5 Runway Beauty Secrets!


If you wonder how the models always look so great on the ramp at all times – with perfectly smooth skin, great bone structure, flawless legs and perfectly hydrated lips – this post will tell you the secret! While models do have great bodies and well cared for skin, you do need something extra to look that great on the ramp and in photos! Here are 5 secrets I discovered while covering backstage beauty as Lakme’s Official Beauty Blogger this season  ~


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!



1. Powder, Powder, Powder!


A lot of powder is used to set the base and to control shine – especially on the T-zone. Under the harsh lighting of the runway and with hundreds of camera flashes directed at you, the face can easily look greasy. A whole army of assistants stand with powders and fluffy brushes to touch up the models’ faces right before they step on to the ramp. To add dewiness to the face, powder highlighters are used instead of cream/liquid ones.


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!


2. Smooth Hydrated Lips


You’d never find models with dry/chapped looking lips! Whether the look requires a matte lip or creamy/glossy one, a layer of lip gloss is applied to the lips when the makeup is done and the lip blotted (if the look is matte lip) right before they step on to the ramp. The result is super smooth hydrated lips at all times!


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!



3. False Lashes


Makeup artists almost ways use false lashes, even for the softer looks. The only time I’ve seen false lashes not being used was for Gaurang’s show where the look was a very natural, village-girl look. Apart from that, false lashes are used for every show. Each model is assigned a pair of lashes and they’ve to take them off after every show and get them fixed again before the next show!


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!



4. Bronzed, glowing skin!


One of the last things that is done before a model steps on to the ramp is body highlighting! Once the model has changed into the outfit she is wearing on the ramp, 2-3 assistants with giant powder  brushes apply bronze/golden highlighting powder on all exposed parts of the body – arms, legs, neck, decolletage, midriff, back, shoulders and even the ears. Every inch of skin that shows through is highlighted! Most models do have good skin but that extra touch is needed to make the skin look great in photos.


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!



5. Contouring!


Contouring and chiseling the face is super important when you are being photographed. Without that the face can look quite flat on camera. While most models are blessed with good bone structure, a sweep of contouring powder under the jawline, under the cheekbones and on the sides of the nose enhances the natural contours of the face.


5 Runway Beauty Secrets!

5 Runway Beauty Secrets!


[note color=”#FFEECA”]I hope you found these tips useful! I definitely find contouring/highlighting really helpful to make my face better in pictures! Did you know about any of these runway secrets before? Let me know your comments below! [/note]



  1. August 28, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    wow…u covered all imp points well! for Bronzed, glowing skin body highlighting is their secret. Now i know:)
    thank you for the tips….Lovely post!

  2. August 28, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    I read alot so i read about some and since i am connected to media education and we do live shoots so make up tips come handy 🙂

    There is one more that we follow ( i don’t know if it fits for runway fashion also) we try to highlight the eyes most for that i good eyebrow shape and Nice amount of kajal/ liner is always a must as on camera it is very needed

  3. Nishi
    August 28, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    Wow.. Useful tips Ankita.. Thanks for the post 🙂

  4. August 29, 2013 / 3:32 am

    Loved the tips Ankita! Applying highlighter to every exposed part the body..whoaa.. I think I need a make-up assistant with me at all times! Very interesting to get the inside peek though.. Must be madness before every show!

    • Corallista
      August 29, 2013 / 10:47 am

      Ohh its madness but its quite organized, not chaotic at all. Only problem is that there isn’t a lot of space there and wayy too many people. Designer and his team, makeup artist and his makeup + hair team for last minute touch ups, the models of course, then the helpers who take care of quick outfit changes for the models during the show, PR people, show coordinators/choreographers and lastly the media people! And if there is a celebrity showstopper, his/her manager and PR team is there too! Its jam packed!

  5. August 29, 2013 / 9:35 am

    These are indeed useful tips

  6. August 29, 2013 / 11:13 am

    awesome tips! thanx for sharing really useful

  7. August 29, 2013 / 5:25 pm

    Ahhh so thats how they look so hot!! wish I had an army of assistants with those giant brushes who could powder highlight and buff just before i stepped out 🙂

  8. Meera
    August 30, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Hi Ankita,
    discovered your website today and have been going through this all evening. It is a wonderful beauty blog and the effort is definitely reflected in the quality.

    I have a Q, which highlighter powder do u suggest? How easy is it to use the false eyelashes everyday and which brand is good and sticks well? I would love too!! Please let me know the brand names.


    • Corallista
      September 3, 2013 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks Meera 🙂 There are loads of highlighting powders in the market. Depends on your budget. I love using a gold eye shadow from Miss Claire (no. 0231) to highlight – its gorgeous and costs only Rs 100 I believe! Going up the price ladder. you could try MAC Trace Gold blush (use it to highlight) or try Inglot shimmer bricks (similar to Bobbi Brown ones). I love the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze, its one of my favorite highlighters but its quite pricey (Rs 2400)!

      As for eye lashes, I’ve not any good brands and its definitely not easy for me to wear lashes for more than an hour. I only use them for select looks/tutorials and wear them only till I’m taking pictures. I think the glue is more important than the lash when it comes to sticking well – I use DUO, its good.

  9. September 3, 2013 / 11:00 am

    these were the best and very useful tips! thanx for sharing!!!

  10. Joo
    September 17, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    I found the contouring quite difficult for me to do..

  11. Joo
    September 17, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    well after watching the pics I want to say one thing,, these models are too thin,,

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