Chanel Iman Shares Her Sought-After Beauty Secrets

by Stephanie Montes

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."

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."

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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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."

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."