Chanel Iman Shares Her Sought-After Beauty Secrets

Chanel Iman has walked the runways of Victoria’s Secret, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren and DVF, to name only a few. Currently she is heating things up on the pages of the much-buzzed-about 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. So what has this jet-setting, stunningly beautiful supermodel learned from her days in front of the camera? We asked the New York-based bombshell to spill her beauty secrets. Talk about words to live by.

Rule #1: A Happy Girl Is A Beautiful Girl

"My Beauty M.O. in three words: Natural glowing smile."

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Rule #2: Find Your Favorites

"No matter how many beauty products I try, I always come back to the Anastasia Brow Kit. I also recently started experimenting with Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara–I have tiny bottom lashes, and the micro wand really gets in there and makes my lashes look fuller."

Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes


Anastasia Beverly Hills

Bottom Lash Mascara



Rule #3: Stick With What You Know

"My auntie always told me to put toothpaste on my zits, and it works! Back in the day when I would break out during fashion week, I would wash my face with cold water and add some steam before applying a dot of toothpaste."

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Rule #4: Keep An Inventory

"At any given time, you will find my Anastasia Brow Kit and Diorshow Mascara in my purse. I also carry around my Cinema Secret's Foundation Palette–I can't live without it. Keeping my lips and skin moisturized is super important, so I always make sure to have a lip balm and moisturizer on hand."

Ultimate Foundation 5-IN-1 PRO Palette



DiorShow Mascara in Catwalk Black



Tatcha GOLD Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm



Circ-Cell Daily Hydration SPF 43 Moisturizer



Rule #5: Know Your Best Shades

"I've never really been into dark lips. Sometimes makeup artists give me dark lips, and since I'm a model I have to work with it, but I prefer nude lips. I love pairing a natural-looking lip with a dark smoky eye."

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Rule #6: Be Prepared

"I carry a mini flatiron with me because the ends of my hair tend to get really curly. I prefer my hair to be straight and sleek."

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum



Rule #7: Have A Signature Scent

"I always have Chanel Mademoiselle on hand–it's my signature scent."

Rule #8: Know When To Splurge And When To Save

"When I want to splurge on a beauty product, I purchase a new Tom Ford lipstick. As for a bargain, Covergirl or Revlon eyeliners get the job done, and they're so affordable."

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Rule #9: Find Beauty In Others

"Halle Berry is my beauty icon. She's just gorgeous."

Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez



Rule #10: Basic Is Best

"I like natural-looking nail polish colors–Essie's San Tropez is my favorite shade. I used to be into fun nail art, but now I go for basic, clean manicures."