Naomi Campbell started modeling at the ripe age of 15 and went on to acquire supermodel status when she became the first Black model on the cover of French Vogue, the first Black model on the cover of American Vogue’s September issue. And yet, after all of her many accomplishments and years in the spotlight, Naomi has maintained the glowing skin she has maintained the same glowing skin she had at the peak of her modeling career.
The model turned 50 this year and lucky for us, she let Vogue into her bathroom and spilled some of her most tried and true beauty secrets—including the fact that she thinks matte, dry-looking skin ages you. Her inspiration? Her mom. “I’ve been taking care of my skin since I was a child because my mother always told me I had to moisturize,” Naomi shared in the video. She said she used to even use her mother’s products. That said, even if you haven’t been layering on moisturizer since elementary school, here are some other tips Naomi shared that you can add to your beauty routine now.
She always takes off her makeup.
“I cleanse and scrub every day, I take off makeup every night. ” Naomi shared on her YouTube channel. In fact, she tends to skip makeup all together if she’s not working. “When you’re under the lights, the makeup goes really deep into the pores. When I’m not working, I try not to wear makeup at all. I like to just have clean skin.”
She loads up on moisturizer.
“Hydration, for me, is the most important thing,” Naomi shared on YouTube. “I’m constantly moisturizing—masks, face masks, creamy masks, paper masks.” She learned this tip from her mother and told Vogue, “that’s something in my family [is] that the women take care of their skin and keep it hydrated. So that’s one thing I’ve known for a long time—even before I was modeling.”
She prefers shiny skin.
But not squeaky clean shiny—more like hydrated, radiant shiny. “I like my skin to look greasy and oily,” Naomi said on her YouTube channel. “I don’t like skin to be matte and dry, I think it ages you,” she told Vogue.
She swears by a zinc face mist.
The model starts out her beauty routine with Vogue by spritzing her face with the La Roche-Posay Serozinc Toner for Oily Skin with Zinc saying “First, I always use zinc.” While Naomi doesn’t share why she loves it, Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in NYC, previously shared with WH that zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help improve acne. The brand’s website says that the product also works to help control oil production.
She uses a facial roller before serums.
After spritzing on her zinc face mist, Naomi begins rolling facial roller over her skin to prepare for her hydrating serums because she “wants it to really go into my skin.” And she’s actually onto something. “Normally, only about four percent of a product’s ingredients penetrate into the skin, but using a dermaroller allows up to 70 percent to make it through,” Danna Omari, esthetician and founder of Noy Skincare in New York City, previously told WH. “So, any condition you’re concerned with—wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scars—will improve that much faster because the ingredients in your skincare are actually able to get to work.”