Olivia Culpo Shares Her Beauty Rules

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It’s not often that you get insider beauty secrets from a former Miss Universe, but today’s your lucky day. Ahead, the ultra-gorgeous Olivia Culpo shares her top tips.

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1. Sleek Hair Is Always Chic

"I love when I can get my hair out of my face. The best is a simple ponytail or bun."

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2. Use Pageant Tricks In Real Life

"When I was competing in Miss Universe and Miss USA, I always ate a banana before going onstage. It's been my trick to settle nerves since I was little. Bananas have a ton of potassium and vitamin B, which are said to calm the nervous system."

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3. Don't Overdo It

"My mom always tells me less is more. She's a real hippie—she doesn't even use night cream!—and has absolutely no pores. I've learned that you don't want to overdo anything when it comes to skincare and makeup—a little can go a long way."

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4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

"The easiest and most effective beauty secret is to drink lots of water. I do this especially if I'm traveling—planes can be so dehydrating for the skin! Green tea is also amazing. It's a great pick-me-up during the day and it's filled with antioxidants that help combat free radicals and boost the immune system."

5. Don't Discount The Drugstore

"I don't think it's necessary to buy a crazy-expensive mascara. I love L'Oréal Voluminous in Carbon Black, and you can get it at the drugstore for less than $10."

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6. Embrace Coffee For Silky-Smooth Skin

"I'm obsessed with coffee grounds lately. Combine them with coconut oil to make a body scrub—it leaves your skin feeling so soft, plus the caffeine and antioxidants tighten and firm."

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7. DIY Your Way Pretty

"So many products we see in stores have harsh chemicals. I've been really into all-natural skincare remedies lately, especially DIY facial masks. Plus DIY is so fun! Invite your friends and make it a party."

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8. Everything In Moderation

"I don't wash my face every day. I've learned that my skin is much healthier when I avoid overusing harsh cleansers and use water instead. This avoids stripping the skin of its natural oils."

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