as they want, but in fact, you will rarely see a model walking down the street during the day with full makeup.
For your hair, everything is the same as in the previous section.
A common model contract usually includes a statement that the model must always have clean and healthy-looking hair, in case of an unexpected casting call.
In other words- yes, for special occasions, models will have their hair done.
However, if you will meet a model during her non-working regular day, she will probably just have her hair naturally or slightly styled.
However, another reason for this is the fact that our hair “suffers” from a lot of manipulations, incredible amounts of styling products, heat, physical damage and so on during work. So, having a day off is always a chance for us to let our hair rest and recover a little.
Even washing off all the styling products from your hair is painful and might take hours.!
Which hair style will you want on your day off after all of that? Sometimes, models use their days off just to recover their skin and hair and spend time at home with different treatments.
If you want to look like a real model, make sure your hair is as healthy as they possibly can be and give them an accurate and natural look!
For example: soft waves, a classic bun, a medium-height or low ponytail, or easy breading.
The best option is just to let your hair show their true natural self and let them be as they are by styling them with only heat-free organic products.
Shoes and Clothing
“Why you don’t dress like a model?”
I always answer on this question “But how do you think models dress like?” Somehow, most people think that models dress on the street like they do for the runway or photoshoots. It is a huge myth that models walk down the street fully covered in brand clothing, with a crown on our head and always on heels!
It doesn’t even sound healthy! I mean, we work on enormously high heels for hours, daily. Plus, it is a very active job where you rarely can sit down and rest. Remember, runways work as a loop, and we are all walking one after another non-stop for hours, and we always have to run behind the scene and switch our outfits in a short time period.
For photo and video shoots, you stand on heels in uncomfortable and physically difficult positions for hours. Do you think a model will even look at heels their my day off?
The same rule applies to the clothing.
First of all, your contract will probably say that you always must look “casting-able,” and casting clothes are always plain and supposed to show your body shape.
The second reason is that once again, you won’t wear uncomfortable clothes on your rest day because your body is tired from all these uncomfortable outfits you always wear for the job, as well as you no longer care about wearing brand clothes on a daily basis because you see them every day for work.
Also, you will rarely meet a model who wears something with a big brand logo on it, simply because nobody payed you to wear and represent their logo during your day off, so why should you do work for these brands and promote them?
When you are a professional model you see this industry a bit differently, and you are less likely to “fall for something” only because it is trendy.
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Act and Talk Like a Model
It isn’t enough to just look like a model, for a complete look you must act appropriate. Real professional models act appropriate in public, and they are ethical and know good manners.
You won’t meet a big model which talks bad about people, brands, acts judgmentally, close minded or are simply rude. The model industry targets people and you have to be loved and accepted by the public if you want a good career.
Also, you won’t meet a big model who will talk bad about other people and judge them by their appearance. Models must be self-confident and cannot go as low as talking bad about somebody else’s look and physical appearance.
A real model cannot be arrogant or act as if she is higher than other people. Models should be kind and inspire others to do good things.
You will not be a big professional model if you don’t work on your intelligence. I am not saying that all models must have a medical diploma from an Ivy League university (which wouldn’t be a minus as well), but knowing elementary things like school programs, knowing how to talk to people, and having hobbies will never hurt you.
Real models don’t think that looks are everything, and they work on their brain as well.
People are tired of “empty brained dolls” and are seeking models who have intelligence. I mean, intelligence does change the way your face looks!
You have “smarter” eyes and facial structure. Furthermore, people and agencies will over all like you more just because you are a good example and representation of brands and companies.
Don’t be just a beautiful face, be a strong, intelligent and independent lady!
Concluding Thoughts – Looking like a Model
As you see, the main attributes of looking like a model are:
- Healthy Skin and Hair
- An Appropriate Wardrobe
- Intelligence and Kindness
Additional Reading: How to Pose Like a Model