Angels on Parade: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Tips

Feb 05 2010 by
Categories : Beauty

Victoria's Secret Angels are heavenly. So, what's their real secret?

Cool rain pounds the windows, but inside the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, it’s as hot as an orchid nursery. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux, wearing a plaid shirt, is breaking a sweat as he gilds a caravan of angels — Victoria’s Secret Angels. He has been here since 8 a.m., making these already-stunning girls look otherworldly beautiful. “I apply the lashes one by one to keep the look very fresh,” he says. “Full lashes give a lot of glamour, but they can be too heavy.” Blow-dryers are humming, hairpieces are being brushed out, lipgloss is being generously applied and legs, miles of them, are getting the bronzing treatment. This is a full-on beauty moment.

“Tom, Tom —
deux minutes,” says a male voice through an intercom. “Chanel Iman, Chanel Iman!” The supermodel is being paged, but she’s ignoring the call; she’s sitting in the stairwell talking on her cellphone. “No dramatic lines,” continues Pecheux, barely above the din. “And a little contour to bring up the cheeks. Peachy colour!” Another blast from the intercom: “Tom, Tom!” This beauty club is on the move; showtime is only 20 minutes away. “Can we get all the models to the elevator? We are heading to the backstage!” booms the voice once again. Then, suddenly, like a nightclub at 3 a.m., the models and their fluffers are gone, leaving behind only journalists and platters of crudités.

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Tom Pecheux’s beauty checklist

What does it take to make the Victoria’s Secret Angels so beautiful? Here’s what:

• Bioderma Hydrabio Lait
• Makeup Remover
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
• Embryolisse Concentrated 24 Hour
Miracle Cream
• OMI Menturm Medicated Lip Balm
• Johnson’s Body Care Deep
• Hydrating Extra Dry Skin Lotion
• Neutrogena Make-up Remover
• Cleansing Towelettes
• Weleda Iris Moisture Cream
• Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil
Care by Stella McCartney
• Nourishing Night & Day Cream
• M.A.C lashes/singles
• Victoria’s Secret Love Rocks
Eau de Parfum Spray
• Shu Uemura Face Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
• Murad Firming Bronzer SPF 15
• Boots No7 Mattifying Make-up Base
• VS Eye Sparkle
• Boiron Homéoplasmine Ointment
• L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra
• Strong Hold Hairspray
• Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion
• Victoria’s Secret So Sexy
• Natural Hold Hairspray
• Trident White Gum (sugarless)
• Tweezers

Products to try: Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte in 7YR Medium Light ($43); Tweezerman Wide Grip Slant Tweezers ($30); L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15).

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